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CHOICES FOR NINE. Toronto District School Board. THE TRANSITION FROM GRADE 8 TO 9. Guidance Program & Services Department Success for all Learners 2010-2011. Our Goals This Evening Are:. To inform students how to make a smooth and successful transition from grade 8 to 9

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Toronto District School Board



Guidance Program & Services Department

Success for all Learners


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Our Goals This Evening Are:

  • To inform students how to make a smooth and successful transition from grade 8 to 9

  • To assist parents and students in making informed choices for

  • grade 9

  • To raise student and parent awareness of the various program pathways available throughout the TDSB

  • Check out Education Planning at

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Format of Presentation

Part A: Promotion, Transfer, and

Retention Procedures

Part B: Messages for Success

Part C: Ontario Secondary Schools

Part D: Specific School Information

Specialized Programs

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Part A


Transfer &


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Promotion, Transfer & Retention Criteria

  • A student is transferred when:

  • The student has not met the criteria as outlined for Promotion

  • or

  • Special Education Students who are deemed exceptional and are working on a modified program are transferred. Program recommendations are discussed during the spring IPRC

  • English Language Learners

  • ESL/ELD students who may be working on a modified program and may not be meeting grade level curriculum expectations are transferred to the following grade

A student is promoted when:

1. The student has successfully completed the curriculum expectations in each of the following grade 8 subjects at a Level 1 or higher:

  • English

  • French

  • Geography

  • Mathematics

  • Science & Technology


    2. The student has achieved an average equivalent to Level 1, or higher, across all grade 8 subjects.

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Part B




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Where do students go after secondary school?



Independent living

Work with diploma


Workwithout diploma

Grade 9 Enrollment

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The Importance of Credit Accumulation

TDSB Grade 9 Cohort Study: 2000-2004

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Part C

Ontario Secondary Schools

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Credit System

Once a course is completed successfully a credit is granted

To pass a course one must achieve a level of 50% or higher

Students are expected to take 8 courses a year

To graduate from high school a student must earn 30 credits

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Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.)

  • Total of 30 course credits (110 hours per credit)

    • 18 compulsory courses

    • 12 elective courses (options)

  • 40 hrs. Community Involvement

    • Begins in September of Grade 9

  • Ontario Literacy Requirement

    • Written Test in Grade 10 (OSSLT)

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Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC)


Course Typesin Grade 9 and 10:

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Making Your Choices:Choosing Success!

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What is an Open Course?

• Learning expectations are the same for all students

• Designed to prepare students for further study and to enrich general education in a subject

• Can be compulsory or elective credits

Grade 9 Open Courses Include:

Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Dance)


Guidance (Learning Strategies)

Exploring Technologies

Physical Education

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Academic & Applied

Academic Courses

Cover the core content and have an emphasis on the theoretical aspects of the content

Applied Courses

Cover the core content and have an emphasis on practical applications

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Making Your Choice

Grade 9 Science

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Making Your Choice

Grade 9 English

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Making Your Choice:Locally Developed Compulsory Credit

  • For students with gaps in knowledge and skills in the specific discipline

  • Ideal for students who need support with the curriculum content in grade 9

  • Students who require two or more Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Courses or who require significant modification to their program will be assisted in investigating programs/schools that provide a full array of supports and services to meet their unique needs

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English Language Learners(ESL/ELD)

  • • Prepare students for success in English and other courses

  • • ESL/ELD credits count as compulsory English credits (to a maximum of 3 credits)

  • Students will be placed in Level A, B, C, D or E

  • Can move to Academic/Applied/LDCC courses when appropriate

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Grades 9 and 10



Locally Developed


Grades 11 and 12






Making Your Choice

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Changing Course Type After Grade 9:

(except Mathematics)

Gr. 9 Academic

Gr. 10 Academic

Gr. 10 Applied

Gr. 9 Applied

Gr. 9 LDCC

Gr. 10 LDCC

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Changing Course Type After Grade 9:

Gr. 9 Applied to Gr. 10 Academic


(Transfer Course worth 0.5 credit)

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Gr. 9 Academic

Gr. 9 Applied

Gr. 10 Applied

Gr. 9 LDCC

Gr. 10 LDCC

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Semestered Schools

  • Students take 8 courses in 2 blocks of time:

    4 courses from September to January

    4 courses from February to June

  • All 4 courses taken daily

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Non-Semestered Schools

  • 8 courses taken throughout the school year

  • Courses taken every other day

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Part D

Choices for Nine



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Choices: Planning Guides

Choices for Nine delivered each fall and Choices: Secondary Schools Course Selection & Planning Guide

Arrives each January with Course Selection Sheets

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Information Nightsat Secondary Schools

  • Program and school specific information is shared

  • Information evening dates are listed in the Choices for Nine brochure and on the TDSB Website

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Home School


Click on “Find your School” and enter your home address

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Optional Attendance

  • Students are encouraged to attend their home school

  • Must use an “Optional Attendance Application Form” when applying to a school other than their home school

  • Forms available at Grade 8 school

  • Specific information regarding Optional Attendance Procedures will follow in early January

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Important Dates


  • List of “Closed” and “Limited” schools made available

  • Optional Attendance applications available from elementary schools

  • Distribution of Course Selection Sheets

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Specific Dates


  • February 1, 2011 - Optional Attendance applications due to secondary schools – delivered by student/parent/guardian

  • February 14, 2011 - Secondary schools will inform Optional Attendance applicants by this date

  • Mid to late February 2011 – Course Selection sheets completed and returned to elementary teacher/counsellor

  • March 1, 2011 - All Course Selection sheets are due to secondary schools – delivered by Elementary Counsellor

    ** Only ONE course selection sheet per student is submitted for ONE secondary school by the elementary school counsellor

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Information Nights at Specialized Schools

  • If you want to investigate specialized schools or programs, contact the specific school for admission requirements

  • Other requirements may include auditions, tests, interviews, etc.

  • Check DEADLINE DATES for application

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Where are these specialized schools/programs?

  • Check Choices for Nine legend



    Guidance Programs and Services

    then Educational Planning

    then Choices for Secondary School

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What Are the Specialized Program?

Ontario Secondary Schools