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  1. CHOICES FOR NINE Toronto District School Board THE TRANSITION FROM GRADE 8 TO 9 Guidance Program & Services Department Success for all Learners 2010-2011

  2. 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 www.tdsb.on.ca/programs/

  3. 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

  4. Part A Promotion, Transfer & Retention

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

  6. Part B Messages for Success

  7. Where do students go after secondary school? University Apprenticeship Independent living Work with diploma College Workwithout diploma Grade 9 Enrollment

  8. The Importance of Credit Accumulation TDSB Grade 9 Cohort Study: 2000-2004

  9. Part C Ontario Secondary Schools

  10. 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

  11. 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)

  12. Applied Academic Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC) Open Course Typesin Grade 9 and 10:

  13. Making Your Choices:Choosing Success!

  14. 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) Business Guidance (Learning Strategies) Exploring Technologies Physical Education

  15. 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

  16. Making Your Choice Grade 9 Science

  17. Making Your Choice Grade 9 English

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Work Habits Sample

  21. Grades 9 and 10 Academic Applied Locally Developed Open Grades 11 and 12 College College/University Open University Workplace Making Your Choice

  22. A Sample Course Selection

  23. 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

  24. Changing Course Type After Grade 9: Gr. 9 Applied to Gr. 10 Academic Mathematics (Transfer Course worth 0.5 credit) Gr. 10 Academic Gr. 9 Academic Gr. 9 Applied Gr. 10 Applied Gr. 9 LDCC Gr. 10 LDCC

  25. 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

  26. Non-Semestered Schools • 8 courses taken throughout the school year • Courses taken every other day

  27. Part D Choices for Nine OptionalAttendance Timelines

  28. Choices: Planning Guides Choices for Nine delivered each fall and Choices: Secondary Schools Course Selection & Planning Guide Arrives each January with Course Selection Sheets

  29. The Year Ahead

  30. 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 www.tdsb.on.ca/programs/

  31. Home School Website: http://www.tdsb.on.ca Click on “Find your School” and enter your home address

  32. 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

  33. Important Dates January • List of “Closed” and “Limited” schools made available • Optional Attendance applications available from elementary schools • Distribution of Course Selection Sheets

  34. Specific Dates February • 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

  35. 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

  36. Where are these specialized schools/programs? • Check Choices for Nine legend • www.tdsb.on.ca/programs select Guidance Programs and Services then Educational Planning then Choices for Secondary School

  37. What Are the Specialized Program? Ontario Secondary Schools

  38. Any questions???