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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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choices for nine

CHOICES FOR NINE

Toronto District School Board

THE TRANSITION

FROM GRADE 8 TO 9

Guidance Program & Services Department

Success for all Learners

2010-2011

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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 www.tdsb.on.ca/programs/
format of presentation
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

part a
Part A

Promotion,

Transfer &

Retention

promotion transfer retention criteria
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.

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Part B

Messages

for

Success

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Where do students go after secondary school?

University

Apprenticeship

Independent living

Work with diploma

College

Workwithout diploma

Grade 9 Enrollment

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The Importance of Credit Accumulation

TDSB Grade 9 Cohort Study: 2000-2004

part c

Part C

Ontario Secondary Schools

credit system

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

ontario secondary school diploma o s s d
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)
course types in grade 9 and 10
Applied

Academic

Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC)

Open

Course Typesin Grade 9 and 10:
what is an open course
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

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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

making your choice
Making Your Choice

Grade 9 Science

making your choice17
Making Your Choice

Grade 9 English

making your choice locally developed compulsory credit
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
making your choice21
Grades 9 and 10

Academic

Applied

Locally Developed

Open

Grades 11 and 12

College

College/University

Open

University

Workplace

Making Your Choice
changing course type after grade 9
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

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

semestered schools
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
non semestered schools
Non-Semestered Schools
  • 8 courses taken throughout the school year
  • Courses taken every other day
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Part D

Choices for Nine

OptionalAttendance

Timelines

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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

information nights at secondary schools
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/
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Home School

Website: http://www.tdsb.on.ca

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

optional attendance
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
important dates
Important Dates

January

  • List of “Closed” and “Limited” schools made available
  • Optional Attendance applications available from elementary schools
  • Distribution of Course Selection Sheets
specific dates
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

information nights at specialized schools
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
where are these specialized schools programs
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

what are the specialized program

What Are the Specialized Program?

Ontario Secondary Schools

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