9 and 10 Courses


Students in Grade 8 and 9 will choose courses of one or more types: academic, applied, locally developed compulsory credit and open. They will make their choices primarily on the basis of their interests, needs and achievement. Streams chosen in Grade 9 DO NOT LIMIT streams/courses that may be chosen in Grade 10.

The following is a brief description of the types of courses that are available in the different subjects:

Academic Courses
These courses focus on essential concepts and include additional related materials. Greater emphasis is placed on theory and abstract thinking than on practical applications. Students in Grade 9 who successfully complete these courses may choose either the academic or the applied course in the same subject in Grade 10. Students in Grade 10 will choose courses in Grade 11 depending on their planned destination. (see below)

Applied Courses
These courses focus on essential concepts, with greater emphasis placed on practical hands-on applications of the concepts. Students in Grade 9 who successfully complete these courses may choose either the applied or the academic course in the same subject in Grade 10. Students in Grade 10 will choose courses in Grade 11 depending on their planned destination. (see below)

Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Courses
These courses focus on literacy, mathematical literacy, essential job skills and essential concepts. These courses are available in English, Mathematics, Science and History only. Students may be placed in these courses specially designed for students who have been working on expectations that are below the course grade level. Students who successfully complete these courses may choose either the grade 9 applied or the workplace course in the same subject in Grade 11.

Open Courses
Open courses are offered in all secondary grades and are designed to prepare students for further study in certain subjects and to enrich their education generally.