Course Types (Levels) – Grades Nine and Ten
ACADEMIC courses cover the essential concepts of a subject and explore related material as well. Although both knowledge and skills in the subject are developed through theory and practical applications, the emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning and problem solving.
ESSENTIAL courses provide students who have experienced significant difficulties in previous English, Mathematics, Science, and/or History courses an opportunity to obtain sufficient background and skill development to prepare them for grade 11 and 12 Workplace Preparation courses. Students may be enrolled in these courses through the recommendation of their principal or guidance counsellor.
APPLIED courses cover the essential material of a subject. Knowledge and skills are developed through both theory and practical applications, but the focus will be on practical applications. In applied courses, familiar, real-life situations will be used to illustrate ideas, and there are more opportunities to experience hands-on applications of the concepts studied.
OPEN courses exist outside the core subjects in which the academic and applied courses exist. An open course creates a balance between knowledge and skills components, and therefore a balance between theory and application. An ‘open’ course in a grade nine subject is the only course available in that subject.