ADA 1OR Grade 9, Dramatic Arts (Open)
This course emphasizes the active exploration of dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform, and analyze drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.
Want to have fun, interact with others, and develop your confidence and skills on stage? This course focuses on group dynamics through games and group work; self-expression is emphasized through tableau, story drama, and mime; confidence is developed through improvisation, and stage skills are taught through play building. The course culminates in a final in-class performance.
AMG1OR Grade 9, Music, Guitar (Open)
This course emphasizes the performance of music at a level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will participate in creative activities that teach them to listen with understanding. They will also learn correct musical terminology and its appropriate use.
AMC1OR Grade 9, Introduction to Contemporary Music (Open)
This Contemporary Music Elective stream focuses on student created works. This introductory course is open
to students of any level of ability and deals with the study and exploration of modern commercial music genres.
Students will learn the fundamentals and elements of music. Students will develop performance skills, develop an
understanding of theoretical concepts and respond to and analyze music from a variety of genres. This course is open
to all instruments and vocal types. However, there is a limited supply of school instruments available for student
use. As such, students are encouraged to bring their own instrument or perform vocally.
AVI 1OR Grade 9, Visual Arts (Open)
This course offers an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials through working with a range of materials, processes, techniques, and styles. They will learn and use methods of analysis and criticism and will study the characteristics of particular historical art periods and a selection of Canadian art and the art of other cultures.
You need not be talented to do well in this course. It is a hands-on, project driven, fun and creative course where you will explore a variety of mediums. Projects in both visual arts and applied design will be explored such as designing your own skateboard, shopping bag or t-shirt. Students are encouraged to participate in design related challenges such as the Cardboard Boat Race.
BTT 1OR Grade 9, Information and Communication Technology in Business (Open)
This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology. This hands-on computer course allows students to explore a variety of business-related applications.
TIJ 1OR Grade 9, Exploring Technologies (Open)
This course enables students to further explore and develop technical knowledge and skills introduced in the elementary science and technology program. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create products and/or provide services related to the various technological areas of industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and postsecondary education and training pathways leading to careers in technology-related fields.
This is a student-centered, practical course that provides students with opportunities to experience construction technology, transportation technology, and computer communications.
CANADIAN AND WORLD STUDIES
CGC 1DR Grade 9, Geography of Canada (Destreamed)
This course explores Canada’s distinct and changing character and the geographic systems and relationships that shape it. Students will investigate the interactions of natural and human systems within Canada, as well as Canada’s economic, cultural, and environmental connections to other countries. Students will use a variety of geotechnologies and inquiry and communication methods to analyse and evaluate geographic issues and present their findings.
HFN 1O Grade 9, Food and Nutrition, (Open)
This course focuses on guidelines for making nutritious food choices. Students will investigate factors that influence food choices, including beliefs, attitudes, current trends, traditional eating patterns, food-marketing strategies, and individual needs. Students will also explore the environmental impact of a variety of food choices at the local and global level. The course provides students with opportunities to develop food-preparation skills and introduces them to the use of social science research methods in the area of food and nutrition.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PPL 1OR Grade 9, Healthy Active Living Education, (Open)
This course emphasizes students’ daily participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living. Students will learn movement skills and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety/injury-prevention strategies. They will investigate issues related to healthy sexuality and the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and will participate in activities designed to develop goal setting, communication, and social skills.
There may also be opportunities to participate in community recreation activities for a small fee (i.e. bowling, curling, rock climbing).
ENG 1DR Grade 9, English (Destreamed)
This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.
Recommended to have consistently achieved marks at Level 3 or higher throughout Grade 8 Language Study.
ENG 1LR Grade 9, English (Essential)
This course provides students who have experienced significant difficulties in previous English courses, an opportunity to obtain sufficient background and skill development to prepare them for Grade 11 and 12 Workplace Preparation courses. Whenever possible, ideas will be presented in a real-life context, providing students with the opportunity to read, write, and explore media topics. Technology will be used wherever appropriate. Assessment and evaluation will be done using a wide variety of strategies.
Permission must be obtained from the Head of Special Education to register for this course.
ESLAO ESL Level 1, English as a Second Language, (Open)
This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts, and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.
FSF 1DR Grade 9, Core French (Destreamed)
This course emphasizes the further development of oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Students will build on and apply their knowledge of French while exploring a variety of themes, such as relationships, trends, and careers. Thematic readings, which include a selection of short stories, articles, and poems, will serve as stepping stones to oral and written activities.
MTH 1WR Grade 9, Principles of Mathematics (De-streamed)
This course enables students to consolidate, and continue to develop, an understanding of mathematical concepts related to number sense and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data, probability, and financial literacy. Students will use mathematical processes, mathematical modelling, and coding to make sense of the mathematics they are learning and to apply their understanding to culturally responsive and relevant real–world situations. Students will continue to enhance their mathematical reasoning skills, including proportional reasoning, spatial reasoning, and algebraic reasoning, as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.
MAT 1LR Grade 9, Mathematics (Essential)
This course emphasizes further development of mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare students for success in their everyday lives, in the workplace, in MAT 2L, and in the Mathematics Grade 11 and Grade 12 Workplace Preparation courses. The course is organized into three strands related to money sense, measurement, and proportional reasoning. In all strands, the focus is on developing and consolidating key foundational mathematical concepts and skills by solving authentic, everyday problems. Students have opportunities to further develop their mathematical literacy and problem-solving skills and to continue developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical math activities.
This course is intended for students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which has been developed with the guidance of the Head of Special Education, whose permission must be obtained to register for this course.
SNC 1WR Grade 9, Science (Destreamed)
This course enables students to develop their understanding of concepts related to biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop and refine their STEM skills as they use scientific research, scientific experimentation, and engineering design processes to investigate concepts and apply their knowledge in situations that are relevant to their lives and communities. Students will continue to develop transferable skills as they become scientifically literate global citizens.
SNC 1LR Grade 9, Science (Essential)
This course enables students to understand essential concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop practical skills in scientific investigation, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. Students will design and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to cell division and reproduction, the structure and properties of elements and compounds, astronomy and space exploration, and static and current electricity.
This course is intended for students who may require modifications to the curriculum expectations. These are students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which has been developed with the guidance of the Head of Special Education, whose permission must be obtained to register for this course
GUIDANCE AND CAREER EDUCATION
GLE 1OR Grade 9, Learning Strategies 1:
Skills for Success in Secondary School (Open)
This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.