The Ontario Secondary Curriculum offers a wide range of Grade 9 to 12 courses. Secondary courses are categorized by discipline, grade, and course type. While the majority of students and parents are aware of the requirements for completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), many need guidance and help in the course selection process.
In selecting courses, students are encouraged to reflect on their:
Grade 9 and 10 StudentsIn the first two years of high school, students can select a combination of academic, applied and open courses.
|Academic Courses (D) develop students' knowledge and skills through the study of theory and abstract problems.
|Applied Courses (P) focus on the essential concepts of a subject and develop students' knowledge and skills through practical applications and concrete examples.
|Open Courses (O) are designed to broaden students' knowledge and skills in subjects that reflect their interest but are not designed with the specific requirements of the university, college, or the workplace in mind.
- Academic Strengths
- Personal Interests
- Academic and Career Goal
- Learning Style and Ability
|Note#1: Except for Grade 9 French Academic and Applied (FSF1D/1P), the remaining Grade 9 courses do not have a prerequisite per se. The successful completion of Grade 8 acts as the prerequisite for enrollment in Grade 9 courses
|Note # 2: The prerequisite for Grade 9 Academic and Applied French is a minimum of 600 hours of French instruction. A student who does not have the mentioned prerequisite can fulfill this OSSD requirement through the completion of FSF1O course.
|Note # 3: In most cases, a student who is enrolled in the Applied version of a Grade 9 course such as English (ENG1P) or Science, (SNC1P) can enroll in the Academic version of that course in Grade 10. When such a change in course type happens (going from Applied to Academic), student benefits from additional preparation. The exception to this rule is Mathematics.
|Note #4: A student who has successfully completed the Principles of Mathematics Grade 9 Applied (MPM1P) can take Mathematics Grade 10 Academic (MPM2D) if he/she has completed the half credit transfer course, MPM1H.