Remember the Keyboarding Class?
When I was a high school student, we had “Introduction to Keyboarding”. It was not uncommon for students to take this course during the summer before starting high school. The course was a full condensed semester, 6 hours every day on learning how to type on a typewriter correctly. It was a loud room and a bit of a boring course but it taught you the skill of quick typing. Typing class was also the prerequisite to a new course called:“Introduction to computers”.
Taking in the summer before grade 9 was considered a smart move because it could alleviate the eventual workload of 5 years of secondary school (when there was still grade 13). It could also lighten the whirlwind from the other demands of high school.
Well, Grade 13 and Keyboarding class are long gone, but the idea of reaching ahead in preparation for high school is still a possibility for many. I say possibility in that, it is not something that is for everyone.
Ontario Schools states in section 18.104.22.168 that grade 8 students may reach ahead and earn their community involvement hours prior to entering Grade 9. It is also possible to take grade 9 courses during grade 8 or in the summer before grade 9.
Gifted students may find that Reach Ahead credit courses can give them an extra challenge during the summer and allow them to take on other arduous courses earlier on in their academic education. Students with I.E.P.s who are concerned about having too much on their plates may want to reach ahead to alleviate some anxiety they have about school. It also provides the “experience” of the demands of high school, before actually reaching secondary school.
As I previously mentioned it is not a choice for everyone. It is a decision taken with the consent of the individual grade 8 student, their parents and the principal of the secondary school.
BrightMinds Online School welcomes your queries about Reach Ahead for your education needs. By being a completely online Secondary school, it is possible to still spend your summer at the cottage or on holidays and still set aside to time to earn a high school credit. Just like regular high school, you will discussions, presentations to create and assignments to complete. You can get a feel for what high school is like and get going on the next chapter of your learning.