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Toronto District School Board CHOICES FOR NINE THE TRANSITION FROM GRADE 8 TO 9 Guidance Program & Services Department Success for all Learners 2008-2009 Our Goals This Evening Are: To inform students how to make a smooth and successful transition from grade 8 to 9 To assist parents and students in making informed choices for Grade 9 To raise student and parent awareness of the various program pathways available throughout the TDSB Format of Presentation Part A: Promotion, Transfer, and Retention Procedures Part B: Messages for Success Part C: Secondary Program Part D: Specific School Information Specialized Programs Part A Promotion, Transfer & Retention Promotion Criteria A student is promoted when: 1. The student has successfully completed the curriculum expectations of the following grade 8 subjects at a Level 1 or higher: • English • French • Geography • Mathematics • Science & Technology AND 2. The student has achieved an average equivalent to Level 1, or higher, across all grade 8 subjects. Transfer Criteria A student is transferred when: 1. He/she has not successfully completed the curriculum expectations of the following grade 8 subjects at Level 1: • English • French • Mathematics • Geography • Science & Technology OR 2. He/she has not achieved an average equivalent to Level 1 across all grade 8 subjects. Transfer Criteria continued... Special Note: SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS • IPRC Review – students who have modified programs are recommended for grade 9 placements • IEP - accommodations do not affect grade expectations - modifications do affect grade expectations ESL/ELD STUDENTS • some ESL/ESD students may not be meeting grade level curriculum expectations Retention Criteria A student is retained when: 1. He/she has not successfully completed the curriculum expectations of the following grade 8 subjects at Level 1: • English • French • Mathematics • Geography • Science & Technology AND 2. He/she has not achieved an average equivalent to Level 1 across all grade 8 subjects. Part B Messages for Success Key Message for Success “16 by 16” 16 credits by 16 years of age The Importance of Credit Accumulation TDSB Grade 10 Cohort Study: 2000-2004 Dropout rate of Grade 10's based on credit accumulation 60% Dropout rate 40% 32% 40% 21% 20% 14% 5% 0% 12 13 14 15 16 Number of Credits Earned by 16 years of age The Importance of Credit Accumulation TDSB Grade 9 Cohort Study: 2000-2004 Dropout rate of Grade 9's based on credit accumulation 38% Dropout Rate 40% 33% 21% 20% 8% 6% 0% 5 6 7 8 9 Number of Credits Earned by end of Grade 9 Pathways Year 2000 Ontario Student Flow from Grade 9 to Post Secondary Destinations “Projections” 24% OSSD 25% Leave to work Before OSSD 28% to 23% to University College Grade 9 Enrollment = 100% Double Cohort Study 2002 Ontario Ministry of Education Part C Ontario Secondary Schools ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA (O.S.S.D.) • Total of 30 credits – 18 compulsory subjects – 12 options or electives • 40 hrs. Community Involvement – Begins in September of Grade 9 • Ontario Literacy Requirement – Written Test in Grade 10 (OSSLT) Compulsory Credits Students Must Earn The Following 15 Compulsory Credits: • 4 English/Francais - one credit per grade • 1 French as a second language/English/Anglais • 3 Mathematics - at least one in grade 11 or 12 • 2 Science • 1 Canadian History • 1 Canadian Geography • 1 Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Media, Drama or Dance) • 1 Health and Physical Education • 0.5 Civics • 0.5 Career Studies Compulsory Credits Plus One Credit From Each Of The Following 3 Groups: Group 1 • 1 of English or French as a second language, or Native Language, or a classical or international language, or social science and humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education ** **A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. Compulsory Credits Group 2 • 1 of an additional Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies, or Cooperative Education ** Group 3 • 1 of Science, or Technological Education, or Cooperative Education ** ** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. Course Types in Grade 9 and 10: • Applied • Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC) • Academic • Open Making Your Choices Academic Courses Cover the core content and have an emphasis on the theoretical aspects of the content Applied Courses Cover the core content and have an emphasis on practical applications Making Your Choices: Grade 9 Science Academic Applied • formulate scientific questions • identify a current problem or related to reproduction concern relating to • gather and record qualitative reproduction and quantitative data using an • organize and record appropriate format information gathered • plan ways to model and/or • formulate scientific questions simulate an answer to about a problem or issue in questions asked about the space exploration motion of celestial objects Choosing Success: Grade 9 English Academic Applied • analyze information, ideas, • describe information, ideas, and elements to make opinions and themes inferences • locate and evaluate • locate and record information information and ideas from and ideas from sources sources • select narrative style and •identify the specific audience appropriate level of language for each piece of writing to suit the form, audience and purpose of the work Choosing Success: Grade 9 Geography Academic Applied • distinguish between the • identify characteristics of characteristics of urban and rural and urban environments rural environments • recommend ways in which •compare Canada’s quality of individuals can contribute to the life with that of other countries quality of life • analyze different perspectives •identify and evaluate different on a geographic issue perspectives on a geography issue Making Your Choices: Locally Developed Compulsory • Ideal for students who need support with the curriculum content • Developed to meet students’ needs not met by the existing Provincial Curriculum • For students with gaps in knowledge and skills in the specific discipline • Students who require two or more Locally Developed Compulsory Courses or who require significant modification to their program will be assisted in investigating programs/schools that provide a full array of supports and services to meet their unique needs Making Your Choices: English as a Second Language (ESL) English Literacy Development (ELD) • Prepare students for success in English and other courses • ESL/ELD credits count as a compulsory English credits (to a maximum of 3 credits) •Can move to Academic/Applied courses when appropriate •Students will be placed in Level A, B, C, D or E Work Habits Required for Success Academic Applied Locally Developed •Works independently in •Works in a focused •Works in a focused a focused manner manner (not always manner with prompting • Perseveres when independently) •Applies new learning to challenged •Applies new learning to tasks that have been • Synthesis skills – use tasks (may need directly modeled in the prior knowledge and reminding of skills lesson experience to solve required from previous •Completes multi-step problems units or years) tasks when it is • Completes homework •May need assistance to presented with consistently and organize and complete scaffolding and chunking thoroughly homework What is an Open Course? • Learning expectations are the same for all students • Designed to prepare students for further study and to enrich general education in a subject • Can be compulsory or elective credits Open Courses Include: Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Drama) Business Technology Physical education Changing Course Type After Grade 9: (Crossover Materials) For English, Science, and French Gr. 9 Academic Gr. 10 Academic Gr. 9 Applied Gr. 10 Applied Gr. 9 LDCC Gr. 10 LDCC Changing Course Type After Grade 9: (Transfer Course) MATHEMATICS Gr. 9 Applied Math to Gr. 10 Academic Math (0.5 credit) Gr. 9 Academic Gr. 10 Academic Gr. 9 Applied Gr. 10 Applied Gr. 9 LDCC Gr. 10 LDCC Changing Course Type After Grade 10 Transfer Course (0.5 credit) for Science and English • May change course types after grade 10 • Required to take transfer course • Offered as a summer course Making Your Choices Grades 9 and 10 Grades 11 and 12 • Applied • College • Locally Developed • Workplace • Academic • University • Open • College/University • Open Semestered Schools Students take 8 courses in 2 blocks 4 courses from September to January 4 courses from February to June Courses taken daily Non-Semestered Schools • 8 courses taken throughout the school year • Courses taken every other day Part D Choices for Nine Optional Attendance Timelines Information Nights at Secondary Schools • Program and school specific information is shared • Information evening dates are listed in the Choices for Nine brochure • If you want to investigate specialized schools or programs, contact the specific school for admission requirements • Other requirements may include auditions, report cards, tests, interviews, etc. • Check DEADLINE DATES for application Optional Attendance • Students are encouraged to attend their home school • Designed for students with a strong passion/skill in a specific area of study • Must use an “Optional Attendance Application Form” when applying to a school other than their home school • Forms available at Grade 8 school Optional Attendance… • May apply to: • 2 regular schools • 2 specialized schools or programs • Some schools are closed to students from outside area Specific Dates January • List of “Closed” and “Limited” schools made available • Optional Attendance applications available from all schools • Distribution of Course Selection Sheets February • February 2, 2009 - Optional Attendance applications due to secondary schools • February 13, 2009 - Secondary schools will inform Optional Attendance applicants • February 27, 2009 - All Course Selection sheets are due to secondary schools • Only ONE course selection sheet is handed in for ONE secondary school by the elementary school counsellor Where are these specialized schools/programs? • Check Choices for Nine legend • www.tdsb.on.ca Finding my Home School Website: www.tdsb.on.ca click on schools click on Find Your School Type in street name only Any questions???
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