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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


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   click on Find Your School
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