Pickering High School Welcomes… The Class of 2018 Introduction To Guidance What role does Guidance play at Pickering High School? • • • • • • Transition from grade 8 to grade 9 Course selection information and guidance Short term counseling and referrals Post-secondary research and applications Career planning Timetabling and alternative education (summer school/night school) • Student records and awards • Commencement Pickering High School At A Glance School Structure – Our school year is divided into two semesters: Semester 1 (September – January) Semester 2 (February – June) You will take FOUR courses per semester 75 minute classes School start time – 8:30 am End time – 2:35 pm Lunch – 11:10 to 12:00 (50 minutes) Projected enrollment = 2028 students/454 grade 9’s Let’s take a look at… Graduation Requirements Courses & Option Selection What do you Need to Graduate from High School? Compulsory Courses … are courses that you must pass to graduate. Compulsory requirements change each year of high school. Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements • 4 credits • 1 credit • 3 credits • 2 credits • 1 credit • 1 credit • 1 credit • 1 credit • 1 credit English (1 credit per grade) French as a second language Mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12) Science Canadian History Canadian Geography Arts Physical & Health Education Civics and Career Education Plus the following 3 additional courses.... Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements 1 additional credit selected from: English, or French as a second language*, or Spanish, or Social Sciences and Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies, or Guidance and Career Education, or Co-operative education** 1 additional credit selected from: Health & Physical Education, or The Arts (visual art, drama, music), or Business, or French as a second language*, or Co- operative education** 1 additional credit selected from: Science (Grade 11 or 12), or Technological Education, or Computer Studies, or French as a second language*, or Co-operative education** * a maximum of 2 French credits can count towards these additional credits (one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or 3) ** a maximum of 2 Co-op credits can count towards these credits. What compulsory courses must you take in Grade 9? • English • Math • Science • Geography • Phys. Ed • French Electives … are courses that you choose. •Dramatic Arts •Exploring Family Studies •Exploring Technologies •Information and Communication Technology in Business •Instrumental Music •Latin - Level 1 •Visual Arts •Vocal Music Choosing the Appropriate Level for Success! Academic (D) • Emphasis on THEORY. • Works independently in a focused manner. • Completes homework consistently and thoroughly. • Recommend a minimum of 70% in Grade 8 courses. • Select English courses in the academic stream if you are planning on UNIVERSITY. • Depending on the university program other academic courses may be required (such as science and mathematics). Choosing the Appropriate Level for Success! Applied (P) • Emphasis on PRACTICAL APPLICATION. • May need assistance to organize and complete homework regularly. • Less homework assigned. • Students planning to pursue postsecondary studies at COLLEGE or pursue an APPRENTICEABLE TRADE should select courses in the applied stream. Choosing the Appropriate Level for Success! Locally Developed (L) • Courses cover material and skills necessary for daily activities. • For students who are not meeting expectations at their grade level. Open (O) • Designed to prepare students for further study in certain subjects and enrich your education. All subjects DO NOT have to be taken at the same stream! Selecting Courses and Streams • Before selecting courses and/or streams, students must consider: Career goals Academic ability Work habits • Talk to parents and teachers • Read the Pickering High School Course Calendar on-line • Grade 8 achievement of 70% WITHOUT modifications is recommended for the academic stream • Examine career goals, personal interests • Academic strengths (university, college, or apprenticeship destination) Grade 9 On-line Course Selection – Career Cruising Use your student number and birthdate to login Login Instructions Reminder Student View Beige = Compulsory White = Elective Student View WARNING: This step cannot be undone! Compulsory Courses Gifted: Look for the “G” in the code French Immersion: Look for the “F” in the code Choosing Electives Elective Courses *We recommend students select an art course in order to fulfill their graduation requirement. Warning Hover over the blue dot for a guidance alert. Alert Hover over the red dot for important course selection information. PRINTING Once you have submitted your course selections, please print off a final copy of your course selections. Print Final Copy Must be signed by a Parent/Guardian and returned to your Grade 8 Homeroom Teacher Due Date Feb 21st Important Dates January 2014 •Grade 8 parents’ information session TBA February 21, 2014 •On– line Course Selection Due May 5-9, 2014 •Grade 8 tours Make sure… That you are eligible to attend PHS. Out of area students cannot be accepted! The End… Questions?