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Getting Ready for Grade 9

Making the transition from elementary to high school offers an exciting new challenge, but it doesn't need to be a stressful one, especially if you are well prepared. We've answered some of the questions you may have here by providing you with all the resources you require in order to make the move a smooth one. If you still have more questions, be sure to consult with your classroom teacher, your high school guidance department and your parents.

Check out our Getting Ready for Grade 9 Booklet hereExternal link for more information.


What stream should I choose?

Academic courses emphasize theory, problem solving, and abstract thinking, incorporating practical applications as appropriate. Students considering these courses should be consistently working at a level three or four in Grade 8.

Applied courses focus on practical and concrete applications of concepts, incorporating theoretical applications as appropriate.

Locally Developed courses emphasize skill acquisition required for success in Grade 11 and 12 Workplace and Open courses and experiential learning.

What kinds of programs can I choose from?

International Baccalaureate
French Immersion
Specialist High Skills Major(SHSM)
Dual CreditExternal link
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)External link
Academies of WECDSB

Want to get ahead?

We have some great Reach Ahead opportunities for students who would like to get a head start on their high school diploma. Grade 8 students can take four-week summer courses in such subjects as Exploring Technologies, Healthy Living, and Hospitality & Tourism. Find out more here.

What are my career opportunities?

Choosing certain courses now may have a direct impact on your career pathway later in life, so you should place some careful thought in to your selection process. To help you with this, you should check our Pathways page.


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