Course Descriptions and Prerequisites
Selecting the Right Course Type
Selecting courses that meet your needs is the first step to experiencing success in secondary school. Deciding which course type is best in each subject area is an important step in building this success.
Maybe I need to talk to someone about this…
In grades 9 and 10, you are able to take a combination of Academic, Applied, Locally Developed or Open courses depending on your individual strengths, learning styles and interests in each subject area. With planning, you will be able to transition between course types as you move through secondary school. Your guidance counselor will help you to choose appropriate courses throughout secondary school as you plan for your initial post-secondary destination.
You do not need to make these decisions alone! Consult with your parent/guardian, grade 8 teachers, secondary guidance counselor or teacher when making your course selections.
As you plan your courses throughout secondary school it is important to be aware of course prerequisites.
What is a course prerequisite? A prerequisite is a course which must be successfully completed before taking the course that follows.
Example: Grade 10 Academic Science (SNC2D1) is the course prerequisite for Grade 11 University Physics (SPH3U1)
The Secondary Course Calendar available through My Pathway Planner at your school will list prerequisites courses under each course description.
General Course Descriptions and Prerequisites are also available in My Pathway Planner.
Using My Pathway Planner to track your planned courses and find out initial post-secondary pathway options that are available. As you move through secondary school, you may find that your interests or your initial post-secondary destination plans may change so tracking credits in My Pathway Planner helps to ensure you are aware of options.