Setting Your Own Path
What Are Your Future Goals?
Before you pick your high school courses, take some time to really think about your future goals. What do you want for yourself in the future? What are your values, interests and abilities? You will face many choices as you start to select your high school courses. If you select carefully, you will graduate prepared for a variety of opportunities. If you’re not careful, your choices can be limited.
Remember to Be Flexible
In high school, you will discover more about yourself – what you are good at and what you enjoy. These discoveries may cause you to change your goals and re-evaluate your selection of courses. It is important to set goals and work toward them, but also to be realistic and adaptable.
How High School Courses Work
Two Types of Courses
Let’s start at the beginning. There are two types of courses: core and complementary.
1. Core Courses are English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. These are offered at several levels – or routes. Choosing the highest level that you will succeed at is the best way to keep your options open for the future.
2. Complementary Courses offer you a chance to broaden your knowledge by studying a variety of subjects including Art, Music, Second Languages, Communication Technology, Fashion Studies, Sports Medicine and many more.
Courses Have a Natural Sequence Courses are arranged in sequence, such as English 10-1, 20-1 and 30-1. You need to take them in order. For example, you need to complete English 10-1 before taking English 20-1. English 10-1 is the prerequisite for English 20-1. To complete a course and move onto the next one, you need to earn a mark of 50% or higher.
A Note About Routes
You do not need to select all your courses from the same route. For example, you may choose English 10-1, Mathematics 10-3 and Social Studies 10-2. You may also transfer from one route to another. Your principal, counsellor or teacher can advise you on the best way and time to make the change.
Course Changes / Drops
We expect students to remain in the courses they select. Sometimes, a course drop or change may be warranted. Students must fill out a course change form from Student Services and have their parents sign it. Counselling services and administration then review the request and approve it or not.
Only if the student meets the minimum credit load requirement will administration authorize the withdrawal from a course. Students who want to transfer to another class after 10 days may only transfer
to a lower-level course (e.g. English 10-1 to English 10-2).
Every Course Has a Number
Grade 10 courses begin with a number 1 Grade 11 courses begin with a number 2 Grade 12 courses begin with a number 3
Select the appropriate link below for more information.
our Course Selection Guide and K&E Course Selection Guide or,
For more information about our programs, you can download copies of
contact the General Office or Student Services at the Sturgeon Composite High School (780.973.3301).
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