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Grade 9 Course Selection

In grade 9 and grade 10, there are four types of courses: academic (D), applied (P), open (O) and locally developed compulsory credit - LDCC (L). The courses differ in the balance between essential concepts and additional material, and in the balance between theory and application.

  • All types of courses set high expectations for students while preparing them for studies in the senior grades.

  • Unless your elementary school has recommended LDCC courses, you will need to choose between academic and applied courses in your core subjects of English, French, Mathematics, Science and Canadian Geography.

  • It is not necessary for you to choose the same type of course for all five of your core subjects.

  • Students who are successful in any academic or applied grade 9 English, French or Science course will have the opportunity to enter either the academic or applied course in the same subject in grade 10.

  • For Mathematics, students who successfully complete the grade 9 academic course may proceed to either the grade 10 academic or the grade 10 applied course. Those who successfully complete the grade 9 applied course may proceed to the grade 10 applied course, but must successfully complete a 0.5 credit transfer course if they wish to proceed to the grade 10 academic course.

  • You should choose your course type based on your academic strengths, interests and on your preferred way of learning.

  • Carefully listen to the recommendation of your subject teachers.


Academic Courses (D)
Academic courses develop students’ knowledge and skills by emphasizing theoretical, abstract applications of the essential concepts and incorporating practical applications as appropriate.

In an academic course, you will learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related material as well. Although your knowledge and skills in the subject will be developed through both theory and practical applications, the emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning and problem solving.

Applied Courses (P)
Applied courses also focus on the essential concepts of the discipline, but develop students’ knowledge and skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applications of these concepts and incorporating theoretical applications as appropriate.

Knowledge and skills will be developed through both theory and practical applications, but the focus will be on practical applications. In applied courses, familiar, real-life situations will be used to illustrate ideas, and you will be given more opportunities to experience hands-on applications of the concepts you study.


Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC) Courses (L)
LDCC courses (previously called the essential courses) have been designed to meet the educational needs of students whose skills in reading, writing, mathematics and science fall within the grade 4 - 7 range.

Open Courses (O)
Open courses in grades 9 and 10 are offered in all subjects other than those offered as academic and applied. (For example, open courses are offered in visual arts, music, and health and physical education, but not in English, mathematics, science, French as a second language, history, or geography.) An open course comprises a set of expectations that is suitable for all students at a given grade level. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad educational base that will prepare them for their studies in grades 11 and 12 and for productive participation in society.



International Baccalaureate Programme
You may also want to consider the International Baccalaureate Programme. The Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to an internationally recognized diploma. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students.

The ADSB IB Program is located at Korah Collegiate.

Career Choices
As early as grade 9, it is important to start to think about your choice of destination after high school, because your destination will influence your choice of courses during your four years at high school. Explore all four of your post-secondary options - apprenticeships, colleges, universities and the workplace.