Choosing a Pathway

Choosing the right pathway for your classes can have important implications for your future career plans. General descriptions are provided below. However, if you have further questions, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Academic Courses (D) cover essential concepts plus enrichment activities. While course work exposes students to both theory and practical applications, there is greater emphasis on THEORY as a basis for future learning and problem solving. These courses generally lead towards the University pathway.

Applied Courses (P) focus on essential concepts. While course work exposes students to both theories and practical applications, the emphasis is on PRACTICAL, familiar real-life situations and “hands-on” applications. These courses generally lead towards the College pathway.

Locally Developed Courses (L) may be offered for grade 9 and 10 students who have experienced difficulties in English, Mathematics and Science.  They allow the student to obtain sufficient background and skill development, to prepare them for future courses in the subject area.

Advanced Placement / Enriched Courses (E – sixth character) cover essential concepts plus enrichment activities in English, Mathematics and Science. While course work exposes students to both theory and practical applications, there is greater emphasis on THEORY and independent course extension activities as a basis for future learning and problem solving. These courses lead towards the University pathway.

Locally Developed Courses (L) may be offered for grade 9 and 10 students who have experienced difficulties in English, Mathematics and Science. They allow the student to obtain sufficient background and skill development, to prepare them for future courses in the subject area.

Open (O) courses are available to all students.

University Pathway Courses (U) are available in grades 11 and 12 for students who plan to apply to university and some college programs.

University/College Courses (M) are available in grades 11 and 12 for students who plan to apply to university and college programs.

College Pathway Courses (C) are available for students who plan to apply to college. Please note that some college programs require M or U level courses.

Workplace Pathway Courses (E) are available for students who plan to enter the world of work after completing secondary school. Grade 11 and 12 workplace students are encouraged to opt for co-operative education.