Choosing High School Courses
Students in grade 8 are making choices about high school courses this month, and those choices can have an impact on their options throughout high school and after they graduate.
One of the decisions to be made is whether to take Applied or Academic courses in the core subjects. Students can take a mix of academic and applied courses, and special education and English language supports are available in both. Many students take Applied courses because they think they are easier, but data from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) suggest that students in Applied courses are more likely to struggle in school, regardless of their prior academic performance. Students who want to keep their options open may want to consider choosing Academic courses for grade 9.
For more information about choosing courses in high school, you can download our High School Courses and Choices tip sheet.