Grade 9

Canada in the Contemporary World 10F

This class is formally titled “Canada in the Contemporary World”. The grade 9 Social Studies course is designed to take a look at our current situation in Canada in terms of demographics, geography, and political organization. We will look at the interactions among the people and the influence of land on the development of our nation. We will cover topics like citizenship and identity and the challenges/opportunities of people with differing identities and perspectives. Through this course, you are to become informed decision makers in terms of local, national and global topics. 


The main objective of the course, through the study of language arts, is for each student to be able to understand and appreciate language and to use it competently and confidently in a variety of situations for communication, personal satisfaction and learning. It provides students with the opportunity to think critically and independently. It offers students opportunity to gain the practical skills they need to meet the demands of an information society. Throughout the course, the students will engage with and compose texts that inform, persuade, analyze, foster understanding and empathy, reflect culture, express feelings and experience, and bring enjoyment.

Math 10F

Grade 9 Mathematics (10F) is a foundation course to prepare students for multiple possible pathways in Grades 10 to 12. Units of study will include: geometry, exponents, linear relations, equations and inequalities, scale and similarity and statistics and probability.

Phys.Ed./Health Ed. 10F

This is a full credit compulsory course necessary for graduation. Students in grade 9 will be given a numeric grade based on how well they meet the learning outcome. The aim of the program is to provide students with planned and balanced programming to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for physically active and healthy lifestyles.

Science 10F

This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics. Students will learn scientific theories and conduct investigations related to cell division and reproduction; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the universe and space exploration; and the principles of electricity

Life/Work Exploration 10S

Students increase their selfawareness and interpersonal skills, and develop knowledge and skills in personal management and career exploration while learning about their interests, personality traits, and values. Students develop connections between school and work develop their confidence, personal skills, and abilities connect skills and knowledge to tasks and responsibilities of occupations explore careers and the world of work, including labour market information and workplace safety and health are exposed to meaningful community and career experiences

Transitional Math 15F

The Trans math course is a half credit course that is designed to promote problem solving skills. In addition, this course is being designed to give students a good sample of both math options that they will need to select for their grade 10 registrations (Essential and Pre Calc/Applied) to make a more informed decision regarding future math courses.

Reading is Thinking 15F

The Reading is Thinking framework is designed to support educators in addressing the literacy needs of students in high school so that students develop the necessary attitudes, knowledge, skills, and strategies to be successful in their learning across curriculum. It focuses on three Big Ideas:

Thinking about Self

Students develop their identities as confident, engaged and motivated readers within their diverse communities.

Thinking about Text
Students develop the characteristics and practices of proficient readers before, during and after reading within and across disciplines.

Thinking about the World
Students will develop critical reading/literacy in order to
  • develop deeper understandings of a variety of text in order to express and substantiate personal positions
  • solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflicts, and take action in their world.

Visual Arts 10S

Visual Arts education develops important disciplinary and cross-curricular competencies for learning and living well together in an interconnected world.  Research indicates that well-designed visual arts education contributes to learning engagement, self-efficacy, and a wide range of positive academic, social, and emotional effects. Visual Arts education offers learners a diverse, unique, and powerful ways of perceiving and making meaning about the world through practices that include drawing, illustration, work on paper, painting, media arts, textile art .  These practices offer multiple ways for learners to engage with, connect with, and respond to their world through various approaches and in diverse visual arts education contexts.  Visual Arts education is not just about learning the language and practices of the visual arts, “it is about addressing who we are as people, embracing differences, encountering numerous cultures, interacting and collaborating with others, and inviting response”. 

Concert Band 10S

Students perform in a traditional Concert Band setting, playing a wide range of diverse musical compositions. Students learn based on "recursive learnings", constantly building on and improving skills they already have as well as learning new material. There are opportunities to travel to Festivals throughout the year.

Digital Pictures 25 + Print Communications 25

This course combines two-half credit courses that will provide students with the skills and knowledge to convey a message through an original digital image and to plan and create documents for personal and business communications.

Exploration of Tech Auto 10S

The content in this course is designed for students wishing to sample Technical Vocational Education such as Automotive Technology. Students will sample the following: 

- Safety and tools and equipment used in the trade. 

- Technical systems like computers used on an automobile.  

- Basic service procedures used throughout the automotive industry. 

- Trending technology coming out in vehicles today and in the future.

French 10S

The purpose of this course is to foster in students the ability to communicate coherently in the French language. The four main skills that we will be focusing on this year are:

1- Comprehension Écrite- (Reading)

2- Procuction Écrite –( Writing )

3- Comprehension Orale –( Listening) and Production Orale –( Speaking)


The instructional approach that we will be using to develop these communication competencies is L’Approche Communicative Expérientielle. This approach is based on preparing students to do a task, accomplishing the task, and then reflecting on what has been learned. As such, students will be expected to participate in the skills development process and will be evaluated on their participation. Students will be evaluated on a continual basis throughout the school year. There will be a formal mid-term exam in November and a final exam in January

Personal Finance 20S

Personal Finance focuses on developing fundamental financial literacy skills, including the value of money, basic economics, budgeting, saving, financial institution services, and investing. This is especially relevant to high school students, since they are entering the workforce and are considering future purchases that require financial planning, such as buying a car, travelling, or pursuing post-secondary education. Since financial literacy is a life skill, this course is a good option for all students.

Drama 10S
This course requires students to trust themselves and others in order to express and reflect on thoughts, feelings and beliefs, to take risks within a dramatic context; and to express themselves through varied forms of dramatic communication. Students will use the building blocks of drama to study events and issues related to their own lives. Students will learn and perform the following: improvisation, reader’s theatre, commercials, pantomime, choral reading, monologues and play building.

Drama is a multimodal and expressive art form. Through this art form, students will develop their skills using transformative learning opportunities that include physical, emotional, intellectual, and intuitive exercises. It is the goal of this course to promote and encourage the use of the following: language, movement, concentration, analysis, self-expression, collaboration, communication, imagination, self-confidence, responsibility and creativity.

Music History & Appreciation 10S

This course is designed to explore the development of music across different time periods and cultures. Students will study key musical movements and genres, technology as well as significant composers and performers. Through a combination of listening, analysis, and historical contextualization, students will develop a deep understanding of the evolution of music and its social and cultural significance to many aspects of our lives.