Grade 9 Program

Grade 9s are given the opportunity to begin selecting courses that meet their interests and passions, and continue to maintain the academic program they began in Grade 8.

English 9
Students will work with more mature subject matter and themes, and will demonstrate growth in various areas. Increased focus will be given to formal written expression in paragraph and essay forms, and oral expression including presentations and poetry. Content may include play study and storytelling, short stories, literature circles, creative writing, and the use of technology.

Socials Studies 9
European history is surveyed from the 18th to the 19th centuries with a focus on the French and Industrial Revolutions. North American history focuses on the foundation of the United States and Canadian history 1800 to 1918. This course will examine power structures, revolution and the development of the modern political system.

Science 9
Science 9 involves continued investigations in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Laboratory investigations are a component of this course.

Math 9
This course expands on mathematical concepts covered in Grade 8 by introducing polynomials, exponent laws, linear equations and relations, and financial literacy. Technology is integrated throughout the course so students are encouraged to bring a device to access online resources. Students have the option to gain credit for Math 9 Honours by completing enrichment honours assignments and projects and participating in the Canadian Mathematics Competition.

Physical Health Education 9
Physical Education 9 will include exposure to a wide variety of team, partner and individual activities with emphasis on basic skill development, fitness and sportsmanship. Students will also participate in active health labs. The students will participate in some off-campus activities as an introduction to community based recreation opportunities.

Languages: Choose at least one (unless you did not take Languages 8)
French 9
This is a course still primarily focused on the acquisition of French language skills. Students will continue to develop and improve their vocabulary and grammar which will enable them to engage in authentic French dialogues. This course is project based with many student centered activities. Participation is the key to success in this course. The thematic units in French 9 are: Free time, At home, In the City, Vacation.  Prerequisite – successful completion of French 8 with “S” work habit.

Spanish 9
This course is an introduction to Spanish for students in grades 9 and 10 who wish to pursue a second language. The emphasis will be on language acquisition through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will be immersed in Spanish culture from around the world and learn about friends, school, food and pastimes/hobbies. Prerequisite: Languages 8 with “S” work habit.

Grade 9 Electives

*Grade 9s should take at least 1 ART EDUCATION and 1 ADST course
***Students should select at least 2 electives.  Select 3 if you are not in a language.

Drama 9 (ART EDUCATION)
This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. In this class, students will have an opportunity to use those voices for rich storytelling, learn about the world of filmmaking and scriptwriting, and take the next step in becoming a confident performer, both on stage and in our daily lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyze drama to build a better understanding of the connections between the art and yourself, as well as the rest of the world. We will practice our improvisation skills, tackle some short plays and dig deeper into our favourite shows and movies!

Visual Arst 9 (ART EDUCATION) 
Open to all Grade 9 and 10 students. Come and explore the elements and principles of design as they apply to drawing, painting and sculpture. Students will learn various techniques to develop both drawing and painting skills in portraiture, still life and landscape. Work with various mediums such as charcoal, pastels, and acrylics. Enjoy 3-D sculpture work with clay and paper mache. Learn block print making and create comic art.

Guitar 9 – Beginner (open to all grades)(ART EDUCATION)
Do you want to learn how to play guitar and impress all of your friends?  Do you want to be the life of the party around a campfire next summer? Well, this is course for you!  In Guitar 9, you will learn all of the basics needed to learn and play YOUR favourite songs, while learning how to play a bunch of other cool songs along the way.

Digital Photography 9/Art Education 9 (ART EDUCATION)
Digital Photography focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a digital camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. Students learn image techniques and digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, teaching them how to archive, organize and optimize their photographs for print or web purposes. Students will learn how to manage and creatively alter digital images as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society today.

Computers 9  (ADST)
This course is designed to educate students on the ever-changing digital world, as well as to provide hands-on experience with industry standard software and equipment. The curriculum covers a wide range of areas, so it appeals to a diverse group of students. Topics covered in computer classes include graphic design, animation, audio production, video production, and web design.

Textiles 9 (ADST)
Express your unique sense of style. This course is an introduction to clothing construction. Students will learn the basics of sewing on sewing machines and sergers. Various sewing techniques and the reading of commercial patterns will be a focus. Evaluation is based on theory, practical work and daily progress. Projects include: handbags, pajamas, skirts and shorts.

Culinary Training 9 (ADST)
These courses are designed to give students a basic overview of working in a restaurant or banquet style kitchen. Areas of study include: basic cooking & baking skills, proper use & care of a chef’s knife & other kitchen equipment. Students will complete Food Safe Level I and receive a corresponding certificate essential for employment in the food service industry. Daily production of food for the school’s cafeteria provides students with the hands on opportunity to develop marketable skills which can lead to direct employment.

Foods 9 (ADST)
Students will start with basic recipes and the theory accompanying them, then progress to more difficult and multi-course meals. Topics covered include, principles of food production and their relationship to the environment, nutrition, careers in hospitality, food marketing, and consumerism. This course will provide students with more than the basics to prepare meals at home, or start off in the food industry. Please note that this course is 60% practical and 40% theory.

Digital Photography 9 (ADST) (if already in one Arts Education Course)
Digital Photography focuses on understanding the basic operations and functions of a digital camera and the manipulation of its settings to achieve a specific result. Students will learn about photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting. Students learn image techniques and digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, teaching them how to archive, organize and optimize their photographs for print or web purposes. Students will learn how to manage and creatively alter digital images as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society today.

Woodwork 9 (ADST)
Woodwork 9 and Woodwork 10 are introductory courses that are available to all grade 9 and 10 boys and girls. The course places great emphasis on safe work practices through all of the stages of project development and completion. Students will complete a minimum of 2 teacher assigned projects. Through inquiry and design, many students will have the opportunity to complete a third project of their choice. Some of the machines used at this level will include mitre saw, table saw, jointer, thickness planer and most portable electric and cordless tools. Accurate measurement and work will be an ongoing part of the course. Appropriate finishing methods will be explored as well.

Metalwork 9 (ADST)
Metalwork 9 and Metalwork 10 are introductory courses that are available to all grade 9 and 10 students. The course places great emphasis on safe work practices through all of the stages of project development and completion. Students will complete a minimum of 2 teacher assigned projects. Through inquiry and design, some students will have the opportunity to complete a third project of their choice. Some of the machines used at this level may include: band saw, lathe, milling machine, welders as well as most portable electric and cordless tools. Accurate measurement, good design and quality work will be an ongoing part of the course. Appropriate finishing methods will be explored as well.

Hockey Academy (Must apply in advance, Fee is applicable)
A typical week for Academy players includes:
– 2 hours on ice, skill based instruction
– 1 hour off ice conditioning/events or class room sessions—Theory instruction provides players with skill breakdowns, progressions, practice planning, proper nutritional strategies for high-level performance and motivation and goal setting.