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Pathways

Pathways to the Future
What Are Program Pathways?

Program Pathways are specialized programs that offer a comprehensive and integrated set of courses, supports, and experiences that may be spread over a number of semesters or years. A student's program pathway reflects the goals that motivate him/her to complete secondary school and leads to an initial post secondary destination. Program pathways provide students and their families with a greater variety and a wider range of program options. The strength of a program pathway comes from a good combination of complementary courses, supports, and community experiences. (An Educator's Guide to Program Pathways, 2005)

"Pathways thinking" signals a new way to engage in the course selection process. Students and parents are encouraged to "begin with the end in mind" and investigate, select, and sequence courses, supports, and experiences in ways that maximize students' opportunities for a successful outcome. Program pathways provide students and their families with a greater variety and a wider range of program options than have been previously available.

School-based program pathway brochures are available online or in the Guidance office for students and parents.

Decisions Decisions…

Deciding Between Applied, Academic, Locally Developed, College, University and Open Courses can be a Difficult Decision.

Take A Good Look At Yourself :

How do you learn? … What do you like to do? … Where might you like to go after high school?

Applied / College / or University – College (M) 

Students will learn the essential concepts of a subject. Emphasis will be on the practical and hands-on applications of the concepts. Students should be working consistently at or above Level  1+, 2- or 2 before selecting the next course in the higher grade. Students are generally more dependent learners and require greater teacher direction and instruction.

Locally Developed 

Students will learn the most essential concepts of a subject. School Staff generally recommend these courses for students with specific learning needs. Students require greater teacher direction and instruction to accommodate learning needs.

Open

Open courses are designed to prepare students for further study in the subject area. Expectations are designed and appropriate for all students. Generally the optional courses (e.g. physical education, art, technology, business etc.) are offered in the open stream Students can have a variety of learning skills.

Academic (D) / University (U) or University – College (M)

Students will learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related materials. Emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning. Students should be working consistently at or above Level 2+, 3, or 4 (67% and above) before selecting the next course in the higher grade. Students should be independent learners with learning skills demonstrated on their report card in the 'good' to 'excellent' level.

Courses in grades 11 and 12 are designed to prepare students for a post-secondary destination. There are 5 types of courses offered:

  • University: Designed to equip students with the knowledge and the skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs and applied degree programs at all community colleges.
  • University / College: Includes content that is relevant for both university and college programs or for admission to apprenticeship and other training programs.
  • College: Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for most college programs  or for admission to apprenticeship and other training programs.
  • Workplace: Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship programs and other training programs offered in the community.
  • Open: Focus on the general skills and knowledge related to both theory and practical application. There is one set of expectations for all students.