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Grade 8 Reach-Ahead Credits

Reach-Ahead Credits allow graduating Grade 8 students to earn a high school credit prior to entering secondary school in September.  Learners will get a head start on credit accumulation, develop learning and technology skills that will be useful in all secondary settings while gaining self-confidence through successful completion of a high school credit.

Summer School 2022 information will become available in March 2022.

2021 Reach-Ahead Course Offerings (2022 TBA):

GLS 1O Learning Strategies

This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal managements skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond. Particular emphasis will be placed on skills and tips to manage the transition to high school.

GLS 10 Learning Strategies – Numeracy Focus – UGDSB students only

This course is designed for students who need support to reach provincial standards in numeracy skills to be prepared for Gr. 9 de-streamed math programs. Please discuss this course selection with your child’s teacher to determine whether or not it is an appropriate choice for your child. This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal managements skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond. While meeting the overall curriculum expectations of Learning Strategies, the course will emphasize numeracy skills which students will require in order to be prepared for Gr. 9 destreamed math.

CHV 2O Civics (0.5 credit) – English & French Immersion

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them.

GLC 2O Career Studies (0.5 credit) – English & French Immersion

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits that will support them in their education and career/life planning. Students will learn about global work trends, and seek opportunities within the school and community to expand and strengthen their transferrable skills and their ability to adapt to the changing world of work. On the basis of exploration, reflective practice, and decision-making processes, students will make connections between their skills, interests, and values and their post-secondary options, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace. They will set goals and create a plan for their first post-secondary year. As part of the their preparation for the future, they will learn about personal financial management- including the variety of saving and borrowing tools available to them and how to use them to their advantage – and develop a budget for their first year after secondary school.

NAC 1O Expressing Aboriginal Cultures

This course explores various arts disciplines (dance, drama, installation and performance art, media arts, music, storytelling, utilitarian or functional art, visual arts), giving students the opportunity to create, present, and analyze art works, including integrated art works/productions, that explore or reflect First Nations, Metis, and Inuit perspectives and individual and cultures. Students will examine the interconnected relationships between art forms and individual and cultural identities, histories, values, protocols, and ways of knowing and being. They will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply art-related concepts, methods, and conventions, and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to creative art challenges.

PAI 1O  – Girl Grit *limited enrolment, onsite in City of Guelph only 

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active learning. Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others and develop their ability to think critically and creatively. Girl Grit will focus on an introduction to martial arts, strength training, leadership training and personal development.