Grade 8 Information

Welcome to the SJAM Grade 8 Student Info webpage!  To assist our future Highlanders and parents with the upcoming transition to high school, we’ve provided some useful information below.  Check out resources to get you thinking about future courses, academic levels and life as a high school student!  This includes materials shared with families during our Grade 8 Info Night in December.

Grade 8 Students – Pre-AP application site is NOW OPEN!  Click the link below to visit the site.  Deadline to apply for the coming school year is January 15th, 2018.  Email confirmations will be sent out after completing your application.  Pre-AP decisions will be out by the end of January.

PLEASE CHECK OUT THE PDF PRESENTATION BELOW – PROVIDES OVERVIEW OF WHAT TO EXPECT IN GRADE 9, INCLUDING SCHEDULE, ACADEMIC LEVELS, PRE-AP AND MORE!

GRADE 8 INFO PRESENTATION (2017)

GRADE 9 SJAM COURSE CALENDAR

SJAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SJAM GRADE 9-12 PATHWAYS PLANNING SHEET


PRINCIPAL SHORTREED’S GRADE 8 NIGHT REMARKS (2017)

SJAM STUDENT LIFE – HIGHLIGHT VIDEO


SJAM PRE-AP PROGRAM (Application Site Opening Soon!)

FAST FORWARD PROGRAM INFO


ACADEMIC PATHWAYS IN ONTARIO HIGH SCHOOLS

As you begin to consider which courses to choose for grade 9, make sure you give some careful thought to the academic level you plan to pursue.  Your grade 8 teachers will provide recommendations as you complete your course selections.  Pay close attention to these recommendations, as your current teachers have developed a strong sense of your learning style and what may be most appropriate in grade 9.  The academic level you choose will help lead to certain pathways through high school and beyond into post-secondary.

ACADEMIC LEVEL (ex. ENG1DI)

  • Grade 9 and 10 academic courses can lead to University/Mixed level courses in gr. 11/12
  • Pathway to University as possible post-secondary destination
  • These courses are for the learner who:
    • Is self-motivated
    • Enjoys reading
    • Benefits from independence
    • Likes to explore beyond related learning
    • Recognizes the need for daily homework and review
    • Good time management skills

PRE-AP/ADVANCED PLACEMENT (ex. SNC1DW)

  • Advanced Placement (AP) program offers students the opportunity to pursue university-level studies while still in high school.
  • Students can earn credits for many universities and colleges in Canada and the USA.
  • Enrolling in Pre-AP courses prepares students for success in senior (grade 12) Advanced Placement courses.
  • Pre-AP extends the current curriculum and enriches specific learning outcomes.  SJAM offers Pre-AP courses in English,  Mathematics, and Science.
  • We also offer Enriched French for students coming from French Immersion programs.
  • Students entering Grade 9 Pre-AP courses are accepted based on the recommendation by the feeder school staff and SJAM Enrichment Committee.
  • Students recommended by the Grade 8 feeder school must complete the Pre-AP online application.
  • Students also have the flexibility to apply for Pre-AP courses after grade 9.
  • Although Pre-AP extends the curriculum, evaluation is based on the regular academic Ontario curriculum.
  • Visit our Pre-AP/AP page for more information.

APPLIED LEVEL (ex. ENG1PI)

  • Can lead to College/Mixed level courses in gr. 11/12
  • Pathway to College diploma as possible post-secondary destination
  • These courses are for the learner who:
    • Enjoys learning by doing
    • Likes to learn and master essential skills and knowledge
    • Benefits from more structure, smaller class sizes
    • Reads for a specific purpose
    • Completes tasks in a directed environment

ESSENTIAL LEVEL – FAST FORWARD (ex. ENG1LB)

  • Can lead to Workplace level courses in gr. 11/12
  • Pathway designed to prepare students to directly enter the world of work
  • These courses are for the learner who:
    • Benefit from more structure and reinforcement of concepts
    • Benefits from a variety of different activities to learn and master essential skills and knowledge
    • Enjoys learning by doing
    • Smaller class sizes & in-class support

OPEN LEVEL (ex. AVI1OI)

  • “O” level courses offered in grades 9 & 10
  • Elective courses (ex. Phys-ed, Art, Business, Tech)
  • Appropriate for all students, regardless of level
  • Electives become College or Mixed level in grades 11/12