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April 15, 2013

Dear Grade 9,10,11 or 12 Student:

In the next week course selection sheets for the 2013/2014 school year will be distributed by our guidance counsellors. This is a very important event not only in your academic life but also in the life of the school. The purpose of this letter is to familiarize you with the schedule for course selection, the resources available to help you make wise choices and the impact your choices will have on the school as a whole.

The guidance department will be speaking to each grade level about course selection and distributing a course selection sheet package. The course selection sheet, signed by both parent/guardian and student, must be returned on the date assigned by the guidance counsellor.

Please use the information available to you to make wise choices. This information includes Choices (the TDSB course selection guide), your teachers, the guidance department and your family. These choices must reflect Ministry of Education diploma requirements, your talents and interests, and your post-secondary plans. Apart from the materials distributed to students, additional resources are available on the school website. Both students and parents are encouraged to visit the website at:

For parents we will be hosting an Option Information Evening on Wednesday February 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Please note the students at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute are expected to carry a full course load of eight courses per year. After 24 credits have been earned a student may choose to carry only six courses per year.

Wise decisions lay the groundwork for your educational success. Your course selections determine which programs will be offered next year at Birchmount Park. Staffing needs are also determined based on courses selected. Because the timetable is built upon the decisions made by you at this time there is little opportunity to reverse the decisions at a later date. After June 1, 2009 changes to an individual student's timetable will only be considered for compelling academic reasons. Such changes would be considered if, for example, a student had failed a prerequisite subject or had earned the credit in summer school.

Your academic success is extremely important. Course selections are important decisions; I urge you to make those decisions in a thoughtful manner using all of the resources available to you.


Mrs. F. Roidis
Head of Guidance