Dear Grade 9,10,11 or 12 Student:

At the start of semester two course selection for the following school year will be distributed by our guidance counsellors. This is a very important event not only in the studentís academic life but, also in the life of the school.

The guidance department will be speaking to each grade level about course selection and distributing a course selection package. Students will log into, select their courses and submit them electronically. Detailed instructions are available in the Choices booklet. If students need assistance with this process they can make an appointment with their guidance counsellor.

Students should use all information available to them to make wise choices. This information includes, teachers, the guidance department and family. These choices must reflect Ministry of Education diploma requirements, talents and interests and post-secondary plans. Apart from the materials distributed to students, additional resources are available on the school website.

For parents, we host a Course Selection Information Evening in mid-February. Please check the student agenda or school website for up to date information.

Please note that all students, at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, are expected to carry a full course load of eight courses per year. Therefore, only students who have earned 23 credits or more and are in a graduating position are entitled to a spare.

Wise decisions lay the groundwork for educational success. Course selections determine which courses 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 the students at this time, there is little opportunity to reverse the decisions at a later date. After June, changes to an individual studentís 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.

Academic success is extremely important. Course selection is an important decision; we encourage all students to make this decision in a thoughtful manner using all of the resources available to them.

Birchmount Park C.I. Guidance Department

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