Choosing ND Courses
If you plan on enrolling in university, college, or BCIT, careful thought and research must be put into the selection of these courses. Since you have all completed Planning 10, you should have already done a lot of exploration of possible careers and post- secondary institutions for your future.
How you select these courses depends on:
- basic graduation requirements
- post secondary entrance requirements
- your interests
- your abilities
- Students should read the Notre Dame Course Guide carefully before choosing their senior courses
- Notre Dame Graduation & Course Planning Guide
You may choose as many courses as will fit into a regular 8 block timetable. Grade 12's with a 80% average in grades 10 and 11, enrolled in an academically challenging program, involved in 2 extra ciricular activies in grades 10 and 11 may have a study block with the permission of administration.
Once you have made your course selections, the counseling department will review your choices to ensure you have the courses needed to graduate. If you are unsure, please talk to a counsellor before handing in you selections. You may also contact Ms. Marghetti.
Please take this selection process seriously. The number of sections of each course is based on the number of students selecting a certain course in April. If there are not enough requests for a certain class, it may not be offered.
Changing your selections in September may not be possible if classes are full.
- VIEW THE ND COURSE DIRECTORY
- Course Transfers
- They have sought extra help from their teacher.
- They completed all assignments and homework
- They are cooperative students in the classroom.
- They do not have the capability, in the judgment of the teacher, to succeed in the course.
- The course does not make them ineligible for graduation.
- Challenging Courses
- Is currently enrolled in the school where the challenge is being requested
- Can give evidence that he or she will succeed in the challenge. The student holds an A average in the prerequisite course for the one being challenged.
- The student work habits, attitude and scholarship in current studies indicate an ability to handle the rigors of an independent study in the area of question.
- If the student has developed an ability or skill in an area but has gained the proficiency in a previous institution.
- Provincial Exam Schedule
If students choose to move from one course to another, they may be able to do so (if space is available) by the first week in October (four weeks after the commencement of school). All assigned work in the new course must be made up.
If a student is struggling with a course after that date, they may be considered a candidate to drop the class if:
Not needing the course to graduate is not a valid reason for dropping a course.
If all of these conditions have been met, the student with parental permission becomes eligible to drop the course. Students will then move to a program support study. Transferring into existing classes will not be allowed. Each course has a determined "manageable" number of students to be enrolled. Overloading a class for late transferees is not an option.
There are no transfers for reasons such as teacher preference, being with friends, etc.
A Course challenge is the process of receiving credit for a Ministry-Authorized Courses taught within the school district through an assessment of a student's undocumented prior learning. There may be courses that do not have a viable challenge because they include a great deal of class participation in their learning outcomes.
A student is entitled to challenge a course if he or she:
Procedure for Challenge
Students may be asked to take part in a variety of summative assessments in the course being challenged. These assessments vary according to course and /or department. Please discuss with the individual Department Head for the requirements necessary for the particular course being challenged.
All challenges must be registered by Feb. 1st.
Please contact Student Services to gain assistance in coordinating the particular requirements for assessment.
For information on the Provincial Exams, including schedules, please visit the Ministry of Education Provincial Exam website.