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Courses & Curriculum
Grades 9-12 & ESL

Private school courses for grades 9 to 12 offered by Upper York School

The accredited programs we offer for grades 9 to 12 were crafted to meet the expectations of even the most demanding parents, which we understand goes beyond the usual standards:  small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, individual attention and academic excellence.  More courses will be added as we are committed to “setting the bar” even higher in the years to come.

 

Grade 9     |    Grade 10    |    Grade 11    |    Grade 12    |    ESL

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#GRADETITLECODECREDITPREREQ.
19Integrated ArtsALC1O1.0None
29Information and Communication Technology in BusinessBTT1O1.0None
39Issues in Canadian GeographyCGC1D1.0None
49Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary SchoolGLS1O1.0None
59EnglishENG1D1.0None
69Principles of MathematicsMPM1D1.0None
79Healthy Active Living EducationPPL1O1.0None
89ScienceSNC1D1.0None
910Media ArtsASM2O1.0None
1010Canadian History Since World War ICHC2D1.0None
1110Civics and CitizenshipCHV2O0.5None
1210EnglishENG2D1.0ENG1D
1310Career StudiesGLC2O0.5None
1410Principles of MathematicsMPM2D1.0MPM1D or
equivalent
1510ScienceSNC2D1.0SNC1D
1611Financial Accounting FundamentalsBAF3M1.0None
1711Entrepreneurship: The VentureBDI3C1.0None
1811EnglishENG3U1.0ENG2D
1911FunctionsMCR3U1.0MPM2D
2012Financial Accounting Principles BAT4M1.0BAF3M
2112International Business FundamentalsBBB4M1.0None
2212Business Leadership: Management FundamentalsBOH4M1.0None
2312EnglishENG4U1.0ENG3U
2412Calculus and VectorsMCV4U1.0MHF4U
2512Mathematics of Data ManagementMDM4U1.0MCR3U,
or MCF3M
2612Advanced FunctionsMHF4U1.0MCR3U,
or MCT4C
2712Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course OSSLC1.0Inquire
for details
2812Recreation and Healthy Active Living LeadershipPLF4M1.0Any health
and Phys.
Ed. course
29N/AESL, Level 2ESLBO1.0ESL
Level 1 or
equivalent
30N/AESL, Level 3ESLCO1.0ESL
Level 2 or
equivalent
31N/AESL, Level 4ESLDO1.0ESL
Level 3 or
equivalent
32N/AESL, Level 5 ESLEO1.0ESL
Level 4 or
equivalent

Grade 9 Courses

Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9 (CGC1D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.

Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School, Grade 9, Open (GLS10)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management 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.

English, Grade 9, Academic (ENG1D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses in Grades 11 and 12.

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, academic (MPM1D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines, and will determine the connections between different representations of a linear relation. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9, Open (PPL10)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy 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 living. Students also acquire an understanding of the facotrs 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.

Science, G9, Academic (SNC1D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

Music, Grade 9 (AMU10)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their life.

Chinese (Simplified), Level 1, Academic (LKBBD)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides opportunities for students to begin to develop and apply skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the language of study. Students will communicate and interact in structured activities, with a focus on matters of personal interest and familiar topics, and will read and write simple texts in the language. Throughout the course, students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where the language is spoken. They will also develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

**Students may take this course at any point in their High School career, but will typically take it in Grade 9 or 10.

Grade 10 Courses

Canadian History Since World War I, Grade 10 (CHC2D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different individuals, groups, and communities, including First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals and communities, in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on identities, citizenship, and heritage in Canada. Students will develop an understanding of some of the political developments and govenment policies that have had a lasting impact on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit individuals and communities. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914.

Civics and Citizenship, Grade 10 Open (CHV20)

Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None

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.

English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course.

Career Studies, Grade 10, Open (GLC20)

Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None

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 transferable skills and their ability to adapt to the changing world of work. On the basis of exploration, refelctive practice, and decision-making processes, students will make connections between their skills, interests, and values and their postsecondary options, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace. They will set goals and create a plan for their first postsecondary year. As part of 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. 

Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, academic (MPM2D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Grade 9 Principles of Mathematics, Academic (MPM1D) or Grade 9 Foundations of Mathematics, Applied (MFM1P) or Grade 9 Mathematics Transfer Course (MPM 1H)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

Science, Grade 10, Academic (SNC2D)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Grade 9 Science, Academic or Applied

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

Literacy Skills: Reading and Writing, Grade 10 OPEN (ELS2O)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to help students strengthen essential reading and writing skills, providing them with the extra literacy support they need in order to graduate. Students will read informational, graphic, and literary texts, with a focus on locating information, identifying main ideas and supporting details, building vocabulary, and consolidating skills in the application of key comprehension strategies. The course will also help students develop core learning strategies. 

Chinese (Simplified), Level 1, Academic (LKBBD)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides opportunities for students to begin to develop and apply skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the language of study. Students will communicate and interact in structured activities, with a focus on matters of personal interest and familiar topics, and will read and write simple texts in the language. Throughout the course, students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where the language is spoken. They will also develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

**Students may take this course at any point in their High School career, but will typically take it in Grade 9 or 10.

Chinese (Simplified), Level 2, University Preparation (LKBCU)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides opportunities for students to increase their competence and confidence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the language of study. Students will communicate about academic and personally relevant topics in increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions, and will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through exploring and responding to a variety of oral and written texts. Students will continue to enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where the language is spoken. They will also investigate personal and professional contexts in which knowledge of the language is required, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

**Students may take this course at any point in their High School career, but will typically take it in Grade 10 or 11.

Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 10 (MFM2P)

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: None 

This course enables students to consolidate their understanding of linear relations and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on-activities. Students will develop and graphy equations in analytic geometry; solve and apply linear systems, using real-life examples; and explore and interpret graphs of quadratic relations. Students will investigate similar triangles, the trigonometry of right triangles, and the measurement of three-dimensional figures. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking. 

Science, Grade 10 Applied (SNC2P)

Credits: 1.0

Prerequisite: Grade 9 Science, Academic or Applied

This course enables students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science in real-world situations. Students are given opportunities to develop further practical skills in scientific investigation. Students will plan and conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to human cells and body systems; chemical reactions; factors affecting climate change; and the interaction of light and matter. 

Grade 11 Courses

Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AVI3M)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may invlude drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emerging technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. The course may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g. photography, video, computer graphics, information design). 

English, Grade 11, University (ENG3U)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course.

Functions, Grade 11, University (MCR3U)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Principles of Mathematics, Grade 10, Academic (MPM2D)

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (AMU3M)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Chinese (Simplified), Level 2, University Preparation (LKBCU)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides opportunities for students to increase their competence and confidence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the language of study. Students will communicate about academic and personally relevant topics in increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions, and will develop their creative and critical thinking skills through exploring and responding to a variety of oral and written texts. Students will continue to enrich their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities in regions of the world where the language is spoken. They will also investigate personal and professional contexts in which knowledge of the language is required, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

**Students may take this course at any point in their High School career, but will typically take it in Grade 10 or 11.

Chinese (Simplified), Level 3, University Preparation (LKBDU)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides extended opportunities for students to communicate and interact in the language of study in a variety of social and academic contexts. Students will refine and enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their creative and critical thinking skills, as they explore and respond to a variety of oral and written texts, including complex authentic and adapted texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities where the language is spoken, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

**Students may take this course at any point in their High School career, but will typically take it in Grade 11 or 12.

Presentation and Speaking Skills, Grade 11, Open (EPS3O)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to plan and make effective presentations and to speak effectively in both formal and informal contexts, using such forms as reports, speeches, debates, panel discussions, storytelling, recitations, interviews, and multimedia presentations. Students will research and analyse the content and characteristics of convincing speeches and the techniques of effective speakers; design and rehearse presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences; select and use visual and technological aids to enhance their message; and assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ presentations. 

Communications Technology: Photography and Digital Imaging, Grade 11, University/College Preparation (TGP3M)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course examines communications technology from a media perspective. Students will develop knowledge and skills as they design and produce media projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. These areas may include TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will explore college and university programs and career opportunities in the various communications technology fields.

Grade 12 Courses

International Business Fundamentals, Grade12, University/College (BBB4M)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (BoH4M)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the development of leadership skills used in managing a successful business. Students will analyze the role of a leader in business, with a focus on decision making, management of group dynamics, workplace stress and conflict, motivation of employees, and planning. Effective business communication skills, ethics, and social responsibility are also emphasized.

English, Grade 12, University (ENG4U)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University Preparation

This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyze a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

Calculus and Vectors, Grade 12, University Preparation (MCV4U)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Advanced Functions MHF4U must be taken prior to or concurrently with Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)

This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modeling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.

Mathematics of Data Management, Grade 12, University preparation (MDM4U)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Functions and Applications, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analyzing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carryout a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

Advanced Functions , Grade 12, University (MHF4U)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Functions, Grade 11, University Preparation, or Mathematics for College Technology, Grade 12, College Preparation

This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

The Writer's Craft, Grade 12, University Preparation (EWC4U)

Credits: 1.0

This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify and use techniques required for speacialized forms of writing; and identify ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers. 

Music, Grade 12, University/College Preparation (AMU4M)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial, and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.

Communications Technology: Photography and Digital Imaging, Grade 12, University Preparation (TGP4M)

Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course enable students to further develop media knowledge and skills while designing and producing projects in the areas of live, recorded, and graphic communications. Students may work in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; radio and audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also expand their awareness of envrionmental and societal issues related to communications technology, and will investifate career opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing technological environment. 

Chinese (Simplified), Level 3, University Preparation (LKBDU)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: TBA

This course provides extended opportunities for students to communicate and interact in the language of study in a variety of social and academic contexts. Students will refine and enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as their creative and critical thinking skills, as they explore and respond to a variety of oral and written texts, including complex authentic and adapted texts. They will also broaden their understanding and appreciation of diverse communities where the language is spoken, and develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning.

**Students may take this course at any point in their High School career, but will typically take it in Grade 11 or 12.

English as a Second Language

ESL, Level 2, Open (ESLB0)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: ESL Level 1 or equivalent

This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country.

ESL, Level 3, Open (ESLC0)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: ESL Level 2 or equivalent

This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues.

ESL, Level 4, Open (ESLD0)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: ESL Level 3 or equivalent

This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.

ESL, Level 5, Open (ESLE0)
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: ESL Level 4 or equivalent

This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.

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