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Course Selection for 2017-2018

Course selection for the 2017-2018 school year is underway.  School Counsellors met with Grade 8 classes on Feb. 21 and 22 to discuss course selection for next year.  Each student was given an EMCS Course Selection Booklet and course selection form.  Additional copies are available below:


How Many Courses Do Students Select for Grade 9?

All students should select 8 courses within the regular timetable PLUS 2 alternate (back-up) courses.  Remember that Band classes take place outside the regular timetable and would be selections in addition to the usual 8.


Making Informed Choices

Students should select courses based on their interests and abilities rather than based on what their friends are selecting.  It is important that students read through the Course Selection Booklet with their parents/guardians so they make informed choices.  The EMCS master schedule is built based on student course requests.  It is very difficult to make changes to student schedules in September.

French 9 and Spanish 9 are electives students may wish to consider.  Please keep in mind that a second language to the Grade 11 level is required for direct entry into the University of BC and Simon Fraser University.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk to their child’s Grade 8 about things like:
– is a Learning Support class recommended
– is Introductory Math 9 recommended

All students should attend the EMCS Open House and Course Fair on Thursday, February 23 at 6:30.  This is a your opportunity to learn more about the courses offered at EMCS, meet staff, and ask lots of questions.

The Course Selection PowerPoint Presentation Mr. Phipps shared with Grade 8 classes is available below:

Please contact EMCS School Counsellors if you have any questions about course selection.


Deadline for Turning in Course Selection Forms

Current Grade 8 students at Journey Middle School should return their Course Selection Form, complete with parent/guardian signature, to their Grade 8 teacher by March 1. 

Students who turn in their course selection form late are less likely to receive their first choice of electives.