Course Selection for 2023 – 2024
for Students Entering Grade 9

Welcome to EMCS!

The information on this page provides the information you need to make informed choices for Grade 9.  At EMCS, we build the school’s schedule based on students’ course requests and do our very best to schedule students in all the courses they request.  Please contact EMCS School Counsellors if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to having you join us in September. 

How Many Courses Do Students Select for Grade 9?

  • 9 “primary” requests
  • 3 “alternate” (back-up) requests.   Students may be scheduled in an alternate course if they are unable to take one of their primary elective choices due to class size limits, class conflicts, etc.
  • Plus any additional “outside timetable” classes (Band, Drumline, Leadership) which take place after school and/or at lunch.

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 descriptions with their parents/guardians so they make informed choices.  The EMCS schedule is built based on student course requests and 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 teacher about things like:

  • is Introductory Math 9 recommended?
  • is a second language recommended?

Do You Have Questions?

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

Your current Grade 8 teachers are also a good source of support and will be able to offer advice and answer many of your questions about course selection.

Course Selection Steps

1.  Read the Grade 8 Welcome Letter 2023 mailed home in mid-January.

2.  The presentation shown at the Parent Night is available here.

3.  Read Grade 9 course selection 2023-24.

4.  Fill in your Course Planning Worksheet and turn it in to your Grade 8 teacher by January 27.

5.  Read the  MyEd Student Portal Instructions 2023-24 that were mailed home.  If you didn’t receive a package in the mail, please contact the EMCS office at 250-642-5211.  Log in to your MyEdBC Student Portal account using the MyEducationBC link below.  The course selection feature in your Student Portal account will be available between January 31 and Feb. 10.       

6.  EMCS staff will visit Journey classes January 31 and February 1 to answer any questions about courses.  During the visit EMCS Staff will also assist students with logging on to the Student Portal and entering course requests.

7.  Submit your course requests in the Student Portal by February 10.  If you need assistance with the MyEdBC Student Portal, please contact the EMCS office at 250-642-5211.


  • Select 9 primary requests.
  • Select any additional “outside timetable courses” you would like (optional).
  • Select 3 alternate requests.  These must be different from your primary requests.

Course Selection Deadline

Current Grade 8 students at Journey Middle School should submit their course requests on the MyEdBC Student Portal no later than February 10.

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