Course Selection Cycle: Planning Your Pathway

FHCI Course Selection Cycle

What You Need To Know About Course Selection at FHCI

Hit Refresh: Review Your Plan

Know.

Select.

Confirm.

It’s a new course selection cycle and time for a refresh.

Look at the Course Calendar and Program Form.

Understand what you need.

Talk about it.

Use the Program Form to explore and draft your choices.

Consider meeting with your counsellor.

Then complete the online course selection in MyWay.

Don’t hit snooze!

Once you’re done, review your plan. There, you’ve got the reminder.

Confirm your choices in April when you receive a verification letter. 

Step 1:  (Graduating students) currently Grade 12

In January, submit your destination information in MyWay and complete the brief exit survey.  Print it. Get a parent signature.  Hand it in!

Step 2: Entering Grade 10 – 12

Research all of the courses and programs available to you; there are a number of pathway planning opportunities to meet a variety of interests and needs.  To help you with this, please read more below.

Step 3:  Discuss with your Guidance Counsellor, teachers, and parents/guardians for appropriate course and program selection.

Step 4:  Review pre-requisites for your specific courses and grade to ensure subject and diploma requirements are met.  You will find this information within the Academics page of the Forest Heights website.

Step 5:  Current Grade 9 – 11

Please use the Program Form, which has been provided (or obtain one in Guidance), to draft your course requests — remember to post to MyWay once you’re done!

Step 6: All students will be able to access their preliminary course selections online after the MyWay course selection portal closes.  Students will confirm their course choices in April.  Put a reminder in your email calendar right now!

*Please note:  Course availability may change after the course selection process.  Guidance counsellors will work with students to find suitable alternatives.

Entering Grade 10 – 12 Course Selection Process.

Ensure that you’re making the right decision.  Learn how. Here.

Know.

Select.

Confirm.

Know what your 

Grad Requirements

are, and look at the

Course Calendar

and Program Form.

Talk about it.

Use a Program Form

to draft your choices.

Then complete

the online

course selection

in MyWay.

Once you’re done,

check to make sure

your courses are

correct.  Confirm your

choices in April when

you receive a Verification letter.

Learn more about the courses you’ll need and the ones you’ll choose for your Pathway Plan. View the Course Calendar.           

Now that you’re clear on the courses you’ll need, go ahead and plan for your next year. Use the Program Form to plan, then complete your course selections online.

Once you’ve planned your courses on the Program Form, you’ll need to post your requests to MyWay   so that Counsellors are able to see them.  In April we’ll ask you to verify your courses so that your timetable is confirmed by end of June.

 

Click on button to open course calendar.

 

Regular Grade 10 Program Form
Regular Grade 11 Program Form
Regular Grade 12 Program Form
ESL Grade 10 Program Form
ELD Grade 10 – 12 Program Forms

Program Forms & Timelines 2019-20

Course selection workshops for 2019-20 will be on the following days for current students.  The first date is for planning while the second date is when students will post their requests to My Way. 

  • Graduating students, currently grade 12 – January 21 & 22
  • Grade 9 (entering grade 10) – February 7 & 14
  • ​Grade 10 (entering grade 11) – February 8 & 15 
  • ​Grade 11 (entering grade 12) – February 11 & 19 
  • Grade 12 (returning or not graduating) –  February 12 & 20

 Program Forms  are also available. In-school online course selection will be the week of February 14th to 20th in block B in scheduled locations.

​​Classes have scheduled slots for completing course selection that week. If a student is absent for the online course selection in class,  they can login to MyWay from January 21 until February 26 @ 4pm and submit their MyWay printer friendly copy to the Guidance office.

​Course selection verification letters will be distributed in April, and a list of students’ program choices will be available in MyWay in June.

Choosing Electives?  

Why Choosing your Electives with your Goals in Mind Matters

Okay.  You’ve chosen which compulsory courses you need.  But you also need to choose some electives.  Choosing smart electives helps to broaden and develop your skills and interests. And, ideally,  they should align with your goals and aspirations.

If you are doing well in your compulsory courses, you should be able to choose any elective that’s available, right?  Not necessarily.  

First, of course,  you need to work out your program year by year to ensure you have room in your schedule to cover all the courses that each pathway requires.

Post-Secondary Education Requirements

An apprenticeship pathway, for example, may require  technical skills that are different from a college pathway.  And universities have specific requirements that are quite different from college.

As a general rule, you should consider a smart mix of electives

to support your overall goals.

Strive for Balance

For some of you, scheduling your compulsory courses each semester sometimes doesn’t leave a lot of room for extras.  

You should pursue smart electives that will maintain your interest

and develop your skills.

Plan a program for each year that will challenge you and position you for success. What are your interests?  What are your strengths – things you are already good at?  And, what are your goals?

Ask yourself:  

What problems would I like to learn how to solve?  

What change do I wish to see in the world?  

What skills and knowledge might I need?

Your answers to these questions may help you decide which electives to take.

Electives over and above the core curriculum, such as art, music, computer programming or co-op can create a richer learning experience.  Follow your passion in pursuing electives.  

An elective about which you are passionate

can break up a rigorous schedule and help you stay motivated.

Interests and strengths

Consider also your strengths when choosing electives.  A student who excels in foreign languages could boost their average by enrolling in a fourth year of French.  Be advised that universities, in particular, will look for your ability to maintain strong and consistent achievement in a full course load.

Meeting your diploma requirements and preparing for what comes after high school takes hard work and dedication.  

Electives provide you a chance to

show your talents and further develop

your interests and abilities.  

Take the time to prepare your next year’s program.  Talk to your parents/guardians and with your counsellor to map out not only your compulsory requirements but also a smart selection of electives that will add interest to your learning and that will align with your goals. 

(Adapted from content by Great Schools / February 2017)

Career/Life Pathways – Choose Yours.

University Bound.    

You have a very good idea of where you’re headed, and why. You’re applying for scholarships, and to college degree programs and universities. You’ve thought through a plan to do this, and your FHCI courses reflect your pathway plan of achieving your goal.  Innovate, a Specialist High Skills Major, Extended French, or Sciences & Mathematics are just some of the program options. Extra-curriculars, Leadership and volunteer/community involvement are part of your plan.

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Apprenticeship & Skilled Trades.    

You’re suited for hands-on learning, whether it’s automotive, culinary, child development, or technology. You’re ready for apprenticing, likely through the SCWI Program, with dual credits for both FHCI and Conestoga College. You have a practical streak, and are ready to make your life happen. Co-op, Auto Tech, Manufacturing, Social Sciences, 11/12 Tech Math and English are some courses in this area of focus.

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Off to College

You’re exploring your options, and finding your way  through hands on and experiential learning. Whether through Fashion, Co-operative Education, Family Studies, Athletics or other programs, you’re likely building your skill set across a number of subject areas. Expressive through the Digital and Media Arts, Sport or Social Sciences, you’ll be poised for college. You have a range of experiences such as extra curricular sports, student leadership, and community involvement to add to the mix as you apply to college.

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Ready for the World of Work.

You’re ready to graduate after this year. You may be opting to take a gap year, for now, however, you’re ready for a taste of life experience, potentially do some upgrading, or get a job to save some money for your future plans. You enjoy experiential learning and think you’ll take some co-op this year.  You’ve got most of your diploma requirements under your belt, just need English 12, maybe the Literacy credit. And then, you are looking forward to your next steps! Perhaps you’re also working on getting those last hours of community involvement in.  What’s next is up to you!

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Specialist High Skills Major.

You love being inside your imagination and ideas, being creative and expressing yourself. You are a communicator, and a planner hoping to make the world a better place. You’re ready for college or university programs in Arts & Culture or Information Communication Technology as possibilities. FHCI program choices may include World Issues, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Digital Arts, Photography, Music or Drama. Your experiences include co-op, extra-curricular coffee houses, art exhibitions or Film Festival events and coding workshops.

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