Course Selection

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Program Planning / Course Selection

While some courses are required for graduation, many others can be selected to meet students' individual interests and goals.  As students move into the latter years of their secondary schooling and their goals are clearer, these choices become even more important.

Once students' have made your selections, the school will design an individual timetable for them. Due to timetable constraints, sometimes students do not receive all their selected courses. For this reason students should think carefully about the alternate course choices they list on your program planning sheet; it is quite possible they may end up taking one or more of these courses. 

Students should also be aware that our timetable is driven by student requests. If insufficient numbers of students choose a particular course, it is necessary for the school to drop it from the master timetable. What this means is that all courses listed in this book may not be offered each year. Sometimes due to staffing or other changes, there may be some modifications of course offerings and descriptions without prior notice.

Timetabling (the number of sections of each course) is based on the course requests made by students in February and March. Therefore, we urge students to choose courses and alternatives carefully, keeping in mind the following factors:
• Courses will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment to justify a class. If a student selects a course for which there is insufficient enrolment, the student will be placed in the first available alternative course identified by the student.

• Elective courses must be prioritized on the course selection sheets. In case of a conflict between two courses, the student will be placed in the course with the highest priority and the first alternative.

• Changing course requests is not always possible, even before the beginning of classes. Changing
courses after the initial course selection is difficult. Course changes are subject to space availability and scheduling constraints

• Many B.C. universities require students to complete a Modern Language to the grade 11 level.
• Details on post-secondary options may be found in the District Post-Secondary Handbook or the post-secondary calendars available in the Career Resource Centre.

Program planning for the following September begins in January of the current school year. Counsellors visit our elementary feeder schools to assist the Grade 7s coming to MacNeill. They also visit classrooms to help students currently at MacNeill plan a program that meets program requirements, suits both their needs and interests, and supports their post- secondary plans. Additionally, counsellors host information evenings for parents. We encourage all parents to be actively involved with their son’s or daughter’s program planning.

Program Planning Timeline    

December 8 Grade 7 Feeder School Articulation Breakfast @ 7:30 am
January 8 Registration Opens for 2018 – 2019 for New Catchment Students
January 11 Transfer Applications Accepted (at requested school)
January 16  Incentive Outdoor Academy Parent Meeting for Gr. 7 Parents 7:00 pm
Jan. 15-19 Gr. 7 Program Planning (Counsellors visit feeder elementary schools)
January 25 Program Planning Night for Current Grade 7 Parents @ 6:30 pm
MacNeill Open House @ 7-8:30 pm
January 22 & 23 ELL 1/2 Program Planning
(Counsellors visit ESL 1/2 classes, Schedule TBA).
January 31 Gr. 7 Course Selection Sheets Due (MacNeill will pick up forms Feb. 2-3)
January 30 - February 2

Grade Assemblies for Course Planning in THEATRE:

o   Tuesday, January 30th Grade 9s 11:50am – 1:04pm (Part of P3 + Advisory Prep)

o   Wednesday, January 31st Grade 8s 12:56pm – 2:00pm (Teachers take attendance, all of P4)

o   Thursday, February 1st Grade 10s 11:50am – 1:04pm (Part of P3 + Advisory Prep)

o   Friday, February 2nd Grade 11s 11:50am – 1:04pm (Part of P3 + Advisory Prep)

February 17 Program Planning Night for Current Grade 8 – 11 Parents @ 7:00pm
February 2 Transfer Applications are due (to requested school)
January 25 Incentive Presentation for Gr. 7 Parents (repeat) 7:00 pm
February 9 Course Selection Sheets are due to the Counselling Centre
March 7 Gr. 7 MacNeill Classic Basketball Tournament
April 4 Program Planning Evening for Transfer/New Students @ 2 PM 
April TBA SBT transition meeting with Elementary Schools
May TBA Gr. 7 Tours