Grade 9

Your Grade 9 Year

So you’re starting high school! This is such an exciting time in your life and a big step towards your future. There’s so much to learn about earning your diploma, but don’t worry, we’re here to help.

In Grade 9, you start earning credits towards your OSSD. This will probably be a brand new experience for most of you, but it’s not as scary as it sounds. Really, a credit is just another word for course (there are a few exceptions to this, but you don’t have to worry about that until Grade 10). There are two types of credits you need to take: compulsory and optional. Basically that means there are some very specific courses you must take, and others that you get to choose. by the end of high school, you will have earned at least 30 credits (perhaps more). In Grade 9, we will be focusing on your first 8!

You’ll also start earning your community involvement hours – fun!

Only need one or two courses? Jump directly to our available course list, or, are you currently in your Grade 8 year but interested in taking a Grade 9 course? Check out our Reach Ahead Program.

What to Expect

  • certified teacher support

  • working toward your first 8 OSSD credits

  • access to a weekly bible study

  • access to one-on-one guidance support

  • customizable timetable

  • access to myBlueprint

  • student ID card

  • Ontario Student Record maintenance

  • student community activities

The Year at a Glance

A typical Grade 9 student will take 8 courses during their school year. This year is made up of mostly compulsory courses (don’t worry, as you move on to Grade 10, 11, and 12, you’ll have more opportunity to choose which courses you get to take!)

Here at CVS, we offer flexible schedules that you can customize to your needs. Students control the pace that they work through their courses. Below is a sample semester timetable for a Grade 9 student.

PeriodSemester 1Semester 2
September - JanuaryFebruary - June
Period 1MTH1W: MathematicsENG1D: English
Period 2CGC1D: Canadian GeographySNC1W: Science
Period 3PPL1O: Healthy Active Living EducationALC1O: Integrated Arts
Period 4FSF1D: FrenchBTT1O: ICT in Business

Frequently Asked Questions

The tuition for the Grade 9 year is $3,049 CAD. As a not-for-profit organization, we are always trying our best to reduce the total cost to our families. The total tuition is all inclusive, and there are no hidden fees. The only exception is in our English course, you will need to find your own copy of the novel for the novel study, if you choose to purchase a copy this would be the only extra expense.

Interested in only taking one or two courses? Each course by itself is $509 CAD. Check out the list of available courses here.

We offer a monthly bursary that reduces the total tuition by the cost of one course. Learn more about how to apply here. We also offer payment plans depending on individual situations. Please email our administrative staff or give us a call at 1-888-677-6702 to discuss your options.

There’s only one course in Grade 9 that requires you to have completed a prerequisite. That is Grade 9 Core French, and it requires you to have completed 600 hours of French instruction. If you don’t meet this requirement, or aren’t sure – don’t fret, we can help you decide what to do. Send our Guidance Team an email, or call us at 1-888-677-6702 to discuss your options.

Up until recently, secondary students in Ontario have had to choose between academic and applied streams for most of their Grade 9 and 10 courses. The Ministry of Education in Ontario has decided to de-stream all of Grade 9 in an attempt to reduce barriers to education and in order to lift up all students. The courses affected are Grade 9 Math and Science, while English, Geography, and French will only be offered at the academic stream.

Registration is open year-round. If you are interested in starting the school year off with a general cohort, make sure you pre-register before September. Otherwise, you can register for “immediate” enrollment at anytime during the year. Navigate to the registration page, fill out the forms, and follow the prompts. You will be asked to submit a copy of your government issued ID (birth certificate or passport, etc.) once you have submitted your registration form.

Still have questions? View our full list of Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us. We’re here to help.


Below are some resources that may be handy for you as you prepare for Grade 9. If you have any questions, our team is always here to help, just give us a shout!

Available Courses

The Arts

Integrated Arts (ALC1O)

This course integrates two or more of the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts), giving students the opportunity to produce and present integrated art works created individually or collaboratively. Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply concepts, styles, and conventions unique to the various arts and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges. READ MORE >

Business Studies

Information and Communication Technology in Business (BTT1O)

This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology. READ MORE >

Canadian and World Studies

Issues in Canadian Geography (CGC1D)

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. READ MORE >


English (ENL1W)

This course enables students to continue to develop and consolidate the foundational knowledge and skills that they need for reading, writing, and oral and visual communication. Throughout the course, students will continue to enhance their media literacy and critical literacy skills, and to develop and apply transferable skills, including digital literacy. Students will also make connections to their lived experiences and to society and increase their understanding of the importance of language and literacy across the curriculum. READ MORE >

French as a Second Language

Core French (FSF1D)

This course provides opportunities for students to communicate and interact in French with increasing independence, with a focus on familiar topics related to their daily lives. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by using language learning strategies introduced in the elementary Core French program, and will apply creative and critical thinking skills in various ways. They will also enhance their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning. READ MORE >

Guidance and Career Education

Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School (GLS1O)

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. READ MORE >


Mathematics (MTH1W)

This course enables students to consolidate, and continue to develop, an understanding of mathematical concepts related to number sense and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data, probability, and financial literacy. Students will use mathematical processes, mathematical modelling, and coding to make sense of the mathematics they are learning and to apply their understanding to culturally responsive and relevant real-world situations. Students will continue to enhance their mathematical reasoning skills, including proportional reasoning, spatial reasoning, and algebraic reasoning, as they solve problems and communicate their thinking. READ MORE >

Health and Physical Education

Healthy Active Living Education (PPL1O)

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active 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 factors 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. READ MORE >


Science (SNC1W)

This course enables students to develop their understanding of concepts related to biology, chemistry, physics, and Earth and space science, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop and refine their STEM skills as they use scientific research, scientific experimentation, and engineering design processes to investigate concepts and apply their knowledge in situations that are relevant to their lives and communities. Students will continue to develop transferable skills as they become scientifically literate global citizens. READ MORE >