Grade Nine programs are the gateway and the foundational year to high school. The Grade 9 year is an important school year for students who are pursuing a High School diploma with Purcell Collegiate. It is a chance to make solid friendships and foundations in learning prior to entering the high school years. At Purcell Collegiate, the Grade 9 programs infuses academic, arts and athletics. Students are presented with a wide range of academic activities while building a collaborative mindset with other students to enable them to be effective team members. The curriculum allows them to see their role as global citizens in today’s world as they prepare to enter high school courses and chart a course towards a potential career. In addition to the solid academic courses, there are also many extra-curricular program offerings for students to access and choose from.
Core Courses include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Art, Health and Career Exploration.
Athletic options range from Basketball, Cross Country Running, Cross Country Skiing, Hockey, Volleyball, Downhill Skiing, Soccer and Golf.
The BC Ministry of Education has implemented a concept-based, competency-driven curriculum. The major shift is from a knowledge curriculum to a skill or competency-based curriculum. Full details on this curriculum can be found at the Ministry of Education website at: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/
With the release of the new curriculum in BC there is also a new framework for recognizing the assessment of student learning through a proficiency scale. Using this scale, students will be marked as Emerging, Developing, Proficient and Extending which in turn matches a provincial letter grade system. Students and parents receive formative and summative feedback based on the proficiency scale and letter grade system through formal reports at both the mid-point and the end of the school year.
Students continue to have scheduled classes and activities on Saturdays and Sundays each month which include both academic and extra-curricular programs. This allows learning to take place in both formal and informal ways.