Honours Programming

The F.R. Haythorne Grade 8/9 Honours Program is for students who do well in school and like academic challenges. Students in the program receive enrichment in all of the core subjects (Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies). Founded in excellence and commitment, it horizontally extends the regular curricular objectives with a focus on higher level reasoning, critical thinking skills, inquiry based learning, links to other disciplines, and optional subject matter. There is no significant overlap into high school curriculum. Work expectations concentrate on quality vs. quantity, so there is no appreciable increase in daily workload. Assessment remains consistent with criteria used by the Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies departments in the regular program.

Students applying must have a minimum of 80% in three out of the four core subjects with a total average (4 core subjects) over 80% as well, based on cumulative work. Space in the Honours Program is limited, and final selection will be based on student cumulative marks. Enrollment in the F.R Haythorne Honours Program requires students to routinely model positive behaviours, work habits, and to demonstrate reliable attendance. Depending on program demand, the actual mark cut off for acceptance will most often be higher than 80% in any given year.

Conditional acceptance will be determined later in April. Students must maintain their honours standing on their final report card in June in order to remain in the program. All applicants will be informed as to whether or not they have been accepted to the program.

Honours

  • offered in core subjects in Grades 8 & 9
  • follows Junior High Program of Studies
  • horizontally extends the regular curricular objectives with a focus on higher level reasoning, critical thinking skills, inquiry based learning, links to other disciplines, and optional subject matter
  • students write regular Grade 9 Provincial Achievement Test