Contact Information 

 

49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472

E-Mail:

 sydacademy@gnspes.ca

 

 


Guidance Office:

 

Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747

 

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Registration Policy

Registration Policy

Students will complete their registration form in March. Please note that school officials will be very hesitant to make changes in courses once the school year has started. Decisions on teacher assignments and staff allocation are made on the basis of student course requests in April and May. Changes in course requests lead to imbalances in class sizes, which are unfair for students and teachers. It is very important that careful selection of courses and subjects be made in April.Students who have not attained a mark of 50% or better in a subject are not permitted to register in that subject at the next grade level. If it is a compulsory course (eg. English), students must re-register for that subject at the same level. If the course is an elective, students can re-register for that course at the same level or select another subject. It is the responsibility of the student to change a course level if required due to failure or pass of a subject in June. Students in grades ten and eleven may take a reduced course load under certain conditions.For grade ten and eleven students, a full course load is eight (8) courses - four each semester. For grade twelve students, a full course load is a minimum of seven (7) courses with no more than one study period per semester, provided there are no failures on the transcript. Post grads and mature students must take a full load unless given special permission to take a reduced course load by the administration. Students choosing to take a reduced course load should be aware of the following:

  • Eligibility for co/extra curricular activities will be lost if even one failure occurs. Please review theDiscipline Policy for more information on academic eligibility.
  • Students should investigate fully their eligibility for scholarships and bursaries.
  • Especially for students in grade 12 - investigate fully how a reduced course load will affect your eligibility for entrance into programs at any post-secondary institution.

Once failing students have re-registered in June, registration will be considered final and only under special circumstances will a student be permitted to change his/her course or subject. The Guidance Office will be open in late August for new residents to the area to register and for those who must change their registration. ONCE SCHOOL BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE COURSE CHANGES..

Guidelines For Registration

Each student will be given a ‘BLUE FORM’ on which to list the courses for which she/he wishes to register. The student must then obtain the current teachers' signatures for each prerequisite subject. The student and parent/guardian must sign this form and include the home phone and parent email address.
Students who must change courses due to failed/passed subjects must finalize these changes before the start of the next semester.
Class size severely limits course changing and careful selection between April and June is the best means of assuring that the student is in a course of study that suits his/her ability, interest, and vocational goals.

Registration Policy

  1. Students will complete their registration form in early March. Please note that school officials will be very hesitant to make changes in courses once the school year has started. Decisions on teacher assignments and staff allocation are made on the basis of student course requests in April. Changes in course requests lead to imbalances in class sizes, which are unfair for students and teachers. It is very important that careful selection of courses and subjects be made.

 

  1. Students who have not attained a mark of 50% or better in a subject are not permitted to register in that subject at the next grade level. If it is a compulsory course (eg. English), students must re-register for that subject at the same level. If the course is an elective, students can re-register for that course at the same level or select another subject. It is the responsibility of the student to change a course level if required due to failure or pass of a subject in June.

 

  1. Sydney Academy urges students to choose courses with great care.  Their registration should be based on their interests, aptitudes, and career plans.  All students are required to take a full course load while at Sydney Academy.  For grade ten and eleven students, a full course load is eight courses; four each semester.  For grade twelve students a full course load is at least seven courses. We encourage students entering grade twelve to register for a full 8 courses and then one can be dropped. Students enrolling in the minimum of 7 courses are required to keep all courses and no drops are allowed.  Post grads and mature students must take a full course load unless given special permission to take a reduced course load by the administration.

 

  1. Students should investigate fully their eligibility for scholarships and bursaries. Especially for students in grade 12 - investigate fully how a reduced course load will affect your eligibility for entrance into programs at any postsecondary institution. Once failing students have re-registered in June, registration will be considered final and only under special circumstances will a student be permitted to change his/her course or subject. The Guidance Office will be open in late August for new residents to the area to register and for those who must change their registration. ONCE SCHOOL BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE COURSE CHANGES.

 

  1. Timetables will be generated by the computer. Courses are randomly assigned to semester 1 or 2. It is not always possible to avoid an unbalanced load. Students do not have the option of indicating which courses should be scheduled in each semester. Your alternate courses may need to be used to replace selections only in case of a conflict.

  1. Sometimes students may decide that the IB Diploma Program is not a good fit for them. Students who have registered for the IBDP are expected to complete their Grade 11 year and it is at this juncture that the student is advised to leave the program to support their transition to the regular academic program and register for courses that are required for a Nova Scotia graduation certificate.

 

 


Guidelines For Registration

Each student will be given a ‘BLUE FORM’ on which to list the courses for which she/he wishes to register. The student must then obtain the current teachers' signatures for each prerequisite subject. The student and parent/guardian must sign this form and include the home phone and parent email address.
Students who must change courses due to failed/passed subjects must finalize these changes before the start of the next semester.
Class size severely limits course changing and careful selection between April and June is the best means of assuring that the student is in a course of study that suits his/her ability, interest, and vocational goals.

Registration Policy

  1. Students will complete their registration form in early March. Please note that school officials will be very hesitant to make changes in courses once the school year has started. Decisions on teacher assignments and staff allocation are made on the basis of student course requests in April. Changes in course requests lead to imbalances in class sizes, which are unfair for students and teachers. It is very important that careful selection of courses and subjects be made.

  1. Students who have not attained a mark of 50% or better in a subject are not permitted to register in that subject at the next grade level. If it is a compulsory course (eg. English), students must re-register for that subject at the same level. If the course is an elective, students can re-register for that course at the same level or select another subject. It is the responsibility of the student to change a course level if required due to failure or pass of a subject in June.

  1. Sydney Academy urges students to choose courses with great care.  Their registration should be based on their interests, aptitudes, and career plans.  All students are required to take a full course load while at Sydney Academy.  For grade ten and eleven students, a full course load is eight courses; four each semester.  For grade twelve students a full course load is at least seven courses. We encourage students entering grade twelve to register for a full 8 courses and then one can be dropped. Students enrolling in the minimum of 7 courses are required to keep all courses and no drops are allowed.  Post grads and mature students must take a full course load unless given special permission to take a reduced course load by the administration.

  1. Students should investigate fully their eligibility for scholarships and bursaries. Especially for students in grade 12 - investigate fully how a reduced course load will affect your eligibility for entrance into programs at any postsecondary institution. Once failing students have re-registered in June, registration will be considered final and only under special circumstances will a student be permitted to change his/her course or subject. The Guidance Office will be open in late August for new residents to the area to register and for those who must change their registration. ONCE SCHOOL BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE COURSE CHANGES.

  1. Timetables will be generated by the computer. Courses are randomly assigned to semester 1 or 2. It is not always possible to avoid an unbalanced load. Students do not have the option of indicating which courses should be scheduled in each semester. Your alternate courses may need to be used to replace selections only in case of a conflict.

  1. Sometimes students may decide that the IB Diploma Program is not a good fit for them. Students who have registered for the IBDP are expected to complete their Grade 11 year and it is at this juncture that the student is advised to leave the program to support their transition to the regular academic program and register for courses that are required for a Nova Scotia graduation certificate.