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Benefits for all students

There is strong evidence that supports not having Grade 8 students choose between applied and academic courses when they enter Grade 9. This is called de-streaming.  

Some key benefits include:

  • setting high academic standards for all students
  • enabling students with a range of skills and interests to learn together
  • increasing opportunities and helping to remove systemic barriers for Indigenous, Black and other racialized students, students who live in low-income households, and students with disabilities and special education needs
  • keeping future options open for all students (for example, going to college, university or apprenticeship)