In February 2021, Fredericton High School revised the
course selection process for grade 9 students making course choices for grade
In the current high school structure, students planning
for grade 10 have the option of choosing 2 elective courses. The
traditional requirements for students at Fredericton High School were to choose
at least one course from Music-10 and Visual Arts-10 and choose a second course
from the complete list of options of electives which include Music-10, Visual
Arts-10, Broad-Based Technology-10, and Physical Education-10.
Fredericton High School has been able to personalize these elective courses to
offer even greater choice, with one from within the overarching curricular area
New for students in grade 9 this year is the option to
choose their two electives from any of the elective options available under the
umbrella of Music, Visual Arts, Broad-Based Technology, and Physical
Education…ie. choose 2 from the 4. This has opened the door for more
student choice and is in line with provincial expectations and philosophy.
We understand that there are some in the music community
who disagree with this change in practice and many have written to us. We
respect and applaud the passion these individuals have for music and the fine
arts. Some have written with the belief that we have cancelled the music
curriculum at FHS in grade 10. This is not the case. The music
program at FHS remains strong and vibrant and will continue to afford a
tremendous opportunity for those who wish to pursue music further, both in the
classroom and as an extra-curricular activity.
We recognize that the interpretation of various provincial
documents might suggest that curricular hours will not be met with this
change. There is more documentation to suggest that the move is in
alignment and a step in the right direction.
Anglophone West School District fully supports the FHS
change to the course selection process and appreciates that it aligns with
provincial expectations and philosophy. The attached response document
provides rationale, references, and data that support this decision.
Music at FHS - Response Document - May 2021.pdf
Superintendent of Schools, Anglophone West School District