9th Grade Curriculum and Course Information

Although curriculums vary from high school to high school, 9th graders are generally required to learn similar things. A typical 9th grade curriculum and the courses your child will likely be taking are described below; however, you can check with your child's school for specific information.

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What Is Taught in a Typical 9th Grade Curriculum?

Math Courses

Upon finishing the 8th grade, many students have mastered pre-algebra. In the 9th grade, your child will typically either take a course in algebra or geometry. In an algebra class, your child will work with linear equations, polynomials, terms and variables. If your child is more advanced, he or she will take geometry and learn how write 2-column proofs, work with different 2-dimensional shapes, study the mathematical nature of space and relationships between figures. Still more advanced courses your child might take are statistics or pre-calculus, but this is decidedly more unusual on the 9th grade level.

Science Courses

Ninth grade science courses may depend on your child's math level. For example, 9th graders who take geometry may also take physics because many physics experiments involve an understanding of angles. However, it's most typical for a school to offer an earth science or biology class at the 9th grade level. Additionally, many schools require students to take courses in biology, chemistry and physics to graduate.

English Courses

In 9th grade English, your child will read several novels and learn to write analytical papers. There is commonly a specific amount of reading assigned for homework, which will then be deconstructed in class to teach your 9th grader to think critically about literature. Your child's teacher will also show the class how to organize a paper with a strong thesis and supporting details. Common 9th grade English texts include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell.

Social Studies Courses

In 9th grade social studies courses, it is likely that your child will study world civilizations. He or she will learn about world cultures and religions as well as how to use research tools. It's also common for a 9th grade social studies course to cover historic events and how the government functions.

Additional Courses

In addition to the core subjects covered above, your 9th grader will probably take a foreign language course, physical education and sometimes an elective. Common electives include art or music. You can find out more about the offerings at your child's school by browsing the course listings.

It's also likely that 9th grade will be the year that your child begins taking extracurricular activities seriously. In 9th grade, students can join a variety of clubs focused on activities like chess, music, drama, dance, foreign languages or even fashion.

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