In Secondary III, students are asked to pick their Secondary IV math course. This is a very important decision, as it generally determines their school curriculum for the next two years. For example, if your child chooses the Science Option (SN), they will probably follow this track in Secondary IV and V.
1 – Cultural, Social, and Technical Option (CST)
This option, or profile, prepares students for further studies in social sciences, communications, or the arts. To help your child determine if this profile is right for them, ask them the following questions:
- Do you like group work? Why?
- Do you think you’re a good communicator?
- Do you like seeing projects through from start to finish?
- Would you say that you have an entrepreneurial spirit?
- What social cause would you like to defend?
2 – Science Option (SN)
This option is specifically aimed at students wishing to get into the fields of pure or natural science and research. While a career in science may pique your child’s interest, it’s important to make sure they have the right personality for it. To find out, ask them the following questions:
- Do you want to understand the origin of certain phenomena?
- Do you like analyzing theoretical models?
- Are you interested in cause-and-effect relationships?
- Do you like games that require deduction and logic?
- Do you have a talent for finding the root causes of problems?
3 – Technical and Scientific Option (TS)
This option is ideal for teens who would like to continue their studies in a technical or university program, in a field related to biology, administration, humanities, engineering, etc. To find out if this is the right choice for your child, ask them the following questions:
- Do you like manual work as much as intellectual work?
- Do you like analyzing situations?
- Would you enjoy making recommendations?
- Do you like games that involve material, like LEGOs?
- Are you good at noticing and correcting mistakes?