Course Code Explanation
The first 3 letters are the course abbreviation.
The 4th letter or number indicates the year (1- grade 9, 2- grade 10…)
The last letter indicates the type of course:
Grade 9 or 10
D – indicates Academic
P – indicates Applied
O – indicates Open
Grade 11 or 12
U – University Preparation
C – College Preparation
M – University/College Preparation
E – Workplace Preparation
O – Open courses
Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Aboriginal Beliefs, Values and
Aspirations in Contemporary Society
Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada
Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions
Issues of Aboriginal Peoples in a Global Context
Introduction to Information Technology in Business
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Studies
The Enterprising Person
Entrepreneurial Studies: Venture Planning
Canadian and World Studies
Geography of Canada
Physical Geography: Patterns, Processes
Geographics: The Geographer’s Toolkit
Regional Geography: Travel and Tourism
The Environment and Resource Management
Canadian History in the Twentieth Century
Canadian History and Politics since 1945
Global and Regional Perspectives
Canada: History, Identity, and Culture
World History: The West and the World
Understanding Canadian Law
Canadian and International Law
English: Grade 9
English: Grade 10
English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices
English: Grade 11
English: Grade 12
Studies in Literature
The Writer’s Craft
English Literacy Development
Basic Literacy Skills
Literacy in Daily Life
Literacy for School and Work
Guidance and Career Education
Designing Your Future
Leadership and Peer Support
Advanced Learning Strategies
Co-operative Education Senior Level *
Health and Physical Education
Healthy Active Living Education
Recreation and Fitness Leadership
Principles of Mathematics
Foundations of Mathematics
Mathematics of Personal Finance
College and Apprenticeship Mathematics
Mathematics for College Technology
Mathematics for Everyday Life
Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus
Geometry and Discrete Mathematics
Mathematics of Data Management
Social Sciences and Humanities
Food and Nutrition
Individual and Family Living
Managing Personal and Family Resources
Managing Personal Resources
Food and Nutrition Sciences
Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society
Parenting and Human Development
Computer Engineering Technology
Hospitality and Tourism Technology
Hospitality and Tourism
GLE 3O/4O, GLS 4O
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLING IN GRADE 9
In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.), a student entering Grade 9 in the 1999-2000 school year or in subsequent years must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits. Students must also complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and must pass the provincial secondary school test of reading and writing skills. For students who entered Grade 9 in September 1999 the successful completion of the test is not a diploma requirement.
The combination of compulsory and optional courses is designed to provide all students with the essential knowledge and skills they will need to function effectively in any area of activity, as well as the opportunities to acquire the specialized knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in their chosen post-secondary endeavours.
DEFINITION OF A CREDIT
A means of recognition of the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 hours is scheduled. A credit is granted to a student by the principal of the school on behalf of the Minister of Education.
Definition of Types of courses:
Three types of courses are offered in Grade 9 and 10.
Academic - courses emphasize theory and abstract problems
Applied - courses focus on practical applications and concrete examples
Open - courses are designed to prepare students for further study in certain subjects and to enrich their education generally.
All credit courses are evaluated on the basis of 70% term work , test results, and 30% is based on the final exam or culminating activity. The evaluation process is given to all students at the beginning of each course.
Courses are designed to build the students’ skills and knowledge. In Grade 9 the courses of study prepares students for Grades 10, 11 and 12.
In subjects such as healthy active living, the arts, technological education business and First Nation language and culture all students will take the same type or stream of course called an OPEN course. In the other areas students will choose to study in either the Academic and Applied stream. Academic and Applied courses are intended to give students an opportunity to experience two different ways of learning: academic courses draw more heavily on theory and abstract problem solving; while applied courses focus on practical applications and concrete examples.
Courses prepare students for specific types of courses in grades 11 and 12 that lead to destinations students will want to pursue when they leave secondary school – go to university or college, enter an apprenticeship or find a job. Students will need to take courses in Grade 10 that will allow them to enter the course streams in Grade 11 or 12 designed for a particular destination (University or College or workplace). A student may take different streams in different courses depending upon their interests, goals and learning styles.
Staff are available to assist students and their parents/guardian in selecting courses most suited to the students’ interests and goals.
Five types of courses offered in Grade 11 and 12:
University Preparation Course:
Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university.
University/College Preparation Course:
Include content that is relevant to both university and college. These courses are designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific university and college programs.
College Preparation Course:
Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for college programs.
Workplace Preparation Course:
Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or entry into apprenticeship programs and other programs offered in the community.
Designed for all students at any grade level. These courses are designed to provide students with a broad educational based that will enhance their lives and prepared them to be productive members of society.
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA
(for students entering Grade 9 in 2009-2010 school year or in subsequent years)
Compulsory Credits (total of 18):
Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
1 credit in French as a second language
3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 credits in Science
1 credit in Canadian History
1 credit in Canadian Geography
1 credit in the arts
1 credit in health and physical education
.5 credit in civics
.5 credit in career studies
1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies
1 additional credit in Health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies
1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education (Grades 9-12)
Optional Credits (total of 12):
In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed as available in the school course calendar.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES
As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. These activities may be completed at any time during their years in the secondary school program.
ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
As part of the new diploma requirements students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. These activities can be completed over their years in secondary school. The school policy on the community involvement will be given to all Grade 9 students and their parents. All students entering Grade 9 in the 1999-2000 school year and all subsequent years will be required to pass a provincial secondary school test of reading and writing in order to earn their diploma. This test will be administered while the student is in Grade 10.
NOTE: Successful completion of the test is not a diploma requirement for students who entered Grade 9 in September 1999.
It is our policy that NO STUDENT will be granted a Secondary school diploma unless they can pass a literacy test regardless of when they enroll in the school.
PROVINCIAL TEST OF READING & WRITING SKILLS
“All students who enter Grade 9 in the 2000-2001 school year or in subsequent years must successfully complete the provincial secondary school test of reading & writing skills in order to earn a secondary school diploma.” (Ministry of Education and Training Program & Diploma Requirements document Pg. 10). The test is based on Ontario Curriculum expectations for language & communication up to & including Grade 9.
This is a pass-fail test and will be shown as such on the students’ transcript. There will be no mark given. Students who are unsuccessful in passing the test will be given remedial assistance to prepare them to re-write. The test will be administered yearly and a student will be able to re-write until they are successful.
Students who have not yet acquired the necessary level of proficiency to pass the test will be allowed to defer writing until they have acquired the skills necessary to be successful. The deferral may be requested by the parent, an adult student or may be recommended by the principal.
If a student is not working toward a Secondary School Diploma he or she may, with parental consent and the principal’s approval be exempted from writing the literacy test. Students who are exempted from writing the literacy test are NOT eligible to receive a Secondary School Diploma. If, at a later date, the student wished to achieve a Secondary School Diploma she or he will be required to pass the test.
SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
An Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma provided that they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:
Mandatory Credits (7):
2 credits in English
1 credit in Canadian Geography
1 credit in Mathematics
1 credit in Science
1 credit in Health & Physical Education
1 credit in the Arts of Technological Education
Optional Credits (7):
7 credits by the student from available courses.
(Ontario Secondary Schools Grades 9–12 Program and Diploma requirements 1999)
The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education & Training provide for substitutions for compulsory credits. Parents and students are requested to meet with the student’s teacher/advisor to plan a program that meets Ministry requirements and students needs.
THE CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment after leaving school.
The Certificate of Accomplishment will be accompanied by the student’s Ontario Student Transcript. For those students who have an I.E.P, a copy of the I.E.P may be included.
Students who return to school to complete additional credits and non-credit courses (including courses with modified or alternative expectations in special education programs) will have their transcript updated accordingly, but will not be issued a new Certificate of Accomplishment. The Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted when a student has fulfilled the appropriate requirements.