Your High School Program
High school is an important and exciting time in
your life. It is a time to grow and learn both spiritually and
academically, it is a time to meet new friends, participate in fun
activities and choose a path for your future. Some of the choices you
make right now will affect your future and that is why we are here to
help you make wise and informed choices. Visit the Planning Your Future section of our web site for some great information to better prepare you for life after high school.
Faith Based Learning
Catholic values play an important role in how we deliver our high
school programs. We believe that Catholic education fosters the search
for knowledge as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest. We will
provide you with a unique learning experience that emphasizes our
Catholic beliefs and nurtures your spirituality while preparing you for
your post-secondary destination. While attending one of our Catholic
high schools, you will complete four religion courses. Completion of
these courses is part of the requirements for receiving the Ontario
Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Visit the Religious Education section of this site for more information about our religion courses.
Compulsory and Elective Courses
Throughout high school you will be required to take both compulsory and elective courses. Take a look the Graduating From High School link to see specifically what you will need to graduate with an OSSD. We have created a Choosing the Right Courses
link to help you make decisions around your electives. And the
following chart provides a visual display of what compulsory courses are
required so that you can map out your high school career.
Course Coding System
Every high school course is identified with a five-character code for example, ENG1D.
What it means
The first three characters of course
codes are issued by the Ministry of Education and relate to the subject
and course being identified
The fourth character indicates the grade level, in this case 1 refers to Grade 9, i.e., offered in year one or Grade 9
The fifth character refers to the type of
course, in this case D is the course code for academic (D – academic, P
– applied, U – university preparation, M – university/college
preparation, C – college preparation, E – workplace preparation, O –
Types of Courses
Depending on what destination you see for your future,
you will need to choose different types of courses. In Grades 9 and 10
you can choose applied, academic or open courses. Then in Grade 11 and
12 you can choose university preparation, university or college
preparation, college preparation, workplace preparation and open
courses. Visit our Types of High School Courses link for more information.