Your High School Program

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

Our 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 – open courses

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.