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Course Types

Grades 9-10

As a high school student, you will have important choices to make that will open doors to your future.  One of the most important will be which course type to choose.  In grade 9 (2021-2022) and 10 (2021-2022) there are two course types: Academic and Open courses.

Academic (Grades 9 and 10)

  • Cover the core content and have an emphasis on theoretical and conceptual learning
  • Example: English - ENG1D

Grades 9-12


Open (Grades 9-12)

  • Learning expectations are the same for all students
  • Designed to prepare students for further study and to enrich general education in a subject
  • Can be counted as compulsory or elective credits
  • Example: Health and Physical Education - PPL1O


Alternative (No Credit, Grades 9-12)

  • ‘K’ courses focus on specific skill development which may be taken in preparation for credit courses or in place of
  • Designed to meet students' education needs not met by existing credit courses

Grades 11-12


College Preparation Courses (Grades 11 and 12), C in the 5th position

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet entrance requirements for most college programs
  • Emphasis is on concrete applications of the theoretical material covered in the course and development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Focus on the development of independent research skills and independent learning skills
  • Example: Foundations for College Math - MBF3C


University Preparation Courses (Grades 11 and 12), U in the 5th position

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet entrance requirements for university study
  • Emphasis on theoretical aspects of the course content, with supporting applications
  • Courses will focus on the development of both independent research skills and independent learning skills
  • Example: Challenge and Change in Society - HSB4U


University/College Preparation Courses (Grades 11 and 12), M in the 5th position

  • Include content that is relevant for both university and college programs
  • Provide students with knowledge and skills needed to meet entrance requirements for specific university and college programs
  • Emphasis on both theoretical aspects and related concrete applications of the course content
  • Example: Financial Accounting Fundamentals - BAF3M

Workplace Preparation Courses (Grades 11 and 12), E in the 5th position

  • Prepare students to move directly into the workplace or to be admitted to apprenticeship or other training programs in the community
  • Emphasis on practical workplace skills
  • Example: Environmental Science - SVN3E

Dual Credit Programs

  • Designed to help students finish Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and move on successfully to college and apprenticeship programs
  • Focus is on students facing challenges in graduating 
  • A maximum of four optional credits may count toward the OSSD for approved college courses or Level 1 Apprenticeship college-delivered Dual Credit programs

Credit Recovery Courses

  • Designed for a group of students through referral from the Student Success Team
  • Provide opportunity to get a credit without repeating the entire course
  • Provide support to students by way of intervention to support successful completion of the credit. See Guidance Counsellor for details.

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