Planning Your High School Program

By: George Harvey Collegiate  09-12-2011
Keywords: Student Support Services, Student Support

Planning Your High School Program

  • Each year in secondary school, students should select courses from the school program with their education and career goals in mind.
  • Students are encouraged to take courses that will maximize their potential, and are further encouraged to expand and deepen their studies by taking more than the minimum number of required credit courses.
  • Our school staff, especially Student Support Services counselors (Guidance), will assist in these course selections and may make recommendations.
  • Students are advised to check carefully for prerequisites and co-requisites when planning their program.
  • The ultimate responsibility for the selection of subjects rests with the parents/guardians of students below the age of majority (18 years).
  • Students who are 18 years of age or older are encouraged to consult their parents.

Selecting Programs - Educational Planning

    A student's academic abilities, career goals and personal interests should be considered when selecting courses. It is the responsibility of all students to discuss program choices with parents, teachers and counsellors. Great care should be used in selecting courses, keeping in mind a good educational plan will generally include eight full courses each year. Students may take four or five years to prepare for university or college.

Ontario Secondary School (OSSD) CREDITS

  • Grade 9 and 10 courses are designated "Academic", "Applied", or "Open"
      Academic (D) These courses cover core concepts plus additional materials. Course work exposes students to both theories and practical applications. The greater emphasis is on theory and abstract applications as a basis for future learning and problem solving.

      Applied (P) These courses cover core concepts. Course work exposes students to both theories and practical applications. The greater emphasis is on practical applications. Course work relates to familiar real-life situations and provides students with the opportunity for extensive hands-on applications of the concepts they learn.

      Open (O) These courses have one set of expectations for the subject, appropriate for all students.

  • Grade 11 and 12 Course Designations:

      U - University Preparation: Course equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to entre university programs.

      M - University /College (U/C) Preparation: Courses equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter university or college programs.

      C - College Preparation: Courses equip students with knowledge and skills needed to entre most college programs.

      E - Employment Preparation: Courses equip students with the knowledge and skills to enter directly into an apprenticeship or the workplace.

      O - Open Courses: These courses broaden students' knowledge and skills in subjects which reflect their interests.


      A credit is granted for the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours


      Each course is identified by a five character code.


    Course Code Interpretation
    ENG2A ENG   Ministry of Education Code for English
      2   Year 2
      A   Advanced Level

    Course Code Interpretation
    ENG2D ENG   Ministry of Education Code for English
      2   Year 2
      D   Academic


      In secondary schools, a student's record of courses and credits earned towards the OSSD is kept, on the Ontario Student Transcript.


      Evaluation will take the forms of quizzes, tests, examinations, as well as the daily evaluation of student work, assignments, projects, etc. The results of evaluation will be communicated to parents via interim reports, final reports and parent-teacher conferences.


    • Proper behaviour and regular attendance is vital to the learning process.
    • A unit of study usually involves the development of a sequence of related ideas.
    • Irregular attendance disrupts this process of development for all students.
    • Students who habitually miss class will suffer in the evaluation process because their participation and achievement cannot be fully assessed.
    • In class, students are expected to behave in a manner that enhances the learning process.

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