District High School
Grade 8 Info Session
April 16th, 2014
Our School Team
Steve Poling- Principal
Wayne Mercer- Vice Principal
Rhonda MacRae & Trina Campbell –
Darlene Pike – Special Education Resource
All teachers and support staff… We are
here to educate your child well
Planning High School
Read the course calendar.
Conversations at home about high school.
Talk to your teachers & QE guidance
Take time to dream about the future, set
achievable goals for the next year, then plan
the steps you need to reach your goals.
Fill out the course selections for next year
based on this plan.
It is important for students to choose
Placement at the appropriate level increases
a student’s chance of success.
How to decipher course codes:
(see the course calendar or the option
sheet handout for a list of course codes).
M = Mathematics Dept.;
FM = Foundations of Mathematics;
1 = grade 9;
P = Applied level
Unless eligible for graduation, all students
must choose EIGHT courses each year.
Grades 9 and 10 ---- Grades 11 and 12
Applied ---- College
Academic ---- University & College
Essential ---- Workplace
Open Courses ---- All destinations
Changing Course Levels
Students must take courses at the level of
difficulty best suited to their abilities and
Any decisions about changing levels will be
made in consultation with
student, parent, teachers, and guidance staff –
often including administration.
Diagnostics are done early in grade 9 for
literacy and numeracy skills and
recommendations are made for consideration of
level changes as necessary.
for an Ontario
High School Diploma
40 Hours of Community Volunteering
(documented minimum #)
Successful completion of the OSSLT - Ontario
Secondary School Literacy Test or Course
[offered to students who are unsuccessful on
first attempt of OSSLT]
Credit Requirements for
Ontario Secondary School Diploma
18 Compulsory credits:
4 credits in English (ONE in EACH grade 9-12)
1 credit in French or Native Language
3 Credits in Mathematics (ONE in EACH grade 9-11)
2 Credits in Science
1 Credit in Geography (Grade 9)
1 Credit in Canadian History (Grade 10)
1 Credit in the Arts (music, drama, visual arts, media arts)
1 Credit in Healthy Active Living Education (Phys. Ed)
0.5 Credit in Civics + 0.5 Credit in Career Studies (Grade 10)
+ Three additional credits from a variety of groups
12 Optional Credits of the student’s choice from our calendar
Ontario Secondary School Certificate
and Certificate of Achievement
14 Credits and 7 credits in total respectively
Students who leave school before fulfilling the
requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
may complete the requirements for either the OSSC or a
Certificate of Accomplishment;
These are often granted to students with identified
learning needs and exceptionalities;
Not acceptable for entry to post secondary programs
These certificates may be a useful means of recognizing
achievement for students who plan to take certain
vocational programs or other kinds of further training.
Students who later return to school to complete additional
credit and non-credit courses will get updated transcripts.
Work College University
with courses at
or university levels
with college or
with minimum of 6
grade 12 university
Most apprenticeships require Grade 12
Many jobs/training programs grade 10-12
Good record of attendance
Marketable employability skills
OYAP [Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program]
SHSM Specialized High Skills Major:
[Transportation / Health Care / Business]
PASS[Parents at Secondary School]/Connections ILC
College Articulated Credits (Dual)
AYEP [Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program]
Phoenix Program [for students in care / FASD supports]
New Roads [transition program for 12-16 year olds]
Allows students to earn additional credits in a subject
through a work placement in the community.
Offered to grade10-12 students.
The program involves the following elements: an individualized
learning plan based on the curriculum expectations for a
course and the job-specific expectations of the related
placement; monitoring of students’ progress by a teacher;
opportunities for students to analyze their out-of-school
experiences and to integrate them with in-school learning; and
an evaluation process to determine whether course
expectations have been met.
Youth Apprenticeship Program
Students interested in apprenticeship can participate in the
OYAP [Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program] which allows
them to begin an apprenticeship while they are enrolled in
secondary school. Students in Grades 11 and 12 can earn
credits towards their secondary school diploma while
accumulating hours towards the completion of an
apprenticeship through cooperative education.
Work experience and cooperative education are essential
aspects of school–work transition programs and the Ontario
Youth Apprenticeship Program. Co-operative education and
work experience will be developed and implemented in
accordance with ministry policy outlined Cooperative
Learning and Other Forms of Learning Programs 2000.
Students at QE are
now using a tool
to select courses for
the following school
to peruse this
Be part of
We hope your child’s experience
here is a rewarding one!
Welcome to the
QEDHS Learning Community