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Jennifer Adams
This Secondary School Course Guide is designed to help you choose your courses and create your pathway to success. All our secondary schools are welcoming learning communities where principals, vice-principals, teachers, and administrative and support staff encourage students to achieve.
Educating for success — inspiring learning and building citizenship is the mission of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). We are committed to offering a wide variety of courses in a safe and inclusive environment. In fact, our school district offers the largest number of program choices in Ottawa and we have dedicated and caring staff to help you reach your goals.
Graduation requirements to obtain your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) are set by the Ontario Ministry of Education for all students from grades 9 to 12.
A program pathway consists of the combination of courses that make up a student’s educational program and the supports provided by the program. It is designed to allow students to explore a particular destination and to be successful in their transition to the workplace, apprenticeship, college or university. The various types of courses include: academic, applied, locally developed compulsory courses and open courses in grades 9 and 10, and open, workplace, college, university/college and university courses in grades 11 and 12.
This year, our school district has developed exit outcomes -- 5 characteristics and 5 skills -- that all students will develop by the time they leave our schools. This is our commitment to the students and families of the OCDSB. Click here to learn more.
We are continuing to develop new and innovative programming, including with new e-learning courses aimed at providing learning opportunities to meet the needs of all students. Selecting your courses will guide your future choices.
Discuss your course selection and program pathway with your parent or guardian. Ask your parents and/or your secondary school Guidance Counsellor for assistance. Guidance Counsellors are teachers and are available at each of our secondary schools to help us.
Your challenge is to find the career that fits your strengths and individual talents. Take the time to choose your courses carefully as you prepare for your future.
Jennifer Adams
Director of Education and
Secretary of the Board