How to use the online guide

Secondary School Courses 2015-2016

This resource is produced to encourage parents/guardians and students to keep themselves informed about secondary education in Ontario and the programs in their schools. Parents/guardians are encouraged to talk with their student to help him/her make appropriate educational plans. The online course guide is divided into the following three sections.

Important Information Section

The important information section provides basic factual information (i.e. graduation requirements, special education, e-learning, etc.) that relates to education across the OCDSB, including a list of programs and areas of focus. Some of these programs such as French Immersion will be offered at many secondary schools while others such as the High Performance Athlete Program are only hosted at one specific school.

In this section there is also a course selection planning guide to assist students and their parents/guardians with the course selection process. Students are encouraged to use this guide and keep it, where possible, in their academic or career portfolio.

Students select courses through a process at their home school. Of particular importance are the following:

The Course Selection Process - The final decision on course selection for students under 18 years of age rests with parents/guardians. Therefore, keeping in touch with the school's guidance counsellors is of great importance. Parents/ guardians should consider the student's achievement for the past several years, in conjunction with the advice of the school, as aids in choosing a program within reasonable reach.

Course Option Sheet - Program selection for September will be made in February. Option sheets are an important vehicle for the educational planning process and are required each year. It is the responsibility of all students and their parents/guardians to complete course selections by the prescribed date. Subsequent modifications to a student's program will be made for sound educational reasons only. Please note that where enrollment is insufficient a course may be withdrawn or cancelled.

Interpreting Course Codes

  • The first three characters indicate the course title.
  • The fourth character indicates the grade level.
  • The fifth character indicates the course type.
  • The sixth character, if present, indicates program or credit differentiation.
  • The sixth character in brackets indicates that multiple courses are offered.

ENG3U(G) means that that school offers both ENG3U and ENG3UG.

Example 1: CGC1P
CGC = Geography of Canada
1 = Grade Nine
P = Applied

Example 2: SCH3UG
SCH = Chemistry
3 = Grade Eleven
U = University

G= Gifted

Course Descriptions Section

Provides descriptions for grade 9 to 12 courses in each major subject area. The major subject areas are listed alphabetically.

  • The Arts
  • Business Studies
  • Canadian and World Studies
  • Classical and International Languages
  • Computer Studies
  • Cooperative Education
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • French as a Second Language
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Native Studies
  • Science
  • Social Sciences and the Humanities
  • Technological Education

Schools Section

  • School Information: Provides a brief overview of each individual secondary school.
  • School Course Offerings Charts: Provides information regarding school courses. These charts indicate by grade, subject area, and course code the courses the school plans to offer to its school community in the upcoming school year.

Educational planning is important to your success at school. Doing your research and making informed decisions will help you to choose the most appropriate courses for your strengths, interests and abilities. Take a few minutes to read about district programs and pathways to success. Make sure you understand the course codes.

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