Pathways to Success

Pathways to Success

The OCDSB continues to develop new and innovative programming aimed at providing secondary school students with learning opportunities that meet the needs of all students to support their Pathways to Success. The Pathways to Success initiatives focus on helping students to make successful transitions in high school. The following are specific programs that support successful student transitioning:


A high school transition program that welcomes and supports grade 9 students throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, LINK Crew coordinators (teachers) train selected grade 11 and 12 students to be LINK Leaders. As positive role models, LINK Leaders are motivators, mentors and facilitators who guide the incoming grade 9 students to discover what it takes to be successful during their transition into high school. LINK Crew begins with an Orientation Day and the grade 9 transition program continues, providing a variety of both aca- demic and social follow-up activities throughout the year, all of which are presented by trained LINKLeaders during visits to grade 9 classes

Student Success Program

The program focuses on students who, during their high school years, need additional help to be successful in their courses and in their credit accumulation. Students in this program are supported by a Student Success teacher found in every high school. Support is offered to students through Credit Rescue and Credit Recovery classes as well as Learning Strategies courses, and/ or Guidance and Career Education (Discovering the Workplace at grade 10 and Navigating the Workplace at grade 12) courses

Program Pathways

Program Pathways consists of the combination of courses that make up a student's educational program and the supports provided by the program. A properly planned Program Pathway not only motivates students to complete their goals, it ensures they have the right combination of courses and supports required to get them there. A Program Pathway will help students be successful in their transition from high school to the workplace, apprenticeship, college or university.(Refer to page 6 - Education Planner; page 8 & 9 - Understanding Courses and Codes.)

Experiential Learning

When planning their Program Pathway, students might consider exploring the following Experiential Learning opportunities (e.g. courses or skill development) to support their pathway goal:

Cooperative Education
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Ontario Skills Passport
Dual Credits Program with Algonquin College — earn a high school credit and college credit concurrently

Dual Credits

The Dual Credit Programs with Algonquin College are intended to assist secondary students in the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and successful transition to college and apprenticeship programs.

Students can count a maximum of four college-delivered dual credits as optional credits towards the OSSD. Dual credits cannot be used as substitutions for compulsory credit requirements.

The Dual Credit program is a school/college/work initiative where high school students are enrolled in apprentice ship training and/or post-secondary courses.

Through Dual Credits students have the opportunity to:

Earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.
Gain experience that will help them with their post-secondary education or apprenticeship.
Get a head start on learning and training for their future careers.

This program at Algonquin College is recommended for students in grade 11 or 12 and who are enrolled in cooperative education at their high school. Some opportunities exist for courses in the high school or those solely dedicated for high school students.

Admission Procedures for Dual Credits Entry into the Dual Credit Program will be guided through Student Services/DualCredit Contact Teacher(s) at the school. Districts/schools and colleges will coordinate the exchange of academic progress information (marks and attendance) between colleges and secondary schools to support student success. Students (and,where appropriate, parents) will be informed of the credit value, evaluation approaches, and required passing grade for the college course and how information, including attendance records, will be shared between the college and the secondary school in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For more information about Dual Credit courses, go to PASS (Partnering To Articulate for Student Success)

For more information about Program Pathways or Pathways to Success, contact the Student Services/Guidance Department in your school or the OYAP/Pathways Instructional Coach at the OCDSB at 613-596-8211, ext 8697.

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