Planning for High School

Starting high school is an exciting time - there will be many new opportunities and new challenges. Students enter high school with different strengths, interests, and goals. Secondary school select courses that suit their interests and that take them towards goals through an increasingly specialized four-year program.

What to expect 

  • Many courses and programs to choose from - it's a change for you to try new things and discover your interests, skills and strengths
  • An emphasis on planning for post-secondary and career pathways
  • A wide-range of sports, activities and clubs
  • Increased dependence and responsibility
  • A greater need for time management and organization

For the first time in your school career, you get to choose some of the courses you take. It's also the time to explore what you want to do for a job when you're older. 

Secondary School Course Calendars 

The SCDSB's Secondary School Common Calendar provides parents and students with detailed, accurate and up-to-date information about diploma requirements, as well as general information on school programs and courses offered. Additionally, the calendar provides information on county-wide programs, Specialist High School Majors, school-based supports and Student Success initiatives.

Secondary School Program and Course Calendar 2018-2019

Four-year high school program ("34-credit threshold")

The Ministry of Education is putting in place a cap that would allow students to take up to 34 credits. Thirty credits are required to graduate, so this would allow for an additional four credits which is equivalent to a semester. For more information, please visit the Ministry website.


Curriculum and requirements

The following links provide more information about secondary school courses and graduation requirements.

Students are also required to complete 40 hours of community involvement, which will help them explore and expand interests and prepare them for responsible citizenship.

Helpful links

School specific information and course calendars

Course Selection Guide for Students and Families 

This video guide provides families with secondary school background information to support decisions about the types of programs available to best suite your child's learning needs.

 



All About High School

 

All About High School guide for familiesAll About High School is a guide designed to help you support your teen through the high school years. In addition to graduation requirements, it provides an overview of the range of opportunities and support we provide for students, from guidance and career education, to support for student mental health needs.