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A Parent’s Guide to High School

What students discover about themselves in high school can be just as important as what they learn about the outside world. Our intermediate and high schools offer a wealth of academic opportunities in a welcoming and supportive environment. Our Parent’s Guide to High School helps you and your child prepare for the transition into Grade 9.

All of our schools offer a variety of sports, arts, clubs and activities to encourage our students to grow and thrive. Students can also become active in social justice and humanitarian projects to foster self-expression and build leadership skills.

Academic opportunities

Conquering the curriculum may be the goal, but that’s only part of what the journey is all about. The high school journey helps students discover their strengths and weaknesses, or their likes and dislikes. We make sure that the curriculum is relevant to each student’s world, so that they can discover their potential and start planning for the future. Our wide variety of program options offer different program paths to meet the needs of our diverse learners.

A Parent’s Guide to High School

Changing grades is an exciting adventure for students, especially when entering high school. They’re growing up, but you still have a role in your child’s education. Our Parent’s Guide to High School helps you prepare your child for the transition to grade 9. Our guide covers the essentials of how high school operates. It outlines what is different in grades 7 & 8, how to keep connected online and in school, and how to be involved in both school events and the bigger picture. Our guide also covers some of the most commonly questioned topics for both parents and students, such as:

  • attendance and leaving school property
  • how to earn credits and french certification
  • diploma requirements and how final grades are calculated
  • community involvement requirements
  • help with selecting courses
  • exploring different program opportunities
  • supports available to students

Also available in the following languages: French | Mandarin | Spanish | Tagalog | Arabic


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Browse our high school program options which help our students on their journey of discovery.

Co-operative Education
Earn credits towards a high school diploma while working for a local business.

Specialist High Skills Majors
Course clusters focused on a specific economic sector, developing skills linked to post-secondary goals.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Apprenticeship opportunities for students who wish to explore the skilled trades.

Focus Programs
Packages of courses which concentrate on a particular field of interest or training.

Dual Credit Program
Credits counted towards both a high school diploma and a college diploma or apprenticeship certification.

Online courses to build independence with more timetable flexibility.

Summer school
Reach ahead, or catch up!

Volunteer service requirements
All high school students are required to complete 40 hours of community service.

High School Course Selection Guide and myBlueprint

We offer our high school students a wide range of courses each year. As learners who will graduate to enter a diverse, globalized workforce, our course offerings are designed to equip each student with the relevant skills and knowledge to pursue their dreams with great confidence. Whether students plan to attend university or college, enter the workforce, or serve as a trade apprentice upon graduation, our High School Course Selection Guide guide helps students keep track of what is required to reach the ultimate goal — student success! It’s our number one priority.

All of the course offerings at the OCSB are connected to myBlueprint, our online education planner. Students are required to use this tool to make their course selections.

Program Nights are scheduled for all schools

Program Nights offer everyone a great chance to learn about our high schools, and the courses and programs they offer. Our welcoming school staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have. If you are unable to attend a certain program night, call the school and book an appointment with a school administrator to have your questions answered.