A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English Literacy Development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.
A maximum of 2 credits in Cooperative Education can count as compulsory credits.
May include up to four credits achieved through approved dual credit courses.
Elective Credits are any additional credits may be taken to complete the student's program.
Elective credits may be earned in all subject areas including those on a compulsory list.
A credit is granted upon the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours.
CONSERVATORY MUSIC CREDITS
Royal Conservatory of Music Certificates are accepted as Advanced level credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Please see your counsellor for more on:
Grade 11 credit (AMX 3M1) is granted with passing marks in Grade 7 Practical and Grade I Rudiments 1
Grade 12 credit (AMX 4M1) is granted with passing marks in Grade 8 Practical and Grade II Rudiments 1
PLEASE NOTE: "A music credit obtained through a certificate granted by a Conservatory of Music may NOT be used to meet the compulsory credit requirements in the ARTS." (OSS - APPENDIX 4)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES
"God does not call us to do great things but to do small things with great love." Mother Teresa
In our Catholic schools, we see the opportunity for students to grow in their faith life. The following describes how Christian Service offered in our Catholic schools meets the provincial mandate requiring every student to complete 40 hours of Community Service in order to be granted the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Every Religion course has a compulsory 10% evaluation requirement of 10 hours of Christian Service. These hours (with formal written reflections) will also be counted towards the Ministry of Education’s requirement of 40 hours of “Community Involvement Activities”.
Students, in collaboration with the Religious Education program, will be able to chose their own community involvement activities. Students will be responsible for fulfilling this requirement on their own time, in the semester they have Religion, and keeping a record of their yearly activities on a form supplied by the school. Completion of the required 40 hours must be documented and submitted to their Religion teacher or Mrs. Metallo by the student. Students may, and are encouraged to participate in more than the minimal 40 hours. (Students are advised to keep copies of their hours)
*Students are not covered by Workers' Compensation on this activity.
GRADE 10 ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY TEST (OSSLT)
• Students will write the test in grade 10
• If they are unsuccessful they may retake the test again in grade 11
• If they are unsuccessful for the second time, they must take the Literacy course (OLC4O1) credit course
• Students must pass the test or earn a credit for OLC4O1 course in order to graduate
• Completion of the test will be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST)
The Grade 10 Test of Reading and Writing Skills evaluates students' reading and writing skills based on curriculum expectations in language and communications up to and including Grade 9. Students who are unsuccessful may retake the test until they meet the provincial standard. ESL students will take the test only when they have reached a level of proficiency in their language studies. Accommodations will be made for students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). A student whose IEP indicates that the student is not working towards the attainment of a secondary school diploma may, with parental consent and approval of the principal, be exempted from participating in the literacy test.
ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
The Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted, upon request, to students who leave school before earning the diploma. To qualify for this certificate, students must earn a minimum of fourteen credits: seven compulsory and seven optional credits. The compulsory courses must include:
- 2 English
- 1 Science
- 1 Health and Physical Education
- 1 Mathematics
- 1 Canadian Geography or Canadian History
- 1 Arts or Technological Education
Subsequent to earning a certificate, a student who continues his or her education can be granted a diploma upon successful completion of diploma requirements.
CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other kinds of further training. Students who return to school to complete additional credit and non-credit courses will have an updated transcript and will not be issued a new Certificate of Accomplishment. The Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted when a student has fulfilled the appropriate requirements.
SELECTED OSS POLICIES
ANNUAL EDUCATION PLAN
Each student in grade 9 - 12 will prepare an annual education plan. The plan will be reviewed at least twice a year. Students will prepare their annual education plans with the assistance of their parents, guidance counsellor and teacher adviser.
The plan will identify:
• goals for academic achievement
• course selections for the following year
• extra-curricular activities, co-operative education programs and work experience opportunities in which the student will be participating (in and outside of school)
• a range of post secondary goals
CROSS DISCIPLINARY FOCUS
Father Bressani Catholic High School will endeavour to identify the core knowledge, skills and attitudes that all secondary school graduates are expected to have in order to succeed in the world of work or post-secondary education.
All disciplines will share the responsibility for helping students to apply, extend and refine these expectations, although certain disciplines may have primary responsibility for introducing and developing them. These expectations are summarized under the headings of Literacy, Numeracy, Research Methodologies, Critical Thinking, Personal Life Management, Citizenship, Global Perspectives and Technological Competence.
ONTARIO STUDENT RECORD (OSR): RECORDING AND REPORTING PROCEDURES
The Ontario Student Record is the official school record/file for a student. Every Ontario school keeps an OSR for each student enrolled at that school. The OSR contains achievement results, credits earned, diploma requirements completed and other information important to the education of the student. Students and their parents (if the student is not an adult) may examine the contents of the OSR. These records are protected by the Education Act and Freedom of Information legislation.
ONTARIO STUDENT TRANSCRIPT (OST)
• a record of a student's overall achievement in high school
• lists credits the student has earned for their graduation diploma
• includes the student's achievement in Grades 9 and 10 with percentage grades earned and credits gained for successfully completed credit courses