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Course Selection



Course Selection 2016-2017

Prepare and Research:

Review the courses that are being offered in 2016-2017

  • Moira Course Calendar – www.mss.hpedsb.on.ca/courses
  • Moira’s Course Fair, College & University Fair – February 25th 1:30-3:00.  The following universities and colleges will be attending the fair:
  • Queen’s University
  • Trent University
  • Carleton University
  • Brock University
  • UOIT University
  • Loyalist College
  • St. Lawrence College
  • Fleming College
  • Algonquin College
  • Durham College

2.  View your history and determine the compulsory credits needed to graduate.

  • High School Planner: www.myblueprint.ca
  • The Graduation Indicator will help you keep track of your progress.  Click View Progress for a list of specific graduation requirements.

3.  Research Post-secondary options and determine what courses are required to apply.

Select Courses:

  1. Open your account on www.myblueprint.ca/hpedsb . Use your email and password that you created when you opened your account. Forgotten password can be requested.  If you are a new user, then you must enter your OEN and birthdate.  Your OEN can be found on a report card or student card. Guidance staff will be available over the next few weeks to support students.
  2. From the Home screen, click on the View Courses button that appears in the Course Selection Status box on the left. OR Select the Highschool Planner.
  3. This will open your Official Highschool Plan.  This plan will have your history, timetable and marks contained in it.
  4. Select 8 Courses – ensure you have included your compulsories.
  5. Select at least 2 alternative courses – these will be used if courses are cancelled or you have conflicts in your timetable.

Review and Complete:

  1. When you are ready to submit your course selections, click the Review Course Selections button and give your course selection one final look. NOTEIf there are issues with your plan, you will receive a warning via a pop up box. 
  1. Click on Submit Course Selections. HINT: You can use the comments section to explain any issues to your guidance counsellor (i.e. taking the prerequisite in summer school)
  1. Print - Sign Off Sheet.  Parent or guardian must sign the Sign Off Sheet. NOTE: The sign-off sheet will show in another tab or window – if it doesn’t show after you’ve clicked the button, check the pop-up blocker settings for your web browser.
  1. Return the completed form to your teacher or to the Guidance Centre.

Summer 2016:

  1. In August, review your timetable for 2016-2017 in Maplewood ConnectEd.  Link found in Moira Course Calendar.  Username and password are the same as you use on the school computers. Changes can be made to timetable on August 29 & 30 during preregistration.  

Definition of A Credit

A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course which has been developed from an Ontario Ministry of Education guideline, and for which a minimum of 110 hours of instructional time has been scheduled. The credit is granted by the Principal of a school offering secondary school programs on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Each Credit has a course code that has six characters assigned.


definition of a credit


Ontario Secondary School Diploma & Certificate Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Requirements for OSS Students
A student entering Grade 8 in the 2012 - 2013 school year or in subsequent years must complete the diploma requirements outlined by the Ontario Secondary School OSS document. 
Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements (OSSD) 
To earn the diploma, an OSS student must:
  • earn 18 compulsory credits
  • earn 12 optional credits 
  • complete 40 hours of community involvement activities 
  • successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or Course 

    Please Note:  
    Students may earn a maximum of 34 credits at secondary school.  A total of 30 credits are needed to graduate.
Compulsory Courses (Total of 18) 
4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 credit in French or Mohawk (for native students) as a second language 
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12) 
  • 2 credits in Science 
  • 1 credit in Canadian History 
  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography 
  • 1 credit in the Arts 
  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education 
  • .5 credit in Civics 
  • .5 credit in Career Studies 
  • Group 1 - additional credit in English, or French as a Second Language or a Native Language, or Social Sciences and the Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies or Guidance and Career Education or Cooperative Education.* 
  • Group 2 - additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies or Cooperative Education or French as a Second Language.* 
  • Group 3  - additional credit in Science (Grades 11 or 12) or Technological Education (Grades 9 - 12), or Cooperative Education or French as a second language.* 
* In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory cred¬its, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3. 
* A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. 
* 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.
Optional Credits (Total of 12) 
In addition to the 18 Compulsory Credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Selection of optional courses will be determined by the student’s planned career destination. Consultation with parents, classroom teachers and Guidance teachers will help students determine the best optional courses for their educational program. * The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.
40 Hours of Community Involvement 
Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement as a requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. During the student’s high school years, students, in collaboration with their parents, will decide how they will complete the community involvement requirement. Examples of community involvement activities include: activities within the school such as Student Council committee work, helping an elderly neighbour, volunteering at a local hospital, helping at a community event and tutoring an elementary school student. A guidance teacher will be able to answer any questions. 
Community Involvement Activities must be completed outside of normal instructional hours, and may not be a part of a credit program. Students must not accept money for their time, and will maintain a record of their activities on their Community Involvement Form located in the guidance centre. The purpose of community involvement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play to contribute to their communities.
The Grade 10 Literacy Test 
The successful completion of the Grade 10 Literacy Test is required for graduation. This test measures how well students are meeting the reading and writing expectations across all subjects in the provincial curriculum up to the end of grade 9. Students who are not successful will be provided with remedial assistance and given the opportunity to rewrite the test or will have the opportunity to take the literacy course.
Grade 9 Diagnostic Test; Integrated Literacy assignments in all subject areas; After School Literacy Club. 
Students who are receiving Special Education programs and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) have a fair and equal opportunity to successfully complete this test. Necessary accommodations will be made to support students.
Some students may benefit from delaying completion of this test. The principal in consultation with parents may decide to defer this test in order to allow the student more time to acquire the level of proficiency to succeed.
Exemptions are allowable only for students not attempting to achieve a diploma. 
Literacy Course Grade 12 (OSSLC) 
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative and graphic texts and will produce a variety of writing forms, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing. 
Prerequisite: Students who have been eligible to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test at least twice, and have attempted and been unsuccessful at least once, are eligible to take this course, or at the discretion of the principal.
Ontario Secondary School Certificate
The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows: 
Compulsory Credits (total of 7) 
2 credits in English
  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography or Canadian History 
  • 1 credit in Mathematics 
  • 1 credit in Science 
  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education 
  • 1 credit in the Arts or Technological Education 


Optional Credits (total of 7) 
The Certificate of Accomplishment
Students who complete the PLP/LSP program are eligible for The Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate. There are no compulsory courses required for this certificate. 


Ontario Secondary School Diploma Planning Sheet

Grade 9 Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Max. 34 credits at Secondary School
Physical Education
Group 1
Group 2
Technology (Group 3)

Onine OSS Planning Tool:
1. Visit www.myblueprint.ca/hpedsb
2. Select your Secondary School               
3. Create an account

4. High School Planner


Pathway Options 

 Workplace Pathwayworkplace

Workplace preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship programs and other training programs offered in the community. The range and content of the courses will allow students to prepare for a variety of jobs, training programs and careers.

Workplace courses may be offered as stand alone credits in a core subject discipline (such as math, science and English) or they may be offered as part of a specialized school-work program.

apprenticeshipApprenticeship Pathway
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a joint agreement with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  Through OYAP a student has the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship in a trade while still in high school.

OYAP begins with a co-operative education placement in any one of the Skilled Trade areas. This provides students with the opportunity to gain work experience in a Skilled Trade. If the student wishes to pursue registration in the trade, this generally occurs in the grade 12 year when a second placement is undertaken and the formal apprenticeship period begins.

Students are asked to see their guidance teacher for more information about these and other apprenticeship programs. You can also talk with a co-operative education teacher or technology teacher. OYAP information can be found in the program section of this calendar.

Please note: Planning needs to begin at least one semester before admittance to OYAP. Students may also pursue an apprenticeship through college courses or finding an employer directly who will sign as the supervisor.

collegeCollege Pathway
Careful research is required for planning a college program. Requirements for college programs at all Ontario Colleges are available on the Ontario College website www.ontariocolleges.ca (OCAS). The Ontario School Counsellors’ Association site has information about issues related to making a post secondary plan. (http://osca.ca) For most college programs ENG4C is a prerequisite.

Consult with your guidance teacher, review the Ontario College Guide publication, attend college seminars at Moira, read specific college calendars and the OCAS website in order to ensure you have the secondary school prerequisite courses for admission to your college programs of choice.

Transfer agreements from college to university are in place for many programs. Up-to-date information is available in college calendars or www.ocutg.ca.

universityUniversity Pathway
You are encouraged to do thorough research regarding secondary school requirements for your program of choice at all universities. Six Grade 12 university or a combination of six 4U or 4M courses are required for admission to all Ontario Universities. Admission requirements for similar programs may vary significantly from university to university.

Consult with your guidance teacher, refer to www.electronicinfo.ca, attend the many university seminars at Moira, read specific calendars available in the guidance centre and go to websites such as http://osca.ca (Ontario School Counsellors’ Association site).


Types of Credits

Academic Courses
Academic courses emphasize essential concepts in a subject and the theory related to these concepts. These courses are required preparation for university, university/college and college level courses in the senior grades.

Applied Courses
Applied courses focus on developing knowledge and skills by emphasizing practical, concrete application of the concepts being taught. These courses lead to workplace and college level courses in senior grades.

Open Courses
Open courses are suitable for all students, regardless of their post secondary destination. They are offered in non compulsory subjects and contain course expectations suitable for all students at a given grade level.

Locally Developed Courses
Locally Developed courses are designed to accommodate students who experience difficulty with the provincial curriculum. Placement is determined through the I.P.R.C. process or at the recommendation of teachers and counsellors.

Crossover Courses
Students wishing to move from grade 9 applied to grade 10 academic or grade 9 academic to grade 10 applied are permitted to complete crossover course material. It is provided through the Independent Learning Centre website. No credits are offered for students completing crossover material.

Types of Credit Courses in Grade 11 & 12:
University Preparation Courses
University preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs.

University/College Preparation Courses
University/college preparation courses include content that is relevant for both university and college programs.
These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific university and college programs.

College Preparation Courses
College preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for college programs.

Open Courses
Open courses allow students at a given grade to broaden their knowledge and skills in a particular subject that may or may not be related to their post secondary goals but that reflects their interests.

Workplace Preparation Courses
Workplace preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship programs and other training programs offered in the community.

Transfer Courses
Transfer Courses are made available for students who lack the prerequisite for a senior credit course. They hold a value of 1/2 or 1/4 credit.

Dual Credit Courses
Dual credit programs are designed to assist students in the completion of their diploma requirements and support successful transition to either college or apprenticeship programs. Depending on the delivery model and course, students can earn secondary school credits (a maximum of 4, non-compulsory), college credits and/or Level 1 Apprenticeship certification while attending approved courses at either St. Lawrence or Loyalist College or in their home secondary school. 
College campus programs involve a dual credit secondary school teacher who provides support and supervision as required while the students are on the college campus. Some secondary courses delivered at our secondary school have been developed to provide students with the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the regular secondary school course.
It is important to note that college assessment and evaluation policies are used when determining success in a dual credit course. Students will be informed of what grade is required in order to earn credit for the course (i.e. 50%, 60%, 70%).
Dual Credit courses and delivery models are approved and funded annually by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and administered through School/College/Work Initiatives and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Seats in dual credit courses are limited so admission to courses/programs will involve an application process. 
To learn about the dual credit opportunities that will be available during the school year, visit the Guidance Centre.