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Specialized Programs


Dual Credits

Dual Credits

Dual credit programs are designed to assist students in the completion of their diploma requirements and support success ful 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 credit 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.


The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing access to appropriate programs for all our students. One of the board’s innovative ways to deliver courses to students is through e-Learning. Students from all secondary schools may register in courses that they cannot access in their home school. These students then get a login to our state-of-the-art e-Learning platform where they access course materials and assignments, and communicate with their teacher and ‘classmates’.

Course offerings are determined based on what schools are unable to offer in-house so vary from year-to-year. We have over 25 courses to choose from with more being developed all the time. Students enjoy the flexibility that e-Learning offers, and will learn transferable skills such as time management, organization, and work habits, as well as various technology skills.

Spaces are limited, and students need to have the approval of their Principal and Guidance Teacher. Students should check with their Guidance Teacher to find out what courses are available and how to register. More information is also available by visiting our website at http://www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/elearning/




An Adventure in Learning
Geoventure is designed to link the expectations of four courses together into a meaningful program over a semester of study.   Using outdoors skills and community involvement as a vehicle, students will be immersed in learning about themselves as active community members.  This unique opportunity will provide foundation skills for leadership, decision making and personal growth.

Winter activities & Survival Skills
Hiking & Outdoor Education
Biking through the County
Canoeing local waters
Camping in the wilderness


Exciting real life experiences
Leadership skills

Cooperation and teamwork
Critical thinking development
Environmental awareness


Science (SNC 2D/2P)
Civics/Careers (CHV 2O/GLC 2O)

Outdoor Education (PAF2O1)

Math (MPM2D1)

Interested in this adventure?
Contact Guidance or Ms. Sheppard for an application form.
Application process occurs in February for Grade 9 Students.
Course fee of $425 applies. Financial support may be available.
962-8668 x 1134 OR 962-8668 x 1447


Hockey Canada Skills Academy
The Hockey Canada Skills Academy aims to enhance academic achievement through the motivation of establishing a balance between academics and athletics within the school system. The program maximizes arena availability during school hours thus allowing players to train throughout the year to further enhance their individual technical and tactical skills.

PAL1O1/2O1 alt Grade 9 & 10, Introduction to Hockey: Skills & Theory, Open
Prerequisite: None.

This course is open to both male and female students with hockey skills ranging from beginner to advanced. Healthy Active Living concepts - Active Participation, Physical Fitness, and Safety will be taught through the facilitation of the game of hockey. Students will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic to advanced hockey skills both on-ice and in a gym setting and to develop goal setting, communication, and social skills. Further emphasis will be placed on the rules, history, and training principles of the game. In class instruction will cover all components of the Healthy Active Living course profile at this grade level. They will investigate issues related to healthy growth and sexuality, the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and personal safety and injury prevention. A fee of $200.00 is required for this course to cover the cost of ice time. Financial support may be available.

IDC3O1/4O1 alt Grade 11 & 12, Introduction to Hockey: Skills & Theory, Open
Prerequisite: One Grade 9 or 10 Physical and Health Education course.
This course is open to both male and female hockey players from beginner to advanced and will combine a physical component, cooperative education placement along with theoretical concepts. Students will have the opportunity to practice basic to advanced hockey skills both on-ice and in a gym setting. A strong emphasis will be placed on skill attainment that students will be able to apply to their game or as application to any coaching pursuits that they may wish to undertake. Study of theory as it applies to hockey, both in coaching and proper teaching techniques for skill enhancement will take place in the classroom setting. Topics will include coaching methodology, motivation, nutrition, dry-land conditioning and essential skills training. Students enrolled will also be responsible for completion of an on-site placement with a local employer to gain further insight into the business of hockey. A fee of $200.00 is required for this course to cover the cost of ice time. Financial support may be available.


International Baccalaureate Programme

IB Foundations Programme in grade 9 and 10 offers enhanced curriculum develping knowledge skills such as: critical thinking, questioning, communication, inquiry, creativity and leadership.  It is excellent academic preparation for the IB Diploma Programme in grade 11 and 12.  The IB Diploma Programme incorporates excellent worldwide educational practices with worldwide standards and recognition.  Benefits include: excellent university preparation and recognition, advanced standing into second year university, admission to universities throughout the world and an advantage for scholarship and university application. IB Foundations
International Baccalaureate Programme

In June of 2000, Moira Secondary School was granted world-class status in the International Baccalaureate Organization family. The International Baccalaureate Programme, since its inception in the 1960’s, has become a leading, internationally recognized symbol of academic excellence. The enrichment programmes at Moira Secondary School are available to ALL students in Hastings and Prince Edward.

Destinations: Junior Programme (Grades 7 & 8):
At the heart of our Junior Programme are strong curriculum and sound instructional strategies inspired by the IB Middle Years Programme. The curriculum will introduce the rigour necessary to prepare students for their journey through the IB Pathway, in whole or in part, and on to success at university. By addressing global issues and the whole learner, this programme will enhance the Ontario curriculum in all core subject areas, as well as improving the students’ inquiry and research skills. Students will also begin the early phases of their IB Pathway Independent Project. This project will help students explore themselves as learners. It will also be the main point of discussion in the transition meeting between leaving elementary school, and entering high school.

Parents and students interested in entering the IB Pathway at the junior level are encouraged to:

  • Look at the School Website (hpedsb.on.ca/mss), and the Board website (hpedsb.on.ca) for updates on the application process.
  • Contact the Vice Principal at Harry J. Clarke Public School, the Principal at Moira Secondary School, or the IB Coordinator at Moira Secondary School.
  • Complete an application for IB Pathway entrance; details to be made available on Moira Secondary Secondary School's website, and the HPEDSB website.
Foundations: Intermediate Programme (Grades 9 & 10):
In order to provide a challenging enrichment programme that allows students to develop the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the International Baccalaureate Programme and university, we are also developing our Intermediate Programme based on International Baccalaureate ideals. This includes a holistic approach to the learner and school, as well as a global understanding fostered in the curriculum discussion in grades nine and ten.
Enrichment is provided in all aspects of the core subjects, as well as most of the common electives. The purpose of this programme is twofold: to provide the knowledge base necessary to enter the IB Programme, and to begin to develop the lifelong, independent learner fostered in IB Students. Successful students have been given the opportunity to develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, time management and leadership. Students continue developing the learning opportunity started in their Independent Project when they entered our IB Pathway. This may have started in the Junior Programme, or it may begin when you enter in high school.
Parents and students interested in the Intermediate Programme for grades 9 or 10 are encouraged to:
  • Contact the IB Coordinator at Moira Secondary School.
  • Visit the IB web page on Moira’s school web site: www.hpedsb.on.ca/mss.
  • Complete an application for the Intermediate Programme (available from the IB office, or your teacher or principal).
  • Provide a copy of your report cards/transcript.
  • Interview with the Principal of Moira Secondary School and the IB Coordinator.

“IB encourages students from across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.”

Internatinoal Baccalaureate Programme

To graduate with an IB diploma, a student must select a course from each group with 3 at Higher Level (HL) & 3 at Standard Level (SL.  Students also complete other core requirements for the diploma.  For more information on IB go to www.ibo.org.

International Baccalaureate Programme
The IB Programme is an international programme designed to make good and healthy leaders of tomorrow. The IB Diploma encompasses students' final two years of high school. During these two years, students are submerged in an environment of learning designed to foster the lifelong learner interested in making the world a better place. The programme includes students' academics, as well as an extra-curricular component designed to ensure students are balanced and not just focused on academic success. Strong students enjoy a learning environment where they are challenged to think and encouraged to discuss and collaborate. They are taught an understanding of different cultures from around the world, and are encouraged to constantly reflect on their experiences and learning. The extended essay component teaches the research and study skills universities desire. While the programme is very intense, it is also exhilarating for those that crave knowledge and understanding.

The aim of the IB Diploma Programme is to develop citizens of the world. These citizens become lifelong learners through an exposure to education which stimulates their curiosity and fosters a spirit of discovery, as well as an enjoyment of learning. With the added component of cultural understanding it is likely they will help build bridges and strengthen society as they enter the adult world.

Teachers in the IB Programme participate in extensive, ongoing training at various levels in their subject areas. Developing flexibility and adaptability in students is a focus for all teachers in the programme.

Parents and students interested in the IB Programme for 2011 are encouraged to:
  • Attend a Parent and Student Information Session at Moira Secondary School.
  • Contact the IB Coordinator at Moira Secondary School.
  • Visit the IB web page on Moira’s school web site: www.hpedsb.on.ca/mss
  • Visit the IB Organization’s web page at www.ibo.org
  • Complete an application and attend an entrance meeting for the IB Programme.

For more information about Moira's enrichment programmes contact Cindy Cooper, IB Coordinator, at 962-8668 Ext. 1119 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IB  Diploma Years
The IB Diploma is comprised of 6 subject areas, and 3 core elements. All of these components are taken in the same 2 years of high school – usually the last 2 years. Students are required to choose 1 subject from each of the 6 subject groups outlined below. In total, students are required to choose 3 Higher Level subjects (HL subjects = 3 semesters), and 3 Standard Level subjects (SL subjects = 2 semesters). The 3 core elements (Extended Essay; Theory of Knowledge; and Creativity, Action and Service) are included in the two years of study.

Subject Area Course Offerings Area

Group 1 Language A: HL English, SL English

Group 2 Language B: HL French, SL French, SL Ab initio French

Group 3 Individuals and Societies: HL/SL History of the Americas, SL Business and Management

Group 4 Experimental Sciences: HL Biology, HL/SL Chemistry, SL Computer Studies

Group 5 Mathematics: HL Mathematics, SL Mathematics, SL Math Studies

Group 6 Arts and Electives: HL/SL Visual Art or a second group 3 subject or a second group 4 subject

Note: There is a student fee for out-of-school learning and enrichment added to the IB Courses. This fee will be due in September of each year you are involved with the programme (foundations certificate or diploma). Financial aid may be available.

Note: Students don't need enrichment before entering the IB Programme, but they do need MCR 3U1P (or equivalent).


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship

You can start an apprenticeship while still in high school!

OYAP - Jump Start Your Career!

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program allows students to get an early start on an apprenticeship in a skilled trade.  Students have the opportunity to work towards their OSSD, while working with an employer in a skilled trade area through a specialized co-op program.  Students can participate in OYAP in two different ways:

1.     OYAP/Co-op - students get the opportunity to complete their co-op in any of the skilled trade areas.  This is an excellent opportunity to 'test' out a trade to see if it's right for you!

2.     Registered OYAP/Co-op - students will continue their co-op placement in a skilled trade area AND may also be registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (Apprenticeship Branch).  The hours completed at co-op will count towards the completion of your apprenticeship program.

For more information, contact yourCo-op or Guidance department.

In order to participate in OYAP, students must:

  • be 16 years of age when co-op placement begins
  • have successfully completed 16 OSSD credits
  •  have a demonstrated interest and aptitude for the skilled trade
  • be 16 years of age when co-op placement begins

Click Here for additional info on skilled trades and apprenticeships.


Practical Learning & Life Skills
This program focuses on life and pre-work skills for students whose placement is confirmed through the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process.

Students will have opportunities to participate in the secondary school culture and activities. Students in the PLP/ LSP develop the skills they will need for their eventual transition to community life after secondary school.

  • functional literacy
  • functional numeracy
  • social skills
  • work skills
  • basic personal life skills
The program’s design:

The goal of the program is to develop and practice the social and self control skills that they will need to participate in community social events after graduation.

The program is designed to help each student develop at their own speed with attention to specific needs. Each student receives personal literacy and numeracy exercises for classroom practice. Equipped with a full kitchen students plan and prepare lunches and run a catering program for Moira staff. Students travel in the community to volunteer, attend work placements, and on outings designed to enhance their school program. Social integration with all Moira students is encouraged and welcomed.

It also is designed to prepare each student for living in a supervised type of setting and it revolves around meeting each student's specific needs and abilities. Each student is given specific instruction in planning menus, cooking, doing chores, various hygiene issues, etc. and their learning skills are strengthened by hands on practice in an applied setting. Students are responsible for completing 2 or more daily chores with as much instruction or assistance as needed as well as a monthly responsibility for planning and preparing the class meals for a week with small group instruction and support. Students are also involved in running a catering program that produces baking orders throughout the year to give our students new cooking experiences and practice with recipes. Community awareness and city transit instruction are key to making connections to various agencies prior to graduation.

  • ongoing focus on off site work placements if appropriate
  • culminating years focus is out of class to job sites and community living preparation if appropriate to their Transition Plan with a developing relationship with their local Community Agency
Students move through PLP/LSP as their Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlines
In addition to the classroom and work placement portions of the program, the PLP/LSP provides students with regular opportunities to access leisure and recreational options in the community such as skating, swimming, theatre, etc.. This aspect of the program is meant to provide students wiht a means to develop and practice the social and self control skills that they will need to participate in community social events after graduation.



Alternative Ways of Earning Credits Towards The OSSD

While the majority of students will earn credits in the school, some may consider alternative ways. These include Independent Learning Centre courses, independent study, private study, continuing education, summer school, e-learning and private school. Please see a guidance teacher or administrator to find out the availability and accessibility of the courses in each school area.

In Belleville, SHAPE on Palmer Road offers an alternative education setting for students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Students must be registered at Moira and must be referred through the Student Success Team. See the vice principal or guidance teacher for further information on the intake process.

On the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, HOPE offers a similar alternative educational setting for students aged 16 to 20 of Native ancestry and provides programming with a concentration on Mohawk culture. This is a partnership between Moira Secondary School and First Nations Technical Institute. Students must apply through the Moira Student Success Team to be admitted. Students in the HOPE program are registered as Moira Secondary School Students. See a Native Education Counsellor for more information.


The Academy of Sport-Specialized High Skills Major

Moira’s Academy of Sport will allow students to explore the many aspects of the “business and performance” of sport. The Academy is open to students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in pursuing a bundle of courses specifically tailored to Sports Performance and Management as well as earning industry accreditation in related areas. Moreover, students will be able to make important connections to both community and post-secondary destinations.

Students in this program will be allowed to focus their learning on a specific area of sports while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace. Students entering the program will have two years to complete the package of nine courses.

Specialist High Skills Major alt Sports Performance - Click here to learn more.
What will students in the sports major study?

  • A bundle of Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses in which students earn:
  • Four sports major credits providing skills and knowledge in the sector
  • One English credit, one math credit and other credits tailored to include units focused on sports
  • Two cooperative education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector
  • Certifications and training programs/courses in first aid, CPR and leadership
  • Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector

What are the future career paths for sports majors?
For sports majors, possible careers include:

  • Apprenticeship – event planner
  • College – sport conditioning, fitness & health promotion, recreation therapy
  • University – kinesiology, sports administration, athletic therapy
  • Entry level workplace – fitness/personal trainer, coach, sports instructor

specialist high skilled major