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The Transition to High School


Entering high school is a very exciting time for students, but it can also lead to some anxiety. Students are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the high school they plan to attend, as well as information related to Grade 9 and beyond. The guides below may help students in Grade 8 and their parents become familiar with the expectations of secondary school, and the many opportunities available.

In addition to the Transition Guide for Parents and the After8 Student Transition Guide being available in English, a condensed version of the Parent Transition guide is available in the languages below. Click on an image/text link to access the desired guide. Please note that the translated versions of the Transition Guide for Parents are currently in the process of being updated to align with the current English edition.

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Infographic by Government of Ontario for What you need to graduate from high school - 18 compulsory credits - Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma - 4 credits in English 1 credit per grade - 3 credits in mathematics 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 - 1 credit in French as a second language - half a credit in career studies PLUS one credit from each of the following groups - Group 1 - English or French as a second language - a Native language - classical or international language - social sciences and the humanities - canadian and world studies - guidance and career education - cooperative education - Group 2 - health and physical education - the arts - business studies - French as a second language - cooperative education - Group 3 - health and physical education - the arts - business studies - french as a second language - cooperative education - In addition students must complete 12 optional credits - 40 hours of community involvment activities and the provincial literacy requirement - For the compulsory 4 english 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 credit must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course - in groups 1 2 and 3 of the additional credits a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3 - for compulsory credits a maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits - the 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses 

 
 
 
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