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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Guidance and Counselling – Student Services

The aim of the Student Services Department is to help students in three major areas:

Student Development – Students will learn to set and achieve learning goals, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to understand how they learn best. Assistance with study skills, time management, problem solving, and course selection will help in this process. Student Services maintains up-to-date information on school to work transition, apprenticeship, colleges, universities and scholarship opportunities.

Interpersonal Development – Interacting positively with others in a variety of situations both within and beyond the school is an important part of student development. Counsellors act as a liaison on behalf of students, offering assistance and support with peers, teachers, parents, and when necessary, community agencies.

Career Development – Students are strongly encouraged to begin career exploration as soon as possible so that they will be informed and able to make appropriate choices. The Student Services Department provides classroom presentations, career panels, interest inventories, and career information sessions in the computer lab and maintains a wide variety of print materials for student use. A Career Studies course is also offered to all grade 10 students.

COURSE CHANGES
Students are advised to choose their courses carefully. It is very difficult, and often impossible to change courses once scheduling has been completed. Course selections authorized by student and parent signatures are viewed as firm commitments for the entire year. In order to change a course, students must fill out a Timetable Change Request form in Student Services. Students are advised to follow the schedule they were given until any changes are made. The deadline for course change requests is the first Monday after each semester begins. After the deadline for course change requests, the Principal's approval is required.

DROPPING COURSES
If a grade 12 student decides to drop a course, he/she is required to immediately inform the subject teacher. The student then initiates an appointment with their assigned Guidance Counsellor. This conference is meant to verify the schedule change, adjust the period attendance, alter the student's timetable, and arrange for the return of the subject texts. Failure to comply with the course drop policy may result in the final grade being calculated as part of the student's average. In accordance with the Ministry of Education's Policy on Full Disclosure, any course dropped 5 days after mid-term will remain as a permanent record on the student's transcript. The mark recorded will be the student's mark at the time of withdrawal. Grade 12 students are expected to carry a full course load of 8 subjects and may only drop a course after mid- term, following the procedures outlined above. Grade 9, 10 and 11 students may not drop any courses.

Scholarships