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Student Services Overview

 

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Welcome to Francis Libermann Catholic High School’s Student Services Department
The Student Services Department is invested in the holistic development of each student. Through a cross-curricular approach, we work closely with Co-operative Education, Career Studies, Student Success and Special Education Departments to encourage and support student achievement. We maintain an inclusive environment by providing a warm and welcoming place for students to visit throughout the day.  We encourage students to be active participants in their academic planning and provide them with the tools to make informed choices in order to succeed in life after high school.
 
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 Exploration and Planning: 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 and maintains a wide variety of online materials for student use. A Career Studies course offered in Grade 10 is a mandatory graduation requirement.

  

 

Diploma Requirements

 

What Do You Need To Graduate?

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

0.5      credit in career studies

0.5      credit in civics

 

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

 

Group 1: additional credit in English, or French as a second language, ** or a Native language, or a classical or an international 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 French as a second language, ** or cooperative education ***

 

Group 3: additional credits in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language, ** or computer studies, or cooperative education ***

 

In addition, students must complete:

ü  12 optional credits†

ü  40 hours of community involvement activities

ü  the provincial literacy requirement

 

*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. **In groups 1. 2, and 3, 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. ***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.


Community Involvement

The community involvement requirement is in addition to the thirty credits required for a high school diploma. It is designed to encourage civic responsibility and promote community values. The programs will be flexible so that all students will be able to find ways to participate. Students will be responsible for fulfilling the community involvement component on their own.
 
40-Hour Community Involvement

The student is responsible for finding and completing 40 hours of volunteer work. The school will not be directly involved in finding volunteer placement for students or monitoring students while they are completing their volunteer work.
 
The student is responsible for completing their 40 hours and submitting their completed form prior to the end of classes of their graduating year to ensure that their transcript is updated prior to the end of the school year.
 
The parent is responsible for checking potential placements before the student begins volunteering.
 
The school is responsible for advising students of the requirements and procedures for completing the 40 hour community involvement requirement. Students will receive information and appropriate forms from their school guidance department.
 
Students entering a Toronto Catholic Secondary school from outside of the province or country must complete the full 40 hours regardless of their grade of entry.
 
For more information, including guidelines for eligible activities, visit the TCDSB website athttp://www.tcdsb.org.
 
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement

The Ontario secondary school literacy test (OSSLT) is administered in grade 10. The literacy test is based on the provincial language expectations associated with the grade 9 curriculum. If a student is not successful in the literacy test in the grade 10 year, he/she will have additional opportunities to fulfill the literacy requirement. There are ministry policies and guidelines which allow for accommodations for special needs students writing the high school literacy test. Students taking ESL only take the test when they have reached an appropriate level in their language ability.
 
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

For students who entered secondary school in the 2000-2001 school year or later, successful completion of the test is a diploma requirement*.
 
The test measures whether a student can successfully demonstrate reading and writing skills that apply in all subject areas in the provincial curriculum, up to the end of grade 9.
 
The test is designed and marked by the Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO).
 
The test is conducted once each year.
 
Students receive results-either “complete”, or “incomplete”. Students who receive an “incomplete” will be sent detailed feedback. Students may retake the test no limits have been established regarding the number of retakes allowed.
 
Accommodations, Deferral and Exemption information is outlines in the Ministry of Education’s programs/policy memorandum 127; Accommodations, Deferrals and Exemptions for the grade 10 literacy test.
 
Any accommodation recommended by the school will be accepted to EQAO, in accordance with programs/policy memorandum 127, and must be outlined in the individual students’ individual education plan. Accommodation recommendations will be communicated by letter to parents/guardians in advance of the test.
 
Deferrals will be considered in individual circumstances. The consideration for a deferral may be initiated by a parent or by the principal. The principal will make a decision in consultation with the student’s parents/guardians and appropriate school staff. A letter outlining the reasons for the deferral will be sent home with the student for parent/guardian signature in advance of the test. A student who is deferred must successfully complete the test in order to receive an OSSD.
 
A student will only be exempted from the test if he/she is not working towards an OSSD.
 
*A student who has been eligible twice to write the OSSLT, and who has failed at least once, is eligible to take the Grade 12 literacy test (OSSLC). If passed, this will count in lieu of the literacy test (OSSLT). In vary rare circumstances, a principal may decide, based on individual needs, to allow a student to take the OSSLC before he has had his second opportunity to write the OSSLT.​