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Graduation Requirements


The Credit System

The Credit System is in effect in all Ontario high schools. The main characteristics are:
a. subject promotion - students pass or fail individual courses rather than grades.
b. individual timetables - beyond the compulsory diploma requirements students build their own timetables by selecting options suited to their needs, interests, and at the appropriate level of difficulty.
Definition Of A Credit
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours. Normally, courses are of a “full credit” value of 110 hours. The 110 hours is equivalent to taking a subject for approximately 75 minutes per day for one semester (semestered course). Most courses at Monsignor Johnson are offered on a semestered basis only.
Diploma Requirements
Secondary School Programs For Grades Nine - Twelve
Features of this new secondary school curriculum which primarily came into effect in September 1999 include:
  • Graduation in 4 years
  • Grade 9, 10 and some Grade 11 and 12 courses are chosen according to the student’s demonstrated ability (Academic, Applied, and Open Courses) 
  • Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses chosen according to the student’s destination (Apprenticeship, College, University, Workplace)

Diploma Requirements - Ontario High School Diploma (OHSD)
Requirements for students in Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 in September 2007:
1. 30 Credits: 18 Compulsory Credits - 12 Elective/Optional Credits
Compulsory Credits
  • 4 English (one credit per grade)
  • 3 Mathematics
  • 1 Canadian Geography
  • 1 Arts (Drama, Music, Visual)
  • .50 Civics .50 Career Studies
  • 1 French
  • 2 Science
  • 1 Canadian History
  • 1 Health and Physical Education
  • an additional credit in English, a third language, Social Science, Religion or Canadian and World Studies
  • an additional credit in Health and Physical Education, Music, Art, Drama, Dance or Business Studies
  • an additional credit in Grade 11 or 12 Science or Grade 9 to 12 Technology
2. Minimum 40 hours of community involvement
3. Successful completion of Literacy requirement.
4. Student Success/Learning to 18 – Six initiatives to assist every student
a) Student success team - a dedicated team of school staff providing attention and support to students
b) Expanded co-op credit - earn two compulsory credits towards core 18 through hands-on work experience
c) Specialist High-skills major - “bundle” courses, such as construction technology and cosmetology, to prepare for specific academic or skilled careers
d) Dual credit program - earn credits towards both a high school diploma and a postsecondary diploma, degree, or apprenticeship certification
e) Lighthouse projects - local programs, such as credit recovery and pathways, help students stay in school by providing guidance, support, and alternative learning environments
f) Grade 8 – 9 Transition - help ease the move for struggling Grade 8 and 9 students
Course Of Study

The course of study contains the objectives of each course; the course content and sequence, evaluation practices, and the list of required textbook(s). All students will receive detailed course information sheets outlining the objectives of each course’s content. The courses of study are available at the school for perusal.

The courses offered by this school have been developed according to the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The Course Calendar contains a listing of all courses offered and a description of each. It is updated and distributed in February when students and parents are selecting the next year’s program. More information may be obtained from the school.