GRADE 12 PROGRAM
|| Course Name
|| Course Discription
|| English, Grade 12, University
This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and
creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a
range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and
evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety
of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently,
selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading,
and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for
university, college, or the workplace.
|| Grade 11 English, University Preparation
||Grade 12, Open
This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy
skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who
complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation.
Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a
variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and
news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their
reading experiences and samples of their writing.
||Eligibility requirement: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at
least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. (Students
who already have met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the
course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.)
|| Biology, Grade 12, University
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and
processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations
in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population
dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement
of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
||Grade 11 Biology, University Preparation
||Chemistry, Grade 12, University
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of
organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction,
equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their
problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine
their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance
of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the
||Grade 11 Chemistry, University Preparation
|| Physics, Grade 12, University
This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories.
Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect
motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic
radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special
relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example,
how to analyze, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and
principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on
society and the environment.
||Grade 11 Physics, University Preparation
||Advanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School,
Grade 12, Open
This course improves students’ learning and personal-management skills, preparing them to
make successful transitions to work, training, and/or postsecondary education destinations.
Students will assess their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy, and research skills and
personal-management techniques to maximize their learning. Students will investigate trends
and resources to support their postsecondary employment, training, and/or education choices
and develop a plan to help them meet their learning and career goals.
||Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 12, Open
This course focuses on the development of a personalized approach to healthy active living
through participation in a variety of sports and recreational activities that have the potential to
engage students’ interest throughout their lives. Students will develop and implement personal
physical fitness plans. In addition, they will be given opportunities to refine their decision making,
conflict-resolution, and interpersonal skills, with a view to enhancing their mental
health and their relationships with others.
||Child Development and Gerontology, Grade 12, College
This course enables students to examine the stages of child development and the aging process.
Students will study the processes of disease and factors contributing to health and well-being
in early and later life, and will develop skills required to meet the needs of children and older
adults (care skills). Students will also learn about legislation governing the care of children and
older adults; evaluate social and recreational activities, programs, and services for improving
quality of life; and develop an awareness of health and safety issues, environmental and social
issues, and career opportunities related to child care and gerontology.
||Health Care: Support Services, Grade 12, Workplace
This course enables students to develop the basic skills needed for careers in a range of health
care support services. Students will practice and apply a variety of clinical procedures and infection
control skills as they learn about principles of infection control, service excellence, and the
nature of the health care industry. Students will also investigate workers’ health and safety issues,
environmental and societal issues related to health care, and career opportunities in the field.
||Hospitality and Tourism, Grade 12, Workplace
This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills related to the food and
beverage services sector of the tourism industry. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using
food preparation and presentation tools and equipment; plan nutritious menus, create recipes,
and prepare and present finished food products; develop customer service skills; and explore event
and activity planning. Students will expand their awareness of health and safety practices, environmental
and societal issues, and career opportunities in the food and beverage services sector.
|| Hospitality and Tourism, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation
||Transportation Technology: Vehicle Maintenance,
Grade 12, Workplace
This course introduces students to the servicing, repair, and maintenance of vehicles through
practical applications. The course is appropriate for all students as a general interest course to
prepare them for future vehicle operation, care, and maintenance or for entry into an apprenticeship
in the motive power trades. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and
societal issues related to transportation, and will learn about careers in the transportation
industry and the skills and training required for them.