New Programs for High School Students

Giving students more ways to succeed

Your son or daughter is unique. What's also clear is that the more learning options students are given, the better chance they have of succeeding in high school.

That's why we've introduced new courses and programs at the high school level. They give students more ways to earn credits, study what they are interested in, and learn in ways that suit their individual needs and learning styles.

These programs include:

Student Success Culture: Training for principals and teachers that includes new ideas and approaches to help students graduate from high school.

Student Success Teams: Every high school student now has access to a dedicated team that provides extra attention and support when needed.

Grade 8–9 Transition: This province-wide program supports the individual needs of students as they move from elementary to secondary school.

Expanded Co-op Credit: Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory graduation requirements and spend more time with hands-on learning in the workplace. Students may also earn additional co-op credits that count toward their optional graduation requirements

Specialist High Skills Major: These let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Students can pursue a major in the following industries: construction, agriculture, mining, forestry, horticulture and landscaping, manufacturing, arts and culture, hospitality and tourism, transportation, environment, business, and health and wellness.

Dual Credits: Students can earn a number of credits, which count towards their high school diploma and postsecondary qualifications, by participating in approved postsecondary courses, including apprenticeship training.

Lighthouse Projects: Innovative local programs that support students who need extra attention and help to stay in school.

Credit for External Credentials: These are external certifications that are recognized by the Ministry of Education to count as optional credits toward the high school diploma, to a maximum of two credits. Currently, these include music certificates granted by recognized conservatories of music.

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