Choosing Grade 12 Courses - London District Catholic School Board

Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
Choosing Grade 12
Focus on The Future
It is your future.
It is your choice.
It is your responsibility.
Secondary School
Diploma (OSSD)
Individual Pathway Plan
Ensure that you meet the final graduation requirements:
compulsory credits (18)
Religion credit every school year
credit count (total of 30)
Ontario Secondary School literacy
requirement (passed test or OLC 4O
Community service hours (4O)
Grade 11 Marks Matter
Post-secondary institutions look at both grade
11 and grade 12 marks
All attempted courses in grade 11 and 12 are
recorded on your transcript
What will I do after HCC?
Research, Research, Research …
 Interest questionnaires and assessment tools
 Internet sites
 Talk to friends, family and community
 Talk with your guidance counsellor
 Visit campuses
 Job shadowing
 Part time work
 Volunteering
 Cooperative education
 Specialist High Skills Major
 Dual Credits
Research, Research, Research…
Data Collection
Career Cruising
Ontario Universities Application Centre
Ontario Colleges
Other government sites
Guidance Counsellor
Research, Research, Research…
Experiential Learning In
Work Experience
Cooperative Education
Part Time Job
Volunteer in Parish,
Community and School
Dual Credits
Specialist High Skills
Job Shadowing
Course Levels
Grade 12 courses are Destination Based
• Open
• University
• College
• Mixed College/University
• Workplace
Open Courses
• Open courses are identified with an O at the end
of the course code – HRE4O (Religion)
• These courses are designed for all types of
University Courses
• University courses are identified with a U at the
end of the course code – e.g. SBI4U (Biology)
• Check the course calendar to ensure that the
Grade 11 prerequisite course is successfully
completed before registering for a Grade 12
• Note: In order to be adequately prepared for the same level at the next
grade, it is recommended that students be working at the provincial
standard which is Level 3 (minimum 70%).
College Courses
• College courses are identified with a C at the end of
the course code – e.g. ENG4C (English)
• Check the course calendar to ensure that the Grade
11 prerequisite course is successfully completed
before registering for a Grade 12 course.
• Note: In order to be adequately prepared for the same level at the next grade,
it is recommended that students be working at the provincial standard which
is Level 3 (minimum 70%).
Workplace Courses
• Workplace courses are identified with an E at the
end of the course code – e.g. ENG4E (English)
• If you were taking a course at the Locally
Developed level then you should continue at the
Workplace (E) level – e.g. ENG3E – ENG4E.
Optional Courses
• You have many options as you enter grade 12.
Please take the time to go online to read over your
course options and discuss your course selections
with your teachers, parents and Guidance
• The compulsory courses are English and Religion.
Life After Holy Cross
• As you pick courses, you must remember to select
courses that will allow you to reach your next step.
Your options are:
• College
• University
• Apprenticeship
• World of work
Colleges Require:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
• Successful completion of Grade 12 prerequisite
courses, including Grade 12 English, with a
minimum mark of 65% or more (check college
calendars or online college sites).
Universities Require:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
• Successful completion of six Grade 12 ‘U’ or ‘M’
credits including prerequisite courses for specific
faculties/programs (check calendars or online
university sites). Each program identifies a
minimum entrance average.
• All universities require ENG4U.
Apprenticeships Strongly
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
• Successful completion of some senior subjects
related to the apprenticeship, plus senior English,
Mathematics, Science
• Registering with the Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities through your co-op placement
• An employer with certified trades people
School to Work Requires:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or
Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)
• Exit Plan which may include community
organizations like Youth Opportunities Unlimited
(YOU) or Fanshawe Job Connects
• Resume
Paying for Your
Many bursaries and scholarships
go “unawarded” as students
don’t apply
• Part-time job
• Education Savings
• Bursaries (a cash award that is based primarily
on financial need, but academic standing may
also be considered)
• Scholarships (academic achievement,
volunteer work etc)
Paying For Your Education
• Loans (borrowed funds that must be paid back, often with
Bank Loans
OSAP – Ontario Student Assistance Program
Every student should apply for OSAP regardless of financial
Listen to the announcements regarding financial aid information.
Research Your Financial Plan
Talk with your family.
Visit the guidance office.
Listen to morning announcements.
Search online scholarships and bursaries.
Search post secondary institutions’ websites and
financial aid publications.
Go to your local bank and discuss options.
Be Realistic
Check the admission averages –
can you realistically achieve
Check out the details of the
program – length, courses
required, optional courses.
Picture yourself in the program –
can you see yourself enjoying it
and being academically
Summer School
• There are a number of courses offered in Summer
• If you are thinking of taking a course in summer
school, keep listening to announcements as
information will be sent out to HCC
Co-operative Education
What it is
• A program that allows students to apply two co-op credits towards their
compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning
optional co-op credits.
Who it's for
• Students who are heading for university, college, apprenticeship or the
How it helps
• Students have the opportunity to:
• Experience hands-on learning
• "Test-drive" career options
• See the relevance of their classroom learning
• Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
• Gain valuable work experience to help build a resumé for postsecondary
programs and future employment
Components of Co-op
There are six components of Co-op:
• Pre-course interview
• Establishment of placement
• Pre-placement instruction
• Personalized Placement Learning Plan
• Assessment and Evaluation
• In-school integration Sessions
How to apply
• Select Co-op as an option on your next registration
• Make sure you select a maximum of six other
• Listen to announcements and attend any co-op
information sessions
• Submit supplementary application and teacher
references on time
• Actively seek out placement
• Talk to your Guidance Counselor and the Co-op
What they are
• Specialist High Skills Majors let students focus on a career
path that matches their skills and interests. Each major is a
bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field.
Who they're for
• Students who are heading for an apprenticeship, college,
university or the workplace.
How they help
• Students have the opportunity to:
• Gain important skills on the job with actual employers, at
skills training centers and at school
• Earn valuable industry certifications, including first aid and
CPR qualifications.
About the 8 to 10 Credits
• Major Credits
• Comprise the Sector Focus
• Cooperative Education Credits
• Must be sector based
• Other Required Credits
• Always compulsory for Graduation
• Specified by Ministry of Ed
• Contain a Contextualized Learning Activity (CLA)
Non-profit SHSM
• Four major credits: HRF 3O, HRT3M, CLU3M,
• CO-OP in a related field
• Total 9 credits
Guidance Courses
GLE4O-Advanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success
After Secondary School
This course improves students’ learning and personalmanagement 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.
Guidance Courses
GPP3O-Leadership and Peer Support
***This is the course used for Student Council***
If you are selected for Student Council next year, this course
will replace one of your selected courses.
This course prepares students to act in leadership and peer
support roles. They will design and implement a plan for
contributing to their school and/or community; develop skills
in communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, and
conflict management; and apply those skills in leadership
and/or peer support roles – for example, as a student council
member or a peer tutor. Students will examine group
dynamics and learn the value of diversity within groups and
TCJ4E: Construction Technology
This course enables students to further develop technical
knowledge and skills related to residential construction and to
explore light commercial construction. Students will continue to
gain hands-on experience using a variety of materials,
processes, tools, and equipment; create and interpret
construction drawings; and learn more about building design
and project planning. They will expand their knowledge of
terminology, codes and regulations, and health and safety
standards related to residential and light commercial
construction. Students will also expand their awareness of
environmental and societal issues related to construction
technology, and will explore entrepreneurship and career
opportunities in the industry that may be pursued directly after
Online Course Selection
• Again, this year, course selections will be online.
• Career Cruising / Course Planner Login is now
accessed through the Learning Management
System (D2L)
Forget Your User name or Password?
• If you are prompted for a username and password, the
username pattern is [email protected] where
123456 is your 5 or 6 digit student number. Be sure to
follow your student number with
• The password is your Board computer password.
• Once you are into the Learning Management System
(D2L), click on the Career Cruising icon in the Learning
Toolkit area.
Guidance Counsellors
•Ms. McNally (A to R)
•Ms. Zebregts (S to Z)
Final Reminders
• Study Periods are allowed if you still have enough
credits to graduate.
• Select a fourth English and Religion credit.
• Remember your Graduation Requirements (30
credits – 21 of which are compulsory, 40 hours of
community service and successful completion of
the Literacy Test)
• Check out Co-operative Education Specialized
• A copy of your course selections along with $50.00
for your 2015-16 student fee must be in to your
homeroom teacher by
Friday, February 13th.