Course Selection

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COURSES OFFERED:

Kingsway College offers approximately 70 different courses from Grades 9 to 12.  All courses are offered in accordance with Ontario policy documents as outlined by the Ontario Schools (OS) document.  The secondary school curriculum is organized into several types of courses intended to enable students to choose courses that are suited to their strengths, interests, and goals.

In Grades 9 & 10, Kingsway offers three types of courses:

  1. Academic - A focus on the essential concepts of the discipline plus additional related concepts.  Academic courses develop students' knowledge and skills by emphasizing theoretical, abstract applications of the essential concepts while incorporating practial applications, as appropriate.
  2. Applied - A focus on the essential concepts of the discipline.  Applied courses develop students' knowledge and skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applications of the essential concepts while incorporating theoretical applications, as appropriate.
  3. Open - An open course has one set of expectations for that subject and is appropriate for all students.

In Grades 11 & 12, Kingsway offers four types of courses:

  1. University - These courses are designed to prepare students for entrance to university programs following high school.
  2. University/College - These courses are designed to prepare students for both college and university programs after high school.
  3. College - These courses are designed to include the knowledge and skills to prepare students for entrance to most college programs following high school.
  4. Open - An open course has one set of expectations for that subject and is appropriate for all students.

Please click on the link below for a list of courses offered, their descriptions, and the prerequisites needed to take the course:

Course Descriptions (PDF)

COURSE SELECTION:

Throughout high school, students will work with their parents and the Registrar (Gr. 9 & 10)/Principal (Gr. 11 & 12) to make course selections.  When choosing courses, students should consider their abilities, interests, and future plans, as well as Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements.  Many colleges and universities require specific courses for particular programs that may not be part of the compulsory courses for a secondary school diploma.  Students should consult college/university calendars or see the Principal for further information.  Please see the following documents below to help with course selection:

Course Schedule 2018-2019 (PDF)

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

IN ORDER TO EARN AN ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA (OSSD), A STUDENT MUST EARN A MINIMUM OF 30 CREDITS, INCLUDING 18 COMPULSORY CREDITS AND 12 OPTIONAL CREDITS. STUDENTS MUST ALSO COMPLETE 40 HOURS OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES AND MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY TEST (OSSLT).

 18 compulsory credits:

  • 4 credits      English (1 credit must be a Gr. 12 compulsory English)
  • 3 credits      Mathematics (at least one Gr. 11 or 12 math credit)
  • 2 credits      Science
  • 1 credit        Canadian History
  • 1 credit        Canadian Geography
  • 1 credit        Arts
  • 1 credit        Health and Physical Education
  • 1 credit        French as a Second Language
  • ½ credit       Career Studies
  • ½ credit       Civics
  • 1 credit        additional English, additional French, Native language, classical or international language, social science and the humanities, Canadian and world studies, guidance and career education, or cooperative education*
  • 1 credit        additional health and physical education, arts, business studies, or cooperative education*
  • 1 credit        additional science, technological education, or cooperative education*
  • 12 optional credits   selected according to individual interests and goals

30 credits total

* A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits

Optional credits may be earned by taking additional courses according to individual interests and goals. 

Please note that a religion course is required each year, and counts as optional credit toward the OSSD.