High School

What can I do if I experience discrimination at school?

Students in Ontario deserve to have a safe school experience that is free of discrimination and harassment. This means that we are all entitled to basic human rights and there are laws put in place to protect us.

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is when you are treated unfairly or being denied the same opportunities, experiences and privileges as others. Ontario's Human Rights Code says that you must not be treated differently because of:

What is Cooperative Education for High School Students?

The Cooperative education, or Co-op, program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to earn High School credits through the completion of a semester-long unpaid work placement.

Co-op programs are designed to meet your individual needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles, preparing you with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to be successful in the future.

How do I get my 40-hours of volunteering?

In order for you to graduate from high school, you will need to complete 40-hours of community service. This is a great way for you to meet new people in your community and make friends. It will also give you a chance to learn new skills, which will be important when you are looking for a job.

You can start earning your community involvement hours in the summer before you enter grade 9. The 40-hours must be completed outside of classroom time.

How Do I Register for High School?

You should register for High School the year before you start attending. For example, to start high school in September 2011, you register in December 2010.

If you are already attending an Elementary or Middle school, you will be able to register through your current school for High School for the next year. If not, you must register directly with the High School you wish to attend. If you register late, you need to speak to the school principal, and may not be able to attend the school you want to.

Your Checklist for Successfully Finishing High School in Ontario

Graduating from high school is a big accomplishment, not to mention a vital step if you want to go on to university or college. To graduate from high school in Ontario, you need to complete 30 credits (18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits), 40 community service hours and pass a literacy test. It sounds like a lot of work—and it is!—but if you take it step-by-step, you’ll be holding your diploma before you know it.

What are ESL Classes?

ESL stands for "English as a Second Language." If you need to learn to speak, read, write, understand or just improve your English, you can do so by taking ESL classes. There are different ESL levels you can take, from 1-5, depending on how advanced you are.

I’m a student - Where can I take ESL classes?

Many students in Ontario speak more than one language and have a first language that is not English. You can take ESL classes in elementary, middle, and high school. You can also take ESL classes at your university or college.