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Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma, is a provincial diploma granted to high school students. In order to graduate, students must complete 30 credits to fulfill the Ontario curriculum:

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  • ESL Level 4, Open (ESLDO)"
    This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in 63 discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts. Prerequisite: ESL Level 3 or equivalent
  • ESL Level 3, Open (ESLCO)"
    This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues. Prerequisite: ESL Level 2 or equivalent
  • ESL Level 1, Open (ESLAO)"
    This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for every- day and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada. Prerequisite: None
  • ESL Level 5, Open (ESLEO)"
    This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts. Prerequisite: ESL Level 4 or equivalent ​
  • ESL Level 2, Open (ESLBO)"
    This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for every- day and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country. Prerequisite: ESL Level 1 or equivalent
  • English, Grade 12, The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)"
    The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course has been developed to provide students who have been unsuccessful on the test2 with intensive support in achieving the required reading and writing competencies, and with an alternative means of demonstrating their literacy skills. The reading and writing competencies required by the OSSLT form the instructional and assessment core of the course. (The comparison chart on pages 4–5 shows how the course incorporates and builds on the requirements of the test.) Students who successfully complete this course will have met the provincial literacy requirement for graduation, and will earn one credit.3The credit earned for successful completion of the OSSLC may be used to meet either the Grade 12 English compulsory credit requirement or the Group 1 additional compulsory credit requirement (see Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requiremen
  • English, Grade 10, Academic (ENG2D)"
    This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, 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 the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course. ​ Prerequisite: Grade 9 English, Academic or Applied
  • English, Grade 11, University (ENG3U)"
    This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academics. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. Prerequisite: Grade 10 English, Academic ​
  • English, Grade 9, Academic (ENG1D)"
    This course is designed to develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs. Students will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. The course is intended to prepare students for the Grade 10 academic English course, which leads to university or college preparation courses ​ Prerequisite: None
  • English, Grade 12, University (ENG4U)"
    ​ This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academics. 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. ​ Prerequisite: Grade 11 English, University Preparation
  • Science
    Students in Science will develop the skills, strategies required for scientific literacy. They will understand the fundamental principles & concepts of the natural sciences. Emphasis will be placed on the application of scientific inquiry in relation to technology, society & the environment.
  • Business
    Students studying Business will grasp a strong foundation of business phenomea on a local, national and global level. They will develop critical thinking skills to practice research and inquiry. Students will learn to communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively in order to achieve business, economic, financial, and digital literacy.
  • English
    Students in English will analyze literary texts from contemporary and historical periods. They will 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 the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication.
  • Mathematics
    Students in Mathematics will develop an investigative approach in applying the foundational principles of mathematical concepts. They will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they learn to solve multi-step problems. Students will refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in university- level courses.
  • Language Stream
    Public Speaking MUN Debate Theater
  • Career Stream
    Interview Job Search Building Resume Network
  • Academic Stream
    Art Business STEM
  • Academic Stream
    Art Business STEM
  • Language Stream
    Public Speaking MUN Debate Theater
  • Career Stream
    Interview Job Search Building Resume Network
  • What are the class sizes at City High School?
    The number of students in each class will not exceed 15 students, with a current average class size of 8-10 students. City High School has a 4 to 1 student to staff ratio. We strongly believe that smaller class sizes and low student to staff ratio will optimize students’ quality of education and experience.
  • How does the waiting list work at City High School?
    Offers of admissions will be sent to students who have met the entry requirements in accordance with spaces available in student’s prospective grade level. If spaces of the grade level have been filled up, the student will be placed on a waiting list. Priority will be given to student’s who have siblings currently enrolled at City High School.
  • How can I get more information & plan a school visit?
    For direct contact with a admissions and enrollment representative, please contact admissions@cityhs.ca or call at +1-647-351-6040. The Admissions Team holds information sessions & annual Open houses with upcoming dates. We also welcome prospective students and families interested in City High School to schedule a school tour or book an appointment. If you want to schedule an appointment or a school tour, please visit our ‘Contact Us’ page .
  • How does the refund policy work?
    City High School reserves the right to provide refunds on Tuition Fees only in cases where Study Permit is denied by the Canadian Immigration Authorities. A refund will be issued after the school receives the following documents: - A letter from the student, requesting the refund - Original Letter of Acceptance from City High School -Original Official Receipt of the Tuition Fees issued by the City High School -Original Rejected Letter from Canadian embassy. *Please note that the student or his/her guardian must apply for Tuition Fee or Advance Payment refund up-to three month from the date the Rejected Letter has been issued or up-to six months from the date the Letter of Acceptance has been issued. The Application Fee is non-refundable. For other situations, the Principal of the school will make the appropriate decision.
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