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OrangevilleDistrict Secondary School


Credit Definition and Course Organization

Credit Definition

A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours. Credits are granted by a principal on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Training for courses that have been developed or approved by the ministry. A half credit may be granted for each 55-hour part of a 110-hour ministry-developed course. Half-credit courses must comply with ministry requirements as outlined in the curriculum policy documents.


Course Organization

GRADES 9 and 10

Grade 9 and 10 courses are organized into four types: Academic, Applied, Open and Locally Developed. All courses prepare students for the senior grades. Because the emphasis is on core concepts in Grade 9 and 10 courses, students may move from one type of course to another between Grades 9 and 10. Moving from a Grade 9 Academic Course to a Grade 10 Applied Course is possible. Moving from a Grade 9 Applied Course to a Grade 10 Academic Course is possible but it will not be easy. Excellent work habits and motivation are key when changing program levels.


  • High expectations for all students
  • Focus on the essential concepts of the discipline



  • essential concepts of the subject and exploration of related material
  • emphasize theoretical and abstract applications
  • abstract thinking and problem solving
  • incorporate practical applications when appropriate
  • greater depth and more abstract reasoning when using the essential concepts
  • faster pace


  • emphasize practical, concrete applications of essential concepts
  • incorporate theory when appropriate
  • greater emphasis on practical, hands-on applications of the essential concepts


  • same expectations for all students at grades 9 and 10
  • open courses for all subjects other than those offered as academic or applied
  • appropriate for all students
  • designed to provide students with a broad educational base that will prepare them for their studies in grade 11 and 12
  • preparation for role in society


  • for students who have completed modified courses of Grade 8 curriculum
  • emphasize continuing to develop skills needed to reach grade level in reading, writing, mathematics and science
  • usually for students who have been IPRC’d as exceptional and have an IEP stating their needs and strategies that assist them in pursuing goals in the classroom.
  • students may take the applied level courses after completing the locally developed course provided they have satisfied the prerequisites.
  • if a student earns compulsory credits in a grade nine locally developed class the credit for that grade nine applied credit would be considered an elective credit (not an additional compulsory credit).

GRADES 11 and 12

In Grades 11 and 12, students will choose from among four destination-related courses types: and Open courses are also offered in Grades 11 and 12. Students will make their choices on the basis of their interests, achievement, and career goals. All university preparation courses, university/college preparation courses, college preparation courses, and workplace preparation courses have been developed in collaboration with representatives of universities, colleges, apprenticeship programs, or the business community, as appropriate, and are designed to enable students to meet the entrance requirements of post secondary institutions or apprenticeship or other training programs, or the expectations of employers in the workplace.

University preparation courses (U) are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs.

University/college preparation courses (M) are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific programs offered at universities and colleges.

College preparation courses (C) are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the requirements for entrance to most college programs or for admission to apprenticeship or other training programs.

Workplace preparation courses (E) are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the expectations of employers, if they plan to enter the workplace directly after graduation, or the requirements for admission to certain apprenticeship or other training programs.

Open courses (O) are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and skills in subjects that reflect their interests and to prepare them for active and rewarding participation in society. They are not designed with the specific requirements of universities, colleges, or the workplace in mind.

Interdisciplinary Studies are courses designed to help students combine the skills required for and knowledge of different subjects and disciplines to solve problems, make decisions, create personal meaning, and present findings beyond the scope of a single subject or discipline.

Prerequisites are specified for many of the courses offered in Grades 11 and 12.



Locally Developed Courses are courses that meet educational needs not met by provincial curriculum policy documents. Such courses may be developed to accommodate the educational needs of students receiving special education programs and services. At O.D.S.S., Locally Developed courses are offered in Grade 9 Mathematics, English, and Science as well as Grade 10 Mathematics, English and History.



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