Course Calendar – CHSS

CHSS Course Calendar

By Chris Smith - Principal of Central Huron Secondary School
The Avon Maitland District School Board is committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to graduate secondary school in four years and to ensuring a variety of course offerings for our students. In order to achieve both goals efficiently students need to be registered full time in each semester. Students in Avon Maitland District School Board secondary schools are required to register with a sufficient number of courses to be considered full time for each semester in which they attend our schools.

School Goals and Philosophy

CHSS is a safe, vibrant community school which values mutual respect and active citizenship. Staff and students learn together through a variety of relevant experiences in the classroom, and through extracurricular activities. We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our school motto is “from this place light”. When you graduate from CHSS you will be well equipped to take on the worlds challenges, as you will have taken a depth and breadth of course offerings that match your needs and desires.

School Support Services and Resources/Library

CHSS has a state of the art library and Learning Hub. The library’s collection includes non-fiction, fiction, and reference books, magazines, newspapers, computer programs, Internet access, videotapes and audiotapes. A qualified staff member will provide library orientations and skills workshops so students can successfully access and interpret information. Students are assisted on a one-on-one, small group, and whole class basis. Teachers within the Learning Hub are available throughout the day to assist students in all pathways and in all subjects, to help them to meet their academic goals. Library holdings can now be researched from home over the internet by going to

Special Education Services

The Special Education Department, in consultation with the school principal, offers a range of services to support students, parents/guardians and teachers. The individual learning needs of each student determine the specialized support required with integration and inclusion as the primary goal. The majority of students meet success in regular classrooms with program accommodations and environmental supports. The resource room is available throughout the day to assist in accommodation supports that may include technological supports, test and exam writing assistance, social/emotional assistance, and more.

Guidance Support and Course Changes

Any students wishing to change a course should consult their Guidance Counsellor. Course changes can occur at different times in the year for a variety of reasons. Any change in courses is always made with careful consideration of the student’s needs and career goals and when necessary with the consent of the parent or guardian. In the first few months of secondary school, it is critically important for parents to keep the lines of communication open with their child(ren) and their teachers. Where difficulty in a subject or other matter related to school is identified, parents and student(s) are encouraged to come to guidance to work out solutions.

As students progress through high school, they are encouraged to discuss their plans and courses with counsellors who are available to assist with academic, vocational and other concerns. Information is available to help students select courses with regard to future plans. Every year students receive a course calendar, which is a valuable resource for both students and parents. It also provides a guideline for courses to be considered when making course selections for each year of high school. Parents are encouraged to contact the counsellors regarding any assistance or information requested by their son or daughter.

Our goal is to counsel each student every year. It is particularly important to ensure that students have the necessary requirements for admission to any post-secondary institution which they are considering attending. It is never too early to be having these conversations. Information on careers, universities and colleges is available to all students. The website My Blueprint also supports the search for career and post-secondary school information and provides an interest test called Discovery for grades 7-9 and Exploration for grades 10-12 on their website

For students with particular challenges, referrals for testing can be made through the Guidance Department to the psychologist or to an appropriate agency. There are several opportunities for enrichment for our capable and gifted learners: math contests, exchange opportunities and board-wide and regional enrichment opportunities.

Students experiencing difficulties in a particular course are encouraged to seek help from their teacher and, if necessary, request a peer tutor. Recommended senior students offer help one lunch hour per week and are matched with a student requesting help. Most often, tutors work on mathematics, but any subject is possible.

The final responsibility for the selection of courses rests with the student and parent. Course selection forms should be returned to the Grade 8 feeder school by Friday, January 25, 2019. We invite all parents/guardians to take an active role as your children plan their future at CHSS and beyond.


Central Huron Secondary School has a rich and long tradition of community support through our Awards program. Over 100 students are honoured at Commencement every year and at our annual Fall Awards Assembly. Awards vary from recognition in specific subjects and overall proficiency, to citizenship and recognition of contributions to the Arts programs. A detailed list of awards is available in the Student Services Office. Tens of thousands of dollars are handed out every year to students at these events.

Student Responsibilities

Achievement and Attendance

Students who fail courses or choose to withdraw from a course may jeopardize their attainment of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Regular attendance at school is critical for the student’s learning and for achievement of course expectations. The Central Huron Secondary School attendance policy is published in the student handbook. Students are required to attend all classes but may occasionally be excused for medical and dental appointments. Reasons of a personal nature must only be used in the most extreme of cases. Every effort, however, should be made to schedule these appointments outside of school time. If a student is absent, the parent or guardian must notify the school of the date, time, and reason for the absence either by calling the school prior to or on the day of the absence or by providing a signed note by 9:00 a.m. on the date of the student’s return to school.

Students are expected to come to school on time, ready and willing to participate actively in their own learning. To that end, students are expected to bring materials with them for their own personal note-taking (e.g. pencils, pens, paper, binders).

Student Fees

There are no fees charged to students to participate in the regular day school program. Fees may be charged if the student chooses to upgrade the material or where purchase of material is optional. Students enrolled in secondary schools in Avon Maitland District School Board can expect to be provided with the classroom learning resources that are required in order to complete the course expectations. It is recognized that there may be optional resources that students may purchase to enhance their program; e.g. field trips, upgrading materials in courses such as construction technology and visual arts.

Students are encouraged to purchase their school’s student card by paying the student activity fee. The student card includes but is not limited to the benefit of participating in the co-instructional program and in Student Council dances and activities. Students involved in co-instructional teams, groups and clubs will be made aware of any additional fundraising obligations or participation fees prior to making a commitment to participate.

Student Conduct

Each school has a Code of Conduct, which is derived from Ministry of Education and Avon Maitland District School Board policies. It is contained in the booklet “Together for Safe Schools: Code of Conduct” which is available through each school and the Avon Maitland District School Board website at At CHSS, the student Code of Conduct is published in the student handbook, which is available on-line.

The Post Grade 9 Years: Once you have attained 16 credits, you may...

Enroll in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

After a rigorous application and evaluation process through the Ministry of Education, CHSS is the only school in Huron County that has been approved to offer four unique Specialist High Skills Major programs. Completing an SHSM allows a student to earn their “Red Seal” diploma which signifies that students have met and completed the strict criteria associated with advanced curricular standing in the particular SHSM field. Each SHSM requires the completion of a Co-op placement, specialized training and certification courses, and a bundle of Grade 11 and 12 major credits with reach ahead experiential learning activities.

We offer SHSM programs in:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Information and Communications Technology

Enroll in Dual Credit

We will help facilitate your expanded learning opportunities. Dual credit programs allow senior students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits at the same time! This year the AMDSB is currently offering dual credits in cooperation with Fanshawe College, Lambton College and Conestoga College. Students attend one of the college campuses for a full day per week for approximately fifteen weeks. All travel expenses and tuition are fully covered and there is no cost to the student.

Available courses may include:

  • Aesthetics
  • Bakeshop Applications
  • Cabinet Making
  • Community Mental Health
  • CNC Programming
  • Criminology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Imaging
  • ECE (Early Childhood Educator)
  • Fitness Leadership
  • Hair Styling
  • Horticulture Equipment Maintenance
  • Law and Security
  • Machining
  • Make-up Artistry
  • PSW (Personal Support Worker)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Residential Electrical
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Supporting people with Developmental Disabilities
  • Welding

Experiential Learning

Schools are offering more opportunities to customize your high school experience and build on your strengths and interests through a variety of new and enhanced learning options through Experiential Learning. Experiential Learning programs such as Cooperative Education, Dual Credits, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) enhance your academic background and provide you with opportunities to gain valuable experiences in our community.

No matter what your post-secondary pathway may be, experiential learning can assist you in making career decisions and help you develop the knowledge, skills and habits required in the workplace. All forms of experiential learning are a valuable complement to your post-secondary preparation and future employment. Experiential learning is an inquiry-based pedagogical approach that provides opportunities for students to co-construct their learning by participating in rich experiences connected to a community outside school; reflecting on those experiences to derive meaning; and applying their learning to influence their decisions and actions in various aspects of their lives.

Dual Credit Offerings at Conestoga, Fanshawe and Lambton Colleges

What is a Dual Credit Program

Dual credit programs allow senior high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits at the same time. Students typically attend Conestoga, Fanshawe or Lambton College’s campuses once a week for a fifteen week period. This unique arrangement allows you, the student, the chance to experience life and learning in a college environment and allows you to fast track towards your post-secondary goals.

Examples of dual credit offerings include:
  • Digital Photography
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Basic Electrical
  • Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Basic Welding Process and Fabricating
  • Health and Wellness Fundamentals
  • Recreation and Leisure

Program availability is subject to change. A maximum of 4 college-delivered dual credits can be counted as optional credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Dual Credits cannot be used as substitutions for compulsory credit requirements.

What does it cost?

You pay nothing. All books, transportation and tuition are paid for through grants from the School College Work Initiative (SCWI). SCWI is a collaborative partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

What makes a student eligible?

Dual credit programs are intended to assist secondary school students in the completion of their OSSD and provide a successful transition to college and apprenticeship programs. As well, students in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP) are eligible to enroll. Enrolment in half or full day Co-op allows greater flexibility to participate.

How do I apply?

You MUST be referred to the program through your School Student Success Team. Avon Maitland College partners will not accept applications directly.

To find out what dual credit offerings are available and to take advantage of this great opportunity, contact your Guidance Counselor, Student Success teacher or Co-op teacher for an up-to-date listing of course offerings and to obtain an application form. More information can be found at

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

  • Are you a hands on learner?
  • Do you like to solve problems?
  • Are you good at fixing things?
  • Do you find it difficult to sit in a classroom all day?
If you answered yes to any of the above, the apprenticeship pathway may be for you!

Get started on your apprenticeship while in high school. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows you to be considered an OYAP Participant and earn cooperative education credits for work experience in an apprenticeable trade. You may or may not be formally registered as an apprentice while attending secondary school. To participate in OYAP you must: be at least 16 years of age, have completed a minimum of 16 credits, be a full-time student working towards completion of your diploma and complete the OYAP participant form.

A student who participates in OYAP must have a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) that is based on the on-the-job training requirements outlined in the government approved training standard for that trade. Training Standard competency booklets can be found at INSERT: the Ontario College of Trades website. The OYAP program is funded by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Fast track through an apprenticeship now and take advantage of Dual Credit and Specialist High Skills Major opportunities. See your Guidance Counsellor or Coop teacher to apply. For more information, visit and

Specialist High Skills Majors

The SHSM is a specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and assist in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. SHSM allow students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Visit to view the SHSM sectors available at this school.

Every SHSM must include the following five components:

  1. A bundle of 8-10 Grade 11 and 12 courses in the selected field that includes 2 cooperative education credits
  2. Sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses
  3. Experiential learning activities within the sector
  4. Reach Ahead experiences connected with the student’s chosen post-secondary pathway
  5. Development of key Essential Skills and Work Habits required for the sector; and the use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) for purposes of documentation

Benefits to students enrolled in a SHSM program:

  • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents.
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills.
  • Earn credits that post-secondary educational institutions and the sector recognize.
  • Gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training.
  • Develop essential skills and work habits documented through the Ontario Skills Passport.
  • Identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future.
  • Remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways, should their goals and plans change.

Coop Course Notes:

  • Summer school co-op is an option for students enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major
  • SHSM candidates may use up to 4 co-op credits towards their bundle of SHSM requirements.
  • 2 co-op credits are required in the SHSM Credit Bundle. Co-op tie-in must be within the approved bundle of credits (GLC2O is also available to be used).
  • 1 additional co-op credit can be substituted for one “major” credit. Co-op tie-in must be within the approved bundle of credits.
  • 1 additional co-op credit can be substituted for one “other required credit.” Co-op tie-in must be within the approved bundle of credits. Availability
  • Students are able to enter a SHSM based on readiness and alignment of the program with their interests and post secondary goals. Entry should occur no later than year three in order for the student to be appropriately scheduled into the required courses.


High Skills Major Pathways

It is clear that agriculture plays a major role in the lives of many families connected to Mitchell District High School. As a result, students will now be given the opportunity to enroll in this specialist high skills program and learn about many different areas of agriculture while completing their regular studies.

The SHSM is a specialized, ministry-approved program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

SHSMs assist students in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.

These program enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and prepare in a focused way for graduation and post secondary education, training, or employment.

Students who are enrolled in the program will complete sector-recognized certifications and or training courses as well as be part of career exploration activities such as field trips and hearing from expert guest speakers.

Select this link to view the Agriculture SHSM

Health and Wellness

High Skills Major Pathways

Kinesiologist, child care worker, audiologist, fitness instructor, doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, youth care worker, hospital porter, and medical technician are just some of the numerous and varied occupations in the health and wellness sector.

The SHSM–Health and Wellness enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on health care, fitness, or child care and family services.

Select this link to view Health and Wellness SHSM

Information and Communications

High Skills Major Pathways

Students enrolled in the SHSM–Information and Communications Technology will be involved in today’s rapid and exciting changes in technology and will contribute to new and emerging media and technologies in the years to come.

The SHSM–Information and Communications Technology enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on communication systems, computer systems, or software and digital media.

Select this link to view Information and Communications SHSM


High Skills Major Pathways

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Manufacturing gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Manufacturing sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required training components and certifications, designed to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing all 4 destinations.

Select this link to view Manufacturing SHSM

Avon Maitland District eLearning Centre

AMDEC is a fully online secondary school within the Avon Maitland DSB, which offers courses from grade 9 to grade 12 in most subject areas. Our courses are taught by experienced AMDSB teachers who are committed to student success through a quality eLearning experience. Your success as a student is also supported by our principal, vice principal, guidance counsellor, technical help department, office staff and the home school. We believe that our program provides an excellent educational opportunity for all of our students.

AMDEC delivers semestered, as well as non-semestered continuous intake courses. With the permission of your home school, you may start AMDEC courses any time between September and mid-February, but all students must finish by early June. You have some flexible deadlines for your assignments; however, you are responsible for establishing a schedule that meets both AMDEC’s due dates and your own needs (for example, completing the course by the end of first semester or meeting postsecondary mark submission deadlines). Module completion requirements and a list of important due dates are posted in the Student Handbook and are also available on our website:

Students wishing to take an AMDEC course must register through the guidance department of their home school. You may consider eLearning courses for a number of reasons: to take a course that is not offered at your home school; to solve a timetable conflict; and to experience eLearning before starting post-secondary education. To succeed in eLearning you need skills in: self-motivation, organization, self-direction, time management, computer proficiency, and honesty.

Mandatory Courses by Grade

Grade 9 Courses

Students in Grade 9 will take the following 8 Compulsory Credits

  • Canadian Geography - CGC1D or CGC1P
  • English - ENG1D or ENG1L or ENG1P
  • French - FSF1D or FSF1P
  • Mathematics - MPM1D or MAT1L or MFM1P
  • Science - SNC1D or SNC1L or SNC1P
  • Healthy Living - PPL1O
  • Learning Strategies 1 (with permission from principal) - GLE1O

Choose one of the following:

  • Music - AMU1O
  • Visual Arts - AVI1O

Choose one of the following:

  • Technologies (Communication, Architectural Design) - TIJ1OU
  • Technologies (Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation) - TIJ1O

Grade 10 Courses

All students in Grade 10 will take the following 5 compulsory credits and choose 3 optional credits. (Some optional credits may fulfill an additional compulsory credit requirement)

    • Canadian & World Studies - CHC2D or CHC2L or CHC2P
    • Civics (0.5 credit) - CHV2O
    • English - ENG2D or ENG2L or ENG2P
    • Mathematics - MPM2D or MAT2L or MFM2P
    • Career Studies (0.5 credit) - GLC2O
    • Science - SNC2D or SNC2L or SNC2P

Choose 3 of the following optional credits

  • Drama - ADA2O
  • Music - AMU2O
  • Visual Arts - AVI2O
  • Information and Communication Technology - BTT2O
  • Literacy Skills: Reading and Writing - ELS2O
  • French - FSF2D
  • Food and Nutrition - HFN2O
  • Personal and Fitness Activities (LiveFit) - PAF2O
  • Physical Education - PPL2O
  • Construction Technology - TCJ2O
  • Technological Design - TDJ2O
  • Hospitality and Tourism Technology - TFJ2O
  • Communications Technology - TGJ2O
  • Transportation Technology - TTJ2O
  • Manufacturing Technology - TMJ2O

Grade 11 Courses

All students in Grade 11 will choose 8 courses. English and mathematics are compulsory credits. (Students must check carefully that the requirements for the three additional compulsory credits are completed.)

Compulsory Credits

  • English - ENG3C or ENG3E or ENG3U
  • Mathematics - MBF3C or MEL3E or MCF3M or MCR3U

Choose 6 of the Optional Credits:

Students in Grade 11 may select a Grade 12 course if prerequisite has been completed.

  • Drama - ADA3O
  • Drama - ADA3M
  • Music - AMG3O
  • Music - AMU3M
  • Visual Arts - AVI3M or AVI3O
  • Financial Accounting Fundamentals - BAF3M
  • Entrepreneurship: The Venture - BDI3C
  • Travel & Tourism: A Regional Geographic Perspective - CGG3O
  • World History to the Sixteenth Century - CHW3M
  • Canadian Law - CLU3M
  • Cooperative Education - COP4C2 or COP4C4
  • French - FSF3U
  • Healthy Active Living Education - PPL3O
  • Personal & Fitness Activities (LiveFit) - PAF3O
  • Biology - SBI3C or SBI3U
  • Chemistry - SCH3U
  • Environmental Science - SVN3E
  • Parenting - HPC3O
  • Physics - SPH3U
  • Living and Working with Children - HPW3C
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology - HSP3C or HSP3U
  • Construction Engineering Technology - TCJ3C
  • Construction Technology - TCJ3E
  • Technological Design - TDJ3M
  • Hospitality and Tourism - TFJ3E or TFJ3C
  • Communications Technology - TGJ3M
  • Communications Technology: Interactive New Media & Animation - TGI3M
  • Communications Technology: Photography & Digital Imaging - TGP3M
  • Communications Technology: Broadcast & Print Production - TGJ3O
  • Communications Technology: Radio, Audio & Sound Production - TGR3M
  • Communications Technology: TV, Video & Movie Production - TGV3M
  • Manufacturing Technology - TMJ3E or TMJ3C
  • Transportation Technology - TTJ3O or TTJ3C
  • Custom Woodworking (0.5 Credit) - TWJ3EJF
  • Transportation Technology: Vehicle Ownership (0.5 Credit) - TTJ3OJF

Grade 12 Courses

Grade 12 Students will choose a minimum of 6 Courses. All Students in Grade 12 must choose 1 English Course to Complete Diploma Requirements

Compulsory Credits:

  • English - ENG4C or ENG4E or ENG4U

Optional Credits:

  • Drama - ADA4M
  • Music - AMU4M
  • Entrepreneurship: Business Leadership - BOH4M
  • Aging & Society - Gerontology - IDC4O
  • Visual Arts - AVI4M
  • A Geographic Analysis - CGW4C or CGW4U
  • World History: The West & the World - CHY4C or CHY4U
  • Cooperative Education - COP4C2 or COP4C4
  • Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context - NDW4M
  • English Literacy - OLC4O
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program - OYAP
  • Calculus and Vectors - MCV4U
  • Mathematics for College Technology - MCT4C
  • Mathematics for Data Management - MDM4U
  • Mathematics for Everyday Life - MEL4E
  • Advanced Functions - MHF4U
  • French - FSF4U
  • Healthy Active Living - PPL4O
  • Exercise Science - PSK4U
  • Biology - SBI4U
  • Chemistry - SCH4C or SCH4U
  • Science - SNC4E
  • Physics - SPH4C or SPH4U
  • Challenge and Change in Society - HSB4U
  • Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society - HHS4C or HHS4U
  • Construction Engineering Technology - TCJ4C
  • Construction Technology - TCJ4E
  • Technological Design - TDJ4M
  • Hospitality and Tourism - TFJ4E or TFJ4C
  • Communications Technology - TGJ4M
  • Communications Technology: Interactive New Media and Animation - TGI4M
  • Communications Technology: Digital Imagery and Web Design - TGJ4M
  • Communications Technology: Photography and Digital Imaging - TGP4M
  • Communications Technology: Radio, Audio and Sound Production - TGR4M
  • Communications Technology: TV, Video and Movie Production- TGV4M
  • Manufacturing Technology - TMJ4E or TMJ4C
  • Transportation Technology - TTJ4E or TTJ4C

Dramatic Arts


Visual Arts


Canadian & World Studies

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a program that offers students the opportunity to extend classroom learning into supervised learning experiences in the community. Students can earn secondary school credits, which are related to specific school subjects in school. Cooperative Education programs combine a work placement component in the community, along with a classroom component. The classroom component includes a pre-placement session prior to attending a placement in the community and integration sessions throughout the school year.

Cooperative Education courses can be selected in either a 2-credit or 4-credit package, depending upon the individual student’s timetable and the type of placement and experience desired. Students interested in Cooperative Education must complete a cooperative education application form and interview with the cooperative education teacher prior to starting a co-op course. The student needs to demonstrate maturity, a positive attitude, an ability to be punctual and maintain regular attendance and a willingness to learn. Students must also be prepared to adhere to the policies of the workplace and school and follow health and safety regulations at the workplace. Placements are subject to availability in the community. Students are encouraged to discuss their placement choices with a co-op teacher when registering.


Guidance & Career Education

Interdisciplinary Studies



Health & Physical Education


Social Science & Humanities

Social Science & Humanities

Technological Education