Course Calendar – LDSS

LDSS Course Calendar

By Kim Crawford - Principal of Listowel District Secondary School
Listowel District Secondary School is an caring and supportive learning environment and school community that provides a wide variety of programming options and cocurricular activities for students to explore. We aim to engage and inspire all students with learning opportunities that best suit their interests, needs, and goals. Whether you choose to pursue university, college, an apprenticeship or join the workforce immediately upon graduation you will find rich learning opportunities available at LDSS.

The course calendar contains the information you require to investigate your choices. We encourage you to seek advice from teachers and student services when you have questions about courses, and pathway planning. We wish you the best in all your endeavors at LDSS and will work alongside you to help you fulfill your goals.

Student Responsibilities


Regular attendance is one of the most essential ingredients to facilitate student learning and the achievement of course expectations for success at school. The school attendance policy is in the student handbook under the student resource tab. It is contained within the Six Ways to Ensure Success @ LDSS and is available on


The assessment of student achievement is not only an indicator of academic success, but is a tool for learning. Assessment assists in identifying and directing the development of student strengths, and identifying concerns to help students to be successful. Students and parents will receive two provincial reports per course, and two interim reports per year. Parents should feel free to contact subject teachers, Student Services and/or the school administration any time they have a concern.

The assessment and evaluation policy and procedures for each department and course are aligned with those of the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Ministry of Education. At the beginning of the course, the methods of assessment and evaluation and the weighting of term marks are outlined in writing to students by each subject teacher on the Course Information Sheet. Students should be sure they understand the assessment and evaluation policies in each of their courses. School staff are always available for consultation, academic assistance and support.

Student Conduct

L.D.S.S. Adheres to the policies of the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Ministry of Education. Protocols particular to L.D.S.S. are available in the student handbook posted on our website and are available in the school’s main office. The Avon Maitland District School Board’s Code of Conduct is available through each school and the Avon Maitland website at

Student Fees

There will be no fees or cost charged to students to participate in the regular day school program. Fees may be charged where 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 basic classroom learning resources that are required in order to complete the course expectations. It is recognized 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 expected to come to school 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).

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 the Student Council dances and activities. The fee may also be used to reduce the total cost of a student’s yearbook. Students involved in co-instructional teams, groups and clubs will be made aware of any additional fund-raising obligations or participation fees prior to making a commitment to participate.

School Support Services and Resources

Student Services

The Student Services department assists students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to:

  • Relate effectively to others
  • Develop appropriate educational goals
  • Design individual pathway plans
  • Learn school success skills
  • Know and appreciate themselves

To achieve these goals, the Student Services department provides:

Programs to help grade eight students make the transition to secondary school, individual counseling about timetables, courses, careers and personal concerns Printed information and electronic access to information on post-secondary educational and workplace opportunities (university, college, apprenticeship, career info) referrals to community agencies

Resource Centre and Computer Labs

The L.D.S.S. Joyce Pratt Resource Centre has over 20,000 books as well as many periodicals and internet search facilities available for class and individual student research. The Resource Centre has a student access computer centre with 30 computers available for general use when not reserved for classes. This area is also available from 7:40 am to 2:35 pm. Students are able to access the Library Catalogue from home at Students can also read Follett eBooks on their iPad or Android tablets. Download the BryteWave K-12 App from Google Play or App Store.

Alternative Education


North is the L.D.S.S. Cooperative Opportunities Providing Education (C.O.P.E.) alternative education program. The program offers an off-campus education opportunity to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma to students currently out of school or who may not have met success in a traditional classroom setting. North is a continuous entry program which includes a cooperative education experience with the delivery of credit courses. For more information please contact the L.D.S.S. Student Services Office.


CASE is an alternative program that is designed to serve students from families whose culture does not support attending a traditional secondary school. CASE combines academic studies and work placements, For more information about this program please contact the Student Services office.

Learning Services

L.D.S.S. provides various supports to students who may require extra support to meet their full potential for success. The majority of our students meet this success in regular classroom placements while some may require access to additional spaces. Resource Teachers and Student Services counsellors are available to help create an educational plan and provide the appropriate learning environment and educational assistance for our students.

Course Changes: Policies and Procedures

Students are encouraged to make course selections carefully when planning their programs for next year. Students who do require a course change should consult with a Student Service counsellor prior to the start of the course or within the 1st three weeks of the course starting. Parents/guardians, teachers and the principal must approve student timetable changes. Course changes are subject to space limitations. Students are expected to carry 8 credits per year in grades 9, 10 and 11. Students in grade 12 are expected to carry a minimum of three credits per semester.

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 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.


High Skills Major Pathways

The SHSM–Business 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.

Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, retail, marketing, international business, economics, management and administration, or event planning. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Select this link to view the Business SHSM


High Skills Major Pathways

The SHSM–Construction enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace.

There are four categories of work in the construction industry. Each requires the use of different equipment and workers with a variety of skills. Depending on the career chosen, a graduate could work in any or all of these categories: new home building and renovation, including building, remodeling, or renovating houses and apartment buildings; Heavy industrial construction, including building industrial facilities such as cement, automotive, chemical, or power plants, refineries, and oil-sands installations; Institutional and commercial construction, including building commercial and institutional buildings and structures such as stadiums, schools, hospitals, grain elevators, and swimming pools; civil engineering construction, including engineering projects such as highways, dams, water and sewer lines, power and communication lines, and bridges

Select this link to view the Construction 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 the Health & Wellness 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 the 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.

Students will need to visit Student Services in late May to see the course offerings for AMDEC.

Mandatory Courses by Grade

Grade 9 Course

Students in Grade 9 will take the following 8 Compulsory Credits

  • English - ENG1D or ENG1L or ENG1P
  • Mathematics - MPM1D or MAT1L or MFM1P
  • Science - SNC1D or SNC1L or SNC1P
  • French - FSF1D or FSF1P
  • Canadian Geography - CGC1D or CGC1P
  • Healthy Active Living Education - PPL1O

Choose Two of the following:

  • Introduction to Business - BBI2O
  • Exploring Technologies - TIJ1O
  • Visual Arts - AVI1O
  • Drama - ADA1O
  • Intrumental Music - AMI1O
  • Exploring Computer Technology - TEJ1O

Grade 10 Courses

Grade 10 will take the following 5 Compulsory Credits

  • English - ENG2D or ENG2L or ENG2P
  • Mathematics - MPM2D or MAT2L or MFM2P
  • Science - SNC2D or SNC2L or SNC2P
  • Canadian History - CHC2D or CHC2L or CHC2P
  • Career Studies (.5 credit) - GLC2O
  • Civics and Citizenship (.5 credit) - CHV2O

Choose 3 Additional Credits at the Grade 10 Level

Grade 11 Courses

Students in Grade 11 will take Compulsory English and Mathematics Credits

Students must check carefully that the requirements for the any additional compulsory credits are completed.

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

Choose Up to 6 Additional Credits:

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

Grade 12 Courses

Students entering Grade 12 shall choose a minimum of 6 courses and must choose one English course to complete diploma requirements. Grade 12 students returning for a fifth year are welcome to register for a full course load, however are encouraged to register for the courses they intend to complete

  • English - ENG4C or ENG4E or ENG4U (or OLC4O - if the student was unsuccesful on the literacy test)

Dramatic 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 connected 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.


Modern Languages

Guidance & Career

Health & Physical Education



Social Sciences & Humanities

Special Education

Technological Studies

Social Sciences & Humanities

Special Education

Technological Studies

Computer Technology

Construction Technology

Manufacturing Technology

Technological Design

Transportation Technology