Course Calendar – SCSS

SCSS Course Calendar 2018

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 at Avon Maitland District School Board secondary schools will be required to register with a sufficient number of courses to be considered full time for each semester in which they attend our schools.

School Philosophy

At Stratford Central Secondary School, we are dedicated to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment. The school provides opportunities for each student to be successful while encouraging responsibility, productivity, learning and a growth mindset.

Upon graduating, we are confident each of our graduates will have the necessary skills to meet the challenges beyond secondary school, as well as, exhibit positive citizenship and character within our society.

School Support Services and Resources

The Guidance Department at Stratford Central provides opportunities for students to become self-assured, independent, successful individuals by encouraging the use of our personal, academic and educational planning and career counselling services. Students always have access to career planning opportunities through computer programs. The Guidance Department welcomes parents and guardians to speak with any of the counsellors concerning their child’s needs or performance.

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 fundraising obligations or participation fees prior to making a commitment to participate.

Need Support? Programs Available

Students may access support through a variety of resources such as Guidance, noon hour help room, Learning Services withdrawal, peer tutor, online math tutor program and after-class teacher assistance.

Learning Services

Students with an IEP may access Learning Services throughout the school day to get assistance. Tests and exams may be written in Learning Services where support can be given as indicated on the IEP. Students who have an IEP are eligible to take a GLE course, which gives them the opportunity to receive academic assistance while earning a credit. (See course descriptions under Special Education course section.)

Course Changes: Policies and Procedures

Students wishing to change a course should consult with their Guidance counsellor. Course transfers or changes should occur within the first three weeks of the semester. Students in difficulty should change course pathways as soon as possible in the year. Students are expected to catch up on the work and all previous assignments to ensure an accurate evaluation.

Resource Centre

Come to the Resource Centre to find what you need for your research or for your reading pleasure. There are novels to interest every type of reader. Keep up to date about local and global events by reading daily newspapers, exploring the library’s wide variety of magazines and doing online research using the online databases. If you are unsure of where to begin with a project, ask one of the library staff for help. If you have suggestions for new library resources, make sure you speak with a librarian.

Here you will also connect with our Technical Resource Assistant who helps students with technical issues such as iPad troubleshooting and repair, as well as, connecting with the school’s vast computer network.

Student Responsibilities

A Note to Parents

How can parents help when their student is in secondary school? Often, the courses are unfamiliar to parents and help with homework is much more difficult for parents. The following suggestions will assist the student and build the essential partnership between home and school. Insist that the student attends school regularly and punctually. Valid absences include illness, medical, dental and legal appointments or family emergencies.

Encourage Good Study Habits

Insist that homework is done regularly and on schedule. Students should read, review notes or work on projects. This discipline is the key to scholastic success, according to many educational researchers. Limit employment hours (15 hours per week is considered the upper limit for most students), as well as evening out-of-school activities. Keep in touch! If you have concerns about your son’s or daughter’s progress, do not hesitate to call the school at 519-271-4500. We will gladly arrange interviews with Administration, Guidance or individual teachers.


Parents can help by ensuring that any absences are necessary and valid. If the learning process is disrupted by irregular attendance, learning experiences are lost and cannot be made up completely. Students who habitually miss class will be disadvantaged in the evaluation processes because assessment opportunities of their work will be minimized. Our school’s specific attendance procedures are outlined by the Principal and Vice-Principal during the first week of school. A Code of Conduct and Behaviour for Members of the Stratford Central SS Community Schools are established to help young people learn the skills, knowledge and values, which help them to live full and worthwhile lives. Schooling is a RIGHT, which imposes certain RESPONSIBILITIES on students. Students are expected to strive for personal excellence by arriving at class on time, with the appropriate materials, and participating actively and positively in all school activities.

Students have the right to:

  • Learn in this school. It is the student’s responsibility to listen to instructions and work quietly and respectfully.
  • Hear and Be Heard. It is the student’s responsibility to listen when someone else is speaking.
  • Be Respected in this school. It is the student’s responsibility to respect the opinions and feelings of others.
  • Be Safe in this school. It is the student’s responsibility not to threaten or physically harm anyone else.
  • Privacy and Personal Space. It is the student’s responsibility to respect the personal property of others and to respect the right to privacy.

Central has rules or guidelines for appropriate behaviour. These guidelines, which are established by students, parents, community representatives, staff and administrators, reflect the school’s philosophy of consultation and mutual respect. They are intended to ensure the well being and security of everyone at Central. Each September, a Student Handbook and Code of Conduct Booklet is distributed and reviewed with all students.

Special Programs

COPE (Cooperative Opportunities Providing Education)

COPE is an alternative education program. Students must be at least 16 years of age. The program offers an off-campus education opportunity to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma for students who are currently out of school or who may not have met success in a traditional classroom setting. It is a continuous entry program which includes a cooperative education experience with the delivery of credit courses through correspondence.

French Immersion at Stratford Central Secondary School

The aim of the French Immersion program at Stratford Central Secondary School is to continue to develop and refine students’ ability to communicate in French as well as to expand their knowledge of the language through the study of francophone literature. By the end of the four-year program, students will participate easily in conversations and discussions; will be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction; and will be able to accept employment in which French is the working language.

The study of French is an important part of the secondary school curriculum. French is not only one of Canada’s two official languages, but is also widely used around the world. Through learning a second language, students can strengthen their first-language skills and enhance their critical and creative thinking abilities; they also tend to become more accepting and respectful of other cultures. In addition, the ability to communicate in another language provides students with a distinct advantage in a number of careers, both in Canada and internationally.

Students may work toward a certificate in French Immersion. Students working toward this goal would be required to complete the sequence of four courses in French Immersion Language (FIF) and six courses in other subjects taught in French Immersion. Alternately, students may earn a certificate in Extended French if the student successfully completes the sequence of four courses in French Immersion Language (FIF) and a minimum of three courses in other subjects taught in French Immersion. During the four year program, students are encouraged to seek opportunities to broaden their confidence in the second language through partnerships with our feeder schools, through student exchanges and travel, and through work experiences in French.

Gifted Programs

Identified gifted students may participate in modules in Grades 9 and 10. Modules are offered on a range of topics. Students should check course listings for enriched classes in core subjects. Other opportunities for enrichment include university liaison programs designed to introduce students to post-secondary opportunities. These programs all require registration and, in some cases, competition for acceptance. To find out about these programs, students should contact the Learning Services Teacher.

Concurrent Education (Stratford Central S.S. and Stratford Northwestern S.S.)

Students who attend Stratford Central SS and Stratford Northwestern SS are reminded of the vast program and course opportunities that are available to them in the two schools. In order to broaden your educational experience, a Northwestern student may desire to take a course(s) at Central or a Central student may desire to take a course(s) at Northwestern while remaining a student and receiving their diploma at their home school. If a student at either school is unable to schedule a desired class in his or her home school we encourage you to speak with your Guidance Department who will work to see if your request can be accommodated between the two schools. Stratford Northwestern, for example, offers a broader selection of courses in Technological Education at the senior level and offers a Specialist High Skills Major in Energy, Health & Wellness, Hospitality & Tourism, Manufacturing & Transportation. Stratford Central offers a broader selection of courses in The Arts and offers a Specialist High Skills Major in Arts & Culture (which includes Theatre Production) and a Specialist High Skills Major in Information & Communication Technology. Stratford Central also offers Advanced Placement courses at the senior level. Both schools have many diversified courses our students may wish to consider to get the best educational opportunities available to pursue their many pathways to work, apprenticeship, college or university. We encourage you to consider concurrent education when you are making your course selections in February at both Stratford Northwestern and Stratford Central. For further information about concurrent education please contact Dan Keys at Stratford Central or Nikki Welsh at Stratford Northwestern.

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 including Experiential Learning. Experiential Learning programs such as Co-op, 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.

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.

Arts & Culture, Information & Communication Technology

High Skills Major Pathway

The Specialists High Skills Major (SHSM) enables students at Stratford Central to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents and prepare for a successful post-secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university, or employment; while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students will earn recognized certifications and training, engage in experiential learning through reach-ahead activities to apprenticeship, college, or university experiences; and engage in cooperative education, job shadowing and work experience while meeting their diploma requirements.

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.


Dramatic Arts

Instrumental Music

Symphonic Band

Jazz Band

Vocal/Choral Music


Visual Arts


Canadian & World Studies


Law and Politics

Interdisciplinary 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.

English Courses Pathways Chart

English Compulsory

English Optional

French Immersion

Guidance and Career Education

Health and Physical Education

French as a Second Language

International Languages


English Courses Pathways Chart


English Courses Pathways Chart

Social Sciences and Humanities

Special Education

Technological Education

Broad-based technological education courses in Grades 10, 11, and 12 that lead to apprenticeship or certification programs or that are part of school-work transition programs may be planned for up to 330 hours of scheduled instructional time. This additional instructional time allows for the practice and refinement of skills needed to raise the quality of student's performance to the levels required for certification, entry into apprenticeship programs, or participation in school-work transition programs.

Communictions Technology

Emphasis Courses Related to TGJ3M

Emphasis Courses Related to TGJ4M

Computer Technology

Construction Technology

Manufacturing Technology