Course Calendar – SHDHS

SHDHS Calendar

By Jana Bayer-Smith - Principal of South Huron District High 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.

South Huron has an outstanding history of excellence in a variety of areas and we take great pride in celebrating our achievements. Since the school opened in 1950, our students have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, in the arts, and in athletics. We proudly display the trophies, plaques, and photographs that attest to this success in the display cabinets and on the walls throughout the school. Student success is what we are about. We strive to provide programs to meet the needs of all students as they work toward their post-secondary destinations. Whether the destination is the world of work, an apprenticeship, college, or university, we have something for everyone. In addition to the core academics, we offer a full range of arts courses, a variety of technological studies courses, modern languages, business studies, cooperative education, and physical education. Our Learning Services also provides a broad range of services for students who require additional support.

South Huron District High School is proud to be a part of Exeter and all of the surrounding communities. We encourage our students to develop a greater awareness of the importance of involvement and citizenship through participation in and support of community events and organizations. We welcome and encourage community groups to visit the school, to make use of our facilities, and to work with our students to help us develop and promote a greater sense of community.

AMDSB Mission Statement & Goals

The Mission Statement of the Avon Maitland District School Board is:

“Engage, Inspire, Innovate ....Always Learning”

Our goals are:

To create positive, inclusive learning environments.
To maximize student outcomes.

Learning Services at SHDHS

The Learning Services department offers a range of services to support students, parents/guardians, and classroom teachers. The individual learning needs of each student determine the specialized support, which may include: program modifications, accommodations, and direct/indirect support from Resource teachers, student support staff, and educational ssistants. The majority of students achieve success within the regular classroom setting through instructional, assessment, and environmental accommodations.

Resource teachers are available to:
  • Assist teachers in delivering individualized support to students in the regular classroom
  • Facilitate program and transition planning for students with special learning needs
  • Assess special learning needs and identify needed resources/accommodations
  • Aid in the development, implementation, and review of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Help build accessibility of the curriculum through the use of technology

Alternative Education

Alternative Education offers students the opportunity to earn credits outside of the traditional classroom setting. While most courses are offered in a self-study online format, students are supported by the classroom teacher. Although students in Alternative Education may be working on different courses, the program functions as a classroom-based community with group programming focussed on health and wellness to pave the way for academic success. The cornerstone of the Alternative Education program is to provide a safe space where students feel supported and valued despite their individual differences."

Cooperative Education and OYAP

Cooperative Education prepares students for successful participation in a work placement. The course is a planned learning experience for which credits are earned. The program combines classroom theory and workplace learning experiences to enable students to apply and refine knowledge and skills acquired in a related curriculum course. Students who complete coop placement hours in an apprenticeable field are considered Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) participants.

English as a Second Language/Student

Exchange Program

The Avon Maitland District School Board recognizes that secondary ESL students face unique challenges as they pursue their secondary diploma and make the transition to full fluency in English. Students in the early stages of English acquisition may monitor courses or work for partial credits if they are not able to meet the curriculum expectations for a course. Adapted programming helps students achieve credits in courses even if their communication skills are not sufficiently developed to demonstrate their learning. ESL students may also be provided with tutoring to enable them to expand their language skills more rapidly. While students may need more than 4 years to complete their diploma, Avon Maitland DSB students who take ESL are given the assistance they need to fulfill their long-term goals.

Guidance/Student Services

Through the Careers Studies course, classroom and grade-based sessions as well as individual meetings, the guidance department helps students with pathway planning. We coordinate course selection, timetable changes, appropriate educational planning and the postsecondary application process. The guidance department also provides students with connections to our mental health coach, youth counsellor, addictions counsellor and the health nurse. Students wishing to change a course should fill out the proper paperwork and submit it to the guidance/student services department. Course changes can occur at different times in the year for a variety of reasons. The normal practice is to cease making course changes two weeks into a semester. Parental approval is required for changes if students are less than 18 years old. Course changes are not always possible after the start of the school year, and should be made as early as possible

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 coop is an option for students enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major
  • SHSM candidates may use up to 4 coop credits towards their bundle of SHSM requirements.
  • 2 coop credits are required in the SHSM Credit Bundle. The coop tie-in must be within the approved bundle of credits (GLC2O is also available to be used).
  • 1 additional coop credit can be substituted for one Major credit. The coop tie-in must be within the approved bundle of credits.
  • 1 additional coop credit can be substituted for one Other required credit. The coop tie-in must be within the approved bundle of credits.


High Skills Major Pathway

Transportation Technology is an activity based program focusing on the repair and maintenance of vehicles. In addition to this, the High Skills Program offers students the opportunity to study and test the components of the vehicle. The program also focuses on servicing of farm and other heavy equipment. Students diagnose and repair vehicle malfunctions and are expected to make repairs to industry standards, as many of the vehicles repaired are customer owned and operated. This also gives students practice in customer relations.

Select this link to view the Transportation SHSM Credits Chart

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 FSF1O
  • Canadian Geography - CGC1D or CGC1P
  • Healthy Active Living Education - PPL1O
  • Integrated Arts - ALC1O

Choose One of the following:

  • Introduction to Business - BBI1O
  • Exploring Technologies - TIJ1O

Grade 10 Courses

Grade 10 will take the following 5 Compulsory Credits

  • English - ENG2D or ENG2L or ENG2P
  • Mathematics - MPM2D or MPM2DE or MAT2L or MFM2P
  • Science - SNC2D or SNC2L or SNC2P
  • Canadian History - CHC2D or CHC2DE 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 NBE3E 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 an 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 only the courses they intend to complete.

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

The 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.



Guidance & Career Education

Health & Physcial Education



Social Science & Humanities

Technological Education