Course Calendar – SMDCVI

SMDCVI Course Calendar 2020-2021

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 in grades 9-11, need to be registered full time in each semester.

It is time for students to select their courses for the next school year. You are required to make decisions about courses you would like to take and these decisions should be based on your own strengths and your plans for the future. In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, each student must earn thirty credits. Eighteen of these credits are mandatory, but the other twelve are at your discretion. Your eighteen mandatory credits should be based on your goals for your future destination after you leave DCVI. Will you want to go to the workplace, complete an apprenticeship, attend college or enroll in a university program? Each of these pathways requires different courses. Statistics tell us that about one-quarter of our graduates will go on to the world of work from high school, another one-quarter will go to college, another one-quarter will choose university and the final twenty-five per cent will choose apprenticeship training. Ideally, you’ll choose your courses in grade 9 that lead to the outcome you will want to have when you graduate from grade 12. For example, students will choose from Open, Locally Developed, Academic and Applied courses. There is some room for change, but the traditional outcomes for each of these levels is as follows: Applied courses lead to college and apprenticeships, Locally developed courses lead to the world of work and some apprenticeships, and Academic courses lead to university and/or colleges for applied degrees.

Course selection is also the opportunity for students to explore optional subjects. We encourage you to try new courses that you may not have had the chance to experience yet. Students in grades 11 and 12 also have the opportunity for some real experiential learning through Cooperative education classes that allow students to experience a field of work that currently interests them.

Most importantly, as you choose your courses, think about your past achievement in school and your own interests and skills. Explore a variety of choices that are interesting, enjoyable and challenging. Talk to your parents and your teachers because they know you best as a student and will be able to give you invaluable guidance.


How can parents and guardians help their students in secondary school? Often the courses are unfamiliar to parents/guardians and helping with homework is much more difficult than when students were in elementary school. The following suggestions will assist students and build the essential partnership between home and school. Insist that the student attend school regularly and punctually. Valid absences include illness; medical, dental and legal appointments; or family emergencies. Avoid family trips during school time, including exams. Encourage good study habits. Insist that homework be done regularly. Monitor employment hours as well as evening out-of-school activities. Keep in touch. If you have concerns about your son or daughter’s progress, do not hesitate to call the school at 519-284-1731. We will gladly arrange interviews with Administration, Student Services or individual teachers. Stay informed by visiting the St. Marys DCVI Website at

Course Selection

All students have the opportunity to study courses with different purposes and destinations. Courses can not be offered if only a small number of students are interested in them. The responsibility for choosing the most suitable program rests on the student and his or her parents/ guardians after thorough investigation and advice from teachers and guidance counselors. Please choose wisely!

To produce the best timetable possible for students, we must know their choices at an early date. This helps us to determine the number of classes necessary for all subjects, and the actual arrangement of subject classes during the day and the year. Such planning gives maximum choice and flexibility for students. Therefore, it is necessary that students make choices which are quite firm. It is essential that all deadlines for the submission of course selection forms be met as students may be penalized for late submissions. Parent/guardian signatures are required on the course selection form. As much as possible, we will attempt to timetable the courses offered; however, low enrolment may result in the cancellation of some courses. In other instances, timetabling conflicts may result in students having to select alternate courses or take courses through our school board’s online school, AMDEC.

Course Changes: Policies and Procedures

We endeavour to have each student placed in the correct courses and we do our best to empower our students to make these important decisions. Students are an important part of the course selection process. After the timetable is created, students wishing to change a course should consult with their Student Services Counselor. Course transfers or changes must occur within the first 10 classes of the academic semester. Students in difficulty should change classes as soon as possible. Students are expected to catch up on the work and all previous assignments to ensure an accurate evaluation. Parental approval is required when students change courses.

During course selection, students are asked to include alternate choices in case not all requested courses are able to be offered. Timetable changes made for first semester courses after mid-September are done on a student need basis.

Learning Services Available in the School

St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute provides a variety of program options for students with special needs. School Resource Teachers are available to:

  • Assist teachers in delivering individualized supports in the regular classroom
  • Provide one-to-one instruction or small group assistance to students when appropriate
  • Help assess special learning needs

Educational assistants are available to support students with specific needs.

Student Success

The Ministry of Education has ensured that every school in Ontario has been allocated teacher resources to increase student success. The program is focused in four major areas at this time:

  • Increasing credit accumulation in all grades, through credit rescue or recovery
  • Improving transition from grade 8 to grade 9
  • Creating an exit/transition program from grade 12 to the world of work
  • Helping senior students achieve their graduation plans

Guidance and Career Education Program

As students progress through high school, they will have opportunities to meet regularly with guidance counselors who are available to assist with academic, vocational and personal concerns. Guidance department members make every effort to support students as they make personal, educational and career choices. Students who wish to see a guidance counselor are encouraged to make an appointment by seeing the guidance secretary.

Students’ personal needs, abilities and how they see themselves and the world will determine their performance and willingness to perform in their academic pursuits. These personal factors have a great bearing on the career directions chosen by the students. Thus, personal, academic, and career-oriented counseling are interconnected. Students may visit the following websites to assist in their planning:

(All students have an account with myBlueprint as course selection occurs through this process. Parents are also invited to create an account that assists in course selection, planning and career research.)

Student Responsibilities:

Achievement and Attendance

Students who fail courses or choose to withdraw from a course may jeopardize their attainment of an OSSD. Regular, punctual attendance at school is critical for the student’s learning and achievement of course expectations. 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.

Student Conduct

Students, staff, parent/guardians and community members have developed the St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute Code of Behaviour. It is based on expectations, rights, and responsibilities. The four key points in DCVI’s Code of Behaviour include: be here, be on time, be prepared to work, be the best you can be. The following behaviours are unacceptable: physical, verbal, sexual or psychological abuse; bullying or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation, or any other attribute. Attending school is a privilege that imposes responsibility on students. Students at St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute are expected to achieve to the best of their ability.

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, and 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. 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.

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. Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding
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.

St. Marys DCVI offers SHSM in both Environment and Construction Engineering.

Coop Course Notes:
  • Summer school co-op is an option for students enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Majors
  • 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–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


High Skills Major Pathways

The SHSM–Environment 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.

Employment in the environment sector has boomed in recent years, and, according to industry experts, existing labour shortages in this sector are expected to increase as regulations to meet Canada’s goals regarding climate change come into effect.

Select this link to view the Environment 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 Courses at St. Marys DCVI

Students in Grade 9 will take the following 8 Compulsory Credits

  • Canadian and World Studies - 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 - PPL1OM or PPL1OF
  • Introduction to Business (0.5 credit) - BTT1O
  • Exploring Technologies(0.5 credit) - TIJ1O

Choose One of the following:

  • Music - AMU1O
  • Visual Arts - AVI1O
  • Drama - ADA1O

Grade 10 Courses

Grade 10 will take the following 5 Compulsory Credits

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

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 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

Aboriginal Studies

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

Interdisciplinary Studies



Social Science & Humanities

Technological Education