OSSD Course Codes

All courses have a five or six digit code. The first five digits of these codes are uniform across Ontario secondary schools. The first three letters indicate the subject. The fourth digit denotes the year or grade in which the course is usually taken.
‣  1 = Grade 9
‣  2 = Grade 10 or 2nd year
‣  3 = Grade 11 or 3rd year
‣  4 = Grade 12 or 4th year

Secondary School Credits

A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion (that is, completion with a final percentage mark of 50 per cent or higher) of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours. Credits are granted by a principal on behalf of the Minister of Education for courses that have been developed or authorized by the ministry. A half-credit may be granted for each 55-hour part of a 110-hour ministry-developed course in accordance with the policy outlined in the curriculum policy documents. Most courses are offered as single-credit courses.
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Grades 9 and 10 OSSD Credit Courses

All Grades 9 and 10 courses at CDNIS are designated Academic or Open.

Academic Courses develop students’ knowledge and skills through the study of theory and abstract problems. These courses focus on the essential concepts of a subject and explore related concepts as well. They incorporate practical applications as appropriate.

Open Courses, which comprise a set of expectations that are appropriate for all students, are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and skills in subjects that reflect their interests and prepare them for active and rewarding participation in society. They are not designed with the specific requirements of university, college, or the workplace in mind.
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Grades 11 and 12 OSSD Credit Courses

All Grades 11 and 12 courses at CDNIS are designated as follows:
‣  C (College Preparation)
‣  U (University Preparation)
‣  M (University/College Preparation)
‣  O (Open)

College Preparation Courses “C”
College preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for most college programs or for admission to specific apprenticeship or other training programs. The only “C” course taught at CDNIS is the BMI3C Grade 11 Marketing course that is in Year 1 (Grade 11) for those who choose to study Business for their IB Diploma. It is a prerequisite to the Year 2 Business course that is an “M” course and can be used for both college and university admissions.

University Preparation Courses “U”
University preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements of university programmes. The range of courses offered and the content of these courses will allow students to prepare for university programmes and related careers. Teaching and learning emphasize theoretical aspects of the course content, but also include concrete applications. All university preparation courses are based on rigorous provincial curriculum expectations, and emphasize the development of both independent research skills and independent learning skills.

Univ./College Preparation Courses “M”
University/college preparation courses include content that is relevant for both university and college programmes. These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements of specific university and college programmes. The range of courses offered, and the content of these courses, allow students to prepare for college and university programmes and related careers. Teaching and learning emphasize both the course content’s theoretical aspects and related concrete applications. All university/college preparation courses will be based on rigorous provincial curriculum expectations.

Open Courses “O”
Open courses, which comprise a set of expectations that are appropriate for all students, are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and skills in subjects that reflect their interests and prepare them for active and rewarding participation in society. They are not designed with the specific requirements of university, college, or the workplace in mind.
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