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Co-operative education for grade 11 and 12 students

Our co-operative education program is a unique experience for Grade 11 and 12 students to earn credits towards their high school diploma while working for a local business. The program allows participants to take what they learned in school and apply it to a real-world work environment. Administrators and teachers ensure that the student’s duties and learning experiences at the workplace are closely related to one or more courses that the student is currently enrolled in. 

How to apply for a co-op placement

Students can apply for co-op on their option sheet when they select their high school courses. The co-op teams at each school will then contact students to explain the next steps: pre-course counselling and the interview process. Each school conducts interviews with applicants before the co-op placement starts. Students will typically be given some information on how to prepare for the interview. The purpose of the interview is for co-op teachers to learn about applicants and help them find the co-op placement that best suits their strengths and needs. The ultimate goal is a personalized career-focusing session to help identify the best community mentor match for each student.

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Why co-op is a great option for students

Through the co-op program, students earn credits toward graduation while becoming better equipped to make informed career and education choices in their future. Students also gain confidence in their ability to make the transition from high school to the world of work or post-secondary education. In addition, students will:
  • see the relevance of their classroom learning
  • clarify career goals
  • experience hands-on learning
  • further develop self-awareness, self-confidence and interpersonal skills
  • develop workplace-specific knowledge and skills through guided mentorship
  • build references and networking opportunities
  • determine education and skill requirements for post-secondary career pathways

How employers can offer co-op placements

We are constantly looking for new and challenging work opportunities for our co-op students, where they can gain experience from hands-on activities. Employers benefit from the co-op program in a number of ways:

  • additional support in the workplace
  • training a potential new employee without financial commitment
  • able to mentor and shape the workforce of tomorrow
  • WSIB fees are paid for by the Ministry of Education
  • continued communication and support from the cooperative education teacher

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A Parent's Guide to High School - Entering Grade 9

Changing grades is an exciting adventure for students, especially when entering high school. They're growing up, but you still have a role in your child's education.

Our Parent's Guide to High School helps you prepare your child for the transition to grade 9. Our guide covers the essentials of how high school operates. It outlines what is different in grades 7 & 8, how to keep connected online and in school, and how to be involved in both school events and the bigger picture. Our guide also covers some of the most commonly questioned topics for both parents and students, such as: 

  • attendance and leaving school property
  • how to earn credits and french certification
  • diploma requirements and final grades 
  • community involvement requirements
  • help with selecting courses
  • exploring different program opportunities
  • supports available to students

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