High School Courses

High school is a time for students to explore their options. We offer a variety of course types to give your child the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in their post-secondary destination.

How to Choose Your High School Courses

Course descriptions, including prerequisite requirements, can be found in the links in the table below. Not all courses are offered at every OCSB high school. You will be able to see which schools offer specific courses as you choose your courses in myBlueprint. If you are having trouble viewing or using myBlueprint, you can read descriptions and choose courses using the PDF guide.

Choose Your Courses with myBlueprint

Students choose their courses using the myBlueprint Education Planner — an online tool available to you, your child and their teachers. In addition to planning and selecting courses, you can use it to:

  • Discover your learning styles
  • Learn about pathways after high school (apprenticeship, work, college and university)
  • Explore career interest surveys
  • Set short-term and long-term goals
  • Build your resume

Staff at your school will show your child how to log in and use myBlueprint before the deadline to choose courses. Instructions are also available in our High School Course Handbook.

The myBlueprint Guide for Parents provides a step-by-step guide to set up your parent account and link it to your child’s account.

Choosing Courses if Your Child Has an IEP

If your child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), you can choose appropriate courses based on the support mechanisms and learning expectations identified in their IEP. Don’t worry– you don’t need to figure this out on your own. Consult your guidance counsellor, resource teacher and subject teachers to choose courses that best suit your child’s needs.

If your child receives accommodations only and meets grade-level expectations, they would likely take locally developed, applied or academic courses. The level chosen will depend on their strengths and needs.

If your child receives modified learning expectations and/or alternative learning expectations, they may be considered for locally developed compulsory credit courses. If their IEP identifies alternative expectations that are not based on the Ontario curriculum, they can take non-credit alternative (K) courses

Understanding High School Course Types

Each high school course has a corresponding course code that helps students and parents identify the type of course it is, the level it is taught at and more. There are also a number of credits that are compulsory to earning your high school diploma.