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Alternate Ways of Earning Credits

While the majority of students will earn credits in the school, some may consider alternate ways. These include correspondence through the Independent Learning Centre, independent study, private study, continuing education, summer school and private school. Please see a Counsellor or Administrator to find out the availability and accessibility of the courses in each school area.

eLearning - A Great Way to Learn!

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing access to appropriate program for all our students. One of the board’s innovative ways to deliver courses for students is through eLearning. Students from all secondary schools may register in courses that they cannot access in their home school.

These students then get a login to our state-of-the-art eLearning platform where they access course materials and assignments and communicate with their teacher and ‘classmates’. Course offerings are determined based on what schools are unable to offer in-house so vary from year-to-year. We have many courses to choose from with more being developed all the time. Students enjoy the flexibility that eLearning offers and will learn
transferable skills such as time management, organization and work habits, as well as various technology skills.

Spaces are limited and students need to have the approval of their Principal and Counselor. Students should check with their Guidance Counselor to find out what courses are available and how to register. More information is available by visiting our website at www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/elearning

Destination and Pathway Information

It is possible to complete an Ontario Secondary School Diploma in 4 years. Many students, however, may decide to take 5 years to complete their graduation requirements. Students may return for up to 34 credits. This time line will allow them to:

  • explore dynamic optional courses of study in order to expand their creative abilities and critical thinking skills
  • participate in workplace opportunities to investigate career options and enhancing their employability skills
  • balance their course programs and part-time work to better prepare themselves academically, socially and financially for the chosen post-secondary destination
  • enrich their high-school experience by participating in school clubs, sports and activities.

Employers and post-secondary institutions encourage students to maintain breadth in their secondary school courses in order to prepare appropriately for the challenges of their chosen post-secondary destination.


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet diploma requirements while participating in an apprenticeship program.

All students participating in OYAP must:

  • complete 16 credits towards the OSSD prior to starting the program
  • be enrolled as full-time students during the program
  • complete all compulsory credits required for the OSSD

Ideally, OYAP begins with a cooperative placement in Grade 11 in any one of the skilled trade areas providing students with the opportunity to gain related work experience. Hours earned on a cooperative education placement may count towards apprenticeship certification requirements while at the same time accumulating work hours and completing some of the in-school training required to become a licensed tradesperson. Go to www.hpedsb.on.ca/ec/services/cst/secondary/oyap/ for additional information on skilled trades and apprenticeships.

Dual Credits

Dual Credit programs are designed to assist students in the completion of their diploma requirements and support successful transition to either College or apprenticeship programs. Depending on the delivery model and course, students can earn secondary school credits (a maximum of 4, non-compulsory), College credits and/or Level 1 Apprenticeship certification while attending approved courses at either St. Lawrence or Loyalist
College or in their home secondary school.

College campus programs involve a dual credit secondary school teacher who provides support and supervision as required while the students are on the College campus. Some secondary courses delivered at our secondary school have been developed to provide students with the opportunity to earn College credit upon successful completion of the regular secondary school course.

It is important to note that College assessment and evaluation policies are used when determining success in a dual credit course. Students will be informed of what grade is required in order to earn credit for the course (i.e. 50%, 60%, 70%).

Dual Credit Courses and delivery models are approved and funded annually by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and administered through School/College/Work initiatives and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Seats in dual credit courses are limited so admission to courses/programs will involve an application process.

To learn about the dual credit opportunities that will be available during the school year, visit your secondary school Guidance/Student Services Office.


The Ontario Colleges Of Applied Arts and Technology admission information has been provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University. Colleges may request courses at the M (University/College) level or the C (College) level. They cannot require courses at the U (University level) except for programs that lead to a degree through a joint agreement with a University. W (Workplace) preparation courses may be used in a limited number of programs as described in College calendars. Specific course requirements are defined in each College calendar. New curriculum requirements for College programs at all Ontario Colleges are now available on the Ontario College Application Services website www.ontariocolleges.ca. Students should consult with their guidance counsellor, College Calendars and the OCAS website, in order to ensure they have the secondary school prerequisite courses for admission to their College programs of choice.

Transfer agreements from College to University are in place for many programs. Up-to-date information is available in College calendars and at the Ontario College University Transfer Guide website.


Information from the Ontario University Council on Admissions has provided Guidelines for University admission under Secondary School Reform. OSS students are encouraged to do thorough research regarding secondary school requirements for their program of choice at all Universities. To be admitted, students must earn a minimum overall average of 60% in six grade 12 U or M (University/College) courses. Most University programs will continue to require higher admission averages. Admission requirements for similar programs may vary significantly from University to University. Students should consult with their guidance counsellor and refer to the website www.electronicinfo.ca to research Ontario Universities and their programs. Information about Canadian Universities may be found on the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada website.


Workplace preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship programs and other training programs offered in the community. The range and content of courses will allow students to prepare for a variety of jobs, training programs and careers. Workplace courses may be offered as stand alone credits in a core subject
discipline (such as math, science and English) or they may be offered as part of a specialized school-work program, such as the natural bridges program. Students should note that while some Workplace level certificates are offered at certain colleges, most Ontario colleges require college pathway courses at secondary school for entrance.

Practical Learning Program and Life Skills Program

The Practical Learning Program is a life and pre-work skills program for students whose placement is confirmed through the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process.

Students will have opportunities to participate in the secondary school culture and activities. Students in the PLP develop the skills they will need for their eventual transition to community life after high school:

  • functional literacy
  • functional numeracy
  • social skills
  • work skills
  • basic personal life skills

VENTURE Enrichment

Venture is a unique academic enrichment opportunity for motivated grade 9 and 10 Panthers. The program has in-class and extra-curricular dimensions and will provide students with outstanding preparation for University and post-secondary life. Students are timetabled together for a minimum of one course per semester to ensure that their learning can extend to and from the classroom. 21st Century skill development will enhance their educational experience beyond the classroom through the use of technology, trips and hands on activities that encourages collaboration and critical thinking. Venture leads to the University Advanced Placement Opportunities in grades 11 and 12 in addition to enrichment certificates.

Students selected for this program will have opportunities for many trips that are student funded but participation will be inclusive with financial assistance available if necessary. These trips have included Montreal, Washington and Chicago. Students are required to complete several independent learning opportunities and must also report back to their fellow learners as to what they have done to enrich their own learning.

Venture is a unique Prince Edward Collegiate Institute initiative. We strive to provide all learners with the experiences they will need to ensure success in their future endeavors.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) allows students to pursue University-level studies while still in high school. AP results are accepted by many Canadian Universities which increasingly offer advanced standing (University credit) to candidates with good AP grades. Students may take one or more AP courses.

The flow chart below provides the suggested pathway of the AP courses.

AP Courses