18 Compulsory Credits

*4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
*1 credit in French ( Students with learning disabilities or learning difficulties may be exempted)
*3 credits in math (at least one credit in Grade 11 or 12)
*2 credits in science
*1 credit in Canadian history
*1 credit in Canadian geography
*1 credit in the arts
*1 credit in health and physical education
*1/2 credit in civics
*1/2 credit in career studies
1 additional credit in English, or a third language or social sciences and the humanities or Canadian and world studies
1 additional credit in health and physical education or the arts or business studies
1 additional credit in science (grade 11 or 12) or technological education – grades 9 to 12

Optional Credits

*students must complete a total of 12 optional credits.

Compulsory and Optional Credits must equal a minimum of 30 credits

Provincial Secondary School Literacy Test

A requirement for graduation is that all students successfully complete the Provincial Literacy Test.
Students take the literacy test in grade 10. Students who are not successful in passing the test may re-take the test in grade 11. If a student is unsuccessful at passing the test on the second attempt, they are eligible to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy course OLC40. Students who successfully complete this course are deemed to have met the provincial literacy requirements for graduation.

Community Involvement Activities

Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement (volunteer) activities over the course of their high school career. Community involvement is a requirement for graduation. Students at TASS will have the opportunity to volunteer in the TALC Academy elementary school program at lunch hour and earn either ½ hour or 1 hour of volunteer time per week. By doing so students will be able to complete their volunteer requirements on campus. Of course students are welcome to complete additional volunteer activities to either supplement or replace this experience.

Program Modification and Adaptations:

Exceptional students, as well as other students who are not identified as exceptional but who have an IEP and are receiving special education programs and services, should be given every opportunity to achieve the curriculum expectations set out in the provincial curriculum policy documents. For most students, the curriculum expectations for a course will be the same as or similar to the course expectations outlined int the appropriate provincial curriculum policy document, except that accommodations such as specialized supports or services will be provided to help the student achieve the expectations. Ontario Secondary Schools Grades 9 to 12 – Program and Degree Requirement 1999 (section 7.12)

Accommodations for students may include:
* teachers will provide copies of lecture/lesson notes to all students
*class readings will be provided to the students in audio format
* use of the computer or laptop computer for tests and all assignments (Students will need to have a lap top computer)
* use of voice activated software for essays
* use of calculator for math
* oral testing
* un-timed tests
* a variety of assignment types including essays, projects, tests, exams, oral presentations, public performances, drama and group work.
* an emphasis on process marks as well as final products
* extensive use of visual aids and concrete materials to enhance learning

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be created for each student. Students and parents will each receive a copy of the IEP.
Students must be aware that accommodations are designed to help them master curriculum expectations outlined by the Ministry of Education. Credits cannot be granted for the completion of a course unless curriculum expectations are achieved. If students are not able to meet these expectations, then credit for the course can not be granted.



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