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ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOLS: GRADES 9-12, PROGRAM AND DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Students in Grades 9 -12 are subject to the diploma requirements of the Ministry of Education, as described in the
section for these grades. More details can be found in Ontario Secondary Schools: Grades 9-12, Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999 copies of which are available from local secondary schools and on the Ministry of Education website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/

Great care has been taken in editing this document but errors do occur and provincial policies do change. The most
authoritative source for course descriptions, course prerequisites and graduation requirements is the Ministry of Education website.

THE CREDIT SYSTEM
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of
110 hours. Normally, students in Grades 9-12 will be able to earn 8 in each year towards the 30 credits they will require to obtain a diploma.

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE HAMILTON-WENTWORTH CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD THAT:

  • Enrolment in a Catholic Secondary School operated by the Board necessarily implies acceptance of and participation in Religious Education Programs and Courses;
     
  • Every student is required to include the appropriate Religious Education Program/Course while enrolled in year 1 through 4 in a Catholic Secondary School operated by the Board (reference the Education Act); and 
     
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may subject a student to sanctions appropriate to the failure, including suspension or expulsion from the school.

OPTIONAL OR ELECTIVE COURSES
Students must complete a minimum of 12 elective credits selected from those available and those of specific interest to the student and their individual goals for career and future educational programs. These will be selected with the assistance of parents, counsellors, teachers and administrators.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of Christian Service/Community Involvement activities. Once grade 9 commences, students may begin these activities which must be completed during their years in the secondary school program.

Within the Hamilton-Wentworth C.D.S.B. this requirement has a double purpose. The first is to enable students to show solidarity with people who are in need and who require assistance. The voluntary Christian Service provides students with an opportunity to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ on the Corporal Works of Mercy and to put into practice the Social Teaching of the Church. The second purpose is to foster an understanding of civic responsibility and participation and to help young people develop and share their skills with others in the wider community.

Christian Service/Community Involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including not-for-profit
organizations, public sector institutions, hospitals and informal settings.