The selection of courses and programs in secondary school depends on a partnership between students, parents the school and the community. While the new Secondary School program that began in September 1999 is a four-year program of study please note that there is no Ministry of Education requirement stating that students must finish their secondary school program in four years. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board encourages students to plan their high school curriculum/pathway in such a manner that will maximize achievement, post-secondary opportunities and personal satisfaction. Many students may find that four and a half or five years of secondary school are required.

This Course Calendar will assist students and parents in making those important course and program selections. It is
important to emphasize, however, that the Course Calendar is not the only source of information. Teachers, counsellors
and administrators can provide valuable assistance in all matters related to course selection, program and career planning. Students and parents are encouraged to seek advice and assistance from these professionals.

Not all courses listed in this calendar are available at every school. School option sheets indicate what courses are offered at each school in each program area. Students and parents should note that course offerings are subject to enrolment.