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Special Programs

Alternative Learning

We have an Alternative Secondary School with locations throughout Simcoe County. The program is designed for students who have difficulty coping with a large school setting, and who may benefit from the small class sizes, one-on-one assistance, flexibility, and close relationships with the teachers.

For information, please contact

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) provides secondary students with an opportunity for learning that goes beyond the Ontario Curriculum, allowing them to experience university-level programming while still in high school. Many Canadian and international universities recognize AP standing for first-year study in specific courses. AP exams are developed and administrated by the College Board in New Jersey, U.S.A. and are written in May of each year. For more information about AP, contact our guidance department.

Cooperative Education

All students, regardless of their post-secondary destination, have the opportunity to take cooperative education (co-op). In co-op, students learn by integrating classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace.

High-Performance Athlete Co-op

Innisdale also offers a High-Performance Athlete Coop (HPA).  The High-Performance Athlete program is tailored to meet the learning needs of students who are committed to focusing on their long term career objectives while accommodating competitive training needs.  This specialized program is designed for students who are training and competing with a provincial, national and/or international team.  Customized programming may include eLearning, personalized timetable and/or coop.  In HPA coop, students apply and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom to their training/competition setting.  Criteria for acceptance into HPA coop is based upon the number of hours committed to training, the level of competition, the training season and the learning needs of the student.  Students will need to submit an application form, a coach reference form, a credit counselling summary and have a preplacement interview prior to acceptance into the program.  Students need to complete an application form and return it along with the coach's referral form to the coop office. 

Specialized Mariposa Hockey Skating Credit

This is a hockey skating development program designed by Paul Matheson, of Mariposa and co-led by an Innisdale physical education teacher.  The emphasis of the course is for the dedicated hockey player to develop knowledge and skills for a strong foundation of balance and edge awareness and power skating.  The on-ice portion will focus on explosive acceleration, proper use of edges, improved lateral movement, increased balance, and precise stopping.  Students interested in this program will also complete yoga, and strength and conditioning classes each week at the Allandale Recreation Centre. Students will also acquire the factors and skills related to the components of movement competence, nutrition, mental health, personal fitness and positive decision-making. Students must have their own hockey equipment.   The cost of the course is $400, which includes two ice sessions per week and a school year drop in pass to the Allandale Recreation Center. Acceptance into the course is by application and interview.  Please hand in the completed application to the Guidance Office

Dual Credit

Through dual credit courses, students can earn a high school credit at the same time as a college credit. Dual credit courses give students the chance to experience post-secondary education. The college credit will count towards a college diploma as long as it's a requirement for the college program the student chooses to pursue.


E-Learning gives students the opportunity to earn Ontario high school credits online and provides an opportunity for a flexible learning environment. Teachers are certified, experienced and committed to student success.  Students are required to complete the attached application form and speak with a guidance counsellor to look into this potential opportunity. 

For the Consortium application form please click here.

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives is a fully integrated, five credit program that focuses on international studies.  See the links below for more information.

For our Global Perspectives brochure please click here

For our Global Perspectives application form Global Application Form 15.doc

Integrated Arts Leadership

We are excited to introduce the Integrated Visual Arts and Leadership Program! This unique program is a two-credit package, offering one credit in Visual Arts and one credit in Leadership with an Arts and Culture Focus. To learn more about this opportunity, please click the link below!  Integrated Arts Info and Application 2022.pdf

Learning Centres/Resource Rooms

All high schools have a place where students can receive additional support. Some students with special education needs may spend a portion of their day in a Learning Centre. This is outlined in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).

More information about special education can be found on the SCDSB's Special Education page.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is available to all full-time students who are at least 16 years old and have 16 high school credits. To enter OYAP, students must be in a co-operative education program. Once the student becomes a registered apprentice, the hours earned through the co-op may count towards their apprenticeship. Students are also placed on the waitlist for trade school. Visit

Specialist High Skills Major

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are sector-specific programs that start in Grade 11. They're made up of a bundle of courses with options for all post-secondary pathways. In an SHSM, students:

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications related to the selected field
  • gain important on-the-job skills through co-operative education placements

For more information about SHSM programs available at SCDSB schools, visit:​​