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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.

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 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 please click here.

Integrated Arts Leadership

The Integrated ARTS program fosters creativity in its broadest sense.  It is an amalgamation of all forms of art as they relate to the creation of individual and team based projects.  Learners think, collaborate, compose, perform, showcase and communicate with images, sounds, graphics and animation using state of the art multi-media technologies and facilities.

This is a four credit integrated arts program that will enable students to explore, create and produce in all areas of the arts.  By integrating innovative and flexible daily schedules, successful applicants will have unlimited opportunities for a wide range of dynamic learning processes in the following areas:  Independent Direction, Integrated Learning, Community Sersive, Career Shadowing, Demonstrations, and Social Issues and Performance.  Students must complete an application before being accepted and will be required to participate in an interview.  To access this application click here.

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 ‚ÄčEducation 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: