Dear Academy Parents, Guardians and Students:

I am writing to update you about our progress in preparing our students for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).  As you know, your child/ward is on the list to write the mandated and standardized Provincial Literacy Test on Thursday April 11th, 2013.


Student Preparation

The English department at The Academy has created an Edmodo site (an on-line resource) with lessons and activities in preparation for the test. Students have access to this site through their Edmodo platform.

Parent Preparation

To ease parental use of OSSLT preparation materials,  we have made resources available on the school’s website. Please visit the site over the mid-winter break to access these preparation materials: We encourage you to work on some practice problems at home over the break.

Teacher Supported  Workshops  

As promised, we will begin holding our twice-weekly workshops for students writing this test. Although attendance and participation in the workshops are not mandatory, I hope that you will encourage your child/ward to partake in the workshops that will be held after school. Our plan is to host instructional workshops from 4-5pm until the day of the test. Please refer to the following schedule for detailed information about each weekly session.


Please keep in mind students who are not successful in writing the OSSLT will have an opportunity to re- write the following year, or to enroll in the Ontario Literacy Course (OLC). If a student is unsuccessful a second time writing the test, he or she must enroll in the OLC course offered in the senior panel at The YMCA Academy.

Secondary school diplomas will only be awarded to students who successfully complete this test or pass the Ontario Literacy Course as this is a mandatory requirement.



Please see the following resources to help prepare for the OSSLT

Mar 8th, 2013 – OSSLT Information and Resources