The YMCA Academy is a Ministry of Education-inspected high school. All programs and courses offered at The Academy comply with provincial curriculum standards. Students graduating from The Academy will earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC), or Certificate of Accomplishment.

The Academy’s current course offerings are listed on the Schedules and Calendar page.

Junior Panel

In Grade 9 and 10 students may choose from a variety of courses at the Applied (P), Open (O), and Locally Developed (L) levels.

Senior Panel

In Grade 11 and 12 students may choose from a variety of courses at the College/University Preparation (M), College Preparation (C), Workplace Preparation (E), and Open (O) levels. Credits in the senior panel have possible subject streams developed to meet students’ educational and career goals (college or a bridging program, an apprenticeship, or the workplace).

Course Catalogue

 
Each year, Academy teachers and staff create a customized schedule, featuring a full complement of compulsory courses, a wide variety of elective courses, and even customized courses exclusive to the school. This list represents all of the courses the Academy has offered in the past few academic years.

The Arts

Visual Arts (Grade 9-11, Open)
Integrated Arts (Grade 9-10, Open)
Music (Grade 9, Open)
Media Arts (Grade 10, Open)
Drama (Grade 10-11, Open)
Exploring and Creating in the Arts (Grade 11-12, Open)
Visual Arts (Grade 12, Workplace Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Business Studies

Introduction to Business (Grade 10, Open)
Entrepreneurship: The Venture (Grade 11, College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Canadian and World Studies

Issues in Canadian Geography (Grade 9, Applied)
History (Grade 10, Locally Developed)
Canadian History Since World War I (Grade 10, Applied)
Civics and Citizenship (Grade 10, Open)
Politics in Action: Making Change (Grade 11, Open)
Travel and Tourism (Grade 11, Open)
Understanding Canadian Law in Everyday Life (Grade 11, Workplace Preparation)
Understanding Canadian Law (Grade 11, University/College Preparation)
Adventures in World History (Grade 12, Workplace Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

English

English (Grade 9-10, Applied)
English (Grade 9-10, Locally Developed)
Literacy Skills: Reading and Writing (Grade 10, Open)
English (Grade 11-12, Workplace Preparation)
English (Grade 11-12, College Preparation)
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (Grade 12, Open)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

French as a Second Language

Core French (Grade 9, Open)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Guidance and Career Education

Learning Strategies (Grade 9, Open)
Career Studies (Grade 10, Open)
Discovering the Workplace (Grade 10, Open)
Leadership and Peer Support (Grade 11, Open)
Cooperative Education
Resource and Remediation

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Health and Physical Education

Healthy Active Living (Grade 9-12, Open)
Personal and Fitness Activities (Grade 9, Open)
Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (Grade 12, University/College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Interdisciplinary Studies

History of Civilizations (Grade 11, Open)
Science of Space Exploration (Grade 12, Open)

These courses were created by (and are exclusive to) The YMCA Academy. They connect expectations from a variety of other courses, and invite students to explore learning in new and exciting ways. For descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about the Interdisciplinary Studies program, see the curriculum documents.

Mathematics

Mathematics (Grade 9-10, Locally Developed)
Foundations of Mathematics (Grade 9-10, Applied)
Mathematics for Everyday Life (Grade 11-12, Workplace Preparation)
Foundations for College Mathematics (Grade 11-12, College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Native Studies

Expressing Aboriginal Cultures (Grade 9, Open)
English: Contemporary Aboriginal Voices (Grade 11, College Preparation)
Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada (Grade 11, University/College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Science

Science (Grade 9-10, Applied)
Environmental Science (Grade 11, Workplace Preparation)
Biology (Grade 11, College Preparation)
Chemistry (Grade 12, College Preparation)
Physics (Grade 12, College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Social Sciences and Humanities

Food and Nutrition (Grade 9, Open)
World Religions and Belief Traditions in Daily Life (Grade 11, Open)
Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice (Grade 11, Workplace Preparation)
Understanding Fashion (Grade 11, College Preparation)
Working With Infants and Young Children (Grade 11, College Preparation)
Philosophy: The Big Questions (Grade 11, University/College Preparation)
Gender Studies (Grade 11, University/College Preparation)
Personal Life Management (Grade 12, Open)
Food and Nutrition Sciences (Grade 12, University/College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

Technological Education

Communications Technology (Grade 10-12, Open)
Computer Technology (Grade 10, Open)
Green Industries (Grade 10, Open)
Health Care (Grade 11, College Preparation)

For course descriptions, curriculum expectations, achievement criteria, and other details about these courses, see the curriculum documents.

 
Note: Some courses on this list are not offered every year. For details, contact us.

Diploma and Certificate Requirements

 
There are three options when looking at levels of recognition when completing secondary school: the Ontario Secondary School Diploma; the Ontario Secondary School Certificate; and a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Compulsory credits:

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
  • 3 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in the arts
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 0.5 credit in career studies
  • 0.5 credit in civics

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1:

  • English or French as a second language**
  • a Native language
  • a classical or an international language
  • social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies
  • guidance and career education
  • cooperative education***

Group 2:

  • health and physical education
  • the arts
  • business studies
  • French as a second language**
  • cooperative education***

Group 3:

  • science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • technological education
  • French as a second language**
  • computer studies
  • cooperative education***

In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

  • 12 optional credits†
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities^
  • the provincial literacy requirement

* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.

**In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.

*** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.

† The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.

^ For details about this requirement, download the Community Hours/Activities Manual. To log community involvement hours, complete the Community Hours Form.

Source: "What do you need to graduate?" - Ontario Ministry of Education

Ontario Secondary School Certificate

Compulsory Credits:

  • 2 English credits
  • 1 Mathematics credit
  • 1 Science credit
  • 1 Canadian History or Canadian Geography credit
  • 1 Health & Physical Education credit
  • 1 Arts or Technological Education credit

Plus 7 Elective Credits

Certificate of Accomplishment

A formal statement recognizing a student’s level of accomplishment in secondary school.