Course Descriptions

Our school proudly partners with OVS (Ontario Virtual School-Accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education) to offer female students a unique opportunity to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma in one of three possible program options: Social Science, Commerce, and Science.  Please find detailed program information below.

 

Required Courses for all programs:

GRADE 12, ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY COURSE

The program in this course is designed to develop a range of essential skills in four interrelated areas (oral communication, reading, writing, and media studies), built on a solid foundation of knowledge of the conventions of standard English and incorporating the use of analytical, critical, and meta-cognitive thinking skills.  The knowledge and skills described in the expectations in the four strands of the language curriculum will enable students to understand, respond to, create, and appreciate a full range of literary, informational, and media texts.

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ENGLISH, GRADE 12, UNIVERSITY PREPARATION

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills.  Students will analyze a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms.  The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

Program Prerequisite: Grade 11 Science Option Math

Required courses: Literacy, English, and the following:

ADVANCED FUNCTIONS

Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. The course design is geared to meet and exceed the prerequisite requirements for studying mathematics at the University level.

ECONOMICS

This course investigates the nature of the competitive global economy and explores how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions. Students will learn about the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, apply economic models and concepts to interpret economic information, assess the validity of statistics, and investigate marketplace dynamics. Students will use economic inquiry and communication skills to analyze current economic issues, make informed judgements, and present their findings.

CALCULUS & VECTORS

Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships.  This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.  The course design is geared to meet and exceed the prerequisite requirements for studying mathematics at the University level.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS

The Business Studies course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for post secondary programs in business, including international business, marketing and management.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

Business Leadership focuses on developing the leadership skills used in managing a successful business. Throughout this course, students will analyze the role of a leader in business, with a focus on managing group dynamics and motivating employees, dealing with workplace stress and conflict, as well as decision-making and planning.

Program Prerequisite: Grade 11 Science Option Math and Grade 11 Physics & Chemistry

Required courses: Literacy, English, and the following:

ADVANCED FUNCTIONS

Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. The course design is geared to meet and exceed the prerequisite requirements for studying mathematics at the University level.

 CHEMISTRY

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

PHYSICS

Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyze, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

CALCULUS & VECTORS

Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three-dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships.  This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course.  The course design is geared to meet and exceed the prerequisite requirements for studying mathematics at the University level.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

Business Leadership focuses on developing the leadership skills used in managing a successful business. Throughout this course, students will analyze the role of a leader in business, with a focus on managing group dynamics and motivating employees, dealing with workplace stress and conflict, as well as decision-making and planning.

Program Prerequisite: None
Required courses: Literacy, English, 1 elective and the following
CANADIAN & WORLD ISSUES

This course allows students to investigate political issues, events, and developments of both national and international importance, developing and communicating informed opinions about them. They will explore political decision-making and the ways in which various individuals, groups, and institutions address political issues both within Canada and internationally.

CHALLENGE & CHANGE

This course focuses on the use of social science theories, perspectives, and methodologies to understand and explain the societal impact of shifts in attitudes and behaviour. Throughout this course, students will critically analyze how and why cultural, social, and behavioural patterns change over time. They will explore the ideas of social theorists and use these ideas to analyze causes of, and responses to, challenges such as technological change, deviance, and global inequalities.

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

Business Leadership focuses on developing the leadership skills used in managing a successful business. Throughout this course, students will analyze the role of a leader in business, with a focus on managing group dynamics and motivating employees, dealing with workplace stress and conflict, as well as decision-making and planning.

Electives:

PHILOSOPHY: QUESTIONS & THEORIES

This course allows students to better understand the broad nature of philosophy through the exploration of metaphysics, ethics, social and political philosophy. Throughout this course, students will develop their critical thinking and philosophical reasoning skills as they create and evaluate arguments surrounding various philosophical questions and theories.

FAMILIES IN CANADA

This course examines issues and challenges facing individuals and families in Canada’s diverse society. In this course, students will draw on sociological, anthropological and psychological theories and research to examine factors affecting families and assess policies and practices intended to support Canadian families.

THE WRITER’S CRAFT

Grade 12 Writer’s Craft seeks to develop the student’s existing knowledge and skills related to the art of writing. Throughout the various units of this course, students will: analyze models of effective writing; adopt a workshop approach to produce a range of works; identify techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and use a variety of methods to improve the overall quality of their writing. Throughout the course, students will work towards completing a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project. The course concludes with an exploration of career opportunities in the publishing industry.

WORLD HISTORY SINCE THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY

This course traces major developments and events in world history since approximately 1450. Students will explore social, economic, and political changes, the historical roots of contemporary issues, and the role of conflict and cooperation in global interrelationships.

CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

​​​This course examines elements of Canadian and international law in social, political, and global contexts. Students will study the historical and philosophical sources of law and the principles and practices of international law and will learn to relate them to issues in Canadian society and the wider world.

CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS

This course allows students to investigate political issues, events, and developments of both national and international importance, developing and communicating informed opinions about them. They will explore political decision-making and the ways in which various individuals, groups, and institutions address political issues both within Canada and interntionally.

NUTRITION & HEALTH

This course explores the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; our nutritional needs at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Throughout this course, students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and examine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. They will also learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.

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