As the Ontario government outlines in Growing Success, we are committed to enabling all students to reach their potential and succeed. Our challenge is that every student is unique and each must have opportunities to achieve success according to his or her own interests, abilities, and goals. We have defined high expectations and standards for graduation while introducing a range of options that allow students to learn in ways that suit them best and enable them to earn their diplomas. We are proud that our students regularly place among the world’s best on international standardized tests.
Students begin their Canadian Studies in Senior 1 (Grade 10), but they are not officially registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education until the second semester of Senior 2 (Grade 11). At that point, the Ontario principal reviews each student’s academic record to ascertain the appropriate number of equivalent credits to be awarded to the student based on the courses successfully completed in the Chinese program to date. Students are also then advised as to how many Ontario courses and other requirements they must successfully complete in order to qualify for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma for entry to an overseas university.
The Ontario Secondary School program is based on the credit system through the Secondary School Curriculum set by the Ministry of Education. In order to graduate, students must successfully complete 30 courses (credits) each 110 hours in length. In addition, students must meet the Ontario Secondary School Literacy requirement by either passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test issued by the English Quality and Accountability Office in Ontario (EQAO), or, if unsuccessful, taking the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). Students may only take the OSSLC if they have been unsuccessful in the test. Finally, students must complete 15 hours of community service before graduating as per the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines.
In the Double Diploma Program, the Canadian principal will assess the student’s Chinese school records and will provide equivalent credit for courses successfully completed in Chinese. Below is a list of requirements to graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma Course Requirements
Note: A credit is granted to a student on the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours by a secondary school principal on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
Ontario courses offered in our school are as follows (10 required):
ENG2D - English, Grade 10, Academic
ENG2P - English, Grade 10, Applied
ENG3U - English, Grade 11, University
ENG4U - English, Grade 12, University
EWC4U - The Writer’s Craft, Grade 12, University
OLC4O - Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course, Grade 12, Open
SPH3U - Physics, Grade 11, University
SPH4U - Physics, Grade 12, University
SCH3U - Chemistry, Grade 11, University
SCH4U - Chemistry, Grade 12, University
BBB4M - International Business, Grade 10, University/College
BAF3M - Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Grade 11, University/College
MBF3C - Foundations for College Mathematics, Grade 11, College
MCR3U - Functions, Grade 11, University
MDM4U - Mathematics of Data Management, Grade 12, University
MHF4U - Advanced Functions, Grade 12, University
MCV4U - Calculus and Vectors, Grade 12, University
AVI3M - Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
AVI4M - Visual Arts, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
ADA3M - Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
ADA4M - Drama, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
Canadian and World Studies
CIA4U - Analysing Current Economic Issues, Grade 12, University
CHY4U - World History: The West and the World, Grade 12, University
CPW4U - Canadian and World Politics, Grade 12, University
In the courses listed above, each Ontario course is identified by a course code. The first three letters in the course code identify the subject. The number indicates the level or Grade. Grade 9 courses contain a 1, Grade 10 a 2, Grade 11 a 3 and Grade 12 a 4. The last letter indicates the course type. For example, EWC4U stands for English Writer’s Craft – Level 4, or Grade 12, at the U, or university preparation level. All of the courses taught at Huamei are designed to prepare students for university entrance.