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The elementary to secondary transition

Schools assign grade 7 and 8 students a pre-set class schedule. All students take courses in French, mathematics, religion, history, science and technology, geography, English, drama, visual arts, music, dance, physical education and health.

Although grade 7 and 8 students are members of the high school community, they typically have their own part of the school to themselves, their own schedule, including breaks, and, in most schools, a different lunch period from the grade 9 to 12 students. In many cases, grade 7 and 8 students have access to all school facilities, including the cafeteria, the library, laboratories and other dedicated facilities, such as art and music classrooms.

Before beginning grade 9, students can select a number of courses based on their interests and their academic path. From grade 9 to grade 12, students must earn 30 credits and fulfill two other requirements to obtain their diploma: (1) perform 40 hours of community service and (2) pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. A credit is the successful completion of a course with a minimum of 110 hours of instruction.

With the exception of Collège catholique Mer Bleue, in high school (grades 9 to 12), days are divided into four 75-minute periods with morning and afternoon breaks and about 60 minutes for lunch. The high school year is divided into two semesters, August to January and January to June.

All Ontario schools follow the same curriculum, which is available at the school guidance office or on the Ministry of Education website.

From grade 9 onward, English courses are the same as those taught in English high schools. They are not English second language courses.


Guidance is available to all Centre-Est Catholic high school students beginning in grade 7. In the guidance program, students learn about themselves and their career options, make informed decisions about their post-secondary pathway, and develop an action plan. Guidance program activities help students plan their studies, their careers, and their lives.

Success Services

Student success team

Student success teams at CECCE schools are dedicated to helping students develop the academic skills they need to succeed. From support with math or French to workshops on work habits, student success team members give students the tools they need to succeed in their high school studies. A multidisciplinary student wellness team includes teachers, social workers, truancy officers, resource teachers, teacher assistants, psychologists, community support workers, and more.

Students with special education needs

Various professionals work with students with special education needs to boost their self-esteem, enhance their ability to communicate, increase their independence, improve their academic success, and facilitate their integration into the school, the community and society. They also help create a smooth transition between school years and course levels. All CECCE schools offer services for students identified by an Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC). Individual Education Plans (IEPs) identify specific pedagogical strategies and accommodations for students with special education needs. For more information about services for students with special education needs, go to (available in French only).

Newcomers to Canada and French-language learners

Many CECCE schools offer the Programme d’actualisation linguistique en français (ALF) for students learning French and the Programme d’appui aux nouveaux arrivants (PANA) for newcomers. These programs help students develop the skills to integrate rapidly into the regular program of study. They are for students who, for linguistic or cultural reasons, cannot participate in the regular program of study upon registering in a French school. ALF and PANA help students adapt to Franco-Ontarian society by establishing close partnerships among the school, the student, his or her family, and the community.

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