This document contains the course descriptions for all courses in Grades 9 to 12, along with course lists (including course codes) and prerequisite charts, in the following subjects/disciplines:
- American Sign Language as a Second Language
- The Arts
- Business Studies
- Canadian and World Studies
- Classical Studies and International Languages
- Computer Studies
- Cooperative Education
- English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development
- First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies
- French as a Second Language
- Guidance and Career Education
- Health and Physical Education
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Native Languages
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Technological Education
The purpose of this document is to assist students, with the help of their parents and guidance counsellors, in selecting the courses that will put them on the right path to their postsecondary destination. The course descriptions are standard, one-paragraph descriptions that summarize what students will learn in each course. The descriptions are gathered here in a separate section for each discipline, and each section is introduced by a course list and a prerequisite chart. (A prerequisite is a course deemed essential for the successful understanding and completion of a subsequent course.) The prerequisite charts diagram the relationships among courses.
The policy regarding prerequisites is stated as follows in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 (section 7.2.3).
Course codes consist of five characters:
- The first three characters identify the subject
- The fourth character identifies the grade (i.e., Grade 9 courses are represented by 1, Grade 10 by 2, Grade 11 by 3, and Grade 12 by 4)
- The fifth character identifies the type of course (i.e., W refers to “de-streamed”, P to “applied”, D to “academic”, U to “university”, M to “university/college”, C to “college”, E to “workplace”, and O to “open”).
Information about course codes, descriptions, and prerequisites is current as of December 2022, and each section indicates the year(s) the current curriculum was issued.