The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) secondary school system is based on a two semester model:

Semester One                        September to January
Semester Two                        February to June

Students can earn a maximum of four credits per semester. A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours.

Ontario Certified Teachers

All credit courses are taught by Ontario Certified Teachers. Secondary school progress reports are provided in October and March, midterm reports in November and April and final reports in February and July.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

International Students wishing to graduate from a Simcoe County District School Board High School must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements:
  • Earn 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional credits);
  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities; and
  • Complete the provincial literacy graduation requirement – Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

Requirements for the OSSD

  • Compulsory Credits

  • Optional Credits

  • Community Involvement


SCDSB Student Success Programs

All high schools in the SCDSB offer Student Success programs which include, but are not limited to: specialist high skills majors (SHSM), dual credits, cooperative education and career planning, as well as transition programs for students as they enter and graduate from secondary school.


  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

  • Dual Credits

  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

  • Co-op and Experiential Learning

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