Most students complete the majority of their studies in a secondary school. Credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma may also be earned in a variety of ways outside of a traditional school setting. Ask your school principal about these programs:

Advanced Placement Courses

The Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a cooperative agreement between participating secondary schools and post-secondary institutions. AP courses permit students to undertake additional academic content as identified by post-secondary institutions. Completion of AP courses, while in secondary school, may exempt students from some post-secondary courses or allow students to replace a first-year course with a second-year option. AP motivates good students, enhances the quality of current curriculum and moves students forward in their destination planning.

Aviation Technology

Aviation Technology is a one semester program in which Grade 11 or 12 students can earn four or five college preparation level credits. The program is offered each semester to 18 students from all high schools. The in-school and practical work-based cooperative curriculum will take place on-site at the Thunder Bay International Airport.

The Lakehead District School Board in partnership with the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council offers the Aviation Technology program to all students entering Grade 11 or 12. The purpose of the program is to introduce interested students to various aspects of the aviation industry. Information? 768-7284

College Link

Lakehead Public Schools and Confederation College offer this secondary program which emphasizes communication, literacy and planning for the future.

Students work on compulsory and elective credits. Much of the work is completed independently while teachers are present for support and guidance. Students work towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students can earn up to 4 dual credits. Dual credits are college classes that students receive both a college credit and a high school credit upon successful completion.

Co-Operative Education (CO-OP)

Cooperative Education is a program for students that integrates practical experience in business and industry with academic study. This learning experience allows students to test drive potential career choices and gain valuable work experience. Students develop the work habits, attitudes and skills necessary for a successful transition from high school to the workplace or post-secondary education.

Cooperative Education placement opportunities are available in almost every type of business, industry and agency.


The program has connections been designed for students who are 16 and 17 year old young adults who require their Grade 9 and 10 compulsory courses.

The program connections encourages learning skills leading to student success. Students in this program will enjoy individual attention and assistance with learning barriers.

OYAP – Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows a Co-op student to begin to learn a skilled trade while completing the requirements for a high school diploma. A Co-op student may be signed as an apprentice with the employer at the time of his/her placement. Students graduate with a diploma, skills in a trade, experience in the workplace, and a head start in a skilled profession.

Single Adolescent Mothers (SAM) /
Mothers in Search of Learning (MISOL)

SAM – To offer pregnant teens an alternative program to get their credits along with a variety of ongoing programs, i.e., parenting, pre-natal, nutrition and budgeting. Student must be under 21 years of age.

MISOL – To assist young mothers in their return to school and to provide an opportunity for them to obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Student must be under 21 years of age.

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