As you chose your courses you should be thinking about what type of career you may want in the future and what educational requirements are for that career so you can take courses that will make sure you can pursue those dreams.  Certain occupations require university or college degrees, that require you to have specific courses in high school.  Other post-secondary schools may not require you to have training in a particular area to be admitted, but it is always a good to idea to have taken courses that will relate to the career you hope to work in after completing high school.  Remember, if you need assistance in picking your courses, our guidance counselor is always willing to help!

Course Registration Policy

The Guidance Department will begin the initial registration of students in March/April.  Revisions to the original registration may be made following the issuance of the final report cards or when  a change is necessary.  Any changes in course selection made must receive the permission of the school.  These requests will be weighed with careful consideration to such factors as class dynamics, class size, and available facilities, equipment, and supplies. 

What is a Prerequisite?

A prerequisite course is a course that must be completed prior to registering in another course. (e.g. Grade 10 French is the prerequisite course for Grade 11 French - i.e. a student must have passed Grade 10 French before enrolling in Grade 11 French.)


Courses are identified by course title, grade level (10, 11, or 12) and credit type (academic, advanced, graduation, or open).  A course may also be identified as a public school program course or as an approved locally developed course.


Each course is categorized as one of the following credit types:

Academic (a):  These courses are designed for students who expect to enter college, university, or other post-secondary institutions.  (Note:  Not all academic courses, however, are necessarily acceptable for university entrance.)  Students should make sure the courses they select are acceptable for the program they wish to pursue.

Advanced (adv):  These courses are designed to meet the needs of students who have demonstrated an exceptional degree of academic ability or achievement.

Graduation (g):  These courses are designed for students who wish to obtain a graduation diploma with a view to proceeding to employment or some selected area of post-secondary study. In Mathematics these courses are referred to as Foundations and/or Essentials courses.  In Language Arts, they are called English Communications.

Open (o):  Although none of these courses are designed to meet the specific entrance requirements of any post-secondary institution, individual courses may meet entrance requirements of some institutions.


Grade 10 students are expected to be registered in eight courses.  Grade 11 students are expected to be registered in a minimum of seven courses.  Grade 12 students are expected to register in at least one course more than they need to graduate.

A student must be registered in a minimum of 2 courses in any semester to be considered a full time student.

Please Note:  Students cannot receive more than 1 credit for courses in the same subject at the same grade level.  (One exception is Global Geography and Global History)


General University Entrance Requirements

Students must realize that requirements for different universities vary considerably and are constantly subject to changes.  Most universities demand five university preparatory subjects at the grade 12 level for entrance, one of which must be ENG 12-A.  Certain programs also have more specific requirements. 

Most universities have increased their minimum entrance requirements.  Generally, universities now require at least an average of 70% for entrance consideration.

In most cases Open Category Courses cannot be used as credits toward fulfilling university entrance requirements.  Universities differ in their acceptance of some courses (eg.  Law 12-A,  Sociology 12-A).  At present, courses such as Physical Education, Production Technology, Oceans, Keyboarding and Family Studies are not considered for university entrance.


General College Entrance Requirements

Students should note that requirements stated by Community Colleges are minimum requirements.  Programs in Community Colleges are in high demand.  The better prepared you are, the better your chances for gaining admittance.  T Most community college programs are now one or two  years and require a high school completion certificate for admission.  Some programs have more stringent  requirements.  Check with the Guidance Department or the Post secondary institution website for details. 

You can go online to NSCC for specific admission requirements.