Planning for High School

Starting high school is an exciting time - there will be many new opportunities and new challenges. Students enter high school with different strengths, interests, and goals. Secondary school select courses that suit their interests and that take them towards goals through an increasingly specialized four-year program.

High School Information Nights


High schools in the SCDSB are hosting information sessions this fall and winter for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians. These events support the transition to high school, providing information on courses, extracurricular activities, sports and more!


Banting Memorial High School
203 Victoria Street East, Alliston

Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. 

Barrie North Collegiate Institute
10 Grove Street East, Barrie

Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Bear Creek Secondary School
100 Red Oak Drive, Barrie

Jan. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Bradford District High School
70 Professor Day Drive, Bradford

Jan. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Collingwood Collegiate Institute
6 Cameron Street, Collingwood

Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. 

Eastview Secondary School
421 Grove Street East, Barrie

Feb. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Elmvale District High School
25 Lawson Avenue, Elmvale

Nov. 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Georgian Bay District Secondary School
865 Hugel Avenue, Midland

Feb. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Innisdale Secondary School
95 Little Avenue, Barrie

Dec. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Nantyr Shores Secondary School
1146 Anna Maria Avenue, Innisfil

Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School
8505 County Road 10, Angus

 Feb. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.

Orillia Secondary School
250 Collegiate Drive, Orillia

 Jan. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Stayner Collegiate Institute
7578 Highway 26, RR#2, Stayner

 Nov. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Twin Lakes Secondary School
381 Birch Street, Orillia

 Jan. 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.


What to expect 

  • Many courses and programs to choose from - it's a change for you to try new things and discover your interests, skills and strengths
  • An emphasis on planning for post-secondary and career pathways
  • A wide-range of sports, activities and clubs
  • Increased dependence and responsibility
  • A greater need for time management and organization

For the first time in your school career, you get to choose some of the courses you take. It's also the time to explore what you want to do for a job when you're older. 


Secondary School Course Calendars 

The SCDSB's Secondary School Common Calendar provides parents and students with detailed, accurate and up-to-date information about diploma requirements, as well as general information on school programs and courses offered. Additionally, the calendar provides information on county-wide programs, Specialist High School Majors, school-based supports and Student Success initiatives.

Secondary School Program and Course Calendar 2018-2019

Four-year high school program ("34-credit threshold")

The Ministry of Education is putting in place a cap that would allow students to take up to 34 credits. Thirty credits are required to graduate, so this would allow for an additional four credits which is equivalent to a semester. For more information, please visit the Ministry website.

Curriculum and requirements

The following links provide more information about secondary school courses and graduation requirements.

Students are also required to complete 40 hours of community involvement, which will help them explore and expand interests and prepare them for responsible citizenship.

Helpful links


School specific information and course calendars

Course Selection Guide for Students and Families 

This video guide provides families with secondary school background information to support decisions about the types of programs available to best suite your child's learning needs.


All About High School


All About High School guide for familiesAll About High School is a guide designed to help you support your teen through the high school years. In addition to graduation requirements, it provides an overview of the range of opportunities and support we provide for students, from guidance and career education, to support for student mental health needs.