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High School

Nile Academy believes the importance and value of completing secondary education. Our school philosophy includes a commitment to reach every student to help him or her achieve a successful outcome for their school experience at Nile Academy. The concept of completing a secondary education is essential. Obtaining a high school diploma has become an increasingly important prerequisite for economic and social mobility in the world. Young people with high school education are much better equipped for modern life. They are more likely to be permanently employed and/or to be admitted to postsecondary institutions to further their education an d become active members of our society. In Ontario student are required to remain in secondary school until the student has reached the age of eighteen or obtained an Ontario secondary school diploma.


Students who successfully complete high school will be awarded the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Students need to achieve at least 30 credits between grades 9-12. Eighteen credits are compulsory courses and 12 credits are elective subjects which allow students to choose courses from other areas of interest. Furthermore, students must also complete 40 hours of community service and pass the Ontario Literacy Test in order to fulfill all OSSD requirements.

Compulsory Credits (total of 18)

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)

  • 1 credit in French as a second language

  • 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)

  • 2 credits in Science

  • 1 credit in Canadian History

  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography

  • 1 credit in the Arts

  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education

  • ½ credit in Civics

  • ½ credit in Career Studies

Plus one credit from each of these three Groups:

  • A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory education.

  • A maximum of two of the three additional compulsory credit requirements for groups 1, 2, and 3 may be met with credits in French as a second language, one of which may be earned for group 1 and the second for either group 2 or group 3.

Optional Credit (total of 12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students have to earn 12 optional credits in courses of their choice, selected from the full list of courses available in the school. Optional credits allow students to build an educational program that suits their individual interests and meets destination requirements.

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Optional Credits


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Academic Advising

Our Guidance Counselor supports the academic success of the students by providing information needed for graduation, entrance requirements for postsecondary institutions, assisting in the application process, providing scholarship information, and discussing career choices.