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Senior School (Grades 9-12)

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Secondary school is an exciting time for students, with many new opportunities and challenges. At Albert College, we work with students and parents to customize a learning opportunity to engage students in the 5 ‘A’s - Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure - as well as prepare them with the skills for post-secondary pursuits.  As students progress through secondary school, they will maintain an annual educational plan to help them plan their future academic and career choices. 

They do so with a team of faculty and staff here to support and guide them. In addition, they learn and live alongside day students and boarders from the local area and around the world. This is an inspiring environment for learning and growth.

High School Diploma Requirements

The Ontario Secondary School system is based on a credit system. Students must earn a total of 30 credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students entering Grade 9 in September 2024 must earn a total of 19 compulsory credits. Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 must earn a total of 18 compulsory credits. In addition to the 19 compulsory credits for students entering Grade 9 in September 2024, the Grade 9 students must earn 11 optional credits. Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 must earn 12 optional credits.  Optional credits are earned through a full range of courses offered at the school.

Students entering Grade 9 must also complete 40 hours of community involvement. Students entering from out-of-province will require the following number of hours: Grade 10 – 40 hours; Grade 11 – 25 hours; Grade 12 – 15 hours. Students may select activities that take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, non-profit organizations, public sector institutions and informal settings. The activities must, however, be unpaid and take place outside of normal instructional hours, during lunch hours, after school, or on weekends or evenings. Students will be responsible for fulfilling the hours and they will be required to submit a record of this involvement to the school.  There are many opportunities throughout the school year to complete these hours. 

Each student must also successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which is typically written during their Grade 10 year. Students entering from out-of-province must also successfully complete the OSSLT.  Students from out-of-province will write the test during the year they enter school in Ontario.  

Albert College's 5 'A's

Academics: All students in the Senior School at Albert College have an Advisor assigned in Grade 9. Advisors maintain an academic record of their students and assist with the development of a plan of action, if required. Advisors also assist students with the development and maintenance of their Annual Education Plan, and help students in other aspects of their school life. Advisors serve as a key school contact for parents.

Arts: Albert College’s unique Arts Period is built into the academic schedule, in addition to arts credits. Three times a week, students participate in artistic classes as part of our co-curricular program. Scheduling an Arts Period allows students to rehearse without conflict and provides time for them to participate in other after-school co-curricular activities. The musical, theatrical and visual arts components are taught by faculty members with specialist degrees. Arts activities may include choir, band, theatre, chess and visual arts (i.e. drawing, painting, stained glass and photography).  

Athletics: Each term, there is a wide range of athletic opportunities for students. Athletics is also built into the academic schedule, and is a required co-curricular activity. Students choose their activity for each of three terms. Some options are competitive, others are developmental or recreational. Opportunities include soccer, rugby, field lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, swimming, racquet sports, track and field, fitness and cross-country.

Active Citizenship:  At Albert College, we strive to develop courageous global citizens. Active Citizenship initiatives provide experience for students to volunteer for a variety of local, national and international causes. Students are recognized and encouraged for their participation in many community service initiatives. With so many ways to be involved, students reach a remarkable number of volunteer hours before they graduate. We have recognized students who have accumulated over 250 hours of community service. 

Adventure: Adventure trips and experiences at Albert provide students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, challenge themselves in areas of uncertainty, develop leadership and teamwork skills and create lasting friendships. Orientation Camp is an Albert tradition dating back to 1973 and is a highlight for students each September. Before classes begin, students and faculty spend a few days enjoying the Canadian outdoors together. Students choose from a variety of activities including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing and hiking. In the evenings, everyone gathers around the campfire for skits and songs. Other Adventure opportunities include the Duke of Edinburgh Program, winter adventure trip, fall canoe expedition, and trips across Canada and abroad. 

Choosing Courses

At Albert College, students work with their Advisor, as well as members of the Academic Office, to choose courses that meet their abilities, interests and pursuits for future study and employment.

Course choices are sent home to parents to be reviewed before they are finalized to ensure that families’ interests and needs are being met.

Senior School Course Calendar

Post-Secondary Guidance

Students are encouraged to regularly investigate post-secondary opportunities throughout their high school career and to check in with our Guidance and Academic Counsellor, as interests and possibilities change. To learn more about guidance at Albert College, click here.

Lunch Program

No more making lunches! A nutritious, balanced meal is served three times per day at the Senior School for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks in between meals are also provided.

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