All students working towards a secondary school diploma must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test as part of the diploma requirements. The test, based on reading and writing expectations up to the end of grade 9, is written in October of a student's grade 10 year. Students who are unsuccessful will have the opportunity to rewrite the test the following year and remedial assistance will be offered. Accommodations for identified students are provided; as long as they are part of the IEP and fall within EQAO guidelines. Deferrals and exemptions for the test may be granted on an individual basis due to exceptional circumstances. For more detailed information, please contact the school and ask for the Literacy Office.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course
This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing.
Eligibility Requirement: Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course.
As of June 2004, principals have the discretion to allow a student to enrol in the Ontario Secondary Literacy course before he or she has had a second opportunity to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, if the principal determines that it is in the best educational interests of the student.