Secondary school initiatives

Secondary school initiatives

As part of the Student Success Strategy, Ontario high schools offer expanded programs to meet the learning style and interests of each student. These programs allow students to personalize their school experience with new, diverse and enhanced learning options. These options include the Schools-Colleges and Workplace Initiative (IJECT), the Specialist High Skills Major (MHS), the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and cooperative education ( COOP).

IJECT and double recognition of credit (DRC)


The Schools-Colleges-Workplace Initiative (ITJECT) is the result of a collaboration aimed at ensuring a smooth transition for high school students heading to college. The initiative provides students, teachers, parents and the entire community with a wealth of learning and learning opportunities. Collaboration between high schools and colleges under the IJECT allows for dual credit courses (DRC) to be offered for high school students. Some examples offered by the Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes Rivières include:

  • anticipation camps at colleges for high school students;
  • dual credit courses (DRC).

Dual credit programs

Dual credit programs allow high school students to register for college courses. Students who meet college standards in these courses will earn credits toward both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a college diploma. Eligible students can earn up to a maximum of four credits through these programs.

Dual credit programs are aimed at:

  • students who are having difficulty meeting the requirements for graduating from high school;
  • students taking part in the Specialist High Skills Major (MHS) programs;
  • students participating in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

Admission to dual credit programs is overseen by the school's or school board's success team. 

Here are some examples of courses that may be offered :

  • Exploring careers in the environment
  • Exploring careers in health
  • Mathematics in the trades
  • Introduction to welding
  • Makeup
  • Physical activity
  • Introduction to sociology

For more information, you can contact the school guidance counselor.