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Information about the new 34-credit threshold for secondary school students

Beginning in September 2013, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will implement the mandatory Ministry of Education changes concerning students who wish to take more than 34 credits.

Background
About 10 years ago, the Ministry of Education restructured secondary school from a 5-year program to a 4-year program. The Ministry’s intention is for the vast majority of students to earn their secondary school diploma in four years, whenever possible.

34-credit threshold
According to the Ministry of Education, the vast majority of students should be able to earn the 30 credits needed to graduate in four years.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board acknowledges there are many legitimate reasons why students return for a fifth year to earn more than 34 credits during regular day school. During the transition to the September 2013 implementation of the 34 credit threshold requirements, individual situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at each school.

Students who are exempt from the 34-credit threshold
Students who are exempt from the 34-credit threshold include the following:

According to the Ministry of Education, the 34-credit threshold does not apply to students who are not enrolled in day school (that is, students enrolled only in continuing education such as night school courses).

Credits that count toward the 34-credit threshold
According to the Ministry of Education, credits that will count toward the 34-credit threshold include:

How to prepare students for secondary school and beyond
The following documents are available to assist students and parents/guardians in planning for secondary school and beyond:

The transition from elementary to secondary school is a time of change for students and parents/guardians. It is an exciting time and one that will have a lasting impression.

Grade 9 is the foundation year for secondary school. It is when students will experience the most change. It is also one of the most important times for students and parents/guardians to become familiar with secondary school processes, expectations and terminology.

The more you know about the transition process and what you will need to do, the easier and more enjoyable it will be. Understanding the different secondary school pathways and planning for them are a very important part of students being successful in secondary school.

Guidance and Student Success Teams play an essential role in supporting students, looking at pathway requirements and engaging in career planning.

Contact information
If you have questions about the new 34-credit threshold or any part of your child’s education, contact the school principal, or ask to speak with someone on the Guidance or Student Success Teams.

 

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