The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students may have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas. They also can be registered as participants in the program.

Employment Ontario This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario Government through Employment Ontario.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is offered at:

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Co-operative Education

Cooperative Education is an opportunity for students to learn valuable work skills while earning secondary school credits. A cooperative education course must be based on a related course (or courses) in which the student is enrolled or which he or she has successfully completed. Cooperative education courses include a classroom component, comprising preplacement and integration activities, and a placement component. Students earn cooperative education credits by integrating classroom theory with planned learning experiences in the workplace or community to achieve learning based on the curriculum expectations of the related course.

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Secondary Curriculum

The K-12 Ontario Curriculum organized into documents by a grade level range and by subject area. Each document includes descriptions of the program, goals, and considerations. The achievement charts provide guidelines for assessment. Big ideas, overall expectations, and specific expectations are listed for each grade level and strand.

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NHHS House System

North Hastings High School is proud of its’ unique house system which is comprised of four Houses: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. This system promotes and rewards participation in all capacities of school life: athletics, academics, leadership and the Arts. Students earn points for every act of participation and have healthy competition that doubles as school spirit. This system has become recognized locally, provincially and nationally, with presentations being shared at municipal meetings, board forums and provincial conferences. Attached to this house system is the unique Peer to Peer (P2P) Program, where Grade 9 student is matched with a senior student who is their mentor. These students work together at the annual Grade 9 Activity Day, as well as various other activities throughout the school year. This program is unique in providing mentorship for students as they enter and transition to high school.

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Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI)

JEDI is a 2-year, non-credit program, in which Grade 9 and 10 students are challenged to further develop their intellectual abilities by participating in leadership activities, cultural events and volunteer work within the community. Each year, the JEDI program takes part in several different educational tours and destinations include New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Ottawa or Toronto. Team members also receive visits from many guest speakers who educate them on a variety of interesting subjects. The JEDI program supports driven and curious students in the Academic pathway, who can maintain an 80% course average. JEDI members are responsible, self-motivated students who work toward attaining a Junior Enrichment Certificate at the end of the 2-year program.

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Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies (N.E.R.D.S.)

NERDS is a four credit program which is offered to Grade 12 students in the second semester, every two years. This program is for students who enjoy the outdoors and who may be interested in pursuing a post-secondary college or university career in natural resources, natural sciences or environmental sciences. Students will be involved in a wide variety of projects which will include data collection, analysis, and communication of information as part of on-going monitoring and scientific research. In addition, there is the possibility of obtaining credits through the Loyalist College School of Biosciences and the Fleming College School of Natural Resources.

Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies (N.E.R.D.S.) is offered at:

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Life Skills Program (LSP)/Practical Learning Program (PLP)

These programs are for secondary school students who are typically identified with the Ministry Exceptionality of Intellectual – Developmental Disability (I-DD). Programming emphasis is on life skills, adaptive numeracy/literacy skills, and community/independent living skills.

Life Skills Program (LSP)/Practical Learning Program (PLP) is offered at:

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Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS)

The Northern Outdoor Studies class is a four credit high school program open to grade eleven and twelve students. The credits received are: Designing Your Future (GWL3O), The Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E), The Environment and Resource Management Co-op (CGR4E), and The Enterprising Person (BDP3O). Since 1997, this program has been preparing students for direct entry into the work force with employers in selected sectors such as: logging, resource and wildlife management, and ecotourism. Students study ecology, resource and forestry management, recreation services, community leadership, and other topics related to employment patterns in the area. The Northern Outdoor Studies Program has worked closely with industry to identify recognized training and certifications that students should achieve while completing their secondary school diploma. Before finishing the program, each student assembles their own portfolio highlighting the certifications, skills, and knowledge they have gained throughout the course. Employers in the community are actively involved in curriculum development, work placement initiatives, and the development of skills profiles for entry level workers.

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All secondary schools and Quinte Adult Education offer access to e-Learning courses. e-Learning brings equity of access to and more options for students throughout the district and beyond. It assists students to fulfill graduation requirements for college or university, or proceeding to the workplace.

E-Learning Ontario is the branch of the Ministry of Education that oversees the Provincial e-Learning Strategy. This strategy provides all Ontario school boards, schools and students with access to digital learning opportunities and resources in four different areas: e-Learning, Blended Learning, Homework Help and Digital Resources (see Links and resources below for more information).

e-Learning is offered at:

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Contact information


Course registration can be done through school Guidance Departments.

Other questions

Phone: 613-966-1170 extension 62113

Email: curriculum.services@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: August 21, 2018 at 9:11 am