French Immersion

French immersion information

In the HPEDSB elementary French Immersion program, students are taught French as a subject and French serves as the language of instruction in two or more other subjects.

Academic and Applied courses in French Immersion are available in Grades 9 and 10, and university preparation and open courses in Grades 11 and 12.

In the French Immersion program, students accumulate 10 credits in French: four are for French as a Second Language courses; six are for other subjects in which French is the language of instruction. Students who successfully complete their 10 credits receive a French Immersion certificate.


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The French Immersion program is offered at the following elementary schools:

Extended French

The Extended French Program is available at York River Public School to students in grades 5 – 8 who have an interest in extending their learning of French as a second language. Visit our Extended French Program page for more information.

Secondary School French Immersion

When transitioning to Grade 9, there are several secondary school French language options from which students may choose, including the French Immersion program at Bayside Secondary School. Visit our Secondary School French Programs page for more information.

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ACE Arts PLUS Programme

Students can join the thriving County Arts community while learning and growing as a PECI student! ACE Arts Plus gives Grade 9 students that chance to take two Arts courses in Grade 9 and begin a specialization in the Arts that can lead to an Arts Major Certificate along with their high school diplomas.

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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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Non-Profit Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

The Non-Profit SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or a position in the workplace. Students will develop skills in the areas of problem solving, analysis, communication, cooperation, ethical values, consciousness, and citizenship.

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Outer Limits

This 4-credit has been providing students with the opportunity to experience education in a hands on environment for over 10 years. It offers students the chance to develop skills related to Ecotourism, and Environment and Resource Management while developing an appreciation for the environment and outdoor recreation. Through participation in this program students develop skills in outdoor
survival, cycling, rock climbing, and canoeing. Each activity involves certification in the different disciplines. These certifications assist students in employment opportunities in related fields.

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Catering With Class Program

This 3-credit course enables students to develop or expand knowledge and skills related to hospitality and tourism, as reflected in the various sectors of the tourism industry. Students will learn about preparing and presenting food, evaluating facilities, controlling inventory, and marketing and managing events and activities, and will investigate customer service principles and the cultural and economic forces that drive tourism trends. Students will develop an awareness of health and safety standards, environmental and societal issues, and career opportunities in the tourism industry.

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Hockey Canada Skills Academy

The Hockey Canada Skills Academy aims to enhance academic achievement through the motivation of establishing a balance between academics and athletics within the school system. The program maximizes arena availability during school hours thus allowing players to train throughout the year to further enhance their individual technical and tactical skills.

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J.O.A.L.T. Joining Outdoor Adventure & Leadership Training

JOALT provides students with an exciting opportunity to develop fitness and leadership skills and experience outdoor education in a variety of settings. Learning will be hands-on, experiential activities including community projects and leadership roles within the school setting. Students will also have the opportunity experience personal fitness training, non-traditional sports, hiking, cycling, canoeing and camping.

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Designing My Future

The Designing My Future Program is a creative approach to re-connect learners so they move forward as contributing members of our society. Students will work with a teacher-mentor,community agencies and employers to gain valuable certifications, skills, knowledge and experience required to become successful in life. By redefining learning, students will set personal goals and strive to achieve them. This program will service students ready to better their life and embrace the future beyond high school with attitudes and skills needed to lead fulfilling lives.

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Venture Program

Venture is a unique academic enrichment opportunity for motivated Grade 9 and 10 students. The program is multi-layered and has in-class and extra-curricular dimensions. This program will provide students with outstanding preparation for university. Students will be timetabled together for a minimum of one course per semester to ensure that their learning can extend to and from the classroom. 21st Century skill competencies development will enhance their educational experience beyond the classroom through the use of technology, trips and hands on activities that will encourage collaboration and critical thinking. Venture leads to the university Advanced Placement opportunities in Grades 11 and 12 in addition to enrichment certificates.

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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.

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Academy of Sport Specialized High Skills Major (SHSM)

The Academy of Sport allows students to explore the many aspects of the business and performance of sport. The Academy is open to students in Grades 11 and 12 who are interested in pursuing a bundle of courses specifically tailored to sports performance and management, as well as earning industry accreditation in related areas. Students will be able to make important connections to both community and post-secondary destinations.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

The IB Programme is an international programme designed to develop citizens who become lifelong learners through an exposure to education which stimulates their curiosity and fosters a spirit of discovery, as well as an enjoyment of learning. The IB Diploma encompasses Grades 11 and 12. students’ final two years of high school. Students experience a learning environment where they are challenged to think, encouraged to discuss and collaborate. They are taught an understanding of different cultures from around the world, and are encouraged to constantly reflect on their experiences and learning. The extended essay component teaches the research and study skills universities desire. While the programme is very intense, it is also exhilarating for those that crave knowledge and understanding.

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Geoventure is a 4-credit program designed to link the expectations of four courses together into a meaningful and authentic learning experience over a semester of study. Using outdoor skills and community involvement as a vehicle, students will be immersed in learning about themselves as active community members. This unique opportunity will provide foundation skills for decision making and personal growth.

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Hockey Skills Focus Program

The Hockey Skills Focus Program is open to both females and males regardless of their previous hockey
experience. Students receive 45 hours of on-ice skills with the focus on individual skill development and improvement. They also experience 45 hours of off-ice fitness and skill related development using the most innovative training techniques and equipment. In-class instruction consists of tactical development for all player positioning; both offensive and defensive aspects of the game. It will also cover all components of the Healthy Active Living Course profile at this level.

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EcoQuest is a 2-credit ecotourism and outdoor adventure program integrating the principles of outdoor and nature travel, guiding, and the exploration of our local region from a tourism perspective. This two-credit program is designed for students who intend to pursue a career focusing on travel, guiding, parks management, wildlife and nature conservation, or outdoor activities and leadership. As part of the program, students will learn the principles of ecotourism and outdoor activities while in a classroom setting. Students will then apply their learning to a variety of day trips, a winter camping excursion, and a local cycling trip. The course culminates with a back country wilderness canoe trip. Throughout the program, students will work toward certifications in Standard First Aid, ORCKA Canoe Tripping, and Search and Rescue.

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Musical Theatre Program

The Music Theatre Program bring professional-quality productions to the community. Students develop practical experience in all aspects of production including those on stage and behind the scenes, gain knowledge through presentations conducted by guests from the theatre community, participate in trips to live professional musical theatre productions, acquire positive teamwork and leadership skills and share in the excitement of the opening night of their production.

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Central Hastings Alternative School (CHAP)

CHAP offers an alternative education program setting for students who require additional support in obtaining credits toward graduation. Students must be registered at CHS and must be referred through the Student Success Team. CHAP is located within Central Hastings School.

Central Hastings Alternative School (CHAP) is offered at:

  • Central Hastings School

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Health & Wellness Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

The Health & Wellness SHSM is an opportunity for senior students to receive specialized training and experiences to guide them towards a post-secondary experience in the Health fields. The program is designed to prepare students for the workplace, college, or university, and offers several certification and reach ahead opportunities that students can take advantage of. Graduates of the program receive a customized diploma indicating that they are uniquely trained in the areas of health and wellness.

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Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

The Arts & Culture SHSM is an opportunity for senior students to receive specialized training and experiences to guide them towards a post-secondary experience in the Arts. The program is designed to prepare students for the workplace, college, or university, and offers several certification and reach ahead opportunities that students can take advantage of. Graduates of the program receive a customized diploma indicating that they are uniquely trained in the areas of arts and culture.

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Regional Arts Program

The Visual and Performing Arts Program provides students with and inspiring and creative learning experience. The program offers students who have a passion for instrumental music, vocal music, visual art and drama, the opportunity to study with like-minded students, guided by highly skilled teachers. In Grades 9 and 10, students will study the Arts in an integrated model that allows them to choose a Major and Minor area of focus. They will be challenged and encouraged in a collaborative arts environment that provides any enriched opportunities including: professional guest speakers, workshops, field trips and performances. There is an application and audition process for all students seeking this unique program.

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Link Crew

Senior students are trained to be Link Crew Leaders who act as positive role models and motivators. Student mentors and teachers help guide junior students to discover what it takes to be successful during their high school transition.

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An exciting 4-credit integrated program that gives students the opportunity to gain credits and through participation, learn the skill sets required to be a steward of the environment and humanity. These valuable skills are extremely important for any student interested in these fields for either post-secondary schooling or the workplace. Students master these skills through the challenge of a series of team building and leadership growth activities. Curriculum expectations are met using a combination of
the classroom setting and the natural environment. Thus, the program lends itself to creating numerous community partners and creating an indelible impact on the students and the community.

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Multi Instructional Period (MSP)

Every student at Bayside has an MSP and this program is unique to Bayside Secondary School. During MSP, students have the opportunity to work independently on assignments and homework from their classes and get help from their teachers if they need it. Students also have the ability to access facilities across the school (computer labs, art room, tech area, etc.) during their MSP.

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The 4-credit EcoBound Program offers students an opportunity to gain field training, certifications and classroom instruction in various outdoor and environmental career applications. The nature of this program allows for the ultimate in experiential education. Students learn through training and participation in real working sites and activities.

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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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Foundations Programme

In order to provide a challenging enrichment programme that allows students to develop the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the International Baccalaureate Programme and university, the Foundations Programme is for students in Grades 9 and 10. Based on International Baccalaureate ideals, the program includes a holistic approach to the learner and school, as well as a global understanding fostered in the curriculum discussion.

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