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Guidance

The Guidance department at College Heights Secondary School is here to support students in fulfilling their dreams and realizing their full potential. We do this by helping students with planning their pathways and supporting their emotional needs.

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Your Guidance Team

Course Information

Pathways Information Guide

View all courses offered at College Heights Secondary School and where they can take you. Please download:  Pathways Booklet

Grade Nine Course Description/Option Sheet and transition information

See all of the options available in Grade 9 and course selection sheet as well as information sites for transitioning.

Grade 9 Course Calendar

Gr 9 Course Selection 2021 2022

CHSS Prospective Student Information Site ⇒ Prospective Students

Starting High school UGDSB Pathways ⇒ Transitioning to Highschool

All Course Descriptions/Option Sheet

Read up on all of the courses that we offer and grade course selection sheet.

Course Descriptions Combined 2020 – 2021  *please review course selection sheet for current course offering

Grade 10 Option Form 2021 2022

Grade 11 Option Form 2021 2022

Grade 12 Option Form 2021 2022

Dual Credit Opportunities – Conestoga College

Information about dual credit can  be found at the website below.

https://www.ugdsb.ca/dualcredit/


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For more information about the program please visit the following website: https://www.ugdsb.ca/shsm

For an informative SHSM Slide Presentation follow along here ⇒ SHSM Presentation

Visit HERE to see more articles with our school involvement in the SHSM program.

Graduation Requirements

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/graduate.html


Post Secondary Information

Applying to College

Information about applying to college and college programs can be found here.

Students going to college can be eligible to receive financial support through OSAP.

This is up to date information about the process of identification for every college/university – the requirements are NOT the same from school to school. This answers many questions identified students have related to post-secondary. Transition Guide to Post-Secondary

Please speak to the guidance department if you would like support in applying for College we are happy to help.


Transcripts

Official ONTARIO  STUDENT  TRANSCRIPTS can be ordered by:

 


Volunteer/Employment Information

Volunteer Hours

Students need to complete 40 hours of community service to graduate from High School. Students can start this as early as the summer before they enter Grade 9. The form and more information about volunteer hours can be found at the link below.

https://www.ugdsb.ca/students/community-involvement/

Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

Students can connect with the people and information network for help finding volunteer opportunities. https://pinnetwork.ca/

Second Chance is a great resource for students to help them find a job. They have several locations and provide free support around getting a job. https://www.2ndchance.ca/

There are job and volunteer postings on the board outside of guidance. In addition we have some additional opportunities in a binder in Guidance.

Please feel free to speak to someone in Guidance if you would like some help with these opportunities.


Mental Health

If a youth or someone is in crisis please call 911 or Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247. This is also the front door to mental health, addition and crisis services in Waterloo and Wellington. More information can be found at their website. http://here247.ca/

The Waterloo Wellington Community Mental Health Association (CMHA) runs a weekly walk-in program. This is often the fastest way to be seen by someone. More information can be found here.  This is often the fastest way to be seen by someone.

The school board has a mental health part of their website with a lot of very valuable information. There are links to other resources here as well. Please visit that at the following link.  https://www.ugdsb.ca/students/mental-health-for-students/


Dual Credit/OYAP Message for Grade 11/12 College Level Classrooms

Don’t miss out on some exciting opportunities when it comes to Dual Credit and OYAP Level 1 Apprenticeship Programs available to Grade 12 students during the next school year!
  • Are you a Grade 11 student going into Grade 12 (or a returning Grade 12 student) that would like the chance to take a College course while you’re still in high school?
  • Are you still undecided about your post-secondary pathway?
  • Do you want to try something new when it comes to your high school course selections?
Then these programs might be exactly what you’re looking for. There is still time for you to sign up so take a look at the course offerings listed below and speak with your guidance counsellor if you are interested.
If you’re thinking about apprenticeship, you will see that we have some brand new OYAP Level 1 Dual Credit Programs that are being offered during Semester 2 of next year in the following areas:
      • Automotive Service Technician
      • Brick & Stone Mason
      • Electrician NEW
      • General Carpenter NEW
      • General Machinist
      • Plumbing
      • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic NEW
      • Truck & Coach Technician
These programs will allow you to take your Level 1 in-school training for any of the above trades while you’re still in high school — totally for FREE! Tuition, textbooks, some tools, and mileage expenses are all covered. A requirement for this program is that applicants will need to be signed as an apprentice by an employer prior to the beginning of the in-school component in Semester 2. It might be a good idea to consider taking a co-op during Semester 1 or even this summer as part of the Skilled Trades Summer School Co-op Program.
If you have any questions, feel free to email the OYAP/Dual Credit Coordinator, Joanne Harris, at [email protected]