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Specialty Programs

Check out Norwell’s Specialty Programs!

APP (Arts Performance Project)

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APP is an innovative, performance-based Arts program designed for grade 9 students with a keen interest in the arts. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the Arts in a collaborative, non-traditional environment . Using our own Theatre Norwell stage as a base, you will develop your artistic talents in theatre, music and/or dance, and visual arts.  As well, you will take part in a variety of workshops with industry professionals and community mentors. You will earn 2 credits in this program: English and Integrated Arts.



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APP2 is a senior production-based program centred around producing Theatre Norwell projects.  In addition to working with industry professionals, you will learn about many aspects of the theatre, including: set, props, stage management, lighting and sound.  This program supports our Arts and Culture SHSM and will help you graduate with a red seal.  You will earn two credits in this program: Drama and Co-op.




CELPCommunity Environmental Leadership Program – integrated 4 credit program for grade 10s.

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Dual Credit

Dual Credi LogoDual credits allow students to participate in college courses while still in high school. Courses count towards both a high school diploma and a post secondary diploma or certificate. Dual credit programs may provide new and varied learning opportunities by exposing students to the college setting and culture.

Upper Grand is partnered with Conestoga College in Guelph and Kitchener/Waterloo, and Georgian and Humber Colleges in Orangeville in the delivery of dual credit programs. Courses will be offered in both academic areas and in college apprenticeship preparation.

All dual credits will be packaged with Co-operative Education. Stop by Guidance for more information about this opportunity. On your option card, select: FTE_DU, as well as a 2 or 4 credit co-op package.

For more information, check out this document: Dual Credit


The Upper Grand DSB offers credit courses online, authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Education. They are for eligible students and are delivered by qualified teachers. Below is a list of potential courses to be offered by the schools in the UGDSB (course offerings subject to change).

Further, the Upper Grand belongs to the Ontario e-Learning Consortium with 20 other School Boards, working together to optimize e-Learning programs and enhance student learning through emerging technologies and innovative practices. Through this partnership students in the UGDSB have access to well over 100 different courses by our partner boards. For more information, please visit

Please contact Karen Huband for more information [email protected].

French Immersion

The French Immersion certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete 10 courses taught in French.  In each of grades 9,10, 11 and 12, students take one course in French.  In addition, students must complete the following courses taught in French: Enjeux geographiques du Canada, Histoire du Canada depuis la premiere guerre mondiale, and Changements et defis sociaux.  Students will also take one online course taught in French and 2 co-op credits in a French placement.  French immersion courses are identified by “F” in the 6th digit of the course code (eg. CHC2DF). The courses can be found by viewing our course catalogue under the Guidance section.

Hockey Skills

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Thank you for expressing interest in our Hockey Skills Development Program.

Contact the Guidance Centre for more information. Ext 332



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Are You Considering a Career in the Skilled Trades?    If so, Consider OYAP!

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a specialized Co-op Program for those students interested in Apprenticeship Training. This program allows senior students to complete Co-op credits toward their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and earn hours towards an apprenticeship. Students who are serious about obtaining an apprenticeship must begin by applying for the Co-op Course related to their chosen occupation.  OYAP students MAY be officially registered as apprentices at any time during the Co-op term, at the discretion of the employer.


Partners Program

Call today for information ! Brayden Scott – 519-343-3107 ext.407. 

SHSM – Specialist High Skills Major

Business- Construction- Environment- Health & Wellness- Manufacturing- Transportation-Arts and Culture.

The SHSM is a Ministry-approved Specialized Program that consists of a defined combination of courses and experiences that relate to a specific economic sector. The SHSM allows students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents, and prepare for a successful post secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university, or employment, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The SHSM enables students to gain the sector-identified preparatory credits, skills and knowledge, and make informed career decisions. This makes the learning environment more engaging for students, focuses them on graduation and prepares them to pursue their career goals.