Teachers stress the importance of grade 11 Grade 11 is an important year for every high school student

Published by Aitchison School of Canada on October 11th, 2021.


Grade 11 students should try to have an idea of what career paths they would like to follow and choose their post-secondary education course options accordingly. Most grade 11 school schedules are a little flexible. This allows for time to study and complete school assignments, to take extra courses, to work part time, or to pursue extra-curricular activities. The courses pupils take will determine what they decide to do after high school e.g.  College, University, Apprenticeship, Internship, etc.

To obtain a high school diploma, students must accumulate a minimum of 30 credits. We offer classes based on the Ontario School Curriculum. Students need to earn a credit in every compulsory course to be able to graduate from high school. In total there are 17 compulsory courses from Grade 9 to Grade 12 in both the English Program and the Technology Education Program. Students can earn additional credits by completing optional courses.

In grade 11 and 12 the courses are not called Academic or Applied.  Our certified tutors can help your child with their choice of ‘level’ as follows:

Course Code    Level                                 Destination

ENG3UR          U = University                  University/College/Workplace/Apprenticeship

MCF3MR         M = University/College    University/College/Workplace/Apprenticeship

ENG3CR           C = College                        College/Workplace/Apprenticeship/University

      Transfer Programs

MEL4ER           E = Workplace                   Some College Programs/Workplace

AVI3OR            O = Open                    



The courses you take in Grade 11 can determine what you are allowed to take in Grade 12 so be sure to view the grade 12 courses and the prerequisites. Review your individual student status sheet to track your compulsory credits. If you failed a compulsory subject in grade 10 you may have to re-take it in grade 11.


All Grade 11 students must take English (not including English Media) and a senior math course. Use the course calendar to get a specific description of a course. Choose the correct Math course. Many colleges and universities have specific math courses you must take in order to qualify for some post-secondary programs. If you are unsure seek advice from a guidance counsellor for clarification.

It is suggested that you take at least one Science in grade 11. Students planning to pursue Health Science programs at university or college should take both Chemistry and Biology Students pursuing other programs such as computer engineering, aviation etc. should take Chemistry and Physics. Let our guidance counsellors at Aitchison School guide you on appropriate courses for the field of study or career you wish to pursue.


For students who want to sign up for the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or Dual Credits or Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) The following is a list of OYAP programs that may be available:

Automotive Service Technician

Industrial Mechanic Millwright

General Carpentry

Developmental Service Worker

Child Development Practitioner







Industrial Mechanic Millwright


It is very important to make the right choices on your option sheet and this includes your alternates. Read course descriptions, pre-requisites and recommendations carefully. Talk to parents or guardians, teachers or career counsellors, and even professionals in your desired career field for advice.


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