High School

There are three school boards in Algoma:

• Algoma District School Board  

• Huron Superior Catholic District School Board  

• Conseil Scolaire Catholique du Nouvel-Ontario


Each of these schools have wonderful programs and excellent staff. Check out which one is near you!

East Algoma

Central Algoma (Sault Ste. Marie)

Northern Algoma

Adult Learning Centres/Alternative Learning Centres

Graduation Requirements

18 Compulsory Credits:

  • 4 English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 French as a second language
  • 3 mathematics (1 at the Senior Level)
  • 2 science
  • 1 Canadian geography (Grade 9)
  • 1 Canadian history (Grade 10)
  • 1 Arts credit (any of visual arts, music, drama, dance)
  • 1 health and physical education
  • 5 credit in civics
  • 5 credit in career studies

12 Optional Credits:

  • Visual Arts
  • Construction
  • Technology
  • Computer Science

Plus one credit from the following groups:

  • Group 1: English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education
  • Group 2: French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education
  • Group 3: French as a second language, science (Grade 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education
  • Note: The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups:
    • A maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language may count as additional compulsory credits, 1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or Group 3.
    • A maximum of 2 credits cooperative education may count as additional compulsory credits, selected from any of Groups 1, 2, or 3.

40 Hours Community Service      Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) - Gr. 10 Literacy Test (EQAO)


Additional High School Opportunities

Academic Upgrading Program – Sault College – The program offers high school course equivalents for College admission in English, math, physics, chemistry or biology courses. Including the option to get a high school equivalent certificate the ACE – Academic and Career Entrance.


Advanced Placement - Advanced Placement is a program for high-achieving elementary and secondary students that allows them to get a head start on their secondary school or post-secondary school education. This program is open to all students in Sault Ste. Marie and is available at St. Mary’s College. 


Cooperative Education - an opportunity for all senior students in high school to combine classroom learning with practical experience in the workplace. The classroom extends into the community where the teacher and employer work together to provide hands-on learning activities that are related to the student’s subject area. Students can earn two or more diploma credits in the academic, business and technology areas.

Algoma District School Board SHSM

Huron Superior Catholic District School Board SHSM

Holy Angels Learning Centre


Dual Credits - Students participate in apprenticeship training and post-secondary courses, earning dual credits that count towards both their high school diploma and their post-secondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification.


Early Access Program - The Early Access Program is recently being offered by Algoma University to High School students. It is for High School students who want to take a University course after school to gain credits. 


Eco EDventure - The Eco EDventure program offers students a variety of courses that are designed to develop both core secondary school skills such as mathematics as well as specialty skills unique to this program such as map creation. 


E-Learning - e-Learning - taking courses over the Internet. Courses are offered online to help give students more flexibility in the path they follow through high school, which leads to greater opportunities for success down the road.

Algoma District School Board

Huron Superior Catholic District School Board

French Immersion – Opportunities are offered for students to learn in both official Canadian languages.

Algoma District School Board

Huron Superior Catholic District School Board


International Baccalaureate - The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a demanding two-year, pre-university course of study which is recognized by universities world-wide. Graduates of the IB programme who have achieved high academic standing are often offered university scholarships and awarded first year university credits. 


Motive Power Program - The Algoma District School Board, in partnership with Sault College, offers an innovative program for students interested in pursuing a career in Motive Power Trades. 


Native Studies – These programs are developed to improve student achievement among First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students.

Algoma District School Board

Huron Superior Catholic District School Board


School College Work Initiative - Get a jump start on College by exploring the School College Work Initiative (SCWI) at Sault College. You can earn dual credits and get apprenticeship training levels. Check out the course offerings. 


School College Work Initiative Program - The School-College-Work Initiative Program is meant to provide a unique opportunity for students to work toward completing an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 


Specialist High Skills Major(SHSM) - A SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace. SHSMs are available in the following sectors:

Arts & Culture | Business | Construction | Energy | Environment | Health & Wellness | Hospitality & Tourism | Manufacturing | Sports  

Huron Superior Catholic District School Board SHSM

Algoma District School Board SHSM


Summer School - Summer and night school courses may be available for students who wish to earn additional credits, retake courses they have not successfully completed, improve achievement in a course or take transfer courses. See your Guidance Counselor for further details about courses and availability. Some courses are offered through e-Learning.

Algoma District School Board

Huron Superior Catholic District School Board