Eligibility: Students with at least Form 2/Sec 1/Junior Middle 2, SS2, SS3 or WAEC are eligible to apply.
Intake: January, May, August
Assessment and Placement Tests
Upon arrival at SOC, every student must sit placement tests in English and Maths to gauge their level and identify any knowledge gaps or areas for improvement. We also thoroughly examine each student’s past academic record through a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) exercise. Using the information gathered, the Guidance team is able to design an individual timetable.
We evaluate the transcript of each new student to determine how many compulsory credits he or she has already earned and how many more credits are required to secure the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Since students come from many different educational systems, we ensure consistency and fairness in evaluating grade equivalency. We look to the student transfer guidelines published by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada,
Grades 9 & 10
In Grades 9 and 10, three types of courses are offered:
- academic courses which emphasize theory and abstract problems
- applied courses which focus on practical applications and concrete examples
- open courses which prepare students for further study in certain subjects and enrich their education generally
Grades 11 & 12
In Grades 11 and 12, students take courses designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university and college programs.
Reporting Procedures: Student progress is communicated in the Provincial Report Card, Grades 9-12. The Provincial Report Card documents the student’s achievement in every course, attendance record, learning skills evaluation and teachers’ assessments.
Levels of achievement are communicated as percentage grades:
- 80-100% Level 4: a very high to outstanding level of achievement. Achievement is above the provincial standard.
- 70-79% Level 3: a high level of achievement. Achievement is at the provincial standard. A student achieving this level is well prepared for work in the next grade or the next course.
- 60-69% Level 2: a moderate level of achievement. Achievement is below, but approaching, the provincial standard.
- 50-59% Level 1: a passable level of achievement. Achievement is below the provincial standard.
- Below 50% insufficient achievement of the curriculum expectations. The student will not receive a credit for the course.
Mandatory 40 Hours Of Community Involvement: This is a stipulation of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a requirement for graduation. Since students may have already undertaken significant volunteering activities in their home countries, the Principal determines the number of hours of community involvement activities that each student will have to complete at SOC.
We then organize volunteer placements for students in local community groups such as:
- The Wesley Urban Centre Christmas Store – our students help set up stock, display goods and serve as cashiers at this charity shop for less privileged families
- City of Hamilton Park Clean-up program - out students help maintain the public Parks by clearing garbage, cleaning graffiti and other tasks.
- Good Shepherd Society - our students help serve food to the poor and assist the organization with their special events
These volunteering initiatives are a wonderful opportunity for students to give back, to appreciate the privileges they enjoy and to contribute to the community at large.