These programs are available to any secondary school student residing within the Upper Grand District School Board, or to students living outside the Board by special arrangement. School bus transportation is only available for programs located at a school, and only to students living in the attendance area for that school.

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Beyond Borders

Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph
Beyond Borders is an off-site business-learning program, with bundled courses in Business, English, Math, and an elective credit. The goal of this program is to explore integrated and experiential educational opportunities. Visit the Beyond Borders website for more information.


Location: Hope House, 75 Norfolk Street, Guelph
Cadence is a leadership program for students that are at risk of not graduating. This program comprises of a small community of teachers and students that work towards goals of regular attendance, increased skills and credit accumulation, with the ultimate goal of graduation. Students will achieve 4 credits during the semester, and complete their volunteer hours through community outreach projects. This program provides direct instruction, character development, and experiential leadership training. More information about Cadence.

Centre Street Alternative Education

Location: W & M Edelbrock Centre, 30 Centre Street, Orangeville
An off-site alternative education program, comprised of course work or co-op programming for at work students, ages 16 years and older. The program operates over two semesters. For more information contact your school's Guidance Department or co-op teacher.

Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP)

Locations: various off-site
CELP is a 4 credit environmental leadership program. As a community of 24, students have a fall canoe or winter snowshoe trip, teach grade fives the Earthkeepers nature program, take their English, Civics and Careers courses in the context of environmental issues and form lasting friendships over community meals.  CELP is open to all students in the Upper Grand District School Board through three sponsoring schools: Centennial CVI (see, Norwell DSS (see and Wellington Heights SS.

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Location: workplaces
The Co-operative Education program allows students heading to an apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a Co-op course monitored by a Co-operative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject, and a work placement. Co-op website

Continuous Intake Co-op (CIC)

Locations: workplaces and the Shelldale Centre, 20 Shelldale Crescent, Guelph
CIC is an off-site program where students earn up to four co-op credits while working in a paid position. This program is designed for students who have over 24 credits. Students complete Credit Recovery or Independent Learning Courses. CIC provides teacher support for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This program runs both semesters.

Co-op Recall: 18-21 Year Olds

Location: workplaces
Co-op Recall is an outreach program for youth who find regular school attendance difficult to manage due to life circumstances. The major goal for Recall students is to gain co-op credits, usually at their place of work. Students can also complete some compulsory credits through night school, e-learning or correspondence booklets. Contact for applying to this program is based on the same SAL area teachers.

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da Vinci Arts & Science Environmental Leadership Program

Location: Arboretum, University of Guelph
Interdisciplinary program open to all grade 11 students. Students will have the opportunity to obtain 4 Grade 11 credits (EnglishENG 3U, Biology SBI 3U, Visual Arts AVI 3M and Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology HSP 3M) in a natural setting nestled amongst hiking trails, forests and ponds of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. da Vinci website.

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Digital Historian Project (DHP)

Locations: CDDHS, ODSS, WSS and the Dufferin County Museum and Archives
The Digital Historian Project (DHP) is a partnership between the Upper Grand District School Board and the Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA), involving three participating high schools: Centre Dufferin DHS, Orangeville DSS and Westside SS. Students take four credits in History and Data Management (math), spending about nine weeks each at the DCMA and in class. The program also includes drama, art and music. Digital Historian Project website

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Dual Credit

Locations: Conestoga College, Humber College, Georgian College
Our Dual Credit program allows students, while still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or a Certificate of Apprenticeship. Dual Credit website


Location: your own home
Upper Grand offers two kinds of eLearning opportunities. Through Student Success, secondary students have access to over 450 available courses offered in a secure, digital learning environment. Students and teachers use computers to communicate the majority of the course work, which typically follows school semesters. Students must contact a Guidance Counsellor at their school to enroll in an eLearning course offering. Learn more about eLearning for students. The Continuing Education Department also offers a range of eLearning secondary school credit courses for people of all ages, with flexible start dates and optional onsite facility.

Environmental Leadership Programs

Locations: various off-site and school
Semester-long four credit environmental leadership programs foster a sense of wonder for the natural world in our students, develop an understanding of current environmental issues, and teach hands-on skills in sustainable living while meeting Ontario curriculum requirements for high school credits. Programs at different grade levels are offered at Centennial CVI, John F. Ross CVI, Norwell DSS and Wellington Heights SS.


Location: Camp Edgewood, Eden Mills
Grade 12 semester-long four credit (Phys Ed, English, Environment and Resource Management). It runs both semesters, and enrolls approximately 24 students per semester.

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International Baccalaureate

Location: Guelph CVI, 155 Paisley St., Guelph
IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Guelph CVI is an official IB World School for the Diploma Programme, offered in Grades 11 and 12. There is also a Preparatory Program for students in Grades 9 and 10. GCVI International Baccalaureate website.

MADE in Guelph - The Urban Arts Project

Location: Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph
MADE in Guelph is an exciting and engaging four-credit program for grade 11 students with a keen interest in the Arts. Central to the focus of MADE is that the Arts can be used as a tool for community-building, cultural development, and profound social change. Urban Arts MADE in Guelph website.

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Location: workplaces
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program wherein Grade 11 or 12 students work in apprenticeship occupations through the Co-operative Education program. Students can become registered apprentices and work towards becoming a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). OYAP website.

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Specialist High Skills Major

Location: all secondary schools, various off-site
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. SHSM website

Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL)

Location: all secondary schools, various off-site
SAL is a program designed to assist and support youth between the ages of 14-17 who find it very difficult to attend regular school. Admittance in to this program is suggested through school Principals who have tried other "re-engagement" strategies like "Alt Ed" or a "reduced timetable." SAL is always third or four on the list of school interventions to reengage the “non-attender”. SAL students can achieve credits through Co-op, Independent Learning Centre booklets, night school or eLearning.

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Location: Guelph, Arthur, Mount Forest, Palmerston, Harriston
SWAF is a program developed to assist adult students (18yrs+) in earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) while remaining full-time employees (particularly in the manufacturing industry). This unique program brings the classroom to the employees, is flexible to accommodate the student’s work schedule and offers credit courses that have both in-class and independent study components. SWAF website.

Young Parents Education Program

Location: Shelldale Centre, 20 Shelldale Crescent, Guelph
An off-site afternoon program for students who are pregnant or have a young child. It runs both semesters. Students complete one credit as a class as well as one or more credit recoveries or independent or eLearning courses.