How can a high school student get help choosing courses?

Parents and guidance counsellors help high school students make decisions about courses, careers and opportunities after graduation.

In secondary school, parents are expected to help their children choose courses each year. The courses that students choose can affect their opportunities in higher grades and after they leave high school.

It is also possible for your child to speak to the school's guidance counsellor. The counsellor will talk to your child about his or her previous schooling, interests and goals for after graduation. The counsellor will help your child choose the appropriate courses.

When helping your child choose courses, the guidance counsellor will consider:

  • The match between what your child has already learned and what they are expected to learn in secondary school in Ontario.
  • Your child's skills, abilities and interests.
  • Reports cards and other documents you provide that describe what your child learned previously.
  • The results of the mathematics and language assessments.
  • The number of years your child has been in school.

For more information about choosing courses, speak to a teacher or the guidance counsellor.

Many community agencies can help you find information about school for your children. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "settlement services" in your area.

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Last updated: March 15, 2022 4001207