GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
The four priorities of Guidance at Harbord are as follows:
- career education programming and counselling that blends the development of life skills with concrete career information;
- preventative programs that identify students who need help and provision of the appropriate support and assistance;
- personal counselling in collaboration with professionals affiliated with the school board or community agencies - psychologists, social workers (many ethnic groups), school nurse, etc.
- monitoring student progress (on an individual as well as a school-wide basis).
Guidance Counsellors - Each student is assigned a guidance counsellor by the first letter of the student's last name.
Continuing Education Secondary Credit Courses at night school and summer school
See your guidance regarding your (child's) eligibility to apply. For information posted on the TDSB Continuing Education Office web page, see this link: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/highschool/goingtohighschool/nightschoolandsummerschool.aspx
Transcripts / Student Records:
Current Harbord students and recent Harbord graduates who graduated from Harbord one (1) years or less may request for a transcript by contacting the Harbord Guidance Office.
Students who have registered at another secondary school may contact the TDSB Central Transcript Office or the last school attended after leaving Harbord.
POLICY RE: DROPPING COURSES
Students in their first, second or third year of high school are required to have a full timetable (8 courses).
Students in their fourth or fifth year at Harbord are allowed up to 2 spare periods as long as the courses taken will complete diploma requirements.
No student with fewer than 23 previously earned credits is eligible to request a timetable of fewer than eight subjects. It is therefore requested that students select their courses carefully. A student who drops a course in day school will not be eligible to take the same course at Night School. The Principal of the Continuing Education Department of the Toronto District School Board determines the specific criteria for eligibility to apply for courses in Continuing Education. This also applies to Virtual School courses.
Any student who is eligible to apply to drop a course must obtain an "Application for Change of Programme" in the Guidance Office and arrange an interview with his/her designated Guidance Counsellor. Consideration of the application is contingent upon evidence of regular attendance in the course prior to the date of application.
Any exceptions to this policy will be made by the Guidance Counsellor in consultation with the student, the Vice-Principal and parents (where appropriate).
All marks for grade 11 and 12 courses will appear on the student's Ontario Student Transcript. If students do not want a mark to appear, then they must drop the course before the Full Disclosure Date. See your child's student agenda for dates. If special circumstances apply after this date, a percentage grade must still be recorded.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements
See this link for details:
EQAO GR. 10 LITERACY TEST
All students in Grade 10 are required to successfully complete the EQAO Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) as a graduation requirement. Parents are encouraged to provide support for their student. EQAO materials can be found at www.eqao.com
40 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
Students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer community service as an Ontario graduation requirement. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to arrange suitable and appropriate placements with not-for-profit organisations. See page 2 of the 40 Hour Community Involvement Activity Form for general guidelines. Click here to access a PDF copy of the 40 Hour Community Involvement Activity Form.
STUDENT SUPPORTS - Where can you turn for assistance?
TUTORING CENTRE – Room 125
The tutoring centre will be open for two nights a week between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. Students who want extra help or who want a place to study quietly will be allowed to use the room. Teachers can refer students who they think would benefit from the tutoring centre, and help for them will be arranged. Students may also come to the tutoring centre to ask for help or see a guidance counsellor for more information.