Welcome to the ENGLISH page!

English is a significant subject which is required throughout a student’s four years of high school. Developing language and literacy skills are important for success in both our daily lives and when students move on to post secondary education and beyond. Students are exposed to a variety of texts (visual, graphic, oral, written) that enable them to become critical learners. The courses are designed to further develop the oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives.

Below are the courses offered in English:



The Academic courses assist students in critically analysing a variety of texts and having them create media texts. Also, students are explicitly taught effective reading and writing strategies to enable them to further develop their literacy skills. In grade ten, students begin to focus on their identity, perceptions of self and how others perceive them. Africentric English is a great opportunity for students to learn about the African Diaspora through the examination of film, short stories, myths, poetry, plays and novels.

ENG 1DP- Grade 9, Africentric
ENG 1D- Grade 9, Academic
ENG 2D- Grade 10, Academic


The Applied courses enable the students to identify a variety of texts and begin to apply it to their own writing. The students use graphic organizers to help them with the writing process. Also, they are explicitly taught reading and writing strategies to further develop their reading and writing skills.

ENG 1P- Grade 9, Applied
ENG 2P- Grade 10, Applied



The Locally Developed courses assist students in their transitioning from Middle school to high school by exposing them to a variety of texts and teaching them explicit reading and writing strategies at their level. The material is scaffolded to address each student’s individual needs.

ENG 1L- Grade 9, Locally Developed
ENG 2L- Grade 10, Locally Developed



The University level courses discuss theoretical concepts those being: utopian and dystopian perspectives and examine the concept of “Establishing voice” by having the students write a variety of written forms and read complex non-fictional and fictional texts. The Writers’ Craft course enables you to refine your creative writing through an intense study of writing forms. You become a better and more proficient writer, further develop your creativity, establish your written, authentic voice and create a writing portfolio.

ENG 3U- Grade 11, University Preparation
ENG 4U- Grade 12, University Preparation
EWC 4U- Grade 12, Writer’s Craft



The College level courses examine texts through a social justice lens, the main idea being how an individual overcomes adversity. Students critically think about their personal identity and future goals through the analysis of various texts in relation to their own lives. The Workplace courses assist students in furthering developing their own proficiency in writing and reading general texts.

ENG 3C- Grade 11, College Preparation
ENG 3E- Grade 11, Workplace
ENG 4C- Grade 12, College Preparation
ENG 4E- Grade 12, Workplace



The ELS course helps to further boost students’ reading and writing skills in preparation for the OSSLT. The major skills covered are: summarizing, skimming and scanning, making connections, predicting etc. The Media course enables students to better understand how Media shapes their world, how they shape the Media and what is ‘really’ happening behind the scenes. Students produce videos and documentaries and also, attend cool media field trips. In addition, the Presentation course focuses on the oral communication strand of English. Students become more confident public speakers, gain valuable skills, and express themselves in a clear and coherent manner.

ELS 2O- Grade 10, Literacy Prep Course
EMS 3O- Grade 11, Media Studies
EPS 3O- Grade 11, Presentation and Speaking Skills