Marymount Academy
 Academic Program

Additional Learning Opportunities

Program Description

Cooperative Education and OYAP:  Why not experience the work environment before committing to pursuing a career in a specific field?  Co-op gives students an opportunity to explore different employment sectors.  The program can be a direct transition from school to work, post-secondary college and university programs or an opportunity for students to pursue apprenticeship training in a skilled trade through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

 Dual Credit Program: Students have the opportunity to earn credits of their interest at the postsecondary level, which is applied, to their OSSSD. Dual credit programs are intended for students to make successful transition to college and/or apprenticeship programs. This group could include disengaged and underachieving students who have the potential to succeed but are at risk of not graduating, and students who left school before graduating. Students in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs and students in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) are also eligible to participate in dual credit programs.

 eLearning: eLearning is an alternative way of learning outside of a traditional classroom to earn secondary school credits. It involves the use of electronic technologies to support learning and teaching. eLearning courses are taught by teachers online and students must complete computer-based learning modules within a set period of time. Grade 8 students may reach ahead to earn one secondary credit through elearning during the summer before high school. Students may register through their grade 8 school.

Blended Learning: Blended learning is blending traditional in-class instruction with online digital media. Students benefit from face-to-face interactions with their teachers and enjoy the flexibility of online course material.

To learn more about Secondary Specialized programs, please go to the following website.

 Academic Program

Advanced Placement

Purpose and Goals

Through AP courses, students who want to achieve at the highest level can earn advanced placement and university credits while still in high school. Pre-AP courses are the pathway for students interested in taking an AP course at the senior level and ultimately, prepare students to successfully pass the approved College Board exam.

Program Description

Grade 7 & 8 (Reach Ahead)

Selected students will take part in Reach Ahead activities. While in Grade 8, students can take part in Grade 9 classes.

Grade 9 & 10 (Pre-AP)

This program will include enrichment activities, group projects and discussions within the regular classroom.

Grades 11 & 12 (AP)

Students will continue with enrichment activities and tutorials with the teacher. There is a possibility of separate AP classrooms. In May, students write an examination from the College Board.

AP course offerings include: AP Calculus, AP English Literature and Composition and AP French Language and Culture

 Academic Program

French Immersion

Purpose and Goals

Sudbury Catholic Schools value second language learning. We offer early French Immersion and Core French programs to all students. SCDSB French teachers are all fluent in French and trained in second language education. A variety of books, audio-visual materials and computer programs are available throughout the board for classroom use.

In all French as a Second Language programs, students realize the vision of the FSL curriculum as they strive to:

  • Use French to communicate and interact effectively in a variety of social settings.
  • Learn about Canada, its two official language, and other cultures.
  • Appreciate and acknowledge the interconnections and interdependence of the global community.
  • Be responsible for their own learning as they work independently and in groups.
  • Use effective language learning strategies.
  • Become lifelong language learners for personal growth and for active participation as World citizens.
Program Description

The SDCSB offers an early French Immersion program option which is available to all students. This is a highly successful approach to second language learning in which students receive instruction in French for a significant portion of the day. Students study the same curriculum content as their peers in the regular English program. It is designed to provide English-speaking children with the opportunity to become highly proficient in French as well as in English. There is no expectation that parents of students in the French Immersion program are able to understand or speak French.

An Immersion program means that French is not only the medium in which subjects are taught, but it is also the means of communication between pupils and teacher in the classroom and, as much as possible beyond the classroom.

By the end of the four-year program in secondary school, students will:

  • Participate easily in conversations and discussions.
  • Be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction.

A full program is available from Grade 9 to Grade 12.
• 10 Immersion credits
• 4 courses in FRENCH Immersion
• 6 courses in other subjects taught in French
• Opportunity to challenge the DELF (French Competency Exam)

Grade 9:
Français (Immersion)
Éducation Religieuse

Grade 10:
Français (Immersion)
Études Carrières et Civisme
Éducation Religieuse

Grade 11:
Français (Immersion)
Étude des religions
Le droit Canadien

Grade 12:
Français (Immersion)
Le Canada et le monde: une analyse géographique.
Politique Canadienne et Mondiale

For more information about French Immersion, please go to the following website.

 Academic Program

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Purpose and Goals

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs bundles of 8-10 courses that allow students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while getting their high school diploma. Specialist High Skills Majors let students in Grades 11 and 12 focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Program Description

Marymount Academy offers 3 High-Skills Major Programs:

Arts & Culture

The SHSM program in Arts and Culture gives students specialized, hands-on, practical learning experiences in various areas of the arts and culture sector. the arts and culture SHSM may be customized to have a distinctive emphasis on art, music, dramatic arts, or digital arts. The program involves the practical and theoretical application of dramatic and performing arts, music, visual art, photography, media and communications technology.

Architecture & Engineering

The Construction: Architecture and Engineering SHSM provides students with an opportunity to develop theoretical, practical and technical skills that have a focus on architecture and engineering. With science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) being at the forefront of education and the skill set developed with these courses being in high demand by employers, students in the Architecture & Engineering SHSM will be better prepared for post-secondary programs and future careers in the construction sector.


The SHSM program in the non-profit sector enables students to build a foundation of knowledge and understanding in an effort to enhance community-mindedness. Whether in the fields of art, culture, education, the environment, information technology, health care, social development, or sport, countless career paths are available for people who share the sector’s common vision: to make a difference. This SHSM encourages students to acquire skills and consider principles that relate to civic action, social justice, humanities, and community development.

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