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CISPI offers a full range of academic programs from Grades 9 through 12 throughout Canada.. ESL courses can be offered during the regular school program. Other subjects include English, French, Mathematics, Sciences, Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Band, Photography, Accounting, Marketing, Computer Programming, American History, Law, Environmental Studies, Introduction to Anthropology/Psychology/Sociology, Philosophy, Construction, Automotive, Drafting, Communication Technology and Religious Studies (Ottawa Catholic School Board only) to name a few.
Students may choose to study short term, for one semester (Sept-Jan) or (Feb-June) or the entire 10 month duration. Most students will take four courses during each semester. Guidance counsellors assist each student in selecting their course load. International students are normally placed in classes with their same aged peer groups. Equivalency credits will be given for courses successfully completed in other approved schools inside or outside of Canada.
Upon arrival students will be introduced to the various people at the school who are there to assist the international students. The students will be given an orientation and introduced to some Ontario students who will also be ready to assist.
Some students may wish to complete their secondary school education in Ontario and receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Upon graduation this diploma earned by international students is highly regarded by many of Canada’s universities and colleges and will enhance their application package should the international student wish to continue with post secondary studies in Canada.




    Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*

  • 3 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)

  • 2 credits in science

  • 1 credit in Canadian history

  • 1 credit in Canadian geography

  • 1 credit in the arts

  • 1 credit in health and physical education

  • 1 credit in French as a second language

  • 0.5 credit in career studies

  • 0.5 credit in civics


Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1

  • English or French as a second language**

  • a Native language

  • a classical or an international language

  • social sciences and the humanities

  • Canadian and world studies

  • guidance and career education

  • cooperative education***


Group 2

  • health and physical education

  • the arts

  • business studies

  • French as a second language**

  • cooperative education***


Group 3

  • science (Grade 11 or 12)

  • technological education

  • French as a second language**

  • computer studies

  • cooperative education***


In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

  • 12 optional credits† (4 of which must be Religion courses in the Catholic system)

  • 40 hours of community involvement activities

  • the provincial literacy requirement


*      A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.

**    In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.

***  A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.

–The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses

CISPI Application Form


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