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Why Should I Take Arts Courses in High School? Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Art classes enhance teamwork and discipline skills as well as providing students with a means of self-expression. Increased self-esteem is a byproduct of this self-expression. Artistic performance teaches young people to conquer fear and take risks. Involvement in the Arts contributes to stronger mental health and reduces anxiety among teens.


Business activity affects the daily lives of all Canadians as they work, spend, save, invest, travel, and play. It influences jobs, incomes, and opportunities for personal enterprise. Business has a significant effect on the standard of living and quality of life of Canadians, and on the environment in which they live and which future generations will inherit. Eventually, all students will encounter the world of business, whether they work in urban or rural areas. They must be prepared to engage in business activity with confidence and competence. Young people need to understand how business functions, the role it plays in our society, the opportunities it generates, the skills it requires, and the impact it can have on their own lives and on society, today and in the future. The business studies program will build a strong foundation for those who wish to move on to further study and training in specialized areas such as management, international business, marketing, accounting, information and communication technology, or entrepreneurship. It will also provide practical skills for those who wish to move directly into the workplace. 


This course emphasizes knowledge and skills that will enable students to understand media communication in the twenty-first century and to use media effectively and responsibly. Through analyzing the forms and messages of a variety of media works and audience responses to them, and through creating their own media works, students will develop critical thinking skills, aesthetic and ethical judgment, and skills in viewing, representing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Enriched English
This course is designed for students with a keen interest in language and literature and for those who thrive on learning new skills in a creative and collaborative classroom setting.  Similar to the Grade 11 university course, the class will emphasize the development of literacy, communication and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life.  The enrichment features of the course includes the study of fiction and non-fiction texts, verse and drama with an emphasis on creative writing and differentiated learning. Students will analyze challenging and engaging literary texts from various time periods and cultures, and will create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms.  An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity and incorporating and identifying stylistic devices appropriately and effectively in writing. The enriched course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college courses. There will be heightened opportunities throughout the class for further investigation of curriculum expectations in a variety of genres and assignments.

Indigenous Studies
This grade 11 course counts as your Compulsory English credit. Students study Indigenous literature and discover an important part of Canadian history. 

The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit studies curriculum introduces students to the rich diversity of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit histories, cultures, perspectives, and contributions, and to the critical importance of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing in a contemporary global context. 

Writers Craft
This course emphasizes knowledge and skills related to the craft of writing. Students will analyse models of effective writing; use a workshop approach to produce a range or works; identify and use techniques required for specialized forms of writing; and identify effective ways to improve the quality of their writing. They will also complete a major paper as part of a creative or analytical independent study project and investigate opportunities for publication and for writing careers.


Each student is assigned to a counselor based on the first letter of their last name. Each student will be seen a minimum of twice in a school year; once in Semester 1 to review their academic goals, and in Semester 2 to assist them with course selection for the following school year. Students struggling in school academically, or otherwise, may see their respective counselor more often as we attempt to ensure the success of all our students through a variety of supports and interventions. Students are also welcome to make appointments to see their counselor by visiting the Student Services office and filling in an appointment slip. Typically students will see their counselor within a day or two depending upon how busy things are. During periods of high traffic, such as the beginning and end of a semester things tend to be much busier resulting in longer times.

Modern Language

French as a Second Language at Ste. Anne Catholic High School has as a foundation the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) which focuses on the authentic use of language in conjunction with skill building. French is one of Canada's official languages and as such there is an importance in developing proficiency in its use. It also bridges gaps between cultures allowing students to develop an appreciation and sensitivity toward others around the world.


As a department, our goal is to encourage and enable students to: develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world. acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions 

Social Science

The Grade 9 and 10 courses in social sciences and humanities, which centered on family studies, introduced students to topics relating to individual development and family life, such as food and nutrition, resource management, and conflict resolution. They also provided students with a foundation in social science research skills. In the senior grades, in addition to more advanced courses in food and nutrition and individual and family living, courses are offered in specialized areas of family studies, from parenting and resource management to fashion design and living spaces and shelter, giving students an opportunity to develop a range of hands-on, practical skills and to refine their research skills in a variety of areas. 

Special Education

The St. Anne Catholic Secondary School Special Education Department really can be summed up with one purpose - to build a space for all students to grow, learn and create with each passing day. Through differentiated programs and a truly passionate staff, we help students develop academically and personally to the highest level.

STEM Academy

In order for graduates to succeed in the knowledge economy as it continues to expand, they'll need the competitive advantage that a STEM-based education provides. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Academy(STEM) education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Find out more about the St. Anne STEM Academy by clicking here.

Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM)

The Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM) is a ministry approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and assists in their transition from secondary school to apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. To find out more about SHSM programs offered by St. Anne click here.

Cooperative Education (COOP)

The Cooperative education, or Co-op, program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to earn High School credits through the completion of a semester-long unpaid work placement.

Co-op programs are designed to meet your individual needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles, preparing you with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to be successful in the future. To find out more about Co-op programs offered by the WECDSB click here.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students must be at least 16 years of age and have 16 credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas in order to qualify for the program. To find out more about OYAP programs offered by the WECDSB click here.

To find out more about all of our programs offered at the WECDSB visit the board website here.
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