Grade 10

Your Grade 10 Year

So you’ve finished Grade 9, and are ready for Grade 10? Congratulations! That was a big step in your educational journey. Whether you attended a brick-and-mortar school, were homeschooled, or were a CVS student last year, we can help!

In Grade 10, you will likely have close to 8 credits (courses) from Grade 9 and will begin working towards your next 8. To earn your OSSD you’ll need 30 credits total. This year you’ll be introduced to half-credit courses: Civics and Careers. If this sounds like gibberish to you, that’s okay, that’s what we’re here for. This year you will still have many compulsory courses to complete, but you get to pick and choose more optional ones than you did last year.

This year you will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Don’t worry – our Guidance Team is here to help you through this process.

You will continue working towards your community involvement hours this year too.

Only need one or two courses? Jump directly to our available course list.

What to Expect

  • certified teacher support

  • working toward your next 8 OSSD credits

  • access to a weekly bible study

  • access to one-on-one guidance support

  • customizable timetable

  • access to myBlueprint

  • student ID card

  • Ontario Student Record maintenance

  • student community activities

  • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

The Year at a Glance

A typical Grade 10 student will take 9 courses for a total of 8 credits (Civics and Careers, remember) during their school year. This year is made up of mostly compulsory courses, but you do have a little more leeway with optional credit choices.

Here at CVS, we offer flexible schedules that you can customize to your needs. Students control the pace that they work through their courses. Below is a sample semester timetable for a Grade 10 student.

Please note that course selection will vary based on a student’s prior learning and goals. Our Guidance Team is happy to help create a schedule that is customized for you.
PeriodSemester 1Semester 2
September - JanuaryFebruary - June
Period 1BTT2O: Information Tech in BusinessENG2D: English
Period 2MPM2D: MathematicsCHC2D: History
Period 3SNC2D: ScienceAMU2O: Music
Period 4FSF2D: FrenchCHV2O: Civics / GLC2O: Careers

Frequently Asked Questions

The tuition for the Grade 10 year is $2,999 CAD. As a not-for-profit organization, we are always trying our best to reduce the total cost to our families. The total tuition is all inclusive, and there are no hidden fees. The only exception is in our English course, you will need to find your own copy of the novel for the novel study. If you choose to purchase a copy, this would be the only extra expense.

Interested in only taking one or two courses? Each full credit course is $479, and each half-credit course is $349. Check out the list of available courses here.

We offer a monthly bursary that reduces the total tuition by the cost of one course. Learn more about how to apply here. We also offer payment plans depending on individual situations. Please email our administrative staff or give us a call at 1-888-677-6702 to discuss your options.

Yes, several do. Grade 10 is where prerequisites start making more of an appearance. Visit the individual course outline pages to see specific details by selecting READ MORE > in the available courses below, or contact a member of our Administration Team with any questions.

Up until recently, secondary students in Ontario have had to choose between academic and applied streams for most of their Grade 9 and 10 courses. The Ministry of Education in Ontario has decided to de-stream all of Grade 9 in an attempt to reduce barriers to education and in order to lift up all students. Grade 10 courses have not been affected yet, except for some slight changes in Grade 10 Math, due to last year’s de-streaming of Grade 9 Math.

Registration is open year-round. If you are interested in starting the school year off with a general cohort, make sure you pre-register before September. Otherwise, you can register for “immediate” enrollment at anytime during the year. Navigate to the registration page, fill out the forms, and follow the prompts. You will be asked to submit a copy of your government issued ID (birth certificate or passport, etc.) once you have submitted your registration form.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn the OSSD. Our Guidance Team will ensure you are aware of what you need to do in order to meet this requirement.

Still have questions? View our full list of Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us. We’re here to help.

Resources

Below are some resources that may be handy for you as you prepare for Grade 10. If you have any questions, our team is always here to help, just give us a shout!

Graduation Requirements
School Manual
Community Involvement

Available Courses

The Arts

Integrated Arts (ALC1O/2O)

This course integrates two or more of the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts), giving students the opportunity to produce and present integrated art works created individually or collaboratively. Students will demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply concepts, styles, and conventions unique to the various arts and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts challenges. READ MORE >

Music (AMU2O)

This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures. READ MORE >

Business Studies

Introduction to Business (BBI1O/2O)

This course introduces students to the world of business. Students will develop an understanding of the functions of business, including accounting, marketing, information and communication technology, human resources, and production, and of the importance of ethics and social responsibility. This course builds a foundation for further studies in business and helps students develop the business knowledge and skills they will need in their everyday lives. READ MORE >

Information and Communication Technology in Business (BTT1O/2O)

This course introduces students to information and communication technology in a business environment and builds a foundation of digital literacy skills necessary for success in a technologically driven society. Students will develop word processing, spreadsheet, database, desktop publishing, presentation software, and website design skills. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on digital literacy, effective electronic research and communication skills, and current issues related to the impact of information and communication technology. READ MORE >

Canadian and World Studies

Canadian History since World War I (CHC2D)

This course explores social, economic, and political developments and events and their impact on the lives of different individuals, groups, and communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities, in Canada since 1914. Students will examine the role of conflict and cooperation in Canadian society, Canada’s evolving role within the global community, and the impact of various individuals, organizations, and events on identities, citizenship, and heritage in Canada. Students will develop an understanding of some of the political developments and government policies that have had a lasting impact on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and communities. They will develop their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating key issues and events in Canadian history since 1914. READ MORE >

Civics and Citizenship (CHV2O)

This course explores rights and responsibilities associated with being an active citizen in a democratic society. Students will explore issues of civic importance such as healthy schools, community planning, environmental responsibility, and the influence of social media, while developing their understanding of the role of civic engagement and of political processes in the local, national, and/or global community. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate, and express informed opinions about, a range of political issues and developments that are both of significance in today’s world and of personal interest to them. READ MORE >

English

English (ENG2D)

This course is designed to extend the range of oral communication, reading, writing, and media literacy skills that students need for success in their secondary school academic programs and in their daily lives. Students will analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods, interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. This course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 11 university or college preparation course. READ MORE >

French as a Second Language

Core French (FSF2D)

This course provides opportunities for students to communicate in French about personally relevant, familiar, and academic topics in real-life situations with increasing independence. Students will exchange information, ideas, and opinions with others in guided and increasingly spontaneous spoken interactions. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the selective use of strategies that contribute to effective communication. They will also increase their understanding and appreciation of diverse French-speaking communities, and will develop skills necessary for lifelong language learning. READ MORE >

Guidance and Career Studies

Career Studies (GLC2O)

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits that will support them in their education and career/life planning. Students will learn about global work trends, and seek opportunities within the school and community to expand and strengthen their transferable skills and their ability to adapt to the changing world of work. On the basis of exploration, reflective practice, and decision-making processes, students will make connections between their skills, interests, and values and their postsecondary options, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace. They will set goals and create a plan for their first postsecondary year. As part of their preparation for the future, they will learn about personal financial management – including the variety of saving and borrowing tools available to them and how to use them to their advantage – and develop a budget for their first year after secondary school. READ MORE >

Mathematics

Principles of Mathematics (MPM2D)

This course enables students to broaden their understanding of relationships and extend their problem-solving and algebraic skills through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will explore quadratic relations and their applications; solve and apply linear systems; verify properties of geometric figures using analytic geometry; and investigate the trigonometry of right and acute triangles. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. READ MORE >

Science

Science (SNC2D)

This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid–base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter. READ MORE >