Grade 11

Your Grade 11 Year

You’ve made it to Grade 11! This is huge. Great work in Grades 9 and 10. This year you will start preparing for post-secondary. Whether you think you might attend college, university, complete an apprenticeship, or join the workforce, our Guidance Team is around to help you plan your pathway.

This year you have more flexibility with your schedule – you will want to make sure that you complete the prerequisites for any Grade 12 courses you require. A typical Grade 11 student will take up to 8 courses during their school year. You can choose to take between 6 and 8 courses this year, but keep in mind that you need 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional) to earn the OSSD. If you aren’t sure how many credits you’ve earned by now or what requirements you need for post-secondary admission, get in touch!

Depending on how many credits you have completed, you can customize your year so that it fits your needs. You may only need to complete 6 or 7 credits this year, and that will allow you a bit more free time to focus on school and extra-curriculars.  Unsure about what courses you require to pursue your post-secondary plans? We are here to help!

Rest assured, we know this sounds like a lot to think about, but that’s why we’re here. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions – book a meeting with guidance to help us, help you!

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

What to Expect

  • certified teacher support

  • working toward your next (up to) 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

The Year at a Glance

This year you will have a mixture of compulsory and optional courses that you have selected to help you prepare for post-secondary. You will notice that course codes have changed from ending in “D”, “W”, and “O” to ending in “U”, “C”, or “M”.

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 11 student.

PeriodSemester 1Semester 2
September - JanuaryFebruary - June
Period 1MCR3U: FunctionsSpare
Period 2CHW3M: HistoryENG3U: English
Period 3SPH3U: PhysicsAMU3M: Music
Period 4SBI3U: BiologySCH3U: Chemistry

Frequently Asked Questions

The tuition for the Grade 11 year is $3,349 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 $529. 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, many Grade 11 courses do. Check out the individual course outlines for specific prerequisites required. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Administration Team.

Course codes in Grade 11 look a little different than Grade 9 and 10, we’ve introduced some new letters but you can learn more about each one below:

  • U: denotes a university stream course (typically requires an academic stream prerequisite, and acts as a U stream prerequisite for Grade 12)
  • C: denotes a college stream course (typically requires an applied stream prerequisite, and acts as a C stream prerequisite for Grade 12)
  • M: denotes a university / college preparation course (depending on the course, will accept applied, academic, or open stream prerequisites, and depending on the course acts as a C, U, or M stream prerequisite for Grade 12)

Refer to the course calendar for more detailed information, or get in touch with our guidance team.

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.

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


Below are some resources that may be handy for you as you prepare for Grade 11. If you have any questions, our team is always here to help, just give us a shout!

Courses Available For the 2022-2023 School Year

The Arts

Music (AMU3M)

This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analysing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers. READ MORE >

Business Studies

Financial Accounting Fundamentals (BAF3M)

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures of accounting. Students will develop financial analysis and decision-making skills that will assist them in future studies and/or career opportunities in business. Students will acquire an understanding of accounting for a service and a merchandising business, computerized accounting, financial analysis, and ethics and current issues in accounting. READ MORE >

Canadian and World Studies

World History to the End of the Fifteenth Century (CHW3M)

This course explores the history of various societies and civilizations around the world, from earliest times to around 1500 CE. Students will investigate a range of factors that contributed to the rise, success, and decline of various ancient and pre-modern societies throughout the world and will examine life in and the cultural and political legacy of these societies. Students will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, when investigating social, political, and economic structures and historical forces at work in various societies and in different historical eras. READ MORE >

Computer Studies

Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U)

This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields. READ MORE >


English (ENG3U)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures, as well as a range of informational and graphic texts, and 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 stylistic devices appropriately and effectively. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 university or college preparation course. READ MORE >

English (ENG3C)

This course emphasizes the development of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will study the content, form, and style of a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from Canada and other countries, and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms for practical and academic purposes. An important focus will be on using language with precision and clarity. The course is intended to prepare students for the compulsory Grade 12 college preparation course. READ MORE >

Guidance and Career Studies

Designing Your Future (GWL3O)

This course prepares students to make successful transitions to postsecondary destinations as they investigate specific postsecondary options based on their skills, interests, and personal characteristics. Students will explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job-search and employability skills. Students will develop their portfolios with a focus on their targeted destination and develop an action plan for future success. READ MORE >


Functions and Applications (MCF3M)

This course introduces basic features of the function by extending students’ experiences with quadratic relations. It focuses on quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and their use in modeling real-world situations. Students will represent functions numerically, graphically, and algebraically; simplify expressions; solve equations; and solve problems relating to applications. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. READ MORE >

Functions (MCR3U)

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. READ MORE >


Biology (SBI3U)

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation. READ MORE>

Chemistry (SCH3U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment. READ MORE >

Physics (SPH3U)

This course develops students’ understanding of the basic concepts of physics. Students will explore kinematics, with an emphasis on linear motion; different kinds of forces; energy transformations; the properties of mechanical waves and sound; and electricity and magnetism. They will enhance their scientific investigation skills as they test laws of physics. In addition, they will analyse the interrelationships between physics and technology, and consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment. READ MORE >