Grade 12

Your Grade 12 Year

You’re in Grade 12! This is monumental. You should be proud of all of your hard work thus far! This year you will continue preparing for post-secondary, and if interested, will begin applying for your chosen programs. Whether you think you may attend college, university, complete an apprenticeship, or join the workforce, our Guidance Team is here to help you plan your pathway.

This year you have the most flexibility with your schedule. You will want to make sure you are completing any prerequisites that your post-secondary plans require. Grade 12 students will take up to 8 courses during their school year. 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 so far or post-secondary admission requirements, !

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 which 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 last (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

  • applying to post-secondary institutions

  • earning your OSSD

The Year at a Glance

This year you will have mostly optional courses that you have selected to help you prepare for post-secondary, as well as a core English course.

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 12 student.

PeriodSemester 1Semester 2
September - JanuaryFebruary - June
Period 1ENG4U: EnglishSBI4U: Biology
Period 2SCH4U: ChemistrySpare
Period 3BBB4M: International Business FundamentalsMHF4U: Advanced Functions
Period 4HFA4U: Nutrition and HealthCGW4U: World Issues

Frequently Asked Questions

The tuition for the Grade 12 year is $3,149 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 (with the exception of OLC4O, which is $499). Check out the list of available courses here.

We offer a yearly 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 12 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 12 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)
  • C: denotes a college stream course (typically requires an applied stream prerequisite)
  • M: denotes a university / college preparation course (depending on the course, will accept applied, academic, or open stream prerequisites)

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 12. If you have any questions, our team is always here to help, just give us a shout!

Courses Available for the 2023-2024 School Year

Business Studies

International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)

This course provides an overview of the importance of international business and trade in the global economy and explores the factors that influence success in international markets. Students will learn about the techniques and strategies associated with marketing, distribution, and managing international business effectively. This course prepares students for postsecondary programs in business, including international business, marketing, and management.

Canadian and World Studies

World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (CGW4U)

In this course, students will address the challenge of creating a more sustainable and equitable world. They will explore issues involving a wide range of topics, including economic disparities, threats to the environment, globalization, human rights, and quality of life, and will analyse government policies, international agreements, and individual responsibilities relating to them. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including the use of spatial technologies, to investigate these complex issues and their impacts on natural and human communities around the world.

Canadian and International Politics (CPW4U)

This course explores various perspectives on issues in Canadian and world politics. Students will explore political decision making and ways in which individuals, stakeholder groups, and various institutions, including governments, multinational corporations, and non-governmental organizations, respond to and work to address domestic and international issues. Students will apply the concepts of political thinking and the political inquiry process to investigate issues, events, and developments of national and international political importance, and to develop and communicate informed opinions about them.

Canada: History, Identity, and Culture (CHI4U)

This course traces the history of Canada, with a focus on the evolution of our national identity and culture as well as the identity and culture of various groups that make up Canada. Students will explore various developments and events, both national and international, from precontact to the present, and will examine various communities in Canada and how they have contributed to identity and heritage in Canada. Students will investigate the development of culture and identity, including national identity, in Canada and how and why they have changed throughout the country’s history. They will extend their ability to apply the concepts of historical thinking and the historical inquiry process, including the interpretation and analysis of evidence, as they investigate the people, events, and forces that have shaped Canada.

Computer Studies

Computer Science (ICS4U)

This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.


English (ENG4C)

This course emphasizes the consolidation of literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a variety of informational and graphic texts, as well as literary texts from various countries and cultures, 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 and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for college or the workplace.

English (ENG4U)

This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; 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 using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

The Writer’s Craft (EWC4U)

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 of 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.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O)

This course is designed to help students acquire and demonstrate the cross-curricular literacy skills that are evaluated by the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students who complete the course successfully will meet the provincial literacy requirement for graduation. Students will read a variety of informational, narrative, and graphic texts and will produce a variety of forms of writing, including summaries, information paragraphs, opinion pieces, and news reports. Students will also maintain and manage a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences and samples of their writing. READ MORE >


Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)

This course builds on students’ previous experience with functions and their developing understanding of rates of change. Students will solve problems involving geometric and algebraic representations of vectors and representations of lines and planes in three dimensional space; broaden their understanding of rates of change to include the derivatives of polynomial, sinusoidal, exponential, rational, and radical functions; and apply these concepts and skills to the modelling of real-world relationships. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended for students who choose to pursue careers in fields such as science, engineering, economics, and some areas of business, including those students who will be required to take a university-level calculus, linear algebra, or physics course. READ MORE >

Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)

This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a data management investigation that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs. READ MORE >


Biology (SBI4U)

This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes associated with biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of the detailed knowledge and refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Chemistry (SCH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, energy changes and rates of reaction, chemical systems and equilibrium, electrochemistry, and atomic and molecular structure. Students will further develop problem-solving and laboratory skills as they investigate chemical processes, at the same time refining their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in daily life, and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

Physics (SPH4U)

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

Social Science and Humanities

Nutrition and Health (HFA4U)

This course examines the relationships between food, energy balance, and nutritional status; the nutritional needs of individuals at different stages of life; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Students will evaluate nutrition-related trends and will determine how food choices can promote food security and environmental responsibility. Students will learn about healthy eating, expand their repertoire of food-preparation techniques, and develop their social science research skills by investigating issues related to nutrition and health.