Student Services

We are here to help guide you through your high school career.

As your student journeys through high school, Guidance counsellors help them navigate their pathway based on their skill set, academic achievements, and future goals. The transition from elementary school to high school begins in Grades 7 and 8, and continues through grade 12 when we prepare students for their post-secondary destinations.  Every year, our Guidance team helps our students select the appropriate classes for their post-secondary pathway destination.

Another significant role of the Villanova Guidance team is to support the social and emotional needs of our students.  High school can be challenging.  The Guidance office is a safe space where students can access support of any kind.  Our Guidance team is very well connected with community services and in-school supports (Child and Youth Worker, Mental Health and Addictions Nurse, and Psychological supports) and we help students establish connections with the appropriate support systems. 


Wednesday, January 5th, 7pm
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Click here to sign up!

Registration Packages with all forms printed and filled out, accompanied by the required documents and school fees need to be returned  by the follow dates:

Feeder School Deadlines – January 21, 2022 to your current grade 8 teacher.

Deadlines for students from non-feeder schools  – February 1st, 2022 to the main office at Villanova.

Our Feeder Schools – Holy Cross, St. Anthony, St. Mary, Stella Maris, St. Joseph, Sacred Heart, and Holy Name

Highschool Terminology
  • Compulsory
    A course all students MUST take, there are 18 pre-determined credits needed for graduation.
  • Elective
    A course in which you have a particular interest or one that satisfies requirements for your post-secondary pathway plan.
  • Credit
    Granted on the successful completion of a 110-hour course with a minimum grade of 50%
  • OSSD
    OSSD Ontario Secondary School Diploma: minimum of 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits as well as fulfilling the literacy, e-learning and community service requirements.
  • Timetable
    Is a schedule of a student’s courses and lunch break; outlines the time, room number and teacher for each course. It is your roadmap through the day and the layout of your school year.
  • Course Code
    Is a 5-character code that indicates the subject, grade level and course type.
  • EQAO Math
    The Education Quality and Accountability Office uses this assessment to test math competency in grade 9.
  • 40 hours
    Students must complete this many hours of community involvement (volunteering).
  • 30 credits
    The total number of credits required for graduation.
  • Pathway
    A collection of courses that prepares a student for a specific career or post-secondary goal. This is unique to each student.
    Grade 10 assessment (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) that meets the literacy requirement for a high school diploma. Student must pass this test in order to graduate.
  • Prerequisite
    A course that must be completed before taking another course.

Do you have further questions?
Call our Student Services Department at 519-734-6444 ext 3022.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical day (schedule) look like?

Students will arrive on their respective busses by 8:05 am and follow a unique timetable (like a road map) throughout the day. See below for an example. We have two semesters (Sept-Jan) and (Feb-June) where students will take 4 courses at a time. We now have a common lunch with several locations where students can eat and socialize and participate in several extracurricular clubs and activities.

What are the requirements for graduation?

What are the deadlines for returning a registration package?

Deadlines for Non-feeder schools- Packages (all forms printed and filled out, accompanied by required documents and school fees) need to be completed and returned to the main office window of the school by Feb 1st in order to ensure the best chance of getting the desired electives.  Please note that we may not be able to accommodate all course requests for those students who register late. 


Feeder School Deadlines (Holy Cross, St. Anthony, St. Mary, Stella Maris, St. Joseph, Sacred Heart, and Holy Name) Students and parents must complete and return their blue registration folder to their classroom teacher in January (dates provided when they were distributed).  School Cash Online must be used to pay school fees.

What is the difference between a compulsory and optional credit?

Compulsory credits are one students MUST take as a graduation requirement (there are 18) and optional credits are ones students have an interest in taking or need to fulfill a pathway to a certain post-secondary destination. (12 are needed for an OSSD)

In Grade 9 there are 6 compulsory credits consisting of: English, Science, Math, Geography, French, Religion and 2 elective credits that students may select based on interest (Art, Drama, Dance, Music, Phys-Ed, Hockey, STEM, Technology or Business)

What is the EQAO Grade 9 Math Test?

The Education Quality and Accountability Office uses this assessment to test math competency in grade 9. Students take this test at the end of the semester when they take their math course and it is often part of their final assessment mark.

What is the OSSLT-grade 10 (practice test in grade 9)?

Grade 10 assessment (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) is the literacy requirement needed for a high school diploma. Students must pass this test in order to graduate. In grade 9 students will participate in a practice test so we may assess areas they need to work on and students who need support will be offered help. Our Literacy Support Teacher begins working with these students early to improve competency and works with all grade 10 students in the months leading up to the test (usually in late March/early April.) If students are unsuccessful they may attempt a second time the next year or participate in our Literacy Course to meet the requirement for a diploma.

What does streaming mean?

There are no “better” or “worse” streams, only the one that is right for your student’s learning style and skill set. Our guidance counsellors are here to help you find the “best fit” to make sure your student is happy, successful and achieves their goals. Students may have a mixed schedule of streams and many choose to switch their stream along their high school journey. Guidance counsellors will help your student make the right decisions for them and their pathway. Academic streaming will begin for your student in grade 10.

Are grade 9 courses de-streamed next year?

This year, the Ministry of Education implemented a new de-streamed Math course (MTH IW0) for Ontario high school students that focused on coding and financial literacy.

The new Ontario Math course was the first step in the province’s decision to phase out streaming for all Grade 9 subjects.

The Ministry of Education has recently announced that streaming will officially end for Grade 9 students beginning in September of next year (2022-23)

In addition to Math, this will affect Science, Geography, English and French as a second language courses. Next year, all of these courses will be de-streamed. When students enter grade 10, they will once again select an academic level for their courses (Academic, Applied, or the Locally Developed level).

What is an ACADEMIC “D” course?

These courses emphasize theory and abstract thinking incorporating practical applications as appropriate. These courses typically lead to the University or College Pathway.

What is an APPLIED “P” course?

These courses focus on practical applications and concrete hands-on examples incorporating theoretical applications as appropriate. These courses typically lead to the College and Apprenticeship pathways but may also lead to University as a second step.

What is an OPEN “O” course?

Students will learn concepts and skills designed to prepare students for further study in the subject area. Expectations are designed and appropriate for all students regardless of pathway. Some compulsory and many optional courses are only offered in the open stream. Many open classes (like Arts, Business, and Technology) become streamed in Grade 11.

In Grade 9 your 2 ELECTIVES (Arts, Phys. Ed., Tech, or Business) as well as RELIGION will be offered at the open level

What is an LOCALLY DEVELOPED “L” course?

Emphasis will be on skill acquisition required for success in the workplace and senior open courses and experiential learning.

Can my student have a MIXED schedule?

Students do not need to select ALL ACADEMIC or ALL APPLIED courses for their pathway. Depending on a student’s strengths, a mixed schedule is often a good fit. For example, a student who has strong literacy skills, but prefers a more hands-on approach to numeracy, may opt to have a schedule with Academic English, French and Geography, and then Math and Science at the Applied level. The goal is for students to maximize on their strengths in order to optimize their success.   Their success level (the grades they achieve) is more determinant of their opportunities in the future than the level, or stream, at which they took the course. Grade 8 teachers are an extremely valuable source of guidance in terms of determining the streams that best suit your learner. They are experienced, and they are also connected to our Guidance Team; we work together to place students in the classes where they will be most successful. TRUST THEM!

Will we be closing doors for postsecondary programs by selecting lower level courses?

This concern is voiced frequently by both students and parents that if they take a course at a particular level, they may miss opportunities for postsecondary programs. This simply isn’t true. There are many different avenues that students may take to achieve their pathway goals.  Increasingly, Colleges and Universities have been working collaboratively in terms of their program offerings. Students may start in one institution and then continue their education at the other. There are even joint programs that exist between Universities and Colleges that offer students both theoretical and practical learning opportunities. 


On the other hand, doors are most certainly closed when students are unsuccessful in a course because they have been mis-streamed, meaning they did not take a particular course at a level that complimented their strengths and abilities.  It is important to heed the advice of your student’s grade 8 teacher because they are familiar with your child’s skills and achievements, and they are also aware of the academic areas where your child may require more support.  Throughout high school, our Guidance Team will work to ensure that our students take courses at the appropriate level so they will build confidence and achieve success, and this begins with the extremely important transition from grade 8 to grade 9, in terms of appropriate academic streaming.

What specialized Programs and Academies do we offer?

We have many specialized learning opportunities at Villanova.  French Immersion, S.T.E.M, and the Hockey Academy all begin in grade 9 and we have several SHSM’s (Specialist High Skills Major Programs) that begin in grade 11. These include: Arts and Culture, Heath and Wellness, Information and Communication Technology, Manufacturing/Robotics, and Construction. Please refer to the corresponding sections on our Open House website for more information related to these programs.

What are the advantages of participating in a specialized program?

ENGAGEMENT!!! When students are engaged and participating in classes that interest them, they are more likely to be successful in ALL their classes and have a more fulfilling and successful high school experience. By participating in programs that accentuate their strengths and passions, students gain confidence, connections, and real-world skills that oftentimes translate into postsecondary opportunities and life-long relationships with like-minded individuals.

When do I buy uniforms?

Students begin the process of purchasing their uniforms typically in the spring, or early summer. 67 Richmond, in Amherstburg, is the only location that carries our clothing. You can call to make an appointment to purchase your child’s uniform. The uniforms are usually delivered in August and Mr. Liardi, the owner, will allow for time to have any alterations made before the school year begins. 


We also offer a selection of gently used uniform pieces that students may purchase at a reduced price. Villanova will inform parents about the time and date for our used uniform sale.

How can my student earn Reach Ahead Credits in the summer before grade 9?

Some students may want to get a jumpstart on their high school credits and may therefore choose to take a summer school,“reach ahead” course the summer BEFORE grade 9 begins. Typically these courses run for the MONTH of July (20 full school days=4weeks) and daily attendance is mandatory. If you are not vacationing, your student may want to take advantage of this opportunity. Most courses are offered ONLINE (so this helps fulfill the requirement for 2 e-learning credits).  

Students may choose from several course offerings; please keep in mind that courses run depending on registration numbers and availability.  Some of our most popular course offerings are: Careers and Civics (CHV/GLC 2O), Grade 9 Business (BTT1O) and Grade 9 Geography, at both the Academic and Applied level (CGC1D and CGC 1P) Your student’s grade 9 course selections may need to be altered if they successfully earn a summer school reach ahead credit.  Students may need to be open-minded in terms of the alternate electives that are available when the time comes to adjust their schedules after their summer course has been completed. 

When can I start tracking my 40 hours of community service for graduation?

Students can begin to accumulate  their volunteer hours immediately after graduation from grade 8. It is mandatory that they accumulate a minimum of 40 hours of community service by the end of grade 12 in order to earn their  OSSD . Students are always encouraged to earn as many hours as they can; community service hours are excellent to include on scholarship applications, and also may lead to future employment opportunities.  In addition, students who earn a minimum of 100 hours of community service are awarded a gold cord at their graduation ceremony.  This is a great honour and statement of character that reflects our Catholic values.  This fosters a sense of social responsibility and community awareness within our students.

Why is it important to get involved in high school extra curriculars?

Students who become involved and who thus establish a connection within the school community, beyond the classroom, are likely to achieve greater success.  We encourage all of grade 8 students to get involved!  We have a wide variety of clubs, teams, and athletics; there is something for everyone!