Guidance Services

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Higher Education Matters

Welcome to City School Guidance!

Over the course of the year, various Guidance workshops will take place. Check the whiteboard for topics, dates and times. Also check the Bulletin Board oppostie the main office for information about campus visits, specialized programs and scholarships.

University Visits: Ryerson, Concordia, Trent, Western, and George Brown College will all do presentations to the school: others schools also often visit. The University of Toronto and McGill do not visit schools, but visits can be arranged by students independently. 

Individul Pathways: All TDSB students can now use myBlueprint to create an Individual Pathway Plan that includes investigation of the course requirement one might need to get into post-secondary program(s). Our Activation key is “cityschool”.

The Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) is a starting place to get links to all University programs available in Ontario and is the site where you file your application on-line.

The Ontario Colleges Applications Site (OCAS): is the site for students applying to colleges in Ontario.

U.S. Universities/ SAT:

Three-Credit Rule

City Schoousually accepts full-time students only. This means you must be enrolled in at least three courses per semester. In Grades 9 and 10, students must take a full course load of four courses per semester unless there are documented medical or similarly valid reasons for a reduction. To assure academic success, we strongly advise students to take no more than four courses in a semester, including night school.

To continue at City School from one semester to the next, you must earn three credits at the school. - night school does not count.  If you fail to do so but believe there are valid extenuating circumstances that explain your under-achievement, you may submit a letter to the Curriculum Leader (CL). In it, you will outline the reasons why you should be allowed to stay on roll.

Teachers will review your letter and the CL will notify you of their decision.  If you do not earn three credits a second time, you may be transferred back to your home school, or preferably to another alternative school in the Alt9 family. The City School Guidance Counselor will assist you in your search for a new school.

Recognizing Excellence

Excellence in academic achievement and leadership at City School  is acknowledged in several ways such as through external awards like the Governor General's Academic Medal, but also through homegrown awards.

The Pete Cram Award is presented each semester to a student that shows exceptional commitment to the City School community; it is sponsored by Vesta Film & Television Productions. The award is named in honour of Peter Cram, an extraordinary English and Media Studies educator whose engagement with students was at the heart of his teaching.

The Martha D. Kumanchik Award is presented to a graduating student with the highest average that also has demonstrated a commitmnet to equity and social justice. It is named in honour of a member of the armed forces during World War II who spent a lifetime advocating for tolerance, inclsusion and fairness for all members in society.

Have questions? Please call 416 393 1470, or drop by the Guidance Office on the

third floor, Room 33B and speak to Lesley