Certificates and Awards


French Certificates

Extended French Certificate:  Awarded to students who successfully complete the sequence of 4 courses in French (Extended/Immersion) and 3 additional courses in which the language of instruction is French.

French Immersion Certificate: Awarded to students who successfully complete the sequence of 4 courses in French Immersion and 6 additional courses in which the language of instruction is French.

Honour Roll

Grade 9 & 10:  80% average based on their best 8 courses taken during the school year at Cairine Wilson SS.

Grade 11: 80% average based on their best 7 courses taken during the school year at Cairine Wilson SS.

Grade 12: 80% average based on their best 6 courses taken during the school year at Cairine Wilson SS.

International Certificate Program

Advisors:  Mr. Wolfe and Mrs. Robinson-Sisk

The OCDSB International Certificate Program is designed to recognize and honour students who demonstrate a commitment to being motivated, engaged, and active global citizens. Participants earn the certificate by:

  • Studying an international language
  • Taking internationally-focused classes
  • Understanding global issues
  • Participating in an internationally focused project of their choice
  • And much more!

Visit the OCDSB's International Certificate Program website for detailed information, or speak to Mr. Wolfe and Mrs. Robinson-Sisk.

Some Benefits of the Program

Possible Career Opportunities

Global Awareness


Global Competency

Language Translation and Interpretation

Cultural Proficiency


Leadership Skills

Health Care

Personal Growth

Environmental Studies

Educational Achievement

Political Science

Student Engagement

International Business

Career Pathways

Public Administration

Language Development

Social Work


International Law


Peace and Conflict Studies




International Relations


International Development


To receive the Certificate, students must successfully complete the following three components and the summative portfolio task.

Component 1: International Languages and Intercultural Communication

This component requires you to complete one credit in a language other than English or French, and to participate in an intercultural awareness workshop.

Component 2: International Coursework

This component requires you to complete four grade 11 or 12 courses with a specified international focus, and to complete at least two major summative tasks with a specific internationalized focus in any other courses between grades 9 and 12. Many other credit courses may be eligible to meet the coursework requirements. Prior approval of your guidance counsellor, the International Certificate Adviser, and the International Education Coordinator is required. Courses not available at Cairine Wilson may be completed via elearning.

Component 3: International Experience and Engagement

This component requires you to commit to an international experience and engagement of at least 100 hours (locally or abroad) between grades 9 and 12. This experience may be:

  • a long-term international student exchange or study abroad program
  • a series of short-term overseas experiences
  • active engagement in local activities or organizations with an international focus
  • a combination of the above options

The International Certificate Portfolio

After successfully completing the three required certificate components, you have the opportunity to demonstrate and reflect upon your commitment as a "global citizen" by compiling a portfolio. This will consist of the Student Learning Passport, a comprehensive log sheet that documents all the requirements of the three components; a Portfolio Presentation, eg. a multimedia presentation, an e-portfolio scrapbook, a photo essay, or other possibility; and finally a Personal Reflection.

Visit the International Certificate Program website for the most current information.

Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma provided they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:

Compulsory credits (total of 7)

2 credits in English
1 credit in Canadian Geography or Canadian History
1 credit in Mathematics
1 credit in Science
1 credit in Health and Physical Education
1 credit in the Arts or Technological Education

Optional credits (total of 7)

7 credits selected by the student from available courses

Ontario Scholars

Overall average of 6 grade 12 courses taken any year at 80%.

Silver Medal

The OCDSB Silver Medal is awarded to students achieving an average of 90% or over in each of their secondary years as follows:

In grades 9, 10 and 11 the courses (8 in grade 9 and 10; 7 in grade 11) used to calculate the Silver Medal awards could be at any grade level (e.g., a grade 10 student could be taking seven grade 10 courses and one grade 11 course).  Courses may only be counted once towards a Silver Medal Award.  Summer School courses are not counted.

For the Grade 12 Silver Medal Award, the 6 courses must be taken at the Grade 12 level but need not be taken during the grade 12 year (a grade 12 credit from the previous year could be used if not previously counted for a Silver Medal award).

Technology Studies Certificate

Awarded to students who successfully complete a total of 8 credits in Technology Studies (all T and I codes).

Business Certificate

To achieve a Business Certificate, (Non-Workplace) students must complete a minimum of 6 Business credits within 4 years of starting grade 9.

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum 50% in all Business courses
  • Honours awarded for an 80% average for all 6 accepted courses
  • Maximum 2 credits from Co-op that must directly relate to a business field
  • Minimum 1 business credit from grades 9 or 10
  • Minimum 3 business credits from grades 11 or 12
  • No credits allowed from a workplace code

Course Options:

Grade 9 and 10

BTT10/20     Introduction to Information Technology in Business
BBI10/20     Introduction to Business

Grade 11

BDI3C     Introduction to Entrepreneurial Studies
BMI3C     Introduction to Marketing
BAF3M     Introduction to Accounting

Grade 12

BAT4M     Principles of Financial Accounting
BBB4M     Introduction to International Business
BOH4M     Organizational Studies: Organizational Behaviour

Other Courses that may qualify: (1 credit Maximum)

MBF3C     Financial Math
CLU3M     Understanding Canadian Law
CIA4U     Understanding Current Economic Issues
CLN4U     Canadian and International Law

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