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Dual Credit Program

St. Francis Xavier CHS offers Dual Credit programs, presenting an exclusive chance for grade 11 and 12 students to concurrently obtain college and non-compulsory secondary credits. This innovative initiative allows students to accrue college credits that can be applied towards a college program post-high school


Benefits to Students


This program not only provides students with the opportunity to delve into various college programs but also offers a firsthand experience of the college learning environment. With free tuition, no-cost textbooks, and subsidized transportation, financial barriers are minimized.


Additionally, students receive a work boot subsidy. Beyond academics, participants enjoy complimentary access to all college facilities, including athletic amenities, library resources, and computer labs. The initiative further facilitates a smooth transition to college life, complemented by access to peer mentoring and tutoring. 


There are three target audiences for dual credit programs:

  1. The primary target are students who:
  • are interested in a fresh start in a college learning environment

  • may be at risk of not completing the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • may be disengaged or underachieving; have poor attendance at school or have stopped attending school

  • would like to investigate a possible post-secondary college program and want to see how they fit into a college learning environment

  • have the potential to succeed in a college course or program

  1. Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students:

Students participating in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs have the option to leverage dual credits as a 'Reach Ahead' activity, a mandatory component within all SHSM programs. This strategic use of dual credits enables students to advance their learning beyond the standard curriculum, providing them with a valuable opportunity to explore additional coursework that aligns with their chosen SHSM sector. By incorporating dual credits as a 'Reach Ahead' activity, students enhance their skills, knowledge, and readiness for future post-secondary and career pathways, contributing to a more comprehensive and enriched educational experience within their specialized focus area.

  1. Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) students:

Through the utilization of dual credits, students have the potential to progress towards the Level 1 Apprenticeship curriculum. This unique opportunity allows students to integrate practical apprenticeship training into their academic pursuits, bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world skills development. By engaging in dual credits, students can gain valuable hands-on experience and foundational knowledge directly applicable to their chosen trade or vocational pathway. This not only enriches their educational experience but also positions them on a trajectory toward meeting the requirements of Level 1 Apprenticeship, fostering a seamless transition into their chosen skilled trade or vocational field.


How can you participate? 

Check with your guidance counsellors or co-operative education teachers for more information.