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Notre Dame High School Department of


Develops knowledge and skills through the study of literacy. Our four year enriching program is required for graduation and offers courses at the destreamed, academic, applied, and Advanced Placement (AP) levels. The curriculum offers opportunities for students to grow as successful language learners and to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Assortment of Books

Successful Language Learners

  • understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process; 

  • communicate – that is, read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence; 

  • make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts, and the world around them; 

  • think critically; 

  • understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated; 

  • appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts; 

  • use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens.

De-streamed English

Notre Dame High School is proud to offer the Destreamed English Program which replaces the traditional Grade 9 academic and applied courses. This program's design makes texts accessible and personalized to students' reading levels and interests. A focus on building reading and writing stamina through choice and agency is emphasized.

Japanese Books

Advanced Placement (AP) English Program

The Advanced Placement English program at our school offers courses at the first-year university level. Designed for highly motivated students who wish to engage in an in-depth and rigorous academic program, the AP program prepares students to succeed in the Grade 12 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam. The exam is offered for interested Grade 12 students in May of each year. Those that earn high testing scores will be awarded a university level credit or advanced standing from certain Ontario universities and colleges across Canada and the United States.

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