Overview of Advanced Standing Dual Credit in Earth and Space Sciences
Grade 12 – Environmental Science Course

Advanced Standing Dual credits are credits granted for secondary and post-secondary courses that have had secondary course expectations and post-secondary course outcomes aligned and have a standardized final exam. Students may earn both credits concurrently in their secondary home school.

The University of Waterloo (UW)- Faculty of Science and the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) have aligned the Grade 12 SES 4UI Earth and Space Environmental Science course with the first year Earth and Environmental Science ½ credit course.

Wilfrid Laurier University and the WRDSB have aligned the Grade 12 CIA 4UI Economics course with the first year Introduction to Microeconomics 1/2 credit course.

In addition, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford Campus) and the WRDSB have also aligned the BOH Business Leadership Course with the first year Profiles of Leadership 1/2 credit course.

Although there are a few other cooperative projects between school boards and the universities, this is the first to allow students to earn an Advanced Standing Dual Credit in their regularly scheduled science class at their home school, Board-wide.

How does this meet Board and Ministry of Education Goals and Priorities?
The advanced standing dual credit in earth and space science serves as another opportunity to address the WRDSB’s goal of optimizing learning and achievement for all students by providing access to learning programs and career pathways for a diverse range of learners.

It also addresses the WRDSB and Ministry of Education priority of increasing achievement levels through the reinforcement of successful instructional practices and the introduction of innovative programs to engage all of our students.

Why is this good for our students?
This program allows our students to build stronger and more focused foundations in preparation for post-secondary choices and promising career opportunities.

Where will it be offered?
The course will be offered at all WRDSB high schools willing to participate in this initiative. The SES 4UI science course is currently being offered at all WRDSB secondary schools.

How do students earn this advanced standing dual credit and how many students are involved?
University and secondary curriculum is aligned and a standardized final assessment is developed to ensure meeting Ministry mandated secondary expectations as well as University course content and rigor. Students complete these requirements at an established minimum mark of 75%, for which they receive a certificate. After achieving admission to the U of W faculty of Science, students submit their certificate to the Registrar to be granted the University ½ credit.

Note: Student enrolment has not yet been determined as the agreement has just been established.

Do we have any other Advanced Standing Dual Credits in the WRDSB?
The WRDSB also has a number of Advanced Standing Dual Credit agreements with Conestoga College, covering a broad spectrum of interests for students. These include: digital electronics, engineering drawing, accounting, graphics, film, machining, law, and more. Additional Advanced Standing Dual Credits and partnerships are also currently being pursued.

Who do I contact if I want more information on the Advanced Standing Dual Credit?
Secondary guidance counsellors will have all the required information about Advanced Standing Dual Credits.

What are examples of other programs that we offer that provide additional learning opportunities for students?
The WRDSB offers a wide variety of additional learning opportunities focused on student interests and preparation for post-secondary pathways and choices. These include:

  • E-Learning Opportunities in a variety of Courses
  • Environmental Science Board Designated Specialized Program (Magnet)
  • Fast Forward
  • French Immersion and Extended French Board Designated Specialized Program (Magnet)
  • Geotech Board Designated Specialized Program (Magnet)
  • Integrated Arts Board Designated Specialized Program (Magnet)
  • International Baccalaureate ( IB)
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Reach Ahead Cook/Chef Program
  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Health and Wellness – Fitness and Health
  • Arts and Culture
  • Technological Design Board Designated Specialized Program (Magnet)