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Support for Students


The Guidance & Career Education Program

The Guidance and Career Education program is a vital and integral part of the secondary program. Through this program, students are given opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills that they need in order to learn effectively, to live and to work cooperatively and productively, to set goals and monitor progress and to carry out their social responsibilities. The program is delivered through different means, including classroom instruction, orientation and exit programs, ongoing use of my Blueprint Education Planner, career exploration activities, and individual and short-term counselling.

A complete explanation of the goals of the guidance and career education program is described in the policy document entitled Creating Pathways to Success, Policy and Program Requirements, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2013.

Following the Ministry mandate in Creating Pathways to Success, schools in the  Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will collaborate on the selection and development of the Education and Career/Life Planning Program Advisory Committee, whose purpose it is to advise on the development, implementation and review of a comprehensive guidance and career education program. The team will also have responsibility for implementing and reviewing the student exit survey required at the end of Grade 12.

The school’s Guidance Department encourages students and parents to participate fully in the programs, workshops, lessons and individual sessions intended to assist students in moving successfully toward their post secondary destinations. In addition, students are assisted in accessing the following community agencies and  resources:
  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
  • Local Police Services
  • Children’s Aid Society
  • Youthab
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
  • Addiction Assessment and Counselling Centre
  • Quantum Program (John Howard Society of Belleville)

Career Planning

Students are encouraged to:

  • Explore dynamic optional courses of study to expand their creative abilities and critical thinking skills
  • Participate in workplace opportunities to investigate career options and enhance their employability skills
  • Balance their rigorous academic timetable to prepare academically, socially and financially for post secondary education
  • Enrich their high school experience by participating in school clubs, sports and activities Employers and post secondary institutions encourage students to maintain breadth in their secondary school courses in order to prepare appropriately for the challenges of the chosen post secondary destination.

My Blueprint Education Planner

Plan your steps. Track your progress. Unlock your future. You can interactively plan your courses, track your progress toward high school graduation and instantly discover the post-secondary opportunities available to you online using myBlueprint!

Ensure you are making the most informed decisions about your future by following these two easy steps: You should click on the Virtual Learning Environment icon seen below. Enter your ID and password: You will use the same ID and password that is used daily to access school computers. If you do not remember your ID and password, please ask one of your classroom teachers to look it up for you.


Once you log in, then you click on the MyBlueprint icon at the top of the screen. From here, you will be in MyBlueprint and ready to select your courses.

Destination – Workplace

Workplace preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need for direct entry into the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship programs and other training programs offered in the community. The range and content of the courses allows students to be prepared for a variety of jobs, training programs and careers. Workplace courses may be offered as stand alone credits in a core subject discipline (such as math, science and English) or they may be offered as an elective course..

Destination – College

The Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology admission information has been provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University. Colleges may request courses at the M (University/College) level or the C (College) level. They cannot require courses at the U (University level) except for programs that lead to a degree through a joint agreement with a university. W (Workplace) preparation courses may be used in a limited number of programs as described in college calendars. Specific course requirements are defined in each college calendar. New curriculum requirements for college programs at all Ontario Colleges are now available on the Ontario College Application Services website www. ontariocolleges.ca. Students should consult with their guidance counsellor, review the College Guide, College Calendars and the OCAS website, in order to ensure they have the secondary school prerequisite courses for admission to their college programs of choice. Transfer agreements from college to university are in place for many programs. Up-to-date information is available in college calendars and at the Ontario College University Transfer Guide website www.ocutg.on.ca.

Destination – University

Information from the Ontario University Council on Admissions has provided guidelines for university admission under Secondary School Reform. To be admitted, students must earn a minimum overall average of 60% in six Grade 12 U or M (university/college) courses. Most university programs will continue to require higher admission averages. OSS students are encouraged to do thorough research regarding secondary school requirements for their program of choice at all universities. Six Grade 12 university or a combination of six Grade 12 university or college/university courses are required for admission to all Ontario Universities. Admission requirements for similar programs may vary significantly from university to university. Students should consult with their guidance counsellor, refer to Electronic INFO or individual school websites to ensure they have required prerequisite courses.

Destination – Apprenticeship

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires apprenticeship. All students participating in OYAP must:

  • Complete 16 credits towards the OSSD prior to starting the program
  • Be enrolled as full-time students during the program
  • Complete all compulsory credits required for the OSSD

OYAP begins with a cooperative education placement in Grade 11 in any one of the skilled trade areas providing students with the opportunity to gain related work experience. Hours earned on a cooperative education placement may count towards apprenticeship certification requirements.

Continuation of the OYAP program in the skilled trade occurs in Grade 12 in one of two formats: a) Two or four credit Co-op/OYAP program through school Cooperative Education Department b) Combination Secondary School and College Apprenticeship Programs. These Accelerated (OYAP) Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs are designed for senior students and involve Co-op placements. Accelerated OYAP provides interested students with an opportunity to explore a career in a trade while still in high school. Students will be required to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities training requirements. Combining 1 to 4 Co-operative Education credits with Accelerated OYAP allows students to work with a skilled trades-person and accumulate hours towards their apprenticeship. To become certified in a skilled trade, a person requires work hours on the job as well as completion of in-school training through the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.  The in-school training portion of the apprenticeship will occur after the completion of the OSSD at an Ontario College. This will occur usually in 3 eight week blocks at the college. For more information and prerequisites on OYAP programs contact your Guidance Counsellor, Cooperative Education Department, or visit the OYAP section at the HPEDSB’s website.


School Counsellor

A Counsellor with a Masters in Social Work (MSW)  is available to assist students who may be experiencing difficulty in any of the following ways:

  • Poor attendance
  • At risk of dropping out of school
  • Self Esteem and Emotional issues
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Social Skills and Behaviour  Management
  • Personal or Family Crisis which impact school performance

Students who would like to meet with the MSW Counsellor should speak to a Guidance Teacher or a member of the Student Success team.


Indigenous Counsellors & Gathering Space

At Eastside, there are two Indigenous counsellors who directly support students who reside on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.  They help to run and organize the Eastside Gathering space and Indigenous festivals. The Gathering Space provides a safe place for all students to learn about Indigenous culture and cultural ways of knowing. The Gathering Space is also used to teach the Mohawk language and is also used to enhance the Indigenous cultural experience for all students.



Eastside's library is a busy hub of the school. The library has a variety of resources and activities to meet all learners. The library has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction materials and this year students now have the chance to access 100's of popular  E-Books. Students can access E-Books from any device that has wi-fi using the Sora app.  The library also houses Chromebooks and IPads for school use. Additionally, the library houses various technologies including a 3D Printer to support our technology programs. Furthermore, the library runs various clubs including: The Maker Club, 30 Minute To Mastery Club, Book Club, Writer’s Club, and Chess Club.  A Zen Garden is also in the works to provide students with an opportunity to manage stress. The Zen Garden will be up and running for the examination period. The library has something for everyone.


Special Education

Special Education provides a variety of services to students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  At ESS, teachers regularly review and update each student's IEP to ensure that all accommodations and/or modifications are met.

Interdepartmental Special Education Head (ISEH)

The ISEH co-ordinates student academic programs and supports, and facilitates outside agency involvement for identified ESS students. The ISEH is available on a full-time basis to assist students. Individual Education Plans are developed for all identified students and programs are implemented to facilitate each student’s progress through secondary school. A major portion of special programming takes place in the regular classroom. The ISEH works closely with subject teachers to increase awareness of specific needs to match learning styles to teaching methods, and to modify content and evaluation procedures when appropriate.

Resource Room

The resource room offers one-on-one support and assistance with course work as well as skill development in areas such as reading, written language and mathematics. Assistance may include overcoming organizational difficulties, clarifying assignments or providing extra time or assistance with exams. Some students may benefit from a regular resource period to achieve success.

Community Integration Program

The Community Integration Program (CIP) is a life and pre-work skills program for students whose placement is confirmed through the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process. Students in CIP are working toward achievement of the Ontario Secondary School Certificate which includes 14 credits.  Students in CIP are preparing for a transition to a college program or the workplace upon graduation.

 Life Skills Program

The Life Skills Program (LSP) is a specialized program for students whose placement is confirmed through the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process.  Students in LSP develop the skills that they will need to transition to assisted community life after high school.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is a local committee mandated by the Ministry of Education, whose role is to make recommendations to the Board in any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of Special Education Programs and services for exceptional students.  The members of SEAC meet in order to support students with special needs and their parents. Membership is made up of associations, parents, and Board and community representatives. SEAC meetings are open to the public. Interested individuals are welcome to call any association representative or committee member listed in the Special Connections brochure or by contacting the Student Services Department (613-966-1170 x2270) for more information.


Student Success

The goal of the Student Success Team at Eastside Secondary School is to provide assistance and encouragement for all students, especially students who may need support with attendance, academics, or various social and personal needs. Student Success provides a combination of direct support or instruction to these students in order to improve attendance, retention and achievement rates. The Student Success room is available to students as an alternate learning environment. Students who are working towards recovering credits or who are completing Independent Learning Courses are often assigned to the Student Success room. The room is also available for students who need extra support and/or access to a computer to complete assignments.   

The Student Success Team consists of Administration, Guidance Counsellors, InterDepartmental Special Education Head, Eastside’s Social Worker, and the Student Success Lead Teacher. This team works closely with students and teachers, as well as parents and the community, to support meaningful learning opportunities for all students of Eastside Secondary School.


Support of English as a Second Language & English Language Learners

English as a Second Language and English Language Learners receive assessment of their language skills and ongoing support in their classes. This support can include: individualized timetables, enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Language Development (ELD) classes, lunchtime peer tutoring, after school tutoring (ISP program students), and individualized accommodations during assessments.


Technology Resources

Eastside Secondary School has many technology resources to support student learning.  There are many Chromebook carts and ipads that can be used in the classroom. Each classroom has a smartboard or interactive projector or TV. Eastside also maintains three computer labs which have the software and hardware to support computer programming, robotics, communication technology and technical design.