Academic Programs & Courses at Duke

Here at Duke Academy we have students enrolling on a full-time basis, a complete academic high school year, and students who take individual courses. Duke offers most of the courses required for achieving the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Duke's semesters are shorter than the usual 5 months; you can start the courses you need at almost any time in the year.

We regularly offer the popular senior (Grade 11 and 12) courses, at the University Preparation level:

Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Advanced Functions, Calculus, Data Management, Economics, and English.

We also offer the Grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC).

If you need grade 9 or 10 courses, or subjects that are not listed above, contact us! We frequently offer other subjects and grades; the course you need may be starting soon!

High School Courses
Duke Academy believes in the importance and value of completing a secondary education. Our school philosophy includes a commitment to reach every student and help him or her achieve a successful outcome from their school experience at Duke Academy.

Duke offers both day and evening high school classes. Our teachers’ care, guidance, and support provide an inspiring environment for the students to reach their full potential. Duke’s unique high school curriculum caters to the needs and abilities of all students.

Our high school credit courses are based on Ontario Ministry of Education course curriculum. At Duke we offer six semesters per year: each semester lasts two months. Report cards are issued halfway through and at the end of each semester (mid-term report card and final report card). The school day is broken down into two, three hour classes: the morning class is from 9:00 to 12:00 and the afternoon class is from 1:00 to 4:00.


In order to receive the Ontario High School Diploma, students are required to successfully complete 30 credits and 2 additional requirements: 40 hours of community involvement and a literacy credential. For most students, the literacy credential is acquired by passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in grade 10. A credit is granted when a course of at least 110 hours is completed successfully.

Compulsory Credits (total of 18)

4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
1 credit in French as a second language
3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12)
2 credits in science
1 credit in Canadian history
1 credit in Canadian geography
1 credit in the arts (music or art)
1 credit in health and physical education
1 / 2 credit in civics and 1 / 2 credit in career studies

1 additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education.
1 additional credit in health and physical education, or business studies, or the arts (music or art), or cooperative education.
1 additional credit in science (grade 11 or 12) or technological education (grades 9-12), or cooperative education.

Optional Credits (total of 12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students have to earn 12 optional credits in courses of their choice, which will be selected from the list of courses available in the school.


Community Involvement Activities

Students will be required to complete 40 hours of unpaid community involvement prior to graduation. This initiative is intended to encourage all students to become involved in their communities on a regular basis and to provide them with the opportunity to develop skills and values related to both future careers and civic responsibilities. Students will be responsible for fulfilling this requirement on their own time and for maintaining a record of their activities.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Credential

Most students will take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in grade 10. Students who fail this test will have an opportunity to re-take the test the following year. Students who must re-write will be provided with remedial help to prepare them for re-testing. The literacy test evaluates student’s reading and writing skills based on curriculum expectations in language and communications up to and including grade 9. ESL students will take the test only when they have reached this level in their language studies. Students who are unsuccessful passing the OSSLT, will be required to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC), which is offered as a grade 12 credit. Passing either the OSSLT, or the OSSLC is necessary for graduation, and will be recorded on the OST.


The principal or delegate may, under certain circumstance, make substitutions for some compulsory courses for individual students who stand to improve their chances of success as a result of such substitutions. Principals may substitute up to three compulsory credits with courses from other subject areas specified in the list of compulsory credit requirements. Similarly with EQV’s, students will receive written notification outlining OSSD requirements pertaining to compulsory credits in addition to overall credit totals.


Duke’s Secondary School program is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education, and primarily for university; therefore, most courses will be offered at the university preparation level.
University Preparation Courses: University preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs. The range of courses offered and the content of these courses will allow students to prepare for university programs and related careers. Teaching and learning will emphasize theoretical aspects of the course content, but will also include concrete applications. All university preparation courses will be based on rigorous provincial curriculum expectations and will emphasize the development of both independent research skills and independent learning skills. Students will also be required to demonstrate that they have developed these skills.