Guidance

Guidance is an area where students can receive assistance with educational planning, career goals, personal counselling, or referrals to outside agencies.  Guidance counsellors are teachers with additional expertise in the area of Guidance and Career Education and are trained to help students make informed decisions about their future.

Updates 2020-2021

Course Withdrawal Dates for 2020-2021 Grade 11 and 12 students:

REGULAR SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR (Secondary)
QUADMESTER     COURSE WITHDRAWAL DATE
Quadmester 1 Wednesday, October 28th
Quadmester 2 Friday, January 15th
Quadmester 3 Tuesday, April 6th
Quadmester 4 Friday, June 11th

For students that withdraw from a Grade 11 or 12 course after the posted deadline or “drop date,” the course will be recorded on their Ontario Student Transcript (OST).

 

Q4 Time Table Changes

 

All students are expected to follow their current Q4 timetable.  

 

Course changes will be considered for prerequisite issues, level changes and graduation requirements.

 

Forms for timetable changes will be open as follows:

 

Grades 11 and 12 - April 20

 

Grades 9 and 10 - April 21

 

Forms will be available on the Guidance grade level Google classrooms on April 20.

 

Thank you in advance for your patience during this busy time. 

 Post Secondary Information
 

Post-Secondary 2020-2021

 

 

University - Ontario

Application Deadline January 15, 2021

Student Info

OUinfo website

 

 

College – Ontario

Application Deadline February 1, 2021

Ontario Colleges

 

WorldWide College Tours

October 5-9, 2020

WordWide Tours 

 

 Durham College RISE
 

Durham College RISE Banner 

 Durham College RISE Information Image

RISE Email Address

Shauna Moor Email Address 

 Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Ontario has launched applications for the 2020-21 Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for full-time students. Students can now apply to the OSAP program for the 2020-21 school year for help with their postsecondary education costs.

We encourage you to inform parents, guidance counsellors, Student Success Leads, principals, teachers, communications staff, and others within your networks that the application is now open.

For many students, the loans they receive from OSAP are their first major financial commitment. This year, the OSAP application includes an information module to improve applicants’ understanding of the program, their roles and responsibilities as OSAP recipients and provide some basic financial information. This information will help students build the knowledge and skills needed to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives.

The Ontario government is committed to minimizing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on students and to supporting them going forward. With the help of OSAP, students can pursue postsecondary education to get the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in our highly evolving economy.

Students who have questions about OSAP or the OSAP application can contact the Financial Aid Office at the college or university they are attending, or plan to attend.

 Grade 12's

Grade 12 Exit Survey

Update for Grade 12 students: 

Full Disclosure date is May 6, 2020. Please send an email from your parent/guardian to Pine Ridge or the Guidance department (emails on Guidance website) if you would like to withdraw from a Semester 2 course before the Full Disclosure date. Include the course you are withdrawing from in the email and indicate if you have course materials to return.


Q. What is the timeline for Grade 11 and 12 students to drop courses without penalty?
A. According to Growing Success (page 60), students can withdraw from a Grade 11 or 12 course no more than five instructional days after the first report card is issued in a semestered school, or more than five instructional days after the second report card is issued in a non-semestered school. For the 2019-20 school year, this date has been changed to May 6, 2020.

 

 Students Leaving the DDSB or Graduating
Students Leaving the DDSB or Graduating

When students graduate or leave the DDSB, they might wish to take their Google Drive and/or Microsoft OneDrive files with them. Instructions for migrating those files can be found here: Migrating DDSB Cloud Accounts to Personal Storage.

***Students who are graduating must migrate Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive files they wish to retain by June 26th, 2020***

 ***Students who are graduating or leaving the DDSB must also be sure to leave their Chromebook and charger at the school***

Grade 8 Students 
 Course Selection
 

Course selection will officially open on Tuesday February 16 and close on Wednesday March 3.  Students will be making their course selections using myBlueprint. myBlueprint

 

PRSS Course Calendar 2021-2022

 

Resources:

Pine Ridge Course Descriptions on myBlueprint 

Pine Ridge Course Descriptions 

 

Online Parent Guardian Course Selection Approval Guide

 

myBlueprint Course Selection Instructions

 

Please note the following for next year:

For the 2021-2022 school year, Grade 8 students must select either Face-to-Face In-Person OR Synchronous Virtual Online Courses.  Students may not select a combination of these types of courses.

*Students wishing to take Synchronous Virtual Online Courses must select all of their courses from this discipline in myBlueprint.

 

 

myBlueprint is a comprehensive online education, career/life planning, and digital portfolio tool designed to meet students' learning needs, interests, and aspirations. myBlueprint gives students the opportunity to become an architect of their own future.  As students begin this journey, they should be asking themselves:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my opportunities?
  • Who do I want to become?
  • What is my plan for achieving my goals?

myBlueprint 

Grade 8 Video Tour
 
 Graduation & Commencement

OSSD Requirement

Potential Graduates have completed:

  • 40 hours of community involvement - Form Available Here
  • Literacy requirement
  • 30 credits by June 18th, 2021, including all compulsory credits

Please ensure that you have your 40 Community Service Hours completed and submitted by May 1st in the year you intend to graduate. Until your hours have been submitted and verified, you will not be eligible to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

 Community Involvement Hours

A minimum of 40 hours of community involvement is required for graduation.  As hours are completed, please submit forms to the Guidance office.

***NEW*** View community involvement hours information 

 Career Planning
View career planning resources 
 Course Selection

 

Course Selection Guide For Secondary School Students

 

Course selection will officially open on Tuesday February 16 and close on Wednesday March 3.  Students will be making their course selections using myBlueprint. myBlueprint

 

Grade 9 Course Selection Assembly
Grade 10 Course Selection Assembly
Grade 11 Course Selection Assembly

 

Pine Ridge Course Descriptions on myBlueprint 

PRSS Course Calendar 2021-2022

Pine Ridge Course Descriptions 

 

Course Selection Process: Students will be using myBlueprint to make their course selections (not career cruising)

 

FEBRUARY 16 at 9AM- course selection opens for all students in myBlueprint 

MARCH 3 - course selection closes for all students.  All course selections must be submitted in myBlueprint. 

Please note the following:

For the 2021-2022 school year, students must select either Face-to-Face In-Person OR Synchronous Virtual Online Courses.  Students may not select a combination of these typ​es of courses.

*Students wishing to take Synchronous Virtual Online Courses must select all of their courses from this discipline in myBlueprint.

 

Asynchronous eLearning courses:

Note: Students selecting courses for grades 11 and 12 may still select up to two eLearning courses, regardless of whether the rest of their courses are Face-To-Face In-Person or Synchronous Virtual Online Courses.

 

 

myBlueprint is a comprehensive online education, career/life planning, and digital portfolio tool designed to meet students' learning needs, interests, and aspirations. myBlueprint gives students the opportunity to become an architect of their own future.  As students begin this journey, they should be asking themselves:

  • Who am I?
  • What are my opportunities?
  • Who do I want to become?
  • What is my plan for achieving my goals?

myBlueprint

 

 Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships
View information on awards, bursaries and scholarships 
Night School/Summer School

CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE SELECTION GUIDE FOR STUDENTS

This step-by-step guide will help you complete online course selection for Continuing Education (i.e. Night School and Summer School) using the myBlueprint website.

 LOGIN

1. Visit http://www.myblueprint.ca/ddsb

2. Click School Account Login

3. Sign in with your DDSB credentials

Note: you will need to log in with your own student account username and password – courses cannot be submitted using connected Parent/Family accounts.

 

 

Night School registration myBlueprint

 Continuing Education Course Selection Video: My Blueprint How to Video 

 
 Transcripts

Transcript orders will be shipped to you at the address provided. If you are picking up the transcript in person, please make an appointment with Guidance. Please make sure you pay for both the transcript and shipping fees when placing your order.  

After you have paid for your order, you MUST email the school at pineridgess@ddsb.ca to provide your full name, contact phone number and complete shipping address.  Otherwise your order will not be processed.  Due to the high volume of requests at certain times of the school year, your order may take up to one week for processing. Click the link below to place your order. 

Please click here to order your transcript