Course Load

Q: How many courses should students be taking per semester?
A: Students in Grades 9-11 must carry a full load of eight courses, four in each semester unless an exception for has been approved by the school’s administration.

Students in Grade 12 may request a study period (spare) if they meet the following criteria:

  • They will have a total of 30 credits by the end of the academic year.

  • They have a graduation plan approved by a guidance counselor.

  • They have three scheduled courses at John McCrae each semester.

Q: Where can students with spares go during their spares?
A: Students with a spare period are requested to be in the Library, Food Court or outside and not in the academic areas.

Q: Can students have more than one spare during a semester?
A: Due to constraints in planning and staffing and because of Ministry of Education regulations, we cannot permit students to take part-time timetables (two or fewer courses per semester). Students who require only one or two courses to complete their diploma requirements, should contact Continuing Education.

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