Curriculum » Literacy







It is essential for our students to continually deepen their reading, writing, speaking and thinking skills in all their subject areas.



 At St. John, we have had an ongoing initiative for many years to assist students in     developing reading strategies. This year grade 10 open and applied classrooms will be     receiving targeted instruction in reading strategies to allow them to engage in their content     area textbooks and other subject specific reading materials such as news reports, charts,     graphs, images, comics, maps etc.



OSSLT Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test




 The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether or not   students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to   the end of grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the   requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students in grade 10   will have the opportunity to take this test.


For students graduating in June 2023, the Ministry currently plans to proceed

with the graduation requirement and students may satisfy the literacy graduation requirement, as per regular practice by:

  • Writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in Spring 2023;
  • Enrolling directly in the OSSLC in the 2022-23 school year; or
  • Participating in an adjudication process.
2:10 PM Final school bell rings
 2:10 - 2:30 Break
 2:30 - 4:30 Instructional Time
 5:00 Late Buses departs
In the event of a snow day, the after-school literacy program will be cancelled