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General Information


From your transition into high school to after graduation, the St. John CHS Guidance department is here to help you every step of the way. 



How do I enroll my son or daughter at St. John?


 You can fill out the CDSBEO Registration Form and bring it in to the school. If you are   inquiring about enrollment remotely, please send the completed form to our principal,     Mrs. Deanne Strong, at St. John CHS E-mail


  I am a GRADUATE of St. John CHS and I need a copy of my transcript. How do I get  a copy of my transcript?


 Graduates of St. John must fill out the Transcript Request Form to order a transcript.   There is a $5.00 administrative fee for this service.


  I would like to switch/add/drop a course. How do I make a course change?


 You can pick up a course change request form in Student Services. Forms needs to be   signed by a parent/guardian before a course change can occur. The deadline to switch   courses is 10 days after the beginning of the semester. Keep in mind, not all requests can   be accommodated. Need more information? Reach out to Mrs. Quick or Mrs. Warner.


I’m interested in e-learning courses. How do enroll in e-learning? Is there a cost?


 Are you a strong, independent learner with good computer and organizational skills?

 If you think independent work could be a good fit for you, you can apply for approval to join   an e-learning class. In e-learning, you are supported remotely by an online teacher. Your   parents are contacted via email regarding your progress.


 Who could benefit from e-learning? E-learning may be helpful for you if:

  • you want to reach-ahead or make-up a subject in the summer session (4 weeks intensive)
  • you want to do a summer coop to earn 2 credits (4 weeks intensive)
  • you have 3 courses in your semester timetable and would like to take your 4th course online. These course options are limited and usually are Grade 12 courses.

 There is no cost for these courses for students who are full-time registered students in our   school. The deadline for registration for these courses is 3 weeks after the start of a   semester, or the middle of June for the summer session.


What do I need to graduate from high school?


 Check out this handy one-page Graduation Requirements Sheet.


There is so much information about career planning and I’m overwhelmed! Is there a simple guide or booklet that can help me plan my future?


 Planning your future can be overwhelming! We love the What’s Next Booklet produced by   the Ontario School Counsellors Association. It has everything from links to career quizzes   to pathway options through high school to a map with all the colleges and Universities in   Ontario.


How do I sign up for the courses I want to take next year?


 At St. John we use to do course selections. If you are going into Grade 9   or 10, we reach out to you in late February to do course selections. If you are going into   Grade 11 or 12, we will reach out to you in early March to do course selections.


 You have a myBlueprint account already created through the school board. If you don’t   know your username and password, just reach out to Mrs. Quick or Mrs. Warner.


 MyBlueprint is more than just a course selection tool. It is an amazing resource for   researching post-secondary options, investigating careers, doing career self-assessment   quizzes, setting goals, building a resume and much more. You will even get to use   myBlueprint in the Grade 10 Career Studies course!


Do I need volunteer hours to earn my diploma?


 Yes! Only we like to call them Community Involvement Hours. You are required to complete   a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement in order to graduate. Download the   Community Involvement Form to fill in or stop by Student Services to pick up a copy.   You will need a parent/guardian signature and supervisor signature for every activity you   complete.


 Please read the Guidelines for Community Involvement prior to beginning your   community involvement and just reach out to a guidance counsellor if you have any   questions!


What is the Specialist High Skills Major?


 A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a special recognition that students can earn for   graduation.  In grades 11 & 12, students complete a bundle of credits, including                 co-operative education, related to a field.  They also complete 7 industry recognized   certifications, experiential learning and career exploration activities, reach ahead   experiences and develop essential skills and work habits.


 St. John CHS offers an SHSM both in Health & Wellness, and Hospitality & Tourism.   Students can be in any of the 4 preparation pathways (apprenticeship, college, university,   workplace). The program is very flexible, and we offer a variety of opportunities to help   students make decisions about post-secondary planning and careers in these industry   sectors. Students who complete the program earn a specialized diploma that bears a red   seal from the Ministry of Education, which opens doors for programs, scholarships and   bursaries, future internships, etc.


SHSM in Health & Wellness


 This is a broad sector that incorporates Health Care, Fitness, Family and Community   Services, Emergency Services and Education. Students take courses that best fit their   interests and career path and a variety of cooperative education placements are available   locally. This sector is the second largest employer in Canada and will continue to be into   the future.


SHSM in Hospitality & Tourism


 This sector incorporates Food & Restaurant Services, Hotel/Motel/Resort Operations,   Travel & Tourism, Events Management, Dietetics & Nutrition, and Public Relations.   Students take courses that best fit their interests and career path and a variety of   cooperative education placements are available locally. This evolving sector is the largest   employer in many communities.


What are Dual Credits?


 Did you know you can earn high school and college credits at the same time? While you   are in high school, you can enroll in college courses. The tuition, books, supplies and some   equipment are funded by the Ministry of Education, so there is no cost for you to reach   ahead into a post-secondary course. There is support for transportation to the campuses.


 A wide variety of course options are provided at Algonquin (Perth and Ottawa) and         

 St. Lawrence College (Kingston and Brockville) campuses in Eastern Ontario.


 To find out more, check out these websites:


Are the opportunities for International Students at St. John CHS?


 International students can choose between multiple schools and are assisted in finding the   best match for their educational needs and other interests. Students may attend for a short   term of 3, 5 or 10 months, with an emphasis on English language acquisition and cultural   experience, or they may participate in the program for more than one year, and work   toward attaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


 International Students are well supported during their stay with dedicated teachers, English   as a Second Language support as required, and counselling support. Students will stay   with caring homestay families that are well educated, English speaking, and be part of   communities which are some of the safest in Canada. Eastern Ontario has very low ESL   populations, so international students will learn English quickly in immersion environments.


 Applications can be accessed at: International Education Application

 For more information visit the website at International Education Program  or

 Contact John Paul Elliott by:E-mail: [email protected]



Mailing Address:

5 Catherine Street

Smiths Falls, Ontario 

K7A 3Z9



John Paul Elliott – Head of International Education

Office Phone: 1-343-300-0157

Cell Phone: 1-613-340-2640


Cindy LaRocque – Administrative Assistant

Office Phone: 1-613-284-2613


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