Business and Computer Studies


Canadian and World Studies


Cooperative Education


Modern Languages

 Studying a second language
By studying a second language, students learn a great deal about interacting effectively with others, because they have to focus closely on what it is they are trying to communicate, what they need others to understand and how their oral or written expression is received and interpreted.

As they learn to exchange information and ideas in another language, they also learn about other ways of thinking, other ways of doing things and other ways of living. They gain an appreciation of different cultures and the ability to function as a global citizen.

Knowledge of languages is also considered an asset by many employers, particularly jobs with the provincial and federal government as well as large companies that operate nationally or internationally.

McLaughlin offers French and Spanish courses. The French program is divided into Core French Courses and French Immersion.

 Core French Program
The Core French program is offered at the Academic and Applied level. Grade 9 students who intend to work toward university preparation level courses in their grade 11 and 12 years should be taking Core French at the Academic level, particularly if they plan to study French throughout high school and seek the advantages of being bilingual later in life.

Grade 9 students considering future courses at the workplace or college preparation levels in grade 11 and 12 should enroll in the Applied Level course. All students must take French in grade 9 as a diploma requirement.

In grade 10, French becomes optional but can be used to satisfy the Group 1, Group 2 or Group 3 diploma requirements (see below). Grade 10 students can choose the Academic or Applied levels. In grades 11 and 12, the Core French program is only offered at the university preparation level. 

Core French pathway

 French Immersion Program
All DDSB French Immersion high school students who live in Oshawa attend McLaughlin CVI. When in a French Immersion program, students are expected to speak in French all the time. They must complete four French credits with an FIF course code in which students enrich their knowledge of the language through literature.

In addition to the four credits in language courses, students complete a minimum of six other courses conducted in French, such as History, Geography, Civics, Careers, Information Technology, Physical Education, Psychology/Anthropology/Sociology and World Issues.

Senior French Immersion students (grades 11-12) can also do a co-op placement in French to meet their immersion credit requirements or earn a credit as a peer tutor in French courses with younger students. Students receive a certificate for completing ten credits in French Immersion, four of which must be the FIF language courses.  Students can choose between the Applied and Academic stream in grade 9 and 10, while students in grade 11 and 12 can choose university or open level courses (see below).

French immersion pathway

Spanish Program

MCVI students can study Spanish in grades 10, 11 and 12. Students do not require prior knowledge of the language to enroll in the grade 10 course, in which they will develop a foundation through interactive activities that develop their ability to listen, speak, read and write in the language with a greater emphasis on oral communication about daily interactions. They will also explore aspects of culture in the regions of the world where Spanish is spoken, gradually developing their level of vocabulary and knowledge of the language between grades 10 and 12.

The Grade 10 course is an academic level course while the grades 11 and 12 courses are offered at the university preparation level.

Spanish pathway





The Guidance Department at R. S. McLaughlin C.V.I. provides a number of services to students and their parents or guardians. These services are offered through many venues, such as individual and group counselling, classroom presentations, educational and vocational planning, parent-teacher consultations, and community liaisons. Students and their parents are encouraged to make full use of the M.C.V.I. Guidance Services.


Students or former students who require a TRANSCRIPT should direct their inquiry to;

Karen Halliday at


UPDATE - During the modified school schedule for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 we are happy to communicate with parents and students via email.

Please direct your correspondence to your usual Guidance counsellor or to the appropriate person based on the nature of your concern. 


Deb Flintoff (Guidance Department Head) - Students with last names starting with A-G & University application inquiries


Chris Couch - Students with last names starting with H-N & College application inquiries


Mary Soln - Students with last names starting with O-Z & Scholarship inquiries


Please use the links below to access information about Guidance programs and activities, to plan high school programs, to research career choices, and to plan post-secondary futures.



Apprenticeship is a proven industry based learning system which combines job experience with technical training. Apprenticeship in Ontario is the responsibility of the provincial government which offers apprenticeship curricula in a variety of fields. For more information about apprenticeship in Ontario, please visit Ontario government Apprenticeship page. is a collaborative effort between community partners in Durham Region, funded by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Their goal is to meet current and future market demand for skilled tradespeople in Durham Region. Use to access information about apprenticeship information and opportunities.


Career Counselling


Students will receive information on how to access myBlueprint and utilize features targeting towards career exploration very soon.

Working in Canada

Want to know if the job prospectives of your future career will be in demand? Check out this website. Not only does it provide you with information about salary, rates of employment by region and province, but gives you the facts on who is hiring right now. Working in Canada.

Working in Canada-Youth and Students

The Government of Canada supports young people between the ages of 15 and 30, in developing the skills, experience, knowledge, and creativity that will be the keys to success in this new and rapidly changing job market. Click here for further information.


For 2020-2021 we have transitioned from Career Cruising to myBlueprint.  Students can now log in to their myBlueprint account and choose their courses for next year.  The window for students to complete course selections is from Feb 16th to March 5th.

A link to the 2020-2021 Course Selection Presentation can be found here.

A link to the 2021-2022 Course Selection Instructions can be found here.




Community Involvement
There is a Bulletin Board just outside of Guidance where opportunities to do Volunteering are posted as they come in. Students should consult this Bulletin Board if they are looking for opportunities to Volunteer. There are also several opportunities listed below - and the list is always growing!!


Volunteer Energy for Durham Region has posted local volunteer opportunities and a search engine that will help students find a volunteer opportunity that is right for them. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT WHERE TO START YOUR SEARCH FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - CHECK THIS OUT!!


Another website to help students find volunteer opportunities is

For a FILLABLE copy of the MCVI Community Volunteer Involvement Form please click here

For a copy of the City of Oshawa Volunteer Placement Form please click here


Durham District School Board Mandatory Community Involvement Policy

For more information about the DDSB Community Involvement policy please click here


Course Calendar

An updated course calendar in myBlueprint is NOW available that will outline the courses being offered for the 2021/2022 school year.  If you are an MCVI student with a myBlueprint account you can click "High School" and then "Courses"​ to access it!

For parents and for students who are coming to MCVI from another school board - you are able to view our Course Calendar by clicking here

Students are asked to complete their course selections each year in March.



Click on the link below for MCVI's Exam Tips

Exam prep package.pdf


Financial Aid Information

Scholarships and Bursaries

 Students should investigate all opportunities for scholarships and bursaries.

 1. Check the Financial Aid or Scholarship and Bursary information at the web site of the schools you have applied to. They will outline awards you will automatically be screened for, and also have information about scholarships and bursaries that require an application.

 2. Use the following websites to research scholarships and bursaries:

CanLearn (Tools for financial planning):

Durham District School Board Scholarships:

Government of Canada – International Scholarships:

MacLean's Student Finance Articles:

Ontario School Counsellor's Association:

Scholarships Canada:

Scholar Tree:

Yconic (formerly "Student Awards")


3. Check the Scholarships Information Newsletter for information regarding upcoming scholarships. This information is updated every few weeks, so check back regularly.

The FALL 2019 newsletter is COMING SOON!

4. Use the Scholarship Training Guide before applying to any scholarships. It is the 'definitive guide to writing scholarship applications'". 

5. Students at MCVI who wish to be considered by the school for scholarships that require a nomination must complete the Student Profile for Scholarship Nominations and submit it to the Guidance Department.

OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program

There will be a presentation about OSAP made in April/May that interested students can attend.

Students apply for OSAP through the Financial Aid Office of the post-secondary school they attend. Once they have accepted an offer of admission from a school, they should complete the application.

Information about OSAP is available here


Grade 8 Transition Info

Video - Parents/Guardians Information Night Presentation:

In the place of a traditional in-person "Grade 8 Parents/Guardians Night", we have created a video presentation that covers the same topics and will answer questions about the transition to Grade 9.  Please click the link below to view the presentation.


Q & A Sessions With the MCVI Guidance Department via Zoom:

Parents and Guardians are also welcome to join members of the MCVI Guidance department for a live "zoom-style" discussion that will elaborate on the themes of the pre-recorded video presentation.


Monday, February 1st, 6:30-7:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 8511 1968

Passcode: Will be provided by the Grade 8 Teacher


Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:30-7:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 6638 9745

Passcode: Will be provided by the Grade 8 Teacher


Thursday, February 4th, 6:30-7:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 0706 1590

Passcode: Will be provided by the Grade 8 Teacher

Homework Club
During the modified school schedule for 2020-2021 due to COVID-19 the Homework Club is closed.  For students who need extra help in one of their classes - they are encouraged to join the Virtual Study Hall sessions available every day from 2:45 - 4:00pm.  Please see your classroom teacher for more details.


Mental Health Resources

For Access to the current Youth Service Guide please click here

For Access to the DDSB Linking Healthy Minds Resource click here


Resources for Everyone:

NEW***  Durham Wellness Hub (

The Durham Wellness Hub is an online space to connect youth and parents with mental health resources and supports within the Durham Region as well as to inform our community on mental well-being.

Be Safe App (

This app allows whoever is using it to create a safety plan, provides local mental health resources, helps the user create a "get help script", directs the user to the best options for his/her particular needs, and provides the user with a means of reaching out safely.

Canadian Mental Health Association Durham (

This website provides information related to mental health and various mental health concerns in addition to providing resources. ( is a network of young people who aim to change how we think about mental health. These young leaders have developed initiatives and programs  for young people in an attempt to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Distress Center Durham (

This organization provides a 24 hour telephone helpline service in addition to an LGBT PrideLine helpline, suicide survivor support groups, and more.

Durham Mental Health Services (

This organization provides services and supports to those who are living with mental health concerns and to their families.

Mind Your Mind (

This website provides interactive tools and resources that aim to help teens build resiliency. The aim to promote wellness and support those living with mental health concerns.

Teen Mental Health (

This website provides information related to a variety of mental health disorders and includes information related to resources and supports.

Talking About Mental Illness (or TAMI) Durham (

This website provides a variety or resources and information surrounding mental health. It even has a "Youth Portal" which is designed specifically for young people.

Kids Help Phone (

Kids Help Phone provides phone and web based counselling for youth age 20 and under. Counselling is anonymous, confidential, free of charge, non-judgemental, and available 24/7.

Need help now? Text CONNECT to 686868

By texting CONNECT to 686868, you can chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support with any issue — big or small. Our texting service is available 24/7/365. You don’t need a data plan, Internet connection or an app to use it. Remember, all conversations between young people and volunteer Crisis Responders are confidential.

National Institute for Mental Health (

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders in America. It provides information related to various mental health concerns, signs/symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options.

National Network for Mental Health (

This organization aims to educate and provide resources surrounding mental health in addition to advocating for those experiencing mental health concerns.


Resources for Parents:

Teens Can (

This website provides information related to how parents and guardians can help teens build resiliency

Helping Other Parents Everywhere or H.O.P.E. (

HOPE provides a support network for parents, guardians, and relatives who are concerned by the behaviours of a teen in their life.

Parents Guide - Teens Can be Resilient in High School 



New Registrations

For information on how to register, please click here.


Post Secondary Information

Choosing the appropriate post secondary pathway is very important! Research is a key component in making the best decision for your future.

For stories on how to be successful in your last year of high school and how to get into your dream post-secondary program - click here


Students interested in finding out about Ontario Community Colleges should use the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) web site. This site has links to all Ontario Community Colleges, as well as a program finder. Students apply to college through this web site. Research "Program Choices" by keyword after clicking here.   
For a PDF tutorial of the college application process - click College applicant-tutorial_2019.pdf     


Thinking of attending university? Click here and research under the "Program Finder" tab to locate possible degree choices.

Ontario University Application Centre - click here

To access "how-to" videos for the OUAC 101 Application - click here


Don't forget to do your career matchmaker profile at if you would like to investigate career options!

Please see Guidance counsellors for clairification.

Employment Links:

Ontario Job Futures: featuring 5 year employment outlooks and other relevant info for more than 200 occupations significant to Ontario’s economy. This site outlines qualifications for the professions as well as projection of how in demand various occupations are projected to be in the future.

Employment Profile: featuring information about graduate outcomes and satisfaction to help people choose programs at Ontario’s publicly funded colleges.

Best Jobs of 2015:  MacLeans reports on the most "in demand" jobs of 2018.  Click here



Applying to University Presentation - click here 

Applying to College Presentation - click here

College Application Video tutorial - click here

Summer School 2021

Summer school registration opens April 1, 2021. A link to registration instructions can be found below. Check the course code, course description and course type (credit recovery, gap closing/upgrading, or reach ahead/accelerated). It is your responsibility to choose correctly. All summer school courses are online this summer. Credit recovery and gap closing/upgrading are synchronous/real time (you must be available to participate online between 8:30-2:15, each day.) Reach ahead/accelerated courses are asynchronous.

Take a look at the Summer School Guide below for more detailed information.


For Summer School registration instructions please click here


For a link to Summer School information on the Durham Continuing Education website please click here

Health and Physical Education

For information about the Physical Education Department, including available courses and pathways, extracurricular sports teams and clubs, please visit the Health and Physical Education Department website. 


MCVI Library Website


Math Extra Help Schedule

 2019-2020 Math Contests

TVO Mathify Gr 7-10 Tutoring



Social Sciences and Humanities


Special Education


General Programming Information:

Parent's Guide to Special Education

Transition to Work Program

School Support Program

Practical Learning Program

 For Students:


Request for Electronic Novel or Text


Technological Education