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At McDonald International Academy, we offer a variety of programs that help you achieve your educational goals.

Secondary School Program (O.S.S.D)


McDonald International Academy follows the globally recognized curriculum set by the Ontario Ministry of Education. This 4 year program is designed to properly prepare students for post-secondary studies at University or College in Canada, the United States and around the world.

During a student’s final year of high school they may apply to any university of their choice. In Canada, they require six grade 12 pre-university level credits in order to be considered. Each university and specific program will have their own minimum grade requirements for admission. In addition, they may apply for college programs which require completion of their O.S.S.D. and certain prerequisite courses depending on the area of study.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma

According to the Ontario Education System, every student needs to have 30 credits in order to graduate and earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.). Overseas students may be granted a maximum of 24 equivalent credits based on their academic achievements from their home country.

Diploma Requirements

OSSD 1• Earn 18 compulsory credits
• Earn 12 optional credits
• Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities
• Pass the Ontario Literacy Test

Compulsory Courses (total of 18)

• 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
• 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12)
• 2 credits in Science
• 1 credit in the Arts
• 1 credit in Canadian Geography (Grade 9)
• 1 credit in Canadian History (Grade 10)
• 1 credit in French as a second language
• 0.5 credit in Career Studies
• 0.5 credit in Civics


  • 1 additional credit in English, a Third language, or Social Science and the Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies.
  • 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies;
  • 1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12) or Technological Education (Grade 9 – 12).

Community Involvement – 40 hours
Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement as a requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. These 40 hours may be completed at any time during the student’s high school years and may take place in a variety of settings, including not-for-profit organizations, business, public sector institutions, and informal settings. Students will decide how they will complete the community involvement requirement.

Policies on Substitutions for Compulsory Courses
Up to 3 compulsory courses may be substituted at the discretion of the principal in order to meet the needs of individual students. The total number of credits required for a diploma remains at 30.

The Grade 10 Reading and Writing Test
The successful completion of the Grade 10 Test of Reading and Writing Skills is required for graduation. The test will be administrated in the spring.

Some students may benefit from delaying completion of this test. The principal may decide to defer this test in order to allow student more time to acquire the level of proficiency succeed.

Waiving Prerequisites:
The principal has the authority to waive a prerequisite for a course. This documentation will be placed in the student’s OSR.

Access to OSR:
The parent or guardian of a pupil, and the pupil at age 18, will have access to a student’s OSR file upon request.

An Ontario Student Transcript with all of the student’s credits to date will be made available to the student, parent, or guardian upon request.

McDonald International Academy does not participate in the P.L.A.R. program.

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Course Descriptions

- English/ESL.
- Business Studies.
- Visual Arts.
- Canadian and World Studies.
- Math.
- Science.
- Social Sciences and Humanities.
- Technological Education.
- International Languages.

Grade 9 and 10:

Academic courses develop students’ knowledge and skills through the study of theory and abstract problems. These courses focus on the essential concepts of a subject and explore related concepts as well. They incorporate practical applications as appropriate.

Applied courses focus on the essential concepts of a subject, and develop students’ knowledge and skills through practical applications and concrete examples. Familiar situations are used to illustrate ideas, and students are given more opportunities to experience hands-on applications of the concepts and theories they study.

Open courses are the only type of course offered in most subjects other than those listed above. They are designed to prepare students for further study in a subject, and to enrich their education generally. Open courses comprise a set of expectations that are appropriate for all students.

Grade 11 and 12:
University preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs.

University/College preparation courses include content that is relevant for both university and college programs. These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific university and college programs.

College preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for college programs.

Open courses allow students to broaden their knowledge and skills in a particular subject that is related primarily to their interests and which may not be related to their post-secondary goals.

Description of a Credit
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours for a full credit or 55 hours for a half credit. Each credit has been developed according to the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Course Codes
The course code identifies the course, the year of study and the level of destination.
For Example: 

ENG                         1                                    D
  ↓  ↓
The first three characters indicate the subject course code as indicated in the Ministry of Education Common Course Codes
and/or The Ontario Curriculum Grade 11 and 12 Course Descriptions and Prerequisites 
The Fourth character indicates the grade:

1= grade 9
2= grade 10
3= grade 11
4= grade 12
 The fifth character in indicated the course type/destination:

O= Open courses (grade 9-12)
D= Academic (grade 9-10)
P=Applied (grade 9-10)
4= Locally developed essential courses (grade 9-10)
U= University destination courses (grade 11-12)
C= college destination courses (grade 11 & 12)
M= University / College destination (grade 11-12)
E= workplace destination courses (grade 11-12)

Assessment & Evaluation Policy
At the beginning of each course the teacher will provide for the students a clear statement of the course content and course requirements, an explanation of evaluation methods and marks breakdown, along with a description of the policy for tests and assignments. Students are expected to be active participation in their own learning by assuming responsibility for keeping work up to date and by regular communication with teachers.

The final examination or the culminating activity is an important part of every course. A student must provide a medical certificate for an absence from the final evaluation useless prior arrangements have been made and approved by the school administration.

Reporting procedure
A Midterm Report is sent midway through the semester and the Final report is sent following the conclusion of the term.

The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) provides a comprehensive record of a student’s overall achievement in high school. The credits, which a student has earned towards fulfillment of the requirements for the graduation diploma, are recorded on the OST.

The Ontario School Record (OSR) is the official record for a student. These records are protected by the Education Act and freedom of information legislation.

ESL Program

McDonald International Academy offers a comprehensive ESL program designed to cover all the prerequisites necessary to master the English language such as vocabulary, reading, writing, grammar, and oral skills. The course content and emphasis on certain skills will vary based on each level. Students may choose from one of our 3 different programs to find the one that best suits their needs and interests.

Our ESL Programs:

  • Intensive (6 hours per day)
  • Semi Intensive (4hours per day)
  • Summer ESL Program

Upon a student’s arrival, they are given an English assessment test and placed in one of the following five levels:

  • Beginner
  • Advanced Beginner
  • Intermediate 
  • Advanced Intermediate
  • Advanced 

Summer ESL Program


Summer ESL Program

Our special ESL program for the summer blends in class learning with fun daily activities in Toronto and its surrounding areas. In the mornings, students attend MIA’s ESL fundamentals course. In the afternoon and weekends, students go on activities that are not only fun, but reinforce lessons taught in class and offer the chance to practice their newly acquired English skills in daily life. An instructor is always present to help and guide students. Students learn a new language while making new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

This program runs for 4 weeks during the summer months. The program begins on the first day of every July and August.

This complete package includes:

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  • 1 month ESL studies (4 hours per day)
  • Homestay accommodations (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Daily Lunch
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Medical insurance
  • 5 activities per week PLUS 1 weekend activity every week
  • 3.5 day trip to Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal 
  • 3.5 day trip to New York City (Optional at extra cost)
  • Textbooks

Some of the activities included are:

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  • Niagara Falls
  • Canada’s Wonderland
  • CN Tower
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
  • Professional Sporting events such as baseball and basketball
  • Toronto Metro Zoo
  • Casa Loma and many more!!



Click here to view a sample activity schedule.

Summer ESL Program Schedule (Monday to Friday) 

9:00 am – 1:00 pm  ESL Fundamentals 
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Activities