Honours Society


Acton High School Student Achievement

Honours List

Students are part of the Honours List when they have achieved an average of 80% or higher in a Semester. The average for each grade is based on the following:

Semester 1 / Semester 2

Grade 9 - 4 Credits

Grade 10 - 4 Credits

Grade 11 - 3 Credits

Grade 12 - 3 Credits

Honours Society - Academic Awards Ceremony in September

Students are part of the Honours Society when they have achieved an average of 80% or higher at the end of the school year.

Grade 9 - 8 Credits

Grade 10 - 8 Credits

Grade 11 - 7 Credits

Grade 12 - 6 Credits

French Immersion Certificate Recipients

The aim of the French Immersion program is to develop and refine students’ ability to communicate in French as well as to expand their knowledge of the language through the study of francophone literature. By the end of the four-year program, students will participate easily in conversations and discussions; will be able to take courses at the college or university level in which French is the language of instruction; and will be able to accept employment in which French is the working language.

Schools may grant a certificate in French Immersion if the student has successfully completed the sequence of four courses in French Immersion and a minimum of six courses in other subjects taught in French.

Specialized High Skills Major Recipients

An SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

1. A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits that comprises:

  • four major credits in the area chosen

  • three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and a choice of business studies, science or Canadian and world studies (geography)

  • two cooperative education credits tied to the sector

2. Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (four compulsory and a choice of three electives)

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector

4. Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway

5. Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, and documentation of them using the OSP

Province of Ontario Scholars

A student may be designated an Ontario Scholar if the student satisfies both of the following requirements:

  • obtains an aggregate of at least 480 marks in any combination of ministry-approved courses listed below that provide a total of six credits, as defined by Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999 (OSS) and/or Ontario Schools, Intermediate and Senior Divisions (Grades 7–12/OACs): Program and Diploma Requirements, rev. ed., 1989 (OSIS)

  • has been recommended by the school principal for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) in either the current school year or the previous school year.

Ministry-approved courses are the following:

  • any Grade 12 university preparation, university/college preparation, college preparation, workplace preparation, and/or open courses authorized under OSS, including locally developed courses approved by the ministry

  • cooperative education courses related to any of the above courses

  • dual credit courses in college-delivered dual credit programs approved by the ministry

  • any Ontario Academic Courses (OACs) authorized under OSIS