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Espanola High School
Contact Information

Phone: 705.869.1590

Fax: 705.675.0229


147 Spruce Avenue Espanola, ON P5E 1R7


Mission Statement

Espanola High School strives to provide a friendly learning environment that recognizes the unique qualities of individual students and their cultures. We encourage students to develop both knowledge and life-long learning skills, and to become responsible, respectful citizens prepared to meet the challenges of the future.


E.H.S - Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for achieving your OSSD:

  • 30 Credits
    • 18 Compulsory Credits

4 English
3 Math
2 Science
1 Canadian Geography
1 Canadian History
0.5 Civics
0.5 Careers
1 Arts
1 Physical Education
1 French/ Ojibwe
1 Credit in each Group (1,2&3)

  • 12 Optional Credits
  • 40 Community Service hours
  • OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

E.H.S - Community Service hours

Community involvement (service hours)

All high school students in the province of Ontario are required to complete 40 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. The purpose is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. These goals complement academic and work experience programs that are currently taking place in our schools.

Guidelines for completing the community service

Students can complete their community service hours in a variety of places, starting from community events, volunteering to help organize school activities such as , sports meets, art shows, music productions, bus monitoring, parents' nights, after-school programs, and even the library.

  • Students can begin in July of the year before the student’s grade nine (9) school year
  • Community involvement activities must not be part of a credit course, must be un-paid, and must be completed outside of scheduled class time

Ineligible Activities

The ministry has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities. These are referred to as ineligible activities. An ineligible activity is an activity that:

  • is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience);
  • takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student's lunch breaks or “spare” periods is permissible;
  • takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age;
  • takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age;
  • takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age and is not accompanied by an adult;
  • would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace;
  • involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
  • involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
  • involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  • requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
  • involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewelry, works of art, antiques, or other valuables;
  • consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational active ties;
  • involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g., a community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).

E.H.S - Academic Pathways

Secondary school programs are destination-focused. Course streams in Grade 11 and 12 are designed to prepare students for particular destinations after they finish their secondary school program (College, University, Apprenticeship, Workplace).


Students in Grade 9 and 10 will take their compulsory courses (English, Mathematics, Science, French, and Geography/History) in one of two streams - Applied or Academic. All other courses will be taken at the Open level.

Applied Stream

A focus on the essential concepts of the discipline. Applied courses develop students’ knowledge and skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applications of the essential concepts while incorporating theoretical applications, as appropriate.

Academic Stream

A focus on the essential concepts of the discipline plus additional related concepts. Academic courses develop students’ knowledge and skills by emphasizing theoretical, abstract applications of the essential concepts while incorporating practical applications, as appropriate.

Open Level

An open-level course has one set of expectations for that subject and is appropriate for all students.

Locally Developed

Building courses are offered in Mathematics, Science, English, and Canadian History. These courses will provide support for students making the transition to high school by enhancing their skills to allow them to be successful at secondary school. These courses also require the recommendation of the elementary teacher and parent. Recommendations for these courses will be taken at course selection time.

Grade 11/12 Streams

Courses in Grade 11 and 12 will be offered in streams that are related to students’ destinations after high school - Workplace, College, or University. Some courses in Grades 11 and 12 will be offered at the Open Level.