Guidance Department

General Information

Students are invited to visit the guidance office to obtain information about CEGEP, vocational education, selection of high school courses, as well as graduation requirements. Students can make their own appointments to discuss personal matters as well. Conversations are confidential, but students who are under 14 require their parents’ permission for ongoing personal counselling.

The following topics come up in the guidance office:  

  • Can I get into CEGEP with the marks I have?

  • What grade 10 and 11 courses do I need to take for a particular CEGEP program?

  • I am considering a trade program and need more information.

  • I need help making friends.

  • My parents are getting divorced.

  • Someone I was close to died.

  • I feel very stressed and anxious a lot of the time.

  • I don’t know what I want to do after high school.

  • I think I might be pregnant.

Students who are interested in finding out about different careers should check out Career Cruising at www.careercruising.com. To access the site, enter “john” as the username and “rennie” as the password. The site offers an interesting career test called “matchmaker”. Students who complete the test are invited to come in to the guidance office with their results for further career exploration.

The Guidance Office also has the names of tutors for all subjects, at all levels. We can help students get in touch with one, whether it is a peer tutor, CEGEP student, or teacher.

It's easy to make an appointment; students can come to the Guidance Office at recess or lunch, as well as before or after school, and fill out an appointment slip.



Graduation Requirements

Students graduating from John Rennie High School earn a Quebec Secondary School Diploma in General Education. The requirements for graduation are: 54 credits in total from Secondary IV (Grade 10) and Secondary V (Grade 11), 20 of which must be from Secondary V. These credits must include:

  • Secondary IV Mathematics

  • Secondary IV Science

  • Secondary IV History and Citizenship

  • Secondary IV Art option

  • Secondary V English Language Arts

  • Secondary V French Second Language

  • Secondary V Ethics and Religious Culture or Physical Education and Health

These courses will allow a student to enter some programs at CEGEP including Social Science and Creative Arts, Languages, and Literature (CALL). However, many programs require specific pre-requisites beyond the graduation requirements. For example, the Natural Science program requires Technical and Scientific or Science math from secondary V as well as Chemistry and Physics secondary V. Please contact our Guidance Department for more information.




Information for Grade 10 Students
Fall 2019
Information for Grade 11 Students
Fall 2019
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Vocational Education

Vocational education is an interesting option that frequently gets overlooked when students and parents are considering the “next step” after high school. Trade programs are varied and lead to real jobs. I encourage all students and parents to familiarize themselves with what vocational training has to offer.    

Vocational programs might be of interest to many different types of students. Do you fall into any of these categories?

  • Are you looking for a hands-on learning environment where you would spend a considerable amount of time as an active participant in your education?

  • Are you hoping for a short educational path that gets you into a well-paying job within two years of completing high school?

  • Do you want to be a chef, electrician, esthetician, or carpenter?

Vocational education has a lot to offer. Please take some time to learn more by visiting the following websites:


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