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Student Services


The Guidance Program & Career Education

Guidance and career education are a vital and integral part of the secondary program. Students are given opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills that they need in order to learn effectively, to live and to work cooperatively and productively, to set goals and monitor progress and to carry out their social responsibilities. The program is delivered through different means, including classroom instruction, through orientation and exit programs, completion of the annual education plan, career exploration activities, and individual and short term counselling.

Trenton High’s Guidance Department is dedicated to the success and well-being of every member of our school community.   Our Guidance Teachers demonstrate this by supporting students in the realms of personal, social, and educational development, as well as in career planning.  Some of the many services that we provide to assist in the cultivation of student success are:

.        Aiding Personal and Social Concerns/Development

·         Confidential individual short term counselling relating to issues a student may be encountering inside or outside school

·         Referral to our registered Social Worker or to outside community agencies.

·         Education about and referral to alternative programs/schools that may suit student based on unique needs.

·         Volunteer and job opportunities advertised through announcements, newsletter and postings. 

       Assisting with Educational Planning

·         Awareness of O.S.S.D. and post-secondary requirements.

·         Course selection and timetable changes.

·         Credit courses available outside of regular day school – elearning and summer school.

·         Peer tutoring.

·         Up-to-date post-secondary prospects and pathway information.

·         Financial aid resources – scholarships, loans, and bursaries. 

       Supporting Career Planning/Provision of Career Information

·         Compulsory Careers credit course in Gr. 10.

·         Interest inventories to allow students to discover possible destinations appropriate to their passions/interests.

·         Referral to online programs that allow for career exploration.

·         Reference materials in the Guidance Reception Area.

Every student at Trenton High, according to last name, is assigned a Guidance Teacher with whom he/she can discuss post-secondary plans, academic concerns and/or personal concerns.  Student are encouraged to visit their assigned Teacher by booking a time in the Guidance reception area in the morning, during lunch or after school.  Upon completion of an appointment, a student will receive an admit slip to return to class.

 Guidance Teachers                        Telephone

 Ms H. Bossa                               613-392-1227 x57423

 Ms J. Fetterley                            613-392-1227 x57424

Student Success Lead Teacher

The Student Success Lead Teacher (SSLT) plays a key role in supporting school wide efforts to improve outcomes for students who are struggling with the secondary curriculum and may be at risk of not graduating or receiving certification for their achievements. The SSLT provides a combination of direct support or instruction to these students in order to improve attendance, retention and achievement rates. In addition, the SSLT works closely with parents and the community to support meaningful learning opportunities for students. The SSLT is an integral part of the school’s Student Success Team, which includes Guidance and Special Education teachers, as well as the social worker, administration and other identified personnel.

   Contact                            Telephone

Ms J. Fetterley              613-392-1227 x57424


The Resource Room

The Resource  Room is available to all THS students. The support available takes many forms. The room is staffed by specially trained educational assistants under the supervision of the Interdepartmental Special Education Head (ISEH). Some of the more common supports are listed below.

Resource Support

A student may come to the Resource Room during class time for extra support on tests, assignments, or for an alternate learning environment. Computers and quiet work areas are available for student use. In order to access this support, a student must receive permission from his/her classroom teacher. The Resource Room is also open to support student learning before and after school as well as during lunch.

Scheduled Resource Period

A student may request or be assigned a scheduled daily resource period. This is a non credit program available to students in all grades and all pathways. The resource period is designed to help the student remain up to date with his/her homework, assignments, and studying. The staff will monitor the student’s progress and liaise with the student and his/her teachers in an effort to maximize the student’s potential for success. The student is responsible for bringing his/her required work to class every day and has some freedom to develop their own schedule for homework/study time.

Student Success

Each student has his or her own unique interests, goals and strengths, and each one should have the same opportunity to succeed at Trenton High School.  The goal of the Student Success Room is to help students meet their academic goals and achieve their graduation requirements. Individualized and small group peer tutoring are offered to help students improve their skills in a variety of areas. 

The supports available in the Student Success Room include:

Curriculum Support – With the support of the classroom teacher and the Student Success Team, students have the opportunity to catch up on course material. Staff members provide strategies for the individual students to help them reach their academic goals.

Credit Rescue – Students who are experiencing difficulty in a particular area of study can make use of the Student Success Room to help bring them up to the level they need to achieve credit success.

Credit Recovery – Students who have not been successful in a particular course, by recommendantion from their teacher, may be assigned to the Student Success Room to complete a series of lessons and assignments in order to meet the expectations for a given course.

Intensive Literacy/Numeracy Support – Students who need remedial support for the EQAO testing in Grades 9 and 10 can access support to improve their readiness for the provincial testing throughout the year.

Transitional Support – Students transitioning into school at various times throughout the year can access the Student Success Room to support their transition and timetable in order to help them meet the expectations of the classroom setting.


Trenton High School boasts a modern library with an incredable collection of fiction and nonfiction (print, audio, and eBooks). We also subscribe to a large collection of resources, accessible 24 hours a day, in the Virtual Learning Environment. Our library has a large, open concept classroom with a Smartboard, a full computer lab, a seminar room, and lots of space to relax, study, and read. Our teacher-librarians offer a wide range of workshops for key academic, writing, and research skills. The library is open at different times during the school day, and is supervised at lunch, before and after school. Many fun events are hosted in the library throughout the year. Students enjoy the library as a valuable and flexible learning space.

Computer Labs

In addition to the computers available in the library, students have access to four computer labs and Cromebooks. Labs & computers are networked so students can access their files in a variety of locations. Each lab has unique hardware and software specific to curriculum needs & internet connections. The school utilizes industry programs and equipment to give students a good base for a media related post secondary education.


Trenton High has an 800-seat auditorium with a stage and lighting system, with available sound system. The school and our community utilize this excellent facility throughout the year. Attached to this facility is the student stage crew which provides exposure to the theatre environment.

Destination Options


Information from the Ontario University Council on Admissions has provided guidelines for university admission under Secondary School Reform. To be admitted, students must earn a minimum overall average of 60% in six Grade 12 University or University/College courses. Most university programs will continue to require higher admission averages.


The Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology admission information has been provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Colleges may request courses at the U/C (university/college) level or the C (college) level. They cannot require courses at the U (University level) except for programs that lead to a degree through a joint agreement with a university. E (workplace) preparation courses may be used in a limited number of programs as described in college calendars. Specific course requirements are defined in each college calendar. Check out transfer programs, co-op placements, applied degree programs and many more opportunities for students.


There has never been a better time to consider apprenticeship opportunities! In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies (Skills Canada). The apprenticeship system has undergone tremendous change, as it evolves to meet the high demands of today’s business and industry. There are over 140 apprenticeable trade occupations in Ontario, which fall into four main categories:  construction; industrial; motive power; and service.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of on the job training and post secondary education. Typically, apprentices will spend 80-90% of their time in the workplace, learning practical skills about their trade. The apprenticeship can vary depending on the trade, but apprentices can complete their training and earn their Journey person status within 2-5 years. For a complete list of apprenticeable trades, visit: www.oyap.com.

Jump start your career in the skilled trades! Trenton High School actively supports students interested in apprenticeships through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). Students are able to begin an apprenticeship while still enrolled in high school. For more information on OYAP, go to www.hpedsb.on.ca click “programs”, then “OYAP”.


Making the transition from school to work can be difficult, and it’s never too early to plan for a prosperous future, so start now. It’s important to understand yourself, your strengths, skills and personality traits in order to develop a plan that includes a range of opportunities to explore, experience and secure meaningful employment. Do you have the right skills? If not, how do you learn them? Does your personality fit that job? If not, what kind of job suits you? Can you handle the stress of this job? If not, how much can you handle and still be happy? These are just a few of the questions you need to have answered in order to find the right employment for you. The fact is most job seekers will change careers not just jobs several times through their lifetimes. Some career changes will be minor, while others will be major shifts. Trenton High School offers a wide range of courses and programs to help students become destination ready. Help yourself by choosing the right ones.

Trenton High has partnered with Career Edge! to assist students with employment. Employment Consultants work closely with senior students at THS.

Career Planning

Guidance can help you to make informed choices to ensure a successful transition from elementary school to high school and from high school to future education, training and work.  Students and parents/guardians have access to myBlueprint, an online education planner.  You can interactively plan your courses, track your progress towards high school graduation and instantly discover the post-secondary opportunities available to you online using myBlueprint!

Ensure you are making the most informed decisions about your future by following these two easy steps:  

1.   Visit ths.hpedsb.on.ca.  

2.  Scroll down to the 'Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)' and log in.    VLE

3. Select 'myBlueprint'.      

Plan your steps. Track your progress. Unlock your future.

Did you know?

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Starting next year, the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is changing.  Students could be eligible for free tuition.  Students can get grants and loans to help pay for university or college when they qualify for OSAP.  OSAP is Ontario's flagship student support program, offering a mix of grants and loans to thousands of students each year.  Information sessions on how to apply are held each spring.

Financial Aid From Schools

Students can check with a college or university directly to see what financial aid programs they offer.

Students could be eligible for:

  • bursaries
  • scholarships
  • work-study programs
  • summer employment opportunities

These are all sources of money that you don't have to pay back.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Find out about other scholarships and bursaries through: