We are happy to announce the launch of a new version of OLC4O, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course. This course which consists of two units–reading and writing–prepares students for the workplace or post-secondary studies. In working in OLC4O, students develop competencies in language by acquiring skills that they will need in order to graduate. Students must meet the Provincial Secondary School Literacy Requirement to graduate, and the OLC4O course is an option for students who have not been successful in writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. 

The course contains strategies students may use in decoding everything from titles, images, and texts, to writing longer pieces such as news reports and opinion essays.

The OLC4O contains multiple-choice tests that provide students with immediate feedback on lessons. Exemplars that model concepts may be found throughout the course, and students are required to submit a final portfolio that contains their best pieces, fully edited, before they write the exam.

This lively, interactive version of OLC4O is the result of a number of VHS staff coming together to produce a course that will be enjoyable for both students and teachers. 

Screenshots from OLC4O


Students who have been eligible to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the course. Students who have already met the literacy requirement for graduation may be eligible to take the course under special circumstances, at the discretion of the principal.