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What is the Double Cohort?
In 1997, the Ontario Government announced a new four-year program for high school students that would be implemented beginning with Grade 9 students in 1999.
The new system is "destination driven", asking students to choose courses that lead to the workplace, college or university. Although 30 credits are still required to graduate, high school students must complete two more compulsory credits, a Grade 10 literacy test and participate in forty hours of community involvement.
While the Grade 9 students who started in 1999 were beginning the new four-year diploma program, the Grade 10 students (who began high school in 1998) were still studying the old curriculum. In 2003, students from the final year of the old curriculum and students from the first year of the new curriculum will be graduating. This will create an increased cohort of graduates