What Is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject, and a work placement.

How Does It Work?

Students can apply to take cooperative education when they are choosing their high school courses. They will need to complete an application, undergo an interview, and provide teacher references before being accepted.

Before starting in a co-op placement, students will attend "pre-placement" classes in school. These will prepare them for the workplace. Throughout the course, they will come back regularly for more scheduled classes.

There is no limit to the number of co-op credits students can take in secondary school; they can try out more than one occupation while still in high school! Plus up to two Cooperative Education credits can now count towards students' 18 compulsory credits.

Why Take Cooperative Education?

The co-op program allows students to "try out" an occupation, and helps them to make decisions about future careers and/or post secondary options. Students have the opportunity to network and develop work habits and job skills necessary for a successful transition from secondary school to post-secondary education, apprenticeships, or the workplace.



What kinds of jobs are there?

Health Care


Graphic Design


Heating and Air Conditioning Technician


Dog Grooming

General Construction





Auto Mechanics


Makeup Artist

Cabinet Making

The co-op department

Mr. D'Urzo (he / him / his)

Whether your pathway after Highschool is the Workplace, College or University, Experential Learning will give you an opportunity to experience a career you might want to pursue in the future.

Mr D. believes Co-op is an opportunity to meet new people and to demonstrate those valuable skills we all have to offer in the workplace.

Mr. Grant (he / him / his)

Mr. Grant is drawn to co-op in particular, because it's a great way to step outside of the classroom and apply what you've learned to real-life contexts. In many ways, co-op affords students the possibility to discover and explore new parts of who they are and what they love. Outside of school and co-op, Mr. Grant loves photography, trying new restaurants, and being with friends.

Ms Paolone (she / her / hers)

Ms P is passionate about Experiential Education. She believes that one of the best ways for students to learn about themselves and the pathways available to them is to experience the workplace while in school. Ms P also enjoys running and taking students on runs at lunch with her Running Club.

Specialized Programs IN CO-OP

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"Originally I took this class because i needed the credit, but as I continued to think more about the potential behind a co-op placement, I realized that having this experience could open more jobs to me and even give me a job at the end of it. Co-op gave me work experience and valuable skills to use towards my future." - Isabelle

"I decided to take co-op because I didn't know what I truly liked and wanted to do in post- secondary and even after it. Taking co-op gave me some first- hand experiences in those areas that I was interested in and also showed me what I disliked and liked "- Suha

"I've learned too many things to count. Everything from health and safety to how everything works in an AC unit or a refrigerator. Being able to do this program has given me the knowledge to go out and work with a company and feel comfortable doing it." - Ben

"Since the start of the co-op, I can say I have made connections with my co-workers and even my classmates in the co-op class. In addition, I made connections with other students in my co-op program. I met students from high schools across Toronto and learned from them about the different jobs within the field of banking. " - Tenzin