Literacy Test

SJHS is committed to improving and supporting literacy throughout our school community using a cross-curricular approach.  As such, the staff at SJHS takes a collaborative approach to improving student’s literacy skills and ensuring all learning styles are recognized and addressed in every class.

Each year, our team develops workshops and strategies to support students who will be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).  The OSSLT is a graduation requirement and this year, it will be written on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  The students will receive their results in late June.  This test is written by all grade 10 students, as well as senior students who have not yet completed this requirement.

Each student writing the OSSLT this year will be given an opportunity to write a practice test  prior to April test date.  All accommodations listed in individual IEP’s will be provided for applicable students.

An example of the individualized report that each applicable student has already received is pictured below:

Literacy Letter

The OSSLT will be written on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in the morning.

Workshops will take place at lunch starting at 11:00 am in Room 116. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch.

The following sessions for extra help will be offered on the following dates:

Feb 12 – 16 Lunch Hour Literacy Main Idea – Mr. Halk or Mr. O’Connor

Feb 20 – 23 Lunch Hour Literacy (Family Day Feb 19th) Graphic Text – Mr. O’Connor or Mr. Halk

Feb 26 – March 2 Lunch Hour Literacy Multiple Choice – Ms. Laplante and Mr. Mulvihill

March 5 – 9 Lunch Hour Literacy General Extra Help – Mr. Halk

March 10 – 18 March Break

March 19 – 23 Lunch Hour Literacy News Report – Mrs. Pender and Ms. Shields

March 26 – 29 Lunch Hour Literacy Series of Paragraphs – Mrs. Simon and Mrs. O’Rourke

March 30 – April 2 Easter

April 3 – 6 Lunch Hour Literacy General Extra Help – Mr. Halk


  1. Overview of the OSSLT:  HERE
  2. Exemplars of OSSLT Content:  HERE