Credit Recovery


Credit recovery is designed to help regular day school students at the secondary level meet the expectations of a course they have completed but for which they have received a failing grade.

The H.C.D.S.B. has made credit recovery programs available to students who have been unsuccessful in achieving the expectations of a course. Credit Recovery is delivered as part of the regular day school program and must is taught by a qualified teacher. Schools have developed credit recovery programs to suit the needs of their students. Students work on recovering more than one credit concurrently through the credit recovery process, and there is no limit on the number of credits a student may recover.

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles listed below are intended to provide a consistent framework for the development of credit recovery programs across the province:

  1. Credit Recovery is part of a whole school culture and has equal status with other forms of course delivery.
  2. Credit Recovery is not a replacement for effective, positive instruction and intervention during the initial credit attempt including the normal supports provided through Special Education.
  3. Credit Recovery is one of several options for any student who fails, but the final determination of Credit Recovery Placement is made by the Credit Recovery Team.
  4. Decisions regarding the final placement in Credit Recovery programs must consider all factors that limited success.
  5. The final credit granting for Credit Recovery programs is the responsibility of the Principal.
  6. Access to Credit Recovery must be through a recommendation by the Principal and agreed to by the student and, where appropriate (e.g. students under the age of majority), the parent(s)/guardian(s) who must share some responsibility for the learning.
  7. Credit Recovery programming must consider all factors that limited success in the initial program.
  8. The teacher of the initial program (Subject Teacher) must provide the Credit Recovery Team with relevant information to be considered when placing the student.
  9. Programs must be pedagogically sound and have real and credible educational value. The integrity of the recovered credit must be preserved by the student demonstrating achievement of the overall course expectations.
  10. Students must have an opportunity to meet course expectations. Students must have an opportunity to demonstrate achieving course expectations in a variety of ways.
  11. Within a Board’s capacity to deliver Credit Recovery programs and adhering to the terms and conditions of collective agreements, Credit Recovery programs should be available to every student in publicly-funded schools and are to be delivered by members of the Ontario College of Teachers employed by the Board.
  12. Eligibility to gain access to a Credit Recovery program shall be based on a variety of indicators and not solely on a mark designation.
  13. The final mark should reflect the achievement of all course expectations. Depending on the student’s Credit Recovery program, the mark may be based solely on performance in the Credit Recovery program or may include results from the initial course and/or measures of prior learning. Regardless of the method used to determine the final mark, the evaluation practices must be consistent with Ministry and Board policy.

Download the Credit Recovery Memo – June 2006 for full details about the Credit Recovery Program.