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OSSD Requirements

Students are subject to the Ontario Ministry requirements as outlined in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12, Policy and Program Requirements 2011 (OS). Students will be required to complete 30 credits, each of 110 hours, to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The following 18 compulsory credits must be successfully completed in order to be awarded an OSSD. The remaining 12 credits are electives.

18 compulsory credits

Students must earn the following 15 compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
3 credits in Mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 credits in Science
1 credit in Canadian History
1 credit in Canadian Geography
1 credit in the Arts
1 credit in Health and Physical Education
1 credit in French as a Second Language
0.5 credit in Career Studies
0.5 credit in Civics
Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

1 Group 1:
  • English or French as a Second Language**
  • Native language
  • Classical or International Language
  • Social Sciences and the Humanities
  • Canadian and World Studies
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Cooperative Education***
1 Group 2:
  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • Business Studies
  • French as a Second Language**
  • Cooperative Education***
1 Group 3:
  • Science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • Technological Education
  • French as a Second Language
  • Computer Studies
  • Cooperative Education***

In addition, students must complete

List of 3 items.

  • 12 Optional Credits †

  • 40 Hours of Community Involvement Activities

  • The Provincial Literacy Requirement

* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.
** In groups 1, 2 and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.
*** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.
† The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses

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