Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
In order to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma a student must:
- Earn 18 compulsory credits
- Earn 12 additional optional credits
- Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities
- Successful meet the Ontario Provincial Literacy requirement.
Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
- The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) may be used to meet either the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 English compulsory credit
- The Grade 11 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices course may be used to meet the Grade 11 English compulsory credit
- For English language learners the requirement may be met through earning a maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD); the fourth credit must be a Grade 12 compulsory English
All students are required to receive at least 3 credits in mathematic courses in order to receive their diploma
The Grade 9 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures course may be used to meet the compulsory credit requirement in the arts.
This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.
All students are required to receive at least 1 credit in a Canadian history course in order to receive their diploma
- Students who have taken Native languages in place of French as a second language in elementary school may use a Level 1 or 2 Native language course to meet the compulsory credit requirement for French as a second
Healthy, safe, and caring social and physical environments support learning and contribute to the positive cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development of students.
0.5 credit in civics
0.5 credit in careers
Group 1: English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education
Group 2: French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education
Group 3: French as a second language, science (Grade 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education
Note: The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups:
- A maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language may count as additional compulsory credits, 1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or Group
- A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education may count as additional compulsory credits, selected from any of Groups 1, 2, or
Summer School (High School Credits)
Students are encouraged to take high school credits during the summer to fast track and better prepared for the upcoming school year. Please contact our office for more information.