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OSSD Requirments

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

OSSD Requirments

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.

Compulsory Credits

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

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

    • Students must have met the pre-requisite requirement in Grade 11 and achieved at least 90% or above in order to enroll in Grade 12 AP courses.  
    • List of JIHS AP Courses
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
        • MHF4UP (Grade 12 Advanced Functions)
        • MCV4UP (Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors)
        • MDM4UP (Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management)
        • ICS4UP (Grade 12 Computer Science)
  • Sciences
        • SBI4UP (Grade 12 Biology)
        • SCH4UP (Grade 12 Chemistry)
        • SCH4UP (Grade 12 Physics)
  • Social Sciences 
      • CIA4UP (Grade 12 Analysing Current Economic Issues)

Follow AP Exams 2021 to view the official exam dates and times.

Minimum Hardware Requirements 

Learners participating in on-line courses should have access to hardware that meets or exceeds the following standards. Students with access to equipment that does not meet these standards may experience slow interactivity; limited interactions and/or long wait periods for file downloads.

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.