Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

For students entering Grade 9 after 1999, the following 18 courses are compulsory:

4 English (1 in each Grade)
1 Canadian History
3 Math (Grade 9, 10, and 1 in 11 or 12)
1 Health and Physical Education
2 Science
1 Art
1 French
½ Careers credit
1 Canadian Geography
½ Civics credit

Plus:
One of Group 1: English, Third Language, One of Group 3: Science (Grade 11 or 12),
Social Science, Canadian Technology (Grade 9-12) or Coop
and World Studies or Coop

One of Group 2: Health and Physical Education,
Music, Drama, Visual Arts,
Business/Entrepreneurial Studies or Coop

Plus: 12 optional courses.
For students entering Grade 9 after September 1999, their program has the following characteristics:

· Students will earn credits toward the 30 credits required for graduation.
· In Grade 10, students must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.
· Students must complete 40 hours of community service involvement prior to graduation.
· Students may also complete the 30 (or more) credits over four or more years.

Compulsory Grade 9 Credits:
All Grade 9 students will select eight courses. Six are compulsory; two are optional.

English, Mathematics, French, Canadian Geography, Science and Healthy Active Living Education must be selected.

Compulsory Grade 10 Credits:
All Grade 10 students will select eight courses. Five are compulsory; three are optional.

English, Mathematics, Canadian History, Science and Careers and Civics must be selected.

Compulsory Grade 11 and 12 Credits:
All senior students will select English and all other compulsory subjects required for graduation.

Definition of a Credit
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 hours has been scheduled.

Understanding Course Codes
C Department i.e. Canadian and World Studies
CGC 1P GC Subject i.e. Geography of Canada
1 Grade/year of study i.e. Grade 9/1st year
P Level i.e. Applied
Outlines of courses of study are available in the secondary school offices. Please contact the principal. The courses offered by this school are being developed according to the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training.

Community Involvement
Students must complete 40 hours of community involvement after beginning Grade 9 and prior to graduation. More information can be obtained from Student Services. Students in Grade 9 will receive detailed instructions early in the school year.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
This test, administered by EQAO, is a graduation requirement. This test is based on grade 9 reading and writing skills a student should have acquired by the end of Grade 9, as outlined in The Ontario Curriculum. These skills are the basis for learning in all subject areas throughout both elementary and secondary school. Students will write the test during the spring of their Grade 10 year. Students having an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may be able to get an accommodation which will be arranged through the Head of Special Education. Students who are new to Ontario or for whom English is not their first language, may be able to obtain a deferral, but must contact their principal. An exemption may be granted to a student having an IEP that clearly indicates that he/she will not be working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Successful completion of the test will be recorded on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript.