Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

  • 18 Compulsory Credits
  • 12 Optional Credits
  • 40 Hours Community Involvement Activities
  • The Provincial Literacy Requirement (OSSLT)

The following 18 courses are compulsory:

4 English credits (1 credit per grade)
3 Math credits (1 credit in Grades 9 & 10, plus 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 Science credits
1 Canadian Geography credit
1 Canadian History credit
1 French credit
1 Arts credit
1 Health & Physical Education credit
0.5 Careers credit
0.5 Civics credit

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

One of Group 1:

• English or French as a second language*
• a Native, classical or international language
• social sciences and the humanities
• Canadian and world studies
• guidance and career education
• cooperative education**

One of Group 2:

• health and physical education
• the arts
• business studies
• French as a second language*
• cooperative education**

One of Group 3: 

• science (Grade 11 or 12)
• technological education
• French as a second language*
• computer studies
• cooperative education**

* 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.

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, 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
EXAMPLE: CGC 1P
C = Department (i.e. Canadian and World Studies)CGC 1P GC Subject i.e. Geography of Canada
GC = Subject (i.e. Geography of Canada)1 Grade/year of study i.e. Grade 9/1st year
1 = Year of Study (i.e. Grade 9, Year 1 of high school)P Level i.e. Applied
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.