Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
- 4 credits in English*
- 3 credits in Mathematics
- 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 Additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native Language, or a Classical or an International Language, or Social Sciences and the Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies, or Guidance and Career Education, or Cooperative Education
- 1 Additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies, or Cooperative Education**
- 1 Additional credit in Science, or Technological Education, or Cooperative Education**
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.
** A maximum of 2 credits in Cooperative Education can count as compulsory credits.
***May include up to four credits achieved through approved Dual Credit course.
Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement as a requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. These 40 hours may be completed at any time during the student’s high school years and may take place in a variety of settings, including not-for-profit organizations, businesses, public sector institutions, and informal settings. Students, in collaboration with their parents will decide how they will complete the community involvement requirement. Activities must be completed outside of normal school instruction hours, may not be any part of a credit program and students may not receive pay for completing the involvement activities. Students will maintain a record of their activities on their Community Involvement Completion Form. The purpose of community involvement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play to contribute to their communities.
Examples of community involvement activities include: Activities within the school such as Student Council committee work, helping an elderly neighbor, volunteering at a local hospital, helping at a community event and tutoring an elementary school student.
The successful completion of the Grade 10 Test of Reading and Writing Skills is required for graduation. The test will be administered in the fall of the student’s Grade 10 school year. This test will measure how well students are meeting the reading expectations outlined in the curriculum.