Ontario Ministry Requirements

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In order to graduate high school and to obtain your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), there are many requirements that you need to fulfill such as the required courses that you need to complete. To earn your diploma, students must:
      • Earn 18 compulsory credits
      • Earn 12 optional credits
      • Pass the literacy requirement
      • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities

Compulsary Credits

Students must complete the following courses and earn the compulsory credit to obtain their OSSD:
      • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
      • 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
      • 3 credits for Group 1, 2 and 3 courses (1 credit in each group)
      • 2 credits in Science
      • 1 credit in Canadian History (Grade 10)
      • 1 credit in Canadian Geography (Grade 9)
      • 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 1 credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1:


Group 3:

Literacy Graduation Requirement

All students must meet the secondary school literacy graduation requirement to earn their high school diploma. For high school students, that means passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
For adults, that means passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course.
If a student has proved unsuccessful in completing the OSSLT requirement in the past, they have other opportunities to still get that literacy graduation requirement Students can contact the school principal for more information about the options.
This requirement has been waived for students graduating in the 2019-2020 school year.

Community Involvement Hours

The community involvement requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness and understanding about civic responsibility. Students can participate in supporting and strengthening their communities. 
Students can start accumulating the required 40 hours in the summer before entering Grade 9.
Tips for students who are looking for volunteer opportunities:
Students under 18 years old should consult with their parents to plan and select their community involvement activities, according to ministry guidelines.
This requirement has been waived for students graduating in the 2019-2020 school year.
 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.
** 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.
† The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.