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Ontario Curriculum

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

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:

4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)

  • 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

3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12) 2 credits in science

1 credit in the arts

  • The Grade 9 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures course may be used to meet the compulsory credit requirement in the

1 credit in Canadian geography (Grade 9) 1 credit in Canadian history (Grade 10)

1 credit in French as a second language

  • 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

1 credit in health and physical education

0.5 credit in career studies

0.5 credit in civics

3 additional credits, consisting of 1 credit from each of the following groups:

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

Optional Credits

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits (7 for the OSSC), students must earn 12 optional credits (7 for the OSSC). Of these 12 optional credits, up to 4 may include credits earned through approved dual credit courses. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed as available by LS.

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) will be granted, on request, to students who are leaving secondary school upon reaching the age of eighteen without having met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. To be granted an OSSC, a student must have earned a minimum of 14 credits, distributed as follows.

7 required compulsory credits

  • 2 credits in English
  • 1 credit in mathematics
  • 1 credit in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history or Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in the arts, computer studies, or technological education

7 required optional credits

  • 7 credits selected by the student from available courses

The substitution policy for OSSC compulsory credits is the same as that for the OSSD.

The Certificate of Accomplishment

Students who are leaving secondary school upon reaching the age of eighteen without having met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment directly after leaving school. The Certificate of Accomplishment is to be accompanied by the student’s Ontario Student Transcript. For students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a copy of the IEP may be included.

Students who return to school to complete additional credit and non-credit courses (including courses with modified or alternative expectations in special education programs) will have their transcript updated accordingly but will not be issued a new Certificate of Accomplishment. The Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted when the returning student has fulfilled the appropriate requirements.

Community Involvement

As part of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. The purpose of this activity is to remind students of their community obligations and to encourage them to contribute to society beyond the minimum number of hours required as well as to continue to make a selfless contribution to their community in the future.

Students are responsible for completing the required number of hours on their own time – during lunch hour, after school, on weekends, or during school holidays – and for keeping track of their activities under the guidance of the school principal.  Students must choose an activity that is

approved by the school such as helping classmates with school work, assisting in sports activities at a community centre, helping senior citizens, involvement in community events, volunteering at a hospital or in the community.

The Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement

Students must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is administered annually in March. Passing the test is a requirement of the OSSD. Students who do not pass may take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). The school principal has the discretion to allow a student to enrol in the OSSLC before he or she has had a second opportunity to take the OSSLT, if the principal determines that it is in the best educational interests of the student.

Students who pass the course are considered to have met the literacy graduation requirement. The result is recorded on the student transcript.

 

In the case of accommodations, special provisions, deferrals and exemptions, the principal will contact the EQAO directly to apply for them if the need arises.