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Ontario High School Graduation Requirement (O.S.S.D)



18 Compulsory Credits


Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:


 credits in English (1 credit per grade) *


 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)


 credits in science


 credit in Canadian history


 credit in Canadian geography


 credit in the arts


 credit in health and physical education


 credit in French as a second language


 credit in career studies


 credit in civics




Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

 Group 1


 English or French as a second language**

 a Native language

 a classical or an international language

 social sciences and the humanities

 Canadian and world studies

 guidance and career education

 cooperative education***


Group 2


 health and physical education

 the arts

 business studies

 French as a second language**

 cooperative education***


Group 3


 science (Grade 11 or 12)

 technological education

 French as a second language**

 computer studies

 cooperative education***




In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

    · 12 optional credits****

    · The provincial literacy requirement

    · A minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities




40 Hours of Community involvement

The community involvement requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness and understanding about civic responsibility. They can actively participate in supporting and strengthening their communities. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and possible career opportunities.


Students can start accumulating hours in the summer before entering Grade 9.


Community Hours

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 neighbour, volunteering at a local hospital, helping at a community event and tutoring an elementary school student.


The Grade 10 Literacy Test

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.

* 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.