The Ontario Secondary School Diploma
In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits. Students must also complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
18 compulsory credits:
4 credits English (1 credit must be a Gr. 12 compulsory English)
3 credits Mathematics (at least one Gr. 11 or 12 math credit)
2 credits Science
1 credit Canadian History
1 credit Canadian Geography
1 credit Arts
1 credit Health and Physical Education
1 credit French as a Second Language
½ credit Career Studies
½ credit Civics
1 credit additional English, additional French, Native language, classical or
international language, social science and the humanities, Canadian and world
studies, guidance and career education, or cooperative education*
1 credit additional health and physical education, arts, business studies, or cooperative education*
1 credit additional science, technological education, or cooperative education*
12 optional credits selected according to individual interests and goals
30 credits total
* A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits
Optional credits may be earned by taking additional courses according to individual interests and goals.
Please note that a religion course is required each year, and counts as optional credit toward the OSSD.