Graduation Requirements

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).

Credits Required

 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.