Diploma and Certificate Requirements

O.S.S.D. REQUIREMENTS

In order to earn the O.S.S.D., a student must:

  • earn 18 compulsory credits;
  • earn 12 optional credits;
  • complete 40 hours of community involvement activities;
  • successfully complete the provincial secondary school literacy test.

Compulsory Credits (total of 18)

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

 

 

 

 

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in the arts
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • .5 credit in civics
  • .5 credit in career studies

plus:

  • 1 additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humantities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education or cooperative education.
  • 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language, or cooperative education
  • 1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education, or French as a second language, or computer studies, or cooperative education.

Optional Credits (total of 12)

  • 12 optional credits
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • the provincial literacy requirement

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed in this calendar.

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed in this calendar.

 

 

Community Involvement Activities

Students, in collaboration with their parents, will decide how they will complete the community involvement requirement. They may use their annual education plan to identify possible activities they might undertake.

 

Community involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and informal settings. Students may not fulfill the requirement through activities that are counted towards a credit (cooperative education and work experience, for example), through paid work, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee.  The requirement is to be completed outside students’ normal instructional hours – that is, the activities are to take place in students’ designated lunch hours, after school, on weekends, or during school holidays.

 

Students will maintain and provide a record of their community involvement activities. Completion of the required 40 hours must be confirmed by the organizations or persons supervising the activities. Documentation attesting to the completion of each activity must be submitted to Guidance by the student. This documentation must include for each activity the name of the person or organization receiving the service, the activity performed, the dates and hours, the signatures of the student and his or her parents, and a signed acknowledgment by the person (or a representative of the organization) involved. The principal will decide whether the student has met the requirements of both the ministry and the board for these activities.

 

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

All students who enter Grade 9 in the 1999-2000 school year or in subsequent years must successfully complete the provincial secondary school literacy test in order to earn a secondary school diploma. Students will normally take the literacy test when they are in Grade 10. The test will be based on the Ontario curriculum expectations for language and communication – particularly reading and writing – up to and including Grade 9.

 

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided that they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:

Compulsory Credits (total of 7)

2 credits in English

1 credit in Canadian geography or Canadian history

1 credit in mathematics

1 credit in science

1 credit in health and physical education

1 credit in the arts or technological education

Optional credits (total of 7)

7 credits selected by the student from available course 

 

 

 

 

The Certificate of Accomplishment

Students who leave the school before fulfilling 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 is a means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment after leaving school.

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