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Ontario Secondary School Diploma

30 credits required


18 compulsory credits

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

4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*

3 credits in mathematics (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

1 credit in French as a second language

0.5 credit in career studies

0.5 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† chosen from available courses

AND

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.


Tips for students looking for volunteer opportunities:

Check your school board’s website for resources to help you record hours and find volunteer

activities.

Visit the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network to find opportunities through a centre in your

community.

Make sure you know which activities qualify for the community involvement requirement. Students

under eighteen years old can consult with their parents to plan and select their community

involvement activities, according to ministry guidelines

Ask your principal or guidance department for more information.



*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.


Ontario Secondary School Certificate


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.

14 credits minimum required (7 compulsory & 7 optional credits)

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 provisions for making substitutions for compulsory credits described in section 6.2 also apply to the Ontario Secondary School Certificate.



Ontario Secondary School 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.




 

Ministry Guidelines & Resource Documents - Grade 9 & 10 Special Education courses
    (2006 curriculum documents)

Ministry Guidelines & Resource Documents - Grade 11 & 12 Special Education courses
    (2006 curriculum documents




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