The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is a globally accepted and recognized high School Diploma for Grades 9-12 with more than 70 subjects to choose from. It requires the completion of 30 credit courses, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 electives. Other requirements include passing the provincially mandated Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and completing a minimum of 40 hours of approved Community Involvement activities.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

1. Complete 18 compulsory credits in 4 years (Grade 9 till 12)

  • English (1 per Grade)4
  • French as a Second Language1
  • Mathematics(1 in grade 11/12)3
  • Science2
  • Canadian Geography1
  • Arts (Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Visual Arts)1
  • Health and Physical Education1
  • Civics and Citizenship0.5
  • Career Studies0.5
  • Canadian History1

Remaining 3 compulsory credits to be chosen from the groups given below( 1 per group):

  • Group 1

    > English
    > French as a second language *
    > A Native language
    > A classical or an international language
    > Social sciences and the humanities
    > Canadian and world studies
    > Native 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 **

2. Complete 12 electives from the range of courses given here:

3. Complete minimum 40 hours of community involvement.

4. Successful completion of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or Ontario Literacy Course

** English as a second language and English literacy development: A maximum of 3 credits may be used to meet requirements for English compulsory credits.
* French as a second language: A maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2/3).
** Cooperative education: A maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).

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