OSSD Requirements

18 Compulsory Credits

Required Courses:

  • English (4 credits, 1 credit per grade)2
  • Mathematics (3 credits, 1 credit must be in Grade 11 or 12)
  • Science (2 credits)
  • Canadian History (1 credit)
  • Canadian Geography (1 credit)
  • The Arts (1 credit)
  • Health and Physical Education (1 credit)
  • French as a Second Language (1 credit)
  • Career Studies (½ credit)
  • Civics (½ credit)

Plus one credit from each of the following groups

Group 1 (choose one)

  • English or French as a Second Language
  • Native languages
  • Classical or International languages
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Canadian and World Studies
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Cooperative Education

Group 2 (choose one)

  • Health and Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • Business Studies
  • French as a Second Language
  • Cooperative Education

Group 3 (choose one)

  • Science (from Grade 11 or 12)
  • Technological Education
  • French as a Second Language
  • Computer Studies
  • Cooperative Education

12 Optional Credits

Other Requirements

40 hours of community involvement

As part of the diploma requirements, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. These activities may be completed at any time while you earn your secondary school credits.

The Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement

The Literacy Requirement is based on the expectations for reading and writing outlined in the Ontario curriculum up to and including Grade 9.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is the standard means for meeting the Literacy Requirement.