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OSSD Requirements

Students who entered grade 9 in Sept. 1999 or later are required to earn a total of 30 credits, complete 40 hours of community involvement, and meet the literacy requirement. 

30 Credits: 

Students must earn the following 18 compulsory credits:
  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
  • 3 credits in Mathematics (1 credits 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 elective credits ^
  • the Provincial Literacy Requirement
  • A minimum of 40 hours of Community Involvement Activities

The Provincial Literacy Requirement:


Students are required to pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Mature students are not required to write the OSSLT but must still meet the literacy requirement by successfully completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). 


40 hours of Community Involvement Activities:
  • The community involvement requirement is designed to provided 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. 
  • Community involvement hours may take place in a variety of settings including : not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and informal settings.
  • Students many not fulfill the requirements through activities that are counted towards credits (ie. cooperative education and work experience, through paid work, community service assigned by the Justice System, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee). 


* 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 elective credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses. 

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