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How do I earn a Secondary School Diploma?

Diploma Requirements
An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requires the completion of:

  • a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory and 12 optional
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • the literacy requirement

The 18 compulsory credits are:

  • 4 English, one per grade level
  • 1 French as a Second Language
  • 3 Mathematics, at least one in Grade 11 or 12
  • 2 Science
  • 1 Canadian Geography
  • 1 Canadian History
  • 1 Arts (dance, drama, media, music, visual arts)
  • 1 Health and Physical Education
  • 0.5 Civics
  • 0.5 Career Studies

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1: additional credit in English
  • or French as a Second Language*
  • or a third language
  • or Social Sciences and the Humanities
  • or Canadian and World Studies
  • or Guidance and Career Education
  • or Cooperative Education*
Group 2: additional credit in Business Studies
  • or French as a Second Language*
  • or Health and Physical Education
  • or Arts
  • or Cooperative Education*
Group 3: a Grade 11 or 12 Science credit
  • or French as a Second Language*
  • or Technological Education
  • or Computer Studies
  • or Cooperative Education*

* A maximum of two credits in Cooperative Education and two credits in French can count as compulsories

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