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Diploma Requirements

Diploma Requirements

Diploma Requirements

1) The Ontario Secondary School Diploma

  • 18 Compulsory Credits
  • 12 Elective Credits
  • 30 Total Credits

Compulsory Credits

  • 4 English
  • 1 French or Ojibway
  • 3 Mathematics
  • 2 Science
  • 1 Canadian History
  • 1 Canadian Geography
  • 1 Health and Physical Education
  • 1 Civics (½ credit)
  • 1 Career Studies (½ credit)
  • 1 Arts (Drama, Media Art,  Music, Visual Art)
  • Group 1:  1 additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native Language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education
  • Group 2:  1 additional credit in health and physical education, or business studies, or the arts, or cooperative education.
  • Group 3:  1 additional credit in science or technological education, or cooperative education

Additional Graduation Requirements include

  • 40 hours of community service and
  • successful completion of the grade 10 literacy test or the grade 12 literacy course.

2) The Certificate of Accomplishment

Students who leave school before fulfilling 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 vocational programs or other kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment after leaving school.

3) The Ontario Secondary School Certificate

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided that they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:

  • 2 credits in English
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography or Canadian history
  • 1 credit in mathematics
  • 1 credit in science
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in the arts or technological education
  • 7 Optional credits
  • 14 Total Credits