Diploma Requirements

An Ontario Secondary School Diploma will be granted to a student who earns a minimum of 30 credits, passes the Grade 10 Test of Reading and Writing Skills, and completes the Community Involvement Activities. A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours of instruction. Where applicable, a half-credit is granted for the successful completion of a minimum of 55 hours of instruction.

Compulsory Credits (Total of 18)

4 credits in English*
3 credits in mathematics (at least one in grade eleven or twelve)
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
½ credit in career studies
½ credit in civics

1 additional credit in English or French as a second language or a native language, or a classical or international language, or social sciences and the humanities or Canadian and world studies or guidance and career education or cooperative education**

1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts or business studies or cooperative education**

1 additional credit in science or technological education or cooperative education**

* 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.
** a maximum of two (2) credits in Cooperative Education can count as compulsory credits.

Optional Credits (Total of 12)***

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students have to earn 12 optional credits in courses of their choice, selected from the full list of courses available in the school. Optional credits allow students to build an educational program that suits their individual interests and meets university, college, apprenticeship, or work requirements.

*** May include up to four credits achieved through approved Dual Credit courses. 7

An Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted to a student who earns a minimum of 14 credits.

Compulsory Credits (Total of 7)

2 credits in English
1 credit in mathematics
1 credit in science
1 credit in arts or technology
1 credit in Canadian history or Canadian geography
1 credit in health and physical education

Optional Credits (Total of 7)

In addition to the 7 compulsory credits, students have to earn 7 optional credits in courses of their choice, selected from the full list of courses available in the school. Optional credits allow students to build an educational program that suits their individual interests and meets apprenticeship or work requirements.

A Certificate of Accomplishment will be granted to a student who leaves school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate. The Certificate of Accomplishment is a way of recognizing achievement of students who plan to take other kinds of further training or who plan to find employment after school. An Ontario Student Transcript will be attached to indicate which credits have been earned. A Certificate of Accomplishment will be issued only once.

 
 
 
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