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  • Definition of OSSD

    What is OSSD?

    OSSD is an abbreviation that stands for Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This is a diploma granted to high school students in Ontario, Canada. In order to achieve this, a student needs to complete the Ontario education curriculum.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

    An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) lays the foundation for future learning and growth in any chosen pathway: workplace, apprenticeship, college program, or university program.

    The following requirements must be successfully completed in order to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD):
    • 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits*
    • 40 hours of community involvement (CIH)
    • Successful completion of the EQAO Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)*
    Click Here to Download OSSD-Requirements Summary

  • 18 Compulsory Courses

    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 Language3
    • Native languages
    • Classical or International languages
    • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Canadian and World Studies
    • Guidance and Career Education
    • Cooperative Education4

    Group 2 (choose one)

    • Health and Physical Education
    • The Arts
    • Business Studies
    • French as a Second Language3
    • Cooperative Education4

    Group 3 (choose one)

    • Science (from Grade 11 or 12)
    • Technological Education
    • French as a Second Language3
    • Computer Studies
    • Cooperative Education4

    Notes

    1 Compulsory credits: To meet individual student needs, principals may replace up to 3 of the 18 compulsory credits from the remainder of those that meet the compulsory credit requirements (substitutions).

    2 English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development: Maximum of 3 credits may be used to meet requirements for English compulsory credits.

    3 French as a Second Language: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3).

    4 Cooperative Education: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).

  • 12 Optional Courses

    Optional Credits

    Students must successfully complete 12 optional (additional) credits from areas of interest and/or pathways. These credits will contribute to the 30-credit requirement for an OSSD.

    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.

    You are encouraged to take the test at a local school. If you wish to write the literacy test, please contact Ontario Virtual School. The counsellor will make the necessary arrangements for you to take the test.

    The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O) is also available at to be taken at Ontario Virtual School, to students who are unsuccessful on the OSSLT, or who meet other eligibility criteria. Students who pass the course are considered to have met the Literacy Requirement.

  • Group One Courses

    Below is a list of courses that fit into Group 1. To receive an OSSD, you are required to have at least 1 credit from Group 1.

    Group 1 Courses

    • English or French as a second language3
    • a Native language
    • a classical or international language
    • social sciences and the humanities
    • guidance and career education
    • cooperative education4

    Notes

    3 French as a Second Language: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3).

    4 Cooperative Education: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).

  • Group Two Courses

    Below is a list of courses that fit into Group 2. To receive an OSSD, you are required to have at least 1 credit from Group 2.

    Group 2 Courses

    • Health and Physical Education
    • The Arts
    • Business Studies
    • French as a Second Language3
    • Cooperative Education4

    Notes

    3 French as a Second Language: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3).

    4 Cooperative Education: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).

  • Group three Courses

    Below is a list of courses that fit into Group 3. To receive an OSSD, you are required to have at least 1 credit from Group 3.

    Group 3 Courses

    • Science (from Grade 11 or 12)
    • Technological Education
    • French as a Second Language3
    • Computer Studies
    • Cooperative Education4

    Notes

    3 French as a Second Language: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3).

    4 Cooperative Education: Maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).