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.


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