Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements
  • Successful completion of Literacy requirement
  • 40 hours of community involvement  (Community Involvement Activity Notification and Completion Form)
  • 30 credits required for graduation:
    (18 compulsory and 12 optional)

    • 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
    • 5 Civics
    • 5 Career studies


Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1: an additional English credit or French as a second language* or a third language or a Social Sciences and Humanities credit or a Canadian and World Studies credit or a Guidance and Career Education credit or a Cooperative Education credit *

Group 2: a Business Studies credit or a credit in Health and Physical Education or a credit in the Arts or a credit in Cooperative Education * or French as a second language *

Group 3: a Grade 11 or 12 Science credit or a Technological Education credit or a Computer Studies credit or a Cooperative Education credit * or French as a second language *

Plus 12 optional credits

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

Community Involvement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of mandatory Community Involvement prior to graduation.

  • An indication of completion will be entered on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript when the40 hours have been submitted and approved.
  • Secondary school staff will discuss appropriate types of Community Involvement activities and projects with students and may offer suggestions, but the selection and management of the involvement is to be directed by the student.
  • The TDSB publishes a list of “approved” and “non-approved” activities; students choosing an activity not on the approved list must apply for permission in writing to the school Principal.
  • Activities may take place inside or outside the school. If inside, activities may not be part of a credit program.
  • The student may not displace a worker who would normally have been paid to perform the same function or receive pay.
  • Community Involvement may begin in the summer after Grade 8.
  • For volunteer opportunities check: volunteertoronto.ca

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Requirement

Students must write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), which is created and marked by the Ministry of Education. Students who write the OSSLT and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O).

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