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OSSD Requirements

What do you need to graduate from high school?

18 compulsory credits

Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

4 - credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
3 - credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
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
0.5 - credit in career studies
0.5 - credit in civics

In addition, students must complete:

12 optional credits (may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses)
40 hours of community involvement activities
the provincial literacy requirement

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1:

  • English or French as a second language**
  • a Native language
  • a classical or international language
  • social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies
  • guidance and career education
  • cooperative education***

Group 2:

  • health and physical education
  • the arts
  • business studies
  • French as a second language**
  • cooperative education***

Group 3:

  • science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • technological education
  • French as a second language**
  • computer studies
  • cooperative education***

* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELO) 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.

** In groups 1, 2 and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.

*** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.