Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements
Additionally, students must earn 1 credit from each of the following groups:
Note: The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups:
* The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) may be used to meet either the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 English compulsory credit requirement. The Grade 11 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices course may be used to meet the Grade 11 English compulsory credit requirement. For English language learners the requirement may be met through earning a maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD); the fourth credit must be a Grade 12 compulsory English course.
** The Grade 9 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures course may be used to meet the compulsory credit requirement in the arts.
*** Students who have taken Native languages in place of French as a second language in elementary school may use a Level 1 or 2 Native language course to meet the compulsory credit requirement for French as a second language.
In addition to the 18 compulsory credits described above, students must also complete to following requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
12 Optional Credits: The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.
In addition to the credit requirements described above, students must also complete these following requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
The provincial literacy requirement: If you entered Grade 9 in the 1999 - 2000 school year or in subsequent years, the student must successfully complete the Provincial Secondary School Literacy Requirement. This test, administered by EQAO, determines whether the student has acquired the reading and writing skills considered essential for literacy. It is based on the Ontario curriculum expectations for language and communication, particularly reading and writing, up to and including Grade 9. Note: See subsection 5.1.4 below for more information.
40 hours of community involvement activities: Students who began secondary school during or after the 1999-2000 school year must complete a minimum of 40 hours community involvement activities as part of the diploma requirements. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility, the role he or she can play, and the contribution he or she can make in supporting and strengthening communities. The Victoria School Principal will determine the number of hours of community service the mature student is required to complete, based on the grade level in which the student enrolls.