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18 compulsory credits

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

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

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1: additional credit in English, or French as a second language, ** or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and word studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education***

Group 2: additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language, **or cooperative education***

Group 3: additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language, **or computer studies, or cooperative education***

In addition, students must complete:

• 12 optional credits+
• 40 hours of community involvement activities
• the provincial literacy requirement

*A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) 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. +The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.

Other directions for the high school program based on high standards and accountability include:

A requirement for students to complete 40 hours of community involvement prior to graduation;
introduction of a high school literacy test prior to the end of Grade 10 - this provides time for rededication and further testing or alternative courses, for students who do not meet the required standard

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