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Degree Requirements

Ontario High School Curriculum & Diploma Requirements

Total: 30 Credits (Included: 18 Compulsory Credits and 12 Optional 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

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1:

  • English or French as a second language**

  • A Native language

  • A classical or an 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***

In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

  • 12 optional credits†

  • 40 hours of community involvement activities

  • The provincial literacy requirement (OSSLT)


*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.

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