Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements
Compulsory Credits (Total of 18)
4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) may be used to meet either the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 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.
3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 credits in science
1 credit in the arts
1 credit in Canadian geography (Grade 9)
1 credit in Canadian history (Grade 10)
1 credit in French as a second language
1 credit in health and physical education
0.5 credit in career studies
0.5 credit in civics
3 additional credits, consisting of 1 credit from each of the following groups:
English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education
French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education
French as a second language, science (Grades 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education
The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups:
A maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language may count as additional compulsory credits, 1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or Group 3.
A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education may count as additional compulsory credits, selected from any of Groups 1, 2, or 3.
Ontario Secondary Literacy Requirement
Students must write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), which is created and marked by the Ministry of Education or take the OLC4O course in order to meet the requirement.
More information about the OSSLT