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What do you need to graduate from high school?
18 compulsory credits

compulsory Credits

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

Compulsory Credits Table


 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*


 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)


 credits in science


 credit in Canadian history


 credit in Canadian geography


 credit in the arts


 credit in health and physical education


 credit in French as a second language


 credit in career studies


 credit in civics
In addition, students must complete:

Additional Requirements


  • 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


 Ontario Secondary School Diploma Requirements (pdf)

other credits

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

other credits table


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.

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