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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


 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
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

 1

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***

 1

 Group 2:

  • health and physical education
  • the arts
  • business studies
  • French as a second language**
  • cooperative education***

 1

 Group 3:

  • science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • technological education
  • French as a second language**
  • computer studies
  • cooperative education***

explanations

* 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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