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Ontario Secondary School Diploma

In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) a student must:

  • Earn 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional credits)
  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • Successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or (OLC40)

  • All students must successfully complete the Ministry of Education literacy requirement in order to earn a secondary school diploma. Either successfully passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC40) will accomplish this.

    Compulsory Credits

    4 credits in English (one per grade and all acquired at Pickering College)

    3 credits in Mathematics (at least one in Grade 11 or 12 and all acquired at Pickering College)

    2 credits in Science

    1 credit in French as a second language

    1 credit in Canadian Geography

    1 credit in Canadian History

    1 credit in the Arts

    1 credit in Health and Physical Education

    0.5 credit in Civics

    0.5 credit in Career Studies

    Group 1:

    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 world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education.

    Group 2:

    1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language, or cooperative education.

    Group 3:

    1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language, or computer studies

    Note: Only two Cooperative Education credits can count as compulsory credits.

    Use this plan as a guide to your course selection (based on course offerings at Pickering College):

    Grade 9

    English

    Mathematics

    Canadian Geography

    Science

    Physical Education

    French

    Elective

    Elective

    Grade 10


    English

    Mathematics

    Canadian History

    Science

    Civics/Career Studies

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Grade 11


    English

    Mathematics (Senior)

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Grade 12


    English

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

    Elective

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