Ontario Secondary School Diploma
The Ontario Secondary School Diploma is accepted internationally as a standard for university admissions. Students who complete this diploma at Pickering College are assured of having a well-rounded education, balanced with sciences, mathematics, social sciences, languages and the arts.
The academic program from Grades 9 to 12 falls under the secondary curriculum requirements of Ontario Secondary Schools (OSS) which lead to the awarding of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). They include:
18 compulsory credits: 4 English (1 credit per grade)
3 Math (1 senior)
1 Canadian History
1 Canadian Geography
1 Health and Physical Education
0.5 in Career Studies
0.5 in Civics
1 additional credit in English, or a third language*, or Social Sciences and the Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies, or Guidance and Career Education, or Cooperative Education**
1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or cooperative education**
1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or computer studies, or cooperative education**
12 elective credits, 40 hours community involvement, and the provincial literacy requirement
*A maximum of 3 credits in ESL or ELD may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English but the 4th must be a credit for a Grade 12 compulsory English course
** 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.