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Compulsory Credits

Students must earn the following 18 compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

  •  4 English (1 credit per grade) *
  •  1 French as a second language 
  •  3 mathematics (1 at the Senior Level) 
  •  2 science 
  •  1 Canadian geography (Grade 9) 
  •  1 Canadian history (Grade 10) 
  •  1 Arts credit (any of visual arts, music, drama, dance) 
  •  1 health and physical education 
  •  0.5 credit in civics 
  •  0.5 credit in career studies

    Plus one credit from the following groups:
  •  one additional credit in English, OR French as a second language OR a native language OR classical and international language OR social sciences and the humanities OR Canadian and world studies OR guidance and career education OR cooperative education **
  •  one additional credit in health and physical education OR the arts OR business studies, OR cooperative education **
  •  one additional credit in science (Grade 11-12) OR computer studies (Grade 10-12) OR technological education (Grade 9-12), OR cooperative education **

* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English Literacy Development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must by a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.

** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.
For more detailed information concerning the Ontario secondary school diploma requirements, visit http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/curricul/secondary/oss/oss.pdf


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