The Ontario secondary school program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they will need to lead satisfying and productive lives in the 21st century. The program will prepare students for further education and work, and will help them to become independent, productive, and responsible members of society.
Students in Grade 9 –12 are subject to the diploma requirements of the Ministry of Education. More detail can be found in the Ontario Secondary Schools: Grade 9-12, Program and Diploma Requirements found on the Ministry of Education website at www.edu.gov.on.ca.
The following requirements must be successfully completed in order to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD):
The secondary school program is designed so students can meet the diploma requirements in four years following Grade 8.
Effective July 1, 2011, students may now start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9. This change acknowledges the enthusiasm of some students, with support from their parents, to be involved in their community prior to entering secondary school.
To document their volunteer hours, students should request a letter from the organization where they volunteer. The letter should indicate the type of volunteer work performed, the number of hours and a contact name.
In Grades 9 and 10, courses strongly promote the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills by all students, but at the same time allow students to begin to focus on their areas of strength and interest and to explore various areas of study. In Grades 11 and 12, the program is designed to allow all students to choose courses that are clearly and directly linked to their intended postsecondary destinations.
To see a full list of Ontario secondary school diploma credit requirements, visit the Ontario Ministry of Education.