Graduation Requirements

Community involvement requirements have changed for the 2020-21 School Year!

  • Students graduating in the 2020-21 school year require only 20 hours of community involvement activities
  • Virtual volunteering, such as connecting online with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events now qualify.
  • Earn hours during the day while at school! Speak to your guidance counsellor to find out how.
  • Earn hours by helping out at home! Examples include walking a younger child to and from school, helping younger siblings with school work, household chores, and helping out a neighbour.
  • Students aged 14 years and older can earn a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment! 

Questions? Speak to your school principal or guidance counsellor for more information.



To receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students must earn 30 credits - 18 compulsory credits, and 12 optional credits.

Students must earn the following compulsory credits:

  • 4 credits in English (1 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

Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1:
  • English or French as a second language
  • a Native language
  • a classical or international language
  • social sciences and the humanities
  • guidance and career education
  • cooperative education
Group 2:
  • health and physical education
  • the arts
  • business studies
  • French as a second language
  • cooperative education
Group 3:
  • science (grade 11 or 12)
  • technology education
  • French as a second language computer studies
  • cooperative education

In addition, students must complete:

For more information, speak to your school's guidance teacher.


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