Graduation Requirements


Students can earn community involvement hours through virtual or in-person volunteering activities that are:

  • Completed outside scheduled class time
  • Not part of a credit course
  • Unpaid


Below are just a few examples of activities that qualify as community involvement. 

  • Assisting charitable organizations, service clubs and not-for-profit organizations
  • Fundraising, including canvassing and walk-a-thons
  • Coaching minor sports teams
  • Organizing events in your community or school
  • Participating in environmental projects like tree planting, clean-up or recycling
  • Assisting at seniors’ residences, hospitals or nursing homes
  • Helping young people through tutoring, transcribing or reading buddies
  • Leading others in your faith community


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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