Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

New Graduation Requirement In Technical Education
Starting with students entering Grade 9 in September 2024, students will be required to earn a Grade 9 OR 10 Technological Education credit as part of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

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
  • 3 credits in Mathematics (1 credit in Senior Math)
  • 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:

  • 12 optional credits
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • Provincial literacy requirement
  • 2 online learning classes

Community Involvement Hours

Students require 40 hours of Community Service to graduate High School in Ontario. There are many benefits to volunteering, including giving back to the community, learning new skills, developing awareness about civic responsibility, deepening their understanding of their role in society and networking opportunities for potential future employment.

Community Hours Form

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
  • An activity that benefits the community

 Students can start earning hours in the summer before Grade 9!

  • An event or activity designed to benefit the community in general.
  • An event or activity to support a not-for-profit agency, institution or foundation that meets ethical standards of the Board and the Ministry of Education.
  • Any program that promotes tutoring, mentoring, visiting or coaching, or assists others in need.
  • Participation in an event or activity that supports ethical work of a global nature or that promotes positive environmental awareness.
  • Participation in an event or activity that contributes to the health and well-being of others.
  • That is affiliated with a club, religious or political organization, arts or cultural association that seeks to make a positive and ethical contribution in the community.

Some examples of eligible activities are, but not limited to:

  • coaching minor sports team
  • reading buddy or tutoring outside of school time
  •  assisting at a charity walk-a-thon
  • participating in environmental projects (e.g. community clean up, tree planting)
  • helping to organize a community event such as a summer fair or winter carnival
  • volunteering at a food bank
  • assisting at a senior's residence
  • assisting in local parks and recreation facilities
  •  timing, scoring keeping or managing a school team
  • organizing the school art show
  • Office work for a non-profit organization
  • Committee work (e.g. literacy committee at local library)
  • Leading others in your faith community
  • Advisory board
  • Youth programs or Mentorship programs
 Not Eligible
  • An activity that is a requirement of a class, course, or program in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education course, experiential learning activities)
  • An activity that takes place during regular class time on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student's lunch breaks or “spare” periods is permissible
  • Contravenes the minimum age requirements to work in or visit a workplace stated in regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Contravenes any other applicable legislation, regulation or policy
  • Contravenes the policies and procedures of the organization that is supervising the student’s community involvement activities
  • Would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
  • Involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding
  • Involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons
  • Involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government
  • Involves banking, the handling of securities, or the handling of valuable items such as jewellery, works of art, or antiques
  • Consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities
  • Involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders, probationary program)
  • Involves activities that promote discrimination, harassment, or puts the safety of the student or others at risk.


Literacy Requirement

In Grade 10, all students must take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which will be administered through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Unsuccessful candidates will be given the opportunity to rewrite the test the following school year. There are EQAO permitted accommodations for students with an IEP. Students not working towards an OSSD may be exempted from writing the test. Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT and have been unsuccessful at least once may take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O). Students who successfully complete this course will have met the graduation literacy requirement.|

2 Online learning Requirement

The cohort of students who entered grade 9 in 2020-21 and after will be required to complete 2 online courses as part of their secondary school requirements. Parents/guardians can request to opt out of this requirement through the Parent Portal.

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