Graduation Requirements


Students who complete all requirements receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Successful completion of an OSSD gives students the opportunity to apply for post-secondary education in Canada.


Requirements to Obtain an OSSD

  • 30 Credits
    • 18 Compulsory Credits
    • 12 Optional Credits
  • Ontario Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement
  • 40 Hours Community Service


Literacy Requirement

Students must complete the Literacy Requirement to receive an OSSD. This includes either the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). Students who fail the test twice can take the course. 

Virtual students may take the test online. English language learners are entitled to special provisions, including extra time.


Community Involvement

Community involvement is a school-related activity that is managed by the principal. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of civic responsibility and strong community values during their secondary school years. All students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement prior to graduation. However, the principal can designate less hours for students entering school in years after grade 9.


International Equivalency

Students who transfer to Ontario secondary schools from outside Ontario are eligible for equivalency credits. The number of credits depends on the program the student has completed.

For students who do not have Ontario credits, the principal will use an internationally accepted table and the list of diploma requirements as a guide to determine:

  • the total credit equivalency of the student’s background for placement purposes; and
  • the number of credits, including compulsory credits, that the student must earn to qualify for the OSSD.