18 Compulsory Credits
12 Elective Credits
(Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test)
40 Hours of Community Service
At The Burlington Royal Arts Academy we offer academic and arts credits. As stated in the OSSD Requirements, to graduate secondary school students must have a combination of compulsory (18) and elective (12) credits to graduate. At BRAA, the academic courses offered are a combination of compulsory and elective courses. The arts credit, with the exception of the first Grade 9 credit are electives that count towards the 30 credit total required to graduate. In a sample Grade 9 schedule, periods 1, 2, 3 are compulsory Grade 9 credits required by all students according to the Ministry of Education. These credits include Math, English, Geography, Science, Language, and Business or Physical Education. Please see our Sample Grade 9 Timetable for more specific timetable information.
Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD):
Please note: a credit is a means of recognition of the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 hours has been scheduled. A credit is granted to the student by the principal of a secondary school on behalf of the Minister of Education for Ontario. Students who have completed secondary school courses in another country will be offered equivalent credits based on the successful completion of those courses.
In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 elective credits. Students may earn those credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed in the course calendar. To see the courses listed in the course calendar, click here.
As a requirement set out by the Ministry of Education, students must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in order to graduate from secondary school. The literacy test is created and assessed by the EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office), an arm’s-length agency of the provincial government that evaluates reading, writing and comprehension skills based on the Ontario Curriculum’s expectations in language and communication up to and including Grade 9.
Community involvement may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and informal settings. Students may not fulfill the requirement through activities that are counted towards a credit (cooperative education and work experience, for example), through paid work, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee.