What are the 18 compulsory credits needed to graduate?
Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD):
- 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
- 1 credit in a second language
- 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
- 2 credits in science
- 1 credit in history
- 1 credit in geography
- 1 credit in the arts
- 1 credit in health and physical education
- 0.5 credit in civics
- 0.5 credit in career studies
- 1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or a cooperative education course
- 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or a cooperative education course
- 1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or computer science, or technological education, or a cooperative education course
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.