Our Curriculum

Ontario Graduation Requirements

30 Credits*
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.


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OSSD Requirements

Compulsory Credits

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


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.

Elective Credits

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.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – OSSLT

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

 As part of graduation requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours in community involvement activities. The purpose of community involvement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. These activities may be completed at any time during their years in the secondary school program. International students may bring community service hours with them for partial credit, provided the type of community involvement meets the criteria and does not take place during school hours.

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.



2054 Mountainside Dr. Burlington, Ontario L7P 1A8

Email: admissions@BurlingtonRoyalArtsAcademy.ca
Phone: 1-289-245-1534

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