Ontario Secondary School Diploma


Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:


18 Compulsory Credits:


4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*

3 credits in mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)

credits in science

1 credit in Canadian history

1 credit in Canadian geography

1 credit in the arts

credit in health and physical education

credit in French as a second language

0.5 credit in career studies

0.5 credit in civics


Additionally, students must complete the following:

  • 12 elective credits (with one each from Groups 1, 2, and 3 — see below)
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • The provincial literacy requirement

Group 1:

  • English or French as a second language**
  • a Native language • First Nations, Metis, and Inuit studies
  • a classical or international language social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies 
  • Guidance and career 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)
  • technological education
  • French as a second language**
  • computer studies
  • cooperative education***

* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.

** In groups 1, 2, and 3 a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and the other from either group 2 or group 3.

*** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.

† The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses

(taken from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/graduate.pdf)

Breaking the “credit” down. 

A credit signifies the completion of a course granted by the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training which means the student has met the course requirements (50% grade or higher) alongside a minimum of 110 hours within the course. Half-credits are also granted by the ministry for 55-hour parts of 110-hour ministry developed courses.

  • 18 Compulsory Credits 


  • 12 Elective Credits

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Between the academic months of March and April of Canadian students’ grade 10 year, they are required to write the OSSLT which is an essential requirement for graduation. The OSSLT is usually administered by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Inspira Academy will, however, accommodate full-time students by allowing them to write the test in their home country. 

Please Note: The OSSLT is a year-to-year, fixed date, which cannot be changed by anyone except the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Community Involvement

Students residing in Ontario must complete 40 hours of community service in order to obtain their OSSDs. But students joining Inspira Academy and who reside outside of Ontario can be granted equivalent hours. There is no formality as to when or how many hours students may accrue, although hours must collectively total 40 prior to the student receiving an OSSD.

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