OSSD


ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOLS: GRADES 9-12, PROGRAM AND DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Students in Grades 9 -12 are subject to the diploma requirements of the Ministry of Education, as described in the
section for these grades. 

Great care has been taken in editing this document but errors do occur and provincial policies do change. The most
authoritative source for course descriptions, course prerequisites and graduation requirements is the Ministry of Education website.

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE HAMILTON-WENTWORTH CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD THAT:

  • Enrolment in a Catholic Secondary School operated by the Board necessarily implies acceptance of and participation in Religious Education Programs and Courses;
     
  • Every student is required to include the appropriate Religious Education Program/Course while enrolled in year 1 through 4 in a Catholic Secondary School operated by the Board; and 
     
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may subject a student to sanctions appropriate to the failure, including suspension or expulsion from the school.

Getting Your Diploma

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

  •  30 credits required for graduation:
  • (18 compulsory and 12 optional)
    • 4 English, one per grade level
    • 1 French as a second language
    • 3 Mathematics, at least one in Grade 11 or 12
    • 2 Science
    • 1 Canadian geography
    • 1 Canadian history
    • 1 Arts (dance, drama, media, music, visual arts)
    • 1 Health and physical education
    • 0.5 Civics
    • 0.5 Career studies


Plus one credit from each of the following groups:

Group 1
: an additional English credit or French as a second language*
or a third language  or a Social Sciences and Humanities credit
or a Canadian and World Studies credit  or a Guidance and Career Education credit
or a Cooperative Education credit *

Group 2: a Business Studies credit or a credit in Health and Physical Education
or a credit in the Arts or a credit in Cooperative Education *
or French as a second language *

Group 3: a Grade 11 or 12 Science credit or a Technological Education credit
or a Computer Studies credit or a Cooperative Education credit * or French as a second language *

Plus 12 optional credits

* A maximum of two credits in Cooperative Education and two credits in French can count as compulsory credits.



THE CREDIT SYSTEM
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of
110 hours. Normally, students in Grades 9-12 will be able to earn 8 in each year towards the 30 credits they will require to obtain a diploma.

OPTIONAL OR ELECTIVE COURSES

Students must complete a minimum of 12 elective credits selected from those available and those of specific interest to the student and their individual goals for career and future educational programs. These will be selected with the assistance of parents, counsellors, teachers and administrators.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of Christian Service/Community Involvement activities. Once grade 9 commences, students may begin these activities which must be completed during their years in the secondary school program.

Within the Hamilton-Wentworth C.D.S.B. this requirement has a double purpose. The first is to enable students to show solidarity with people who are in need and who require assistance. The voluntary Christian Service provides students with an opportunity to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ on the Corporal Works of Mercy and to put into practice the Social Teaching of the Church. The second purpose is to foster an understanding of civic responsibility and participation and to help young people develop and share their skills with others in the wider community.

Christian Service/Community Involvement activities may take place in a variety of settings, including not-for-profit
organizations, public sector institutions, hospitals and informal settings.