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The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is a diploma granted to high school graduates in the province of Ontario. The Ontario Academic Credit system is officially adopted in assessing the students' qualification for OSSD.
Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits;
Students must meet the provincial secondary school literacy requirement; and
Students must complete 40 hours of community involvement activities.
Plus one credit from each of the following groups:
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. A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. Optional credits may include up to four credits achieved through approved Dual Credit courses.
The new Ontario curriculum establishes internationally competitive standards of education for secondary school students across the province. The curriculum has been designed with the goal of ensuring that graduates from Ontario secondary schools are well prepared to lead satisfying and productive lives as both citizens and individuals, and to compete successfully in a global economy and a rapidly changing world. For every course that is offered at the secondary level, the new curriculum outlines detailed requirements – that is, the particular knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of each course.