Ontario Secondary School Diploma

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma is accepted internationally as a standard for university admissions. Students who complete this diploma at Pickering College are assured of having a well-rounded education, balanced with sciences, mathematics, social sciences, languages and the arts.

The academic program from Grades 9 to 12 falls under the secondary curriculum requirements of Ontario Secondary Schools (OSS) which lead to the awarding of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). They include:

18 compulsory credits: 4 English (1 credit per grade)

3 Math (1 senior)

2 Science

1 Canadian History

1 Canadian Geography

1 Arts

1 Health and Physical Education

1 French

0.5 in Career Studies

0.5 in Civics

1 additional credit in English, or a third language*, or Social Sciences and the Humanities,

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or Canadian and World Studies, or Guidance and Career Education, or Cooperative Education**

1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or cooperative education**

1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or computer studies, or cooperative education**


12 elective credits, 40 hours community involvement, and the provincial literacy requirement

*A maximum of 3 credits in ESL or ELD may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English but the 4th must be a credit for a Grade 12 compulsory English course

** 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.

Category: Diploma

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