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Graduation Requirements

To earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students must complete a number of steps. The most important step is the completion of 30 courses from the Ontario Curriculum. Students and parents can find links to curriculum documents from the Ministry of Education. In addition to the course requirements for graduation, students must complete 40 (volunteer) hours of Community Involvement and fulfill the Ontario Literacy Requirement (by successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course).

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Since 1999, all students in Ontario secondary schools are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of Community Involvement (volunteer hours) in order to receive a diploma. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community. Currently, students are able to start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.


For mature students who have been out of school for at least one year, the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process can be used as a way to progress towards graduation.  Students may obtain credits towards the secondary school diploma (OSSD) for knowledge and skills that they have acquired outside of secondary school. This prior learning is assessed and evaluated to determine whether the student has met the provincial course expectations.

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