Graduation Requirements

Limestone Learning Foundation

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 as set out by the Ministry of Education. In addition to the course requirements, students must complete 40 hours of voluntary Community Involvement, and fulfill the Ontario Literacy Requirement (by successfully completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course).

Course Completion

Students must complete 30 courses  from the Ontario Curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Education. Students must complete 18 compulsory courses and 12 optional credits. An outline of the various credits is outlined in the Ministry's What do you need to graduate document.

Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)

Students working towards the Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), provided they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed, as follows:

Compulsory credits (total of 7): 

  • 2 credits in English 

  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography or Canadian History 

  • 1 credit in Mathematics

  • 1 credit in Science 

  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education 

  • 1 credit in the Arts or Technological Education

Optional credits (total of 7):
Seven credits selected by the student from available courses. Consideration should be given to planned career destination and destination requirements or prerequisites. Students are encouraged to explore different subject areas.  

Community Service (Volunteer) Hours

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.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

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.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.