OSSD Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements
In order to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students are required to successfully complete 30 credits (18 compulsory and 12 optional), a literacy test in grade 10 (OSSLT) and 40 hours of community involvement.
A Credit

A credit is granted when a course of at least 110 hours of scheduled time is completed successfully.

Compulsory Credits (total of 18)
  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in the arts (music or art)
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 / 2 credit in civics and 1 / 2 credit in career studies
  • Plus:
    • 1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or a social science, or Canadian and world studies, or Guidance and Career Education.
    • 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or business studies, or the arts (music or art)
    • 1 additional credit in science (grade 11 or 12) or technological education (Gr 9-12)
Optional Credits
In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students have to earn 12 optional credits in courses of their choice, selected from the list of courses available in the school.
Additional Compulsory Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
Students will take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in grade 10. Students must pass the test in order to graduate, and the result will be recorded on their student transcript. Students who do not complete the test successfully will need remedial help to prepare them for re-testing. The literacy test evaluates student's reading and writing skills based on curriculum expectations in language and communications up to and including grade 9. ESL students will take the test only when they have reached this level in their language studies.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)

Nobel Academy will offer the OSSLC (OLC4O) to students who are in need of the literacy component as part of the OSSD requirements.

The following policy has been adopted by Nobel Academy:

  1. For the Grade 10 students, Nobel Academy will require that the students write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
  2. If any student above does not successfully complete the OSSLT, he/she will have the opportunity to retake the OSSLT.
  3. As per PPM No. 137, the student may retake the OSSLT for a second time or, at the principal's discretion, the student may be allowed to enroll in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). The principal will make this decision in concert with the student and teachers and the decision made will be in the best interest of the student.
Community Involvement Activities

Students will be required to complete 40 hours of unpaid community involvement prior to graduation. This initiative is intended to encourage all students to become involved in their communities on a regular basis and to provide them with the opportunities to develop skills and values related to both future careers and civic responsibilities. Students will be responsible for fulfilling this requirement on their own time and for maintaining a record of their activities.

The school has adopted a policy in accordance with Policy/Program Memorandum No. 124A. The policy at Nobel Academy includes a list of Ineligible Activities and a list of Eligible Activities. Along with these lists, forms to track the Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities and Completion of Community Involvement Activities have been developed by the school.

Completion of the required 40 hours must be confirmed by the organizations or persons supervising the activities. Documentation attesting to the completion of each activity must be submitted to the principal by the student. The principal will decide whether the student has met the requirements of the ministry.

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