ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATION DIPLOMA (OSSD):
*Online learning graduation requirement
Beginning with students who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year, all students must earn at least two online learning credits as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), unless they have opted out or been exempted. This online learning requirement also applies to adult learners entering the Ontario secondary school system starting in 2023-24 school year, unless they have opted out.
NOTE: A credit can only be earned once. If a course is taken as an ‘upgrade’ both marks will appear on the transcript but the credit can only count once towards diploma requirements.
ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (OSSC):
The Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) will be granted, on request, to students who are leaving secondary school upon reaching the age of eighteen without having met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. To be granted an OSSC, a student must have earned a minimum of 14 credits, distributed as follows:
7 required compulsory credits
2 credits in English, 1 credit in mathematics, credit in science, 1 credit in Canadian history or Canadian geography, 1 credit in health and physical education, 1 credit in the arts, computer studies, or technological education
CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT (COA):
The Certificate of Accomplishment Students who are leaving secondary school upon reaching the age of eighteen without having met the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain kinds of further training, or who plan to find employment directly after leaving school. The Certificate of Accomplishment is to be accompanied by the student’s Ontario Student Transcript. For students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a copy of the IEP may be included. Students who return to school to complete additional credit and non-credit courses.
Students working toward an Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC) or a Certificate of Accomplishment (COA) are supported by Head of Specialized Services