This diploma will be awarded to students who successfully complete 30 credits including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits.  Such credits will be based on the discipline specific expectations and assessment policies as set out in the provincial curriculum policy documents.
In addition, a student must complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and successfully complete the Grade 10 Literacy.  The following chart lists the 18 compulsory credit requirements:
Compulsory Credits (Total of 18):
4 English (1 credit per grade) PLUS
3 Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)         ·          40 hours community-based involvement
2 Science     
1 French-As-A-Second Language
1 Canadian History
1 Canadian Geography
1 Arts ·          successful completion of the Grade 10 Literacy Test
1 Health and Physical Education
0.5 Civics
0.5 Career Studies
1 of English OR a Third Language OR  French as a second language OR Social  Science and Humanities OR Canadian and World Studies OR Guidance and Career Education OR or Coop
1 of Health and Physical Education OR the Arts (Art, Drama, Dance) OR Business Studies OR French as a second language OR Guidance and Career Education OR Coop
1 of Grade 11/ 12 Science, OR Grade 9-12 Technology OR  French as a second language OR Computer Studies OR Coop

All courses are 1-credit courses requiring a minimum of 110 hours of scheduled time except for:

  1. The two half credit courses (one in Civics and the other in Career Studies) which are each comprised of 55 hours.
  2. Coop is a 2 credit program related to a specific course.

NOTE : All students will take Religious Education courses in grades 9 through 12 as part of their commitment to Catholic Education.



As part of the diploma requirements, beginning in September of Grade 9,  students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities outside of class hours.  These activities may be completed at anytime during their years in the secondary school program.
Detailed information will be provided to students and parents in the Board’s “Community Involvement Manual”, delivered by their Teacher Advisor.  Documentation will be collected and recorded on the final report card each semester.

Link:  Community Involvement Manual

All students who enter Grade 9 in the 2000-2001 school year or in subsequent years must successfully complete the Grade 10 Literacy Test  in order to earn a secondary school diploma.

The Grade 10 Literacy Test  will measure how well students are meeting the reading and writing expectations across subjects in the provincial curriculum up to the end of Grade 9. Students will take the test in Grade 10. Students who are unsuccessful at their first attempt will have opportunities to rewrite the test following remediation.
The necessary accommodations will be made to ensure that students who are receiving special education programs and services and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) have a fair and equal opportunity to successfully complete the test.
Students who might benefit from a deferral of the test may include students who have an IEP and students registered in English as a Second Language/English Literacy Development (ESL/ELD) courses, who have not yet acquired the level of proficiency in English required for successfully completing the test.
Students whose IEP indicates that the student is not working towards the attainment of a secondary school diploma may, with parental consent and the approval of the principal, be exempted from participating in the test.

For literacy help see the following website: http://www.ilc.org/

This certificate will be awarded to students who successfully complete a minimum of 14 credits including 7 compulsory credits and 7 optional credits.  Such credits will be based on the discipline specific expectations and assessment policies as set out in the provincial curriculum policy documents.
The following chart lists the seven compulsory credit requirements:

English 2
Canadian Geography or Canadian History 1
Mathematics 1
Science 1
Health & Physical Education 1
Arts or Technological Education 1


This certificate may be granted by the principal to students who are leaving school prior to fulfilling the requirements for an OSSD or OSSC, but who have achieved significant progress in completing personal and educational goals.  An Ontario Student Transcript, including the IEP where applicable, will be attached to the Certificate.
SUBSTITUTIONS UNDER OSS (1999) FOR COMPULSORY COURSES The Principal has the right to make substitutions. The following CRITERIA apply:

  • Special learning needs as documented on an IEP
  • Previously excused or not enrolled in (elementary school) FSL instruction.
  • Exceptional circumstances


  • In certain circumstances it may be necessary for students to seek to replace a compulsory course.  To meet individual students’ needs, a principal may replace up to three (3) of the eighteen (18) compulsory courses (or the equivalent in half-courses) with courses from the remainder of those that meet the compulsory course requirements.
  • Parents or adult students may make a request in writing to the principal and the principal will make the final determination based on discussions with the student, parents (where appropriate),  guidance counsellor, and other school staff.  The principal will communicate the decision to the student and parent (where appropriate).  A principal may also initiate consideration of credit substitution.
  • The parent or adult student may request in writing a review of the decision with the appropriate school superintendent.
  • Credit substitutions will be noted on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript

NOTE: Locally developed compulsory courses, which replace OSS compulsory courses, do not count as one of the three possible substitutions for compulsory courses.