Graduation Requirements

To receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students must earn 30 credits - 18 compulsory credits, 4 credits in religious education and 8 optional credits.

Number of CreditsName of Course

4 credits (1 credit per Grade)


3 credits (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)


2 credits


1 credit

Canadian History

1 credit

Canadian Geography

1 credit


1 credit

Health and Physical Education

1 credit

French as a Second Language

0.5 credit

Career Studies

0.5 credit


4 credits (1 credit per Grade)

Religious Education

8 optional credits

Elective Courses

Students also need one credit from each of the following groups:

Group one

English or French as a Second Language, Native language, classical or an international language, social science and the humanities, Canadian and world studies, guidance and career education, or cooperative education.

Group two

Health and physical education, the arts, business studies, French as a Second Language, or cooperative education.

Group three 

One additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a Second Language, or computer studies, or cooperative education.

In addition to earning 30 credits, students:

Please visit the Ministry of Education's 'What Do I Need to Graduate? for more information.

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