Secondary School Programs

According to the Ontario Education System, every student needs to have 30 credits (including 18 compulsory credits) in order to graduate from a Canadian high school and receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D).

Once the student graduates from the high school, has an O.S.S.D and finishes 6 pre-university credits, the student may then apply to any universities in Ontario.

Overseas students could be granted up to maximum 24 equivalent credits by the school Principal or Guidance Department based on their academic achievements in their home countries. Students can apply to universities through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), or to Ontario colleges through Ontario College Application Services (OCAS). They can also apply to any university or college in Canada, the United States and other parts of the world.

For further information about Ontario’s Secondary School programs and guidelines, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website.



Diploma Requirements

To earn the diploma, an OSSD student must:

  • Earn 18 compulsory credits
  • Earn 12 optional credits
  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • Pass the Grade 10 English Literacy Test (OSSLT)



  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 credit in French as a second language or other Foreign 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
  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education
  • 0.5 credit in Civics
  • 0.5 credit in Career Studies


  • 1 additional credit in English, a Third language, or Social Science and the Humanities, or Canadian and World Studies;
  • 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies;
  • 1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12) or Technological Education. (Grade 9-12)

Community Involvement – 40 hours

Students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement as a requirement of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. These 40 hours may be completed at any time during the student’s high school years and may take place in a variety of settings, including not-for-profit organizations, business, public sector institutions, and informal settings. Students will decide how they will complete the community involvement requirement.


Policies on Substitutions for Compulsory Courses

Up to 3 compulsory courses may be substituted at the discretion of the principal in order to meet the needs of individual students. The total number of credits required for a diploma remains at 30.


The successful completion of the Grade 10 Test of Reading and Writing Skills (OSSLT) is required for graduation. The test will be administrated in the fall or spring.


Some students may benefit from delaying completion of this test. The principal may decide to defer this test in order to allow student more time to acquire the level of proficiency succeed.


The principal has the authority to waive a prerequisite for a course. This documentation will be placed in the student’s OSR.


The parent or guardian of a pupil, and the pupil at age 18, will have access to a student’s OSR file upon request.


An Ontario Student Transcript with all of the student’s credits to date will be made available to the student, parent, or guardian upon request.


St. George Academy High School does not participate in the P.L.A.R. program.

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