The Ontario system requires students to earn at least 30 credits to get the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:
COMPULSORY CREDITS [TOTAL OF 18]
- 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
- 3 credits in mathematics (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
- 1 credit in French as a second language
- 0.5 credit in career studies
- 0.5 credit in civics
Plus one credit from each of the following groups:
- 1 additional credit (group 1): additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education
- 1 additional credit (group 2): additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language, or cooperative education
- 1 additional credit (group 3): additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language, or computer studies, or cooperative education
Under special circumstances, and with the approval of the Principal, substitutions may be made for up to 3 of the compulsory credits using courses from the remaining courses offered that meet the requirements for compulsory credits.
ELECTIVE CREDITS [TOTAL 12]
12 elective credits selected from available courses In addition to successfully earning 30 credits (18 compulsories and 12 electives) each student must also complete: – 40 hours of Community Involvement Activities; and – the Provincial Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)
THE ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENT:
The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided that they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:
COMPULSORY CREDITS (TOTAL OF 7)
- 2 credits in English
- 1 credit in Canadian geography or Canadian history
- 1 credit in mathematics
- 1 credit in science
- 1 credit in health and physical education
- 1 credit in the arts or technological education
OPTIONAL CREDITS (TOTAL OF 7)
7 credits selected by the student from available courses The provisions for making substitutions for compulsory credits (described in section 3.2: Substitutions for Compulsory Courses) also apply to the Ontario Secondary School Certificate.
Understanding Course Codes
SharpMinds courses are labeled according to the Ontario Ministry of Education’s coding system. The code consists of five characters (e.g. ENG1D):
- The first three characters represent the discipline, the subject, and the course.
- The fourth character represents the grade: 1, 2, 3 or 4 where “1” refers to Grade 9, “2” refers to Grade 10, “3” refers to Grade 11 and “4” refers to Grade 12 or A, B, C, D or E where “A” refers to Level 1, “B” refers to Level 2, “C” refers to Level 3, “D” refers to Level 4 and “E” refers to Level 5. Letters represent proficiency in a language course .
- The last character represents the course type. Most courses at STI use D, M, U or O:
- “O” refers to OPEN – A course open to all levels.
- “D” refers to ACADEMIC – A Grade 9 or 10 academic course for students planning on future post-secondary education.
- “M” refers to UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE – A senior course in preparation for university or college.
- “U” refers to UNIVERSITY – A senior course preparing the student for university.
Definition of a Credit
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours. Credits are granted by the Principal on behalf of the Minister of Education. A half-credit may be granted for a 55-hour part of a 110 hour Ministry-developed course. Half-credit courses must comply with Ministry requirements as outlined in the curriculum policy documents.
For the purpose of granting a credit, “scheduled time” is defined as the time during which students participate in planned learning activities designed to lead to the achievement of the curriculum expectations of a course. Planned learning activities include interaction between the teacher and the student and assigned individual or group work (other than homework) related to the achievement of the learning expectations in the course.