Earn a High School Diploma and Change Your Life

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High School Diploma: As a high school graduate in Ontario, you need an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Having an OSSD opens many doors for you, whether you want to go on to a four-year college or university, become an apprentice in a trade, become more involved in your community, go straight to work, or even establish your own business.

High School Diploma: Online high schools often issue credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Still, only TVO ILC has been given official approval by the Ministry of Education of Ontario. You’ll be able to earn your degree with the degree of flexibility you need, and you’ll be able to pursue whatever educational route you choose confidently.

Requirements for the Diploma

Current Requirements

High School Diploma: To receive your OSSD, you must either be a high school freshman or a high school graduate who started high school after September 1, 1999.

  1. Completion of the 18-credit-hour minimum
  2. Completion of 12 credits of elective coursework
  3. Participation in the community for a minimum of 40 hours
  4. Required Level of Literacy

Complete 18 compulsory credits

  • 4 credit hours of English language instruction (1 credit per grade)
  • 3 math credits (at least 1 in grade12 or 11)
  • 2 sc credits
  • 1 sc in science
  • 0.5 credits in career studies
  • 0.5 in civics
  • 0.5 credits in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in the arts
  • 0.5 credits in health and physical education
  • 0.5 credits in French

Each of the following three groupings gets a single point

Group 1

  • English
  • French as a second language
  • A Native language
  • A classical or an international language
  • Social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies
  • Native studies
  • Guidance and career education
  • Cooperative education

Group 2

  • Health and physical education
  • The arts
  • Business study
  • French as a second language
  • Cooperative education

Group 3

  • Science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • Technological education
  • French as a second language
  • Computer studies
  • Cooperative education

12 credits of your choosing in electives

The TVO ILC Course Catalogue offers a wide range of options for your required 12 credits.

Participate in community service for a minimum of 40 hours every year.

Obtain the necessary level of literacy from a secondary school to graduate

Based on the Ontario curriculum through to Grade 9, the Literacy Requirement is designed to help children become proficient readers and writers, enabling them to succeed in school, their workplace, or everyday life. Assuming the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is the conventional method of demonstrating that one possesses the necessary literacy level.

It is presumed that students who complete this course have achieved the required literacy level.

Pre 1999 Requirements.

Before 1999, if you were a high school student but did not graduate, you must complete:

  1. There are a total of 16 mandatory credits.
  2. 14 Elective credits

Completion of the sixteen required credits: High School Diploma 

  • French/English (5 credits, at least 2 of which must be in the Senior Division)
  • English/French (1 credit)
  • Arithmetic (2 credits)
  • Research (2 credits)
  • Canada’s historical record (1 credit)
  • Canada’s physical features (1 credit)
  • The Arts (1 credit)
  • Physical and mental well-being (1 credit)
  • Studies in business and technology (1 credit)
  • An additional credit in social science

Obtain a total of 14 elective credits

The TVO ILC Course Catalogue has 14 courses from which you can choose your 14 credits.

You Can Read Also:

Apply On OUAC
OSSD – Online Learning Graduation Requirement


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