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Academic Program

All students are expected to complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) by following the Ontario curriculum courses with a chosen language option of a language program of the student’s choice. City High School’s unique extra-curricular activity programs further provide the necessary components to challenge and maximize our students’ potential.

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Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

In order to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students are required to earn 30 credits, 18 of which are compulsory.

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)

  • 3 credits in Mathematics (1 credit from 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 Civics

  • 0.5 credit in Career Studies.

  • 1 additional credit in English, a third language, Social Sciences, Humanities, Canadian or World Studies, Guidance and Career Education, or Cooperative education

  • 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, Art, Business Studies, or Cooperative Education

  • 1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12)

Plus:

  • 1 additional credit in English, a third language, Social Sciences, Humanities, Canadian or World Studies, Guidance and Career Education, or Cooperative education.

  • 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, Art, Business Studies, or Cooperative Education.

  • 1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12)

 

Optional Credits (total of 12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory academic credits, students must earn 12 optional credits in order to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses selected from the list of optional credits listed in the school's course calendar. The optional credit courses are designed to suit the individual student's interests, abilities, and goals while also allowing expanding their educational horizons. Optional credits are a great way to diversify one's education as well as follow one's academic interest.

Students should check the prerequisites for the different courses as well as discuss with teachers and guidance counselors which type of supplementary sources best suit their needs and goals.

For more information about course descriptions, names, codes, and prerequisites, please click on the link

Ontario Secondary School Literary Test (OSSLT) and Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)

Successful completion of the test or the course is a requirement of obtaining the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The literacy test is used to determine the reading and writing skills of a student while the course is designed to assist students in acquiring basic literacy skills. Either the test or course has to be completed successfully in order for students to complete and obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Education and Quality of Accountability Office:

http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/OSSLT

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test:

http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/OSSLT/parents/Pages/questions-answers-for-parents-osslt-english.aspx

Community Service: 40 Hours

The last component of earning and completing the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is the completion of 40 hours of community service. The community service requirement is to be completed outside of normal instructional hours (I.E. during school); activities that are cannot be counted towards a credit include:

  • Is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, or work experience)

  • Takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student’s lunch break or ‘spare’ period is permissible

  • Takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age

  • Takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age

  • Would normally be preformed for wages by a person in the workplace

  • Involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding

  • Involves handling substances classes as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • Requires the knowledge of a trades person whose trade is regulated by the provincial government

  • Involves banking or other securities, or the handling of jewelry, works of art, antiquities, or other valuables

  • Consists of duties normally performed at home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities

  • Involves a court-ordered program (e.g., community service program for young offenders, probationary program, etc)

 

The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to highlight and develop awareness for civic duty, personal responsibility, and the importance of participation, all-the-while letting students make valuable connections with the community and community members.

It should be noted that the 40 hours of community service requirement can be completed over the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and can be fulfilled by multiple community service activities.

For more information on the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, please click on the ministry link:  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/graduate.html

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