Ontario secondary students must meet specific requirements to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Graduation requirements

Completion of 30 total credits (18 compulsory credits and 12 optional)

Compulsory credits

16 credits from specific categories

  • 4 credits - English (one per grade level)
  • 3 credits - Mathematics (at least one at the senior level)
  • 2 credits - Science
  • 1 credit - Arts (music, art, or drama)
  • 1 credit - French as a second language credit
  • 1 credit - Canadian geography 
  • 1 credit - Canadian history 
  • 1 credit - Health and physical education
  • .5 credit - Career studies
  • .5 credit - Civics

1 additional credit from each of 3 groups

  • Group 1
  • English as third language; French as a second language; Social Sciences and Humanities; Canadian/World Studies; Guidance and Career Education; Cooperative Education; Native language; Classical or international language
  • Group 2
  • Arts; Business Studies; Health and Physical Education; French as a second language; Cooperative Education
  • Group 3
  • Science, Technological Education; Computer Studies; French as a second language; Cooperative Education


  • In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language
  • Cooperative Education can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and 1 from either group 2 or group 3, for a total of 2 credits 

Community Involvement Hours

  • Students are required to complete 40 hours of Community Involvement are required.


  • Successful completion of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC)​ is required.

Commencement 2020

Commencement is currently scheduled for Friday, November 6, 2020.  Plans may change due to health requirements as outlined from the Ministry.  We are planning with the hopes that we will be able to move forward with few restrictions.  The ceremony occurs in the Eastdale auditorium.  Each student can have 2 guests attend the ceremony live.  The ceremony is live streamed for all family and friends to watch from the comfort of their own homes.  There is a $20 fee which provides the graduates with a printed photograph receiving their diploma on stage along with their graduation cap.  The gown is rented and therefore remains at the school following the ceremony.  More details will be provided when invitations are sent out early September.  Seating of guests occurs in order of rsvp beginning at the front of the auditorium.  Please note, that information will be updated as we get closer to the date.  Contact the school with any questions.