Students completing Grade 12 will find that their applications
a) To Universities in Ontario, Canada are processed through OUAC https://www.ouac.on.ca and
b) To Colleges are processed through OCAS http://www.ontariocolleges.ca/home
The guidance of the school in which the student is a full time pupil is responsible for the application. Students intending to enter University will receive a username and password to log in. They will create their account online. Schools will update the student information on OUAC platform.
Students are required to qualify for University or College applications. A successful completion of courses account for course credits towards Grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students would qualify to apply for University entrance in Canada and worldwide.
High School Diploma /Pre University qualification, requirements for students entering Grade 9 are described below. Any changes to the diploma requirements will be communicated soon as they are made available by the Ministry.
The Credit System
A credit is granted in recognition of the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours. For the purpose of granting a credit, “scheduled time” is defined as the time during which students participate in planned learning activities (other than homework) designed to lead to the achievement of the curriculum expectations of a course. A credit is granted to a student by the principal of a secondary school on behalf of the Minister of Education.
Requirements to achieve A Secondary School Diploma
In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), a student who enters Grade 9 must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits. Students must also complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
Effective September 2005, two co-operative education credits can be counted toward the 18 compulsory credits.
Credits required – 18 compulsory credits
4 credits English (1 credit per grade)*
3 credits Mathematics (1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 credits Science
1 credit The Arts
1 credit Canadian Geography
1 credit Canadian History
1 credit French as a Second Language
1 credit Health and Physical Education
.5 credit Civics
.5 credit Career Studies
An additional credit in one of:
English or French as a Second Language**
Classical or International Language
Social Sciences and the Humanities
Canadian and World Studies
Guidance and Career Education
An additional credit in one of:
Health and Physical Education
French as a Second Language**
An additional credit in one of:
Science (Grade 11 or 12)
French as a Second Language**
* A maximum of 3 credits in English as a Second Language (ESL) or English Literacy Development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course.
** In Groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a Second Language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.
*** A maximum of 2 credits in Co-operative Education can count as compulsory credits.
12 optional credits
In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits selected from the courses listed as available in the course calendar.
The 12 optional credits may include up to a maximum of 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.
Additional Requirements:- 40-Hour Community Involvement
* Students develop an awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities.
* Students can start accumulating community involvement in the summer prior to entering Grade 9.
* Students are responsible for finding and completing 40 hours of volunteer work. The school will not be directly involved in monitoring students while they are completing their volunteer work.
* Students are responsible for completing their 40 hours and submitting their completed form prior to their graduating year to ensure their transcript is updated prior to the end of the school year.
* The parent is responsible for checking potential placements before the student begins volunteering.
* The school is responsible for advising students of the requirements and procedures for completing the 40-hour community involvement requirement. Students will receive information and appropriate forms from their guidance office.
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
* Students are required to meet the literacy graduation requirement. Students are required to write the OSSLT at least once. If the test is not successfully completed, the student may opt to, in consultation with parents/guardians and principal, write the test again or enroll in the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). Successful completion of the grade 12 literacy course (OSSLC) will count in lieu of the literacy test (OSSLT).
*The test measures whether students can successfully demonstrate reading and writing skills that apply in all subject areas in the provincial curriculum, up to the end of grade 9.
* The test is designed and marked by the Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO).
* The test is conducted once each year.
* Students receive results – either “successful” or “unsuccessful”. Students will receive their results from EQAO by mail or through the school accompanied by feedback. Students who receive an “unsuccessful” result will be sent detailed feedback. Students may re-take the test. No limits have been established regarding the number of re-takes allowed.
* Accommodations, deferral and exemption information are outlined in the Ministry of Education’s Programs/Policy memorandum 127; Accommodations, Deferrals and Exemptions for the grade 10 Literacy Test.
* Accommodations recommended by the school will be acceptable to EQAO, in accordance with Programs/Policy memorandum 127, and must be outlined in the individual student’s Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.). These outlined accommodations need to be implemented as part of the student’s daily program throughout the school year. Accommodations should not exclusively be for the purpose of the OSSLT test. Accommodation recommendations will be communicated by letter to parents/guardians in advance of the test.
* Students who are working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) will normally take the OSSLT when they are in grade 10. Deferrals will be considered in individual circumstances. The consideration for a deferral may be initiated by a parent/guardian or by the principal. The principal will make a decision in consultation with the student’s parents/guardians and appropriate school staff. A letter outlining the reason for the deferral will be sent home with the student for parent/guardian signature in advance of the test. A student that is deferred must still attempt to write the test once. The writing of the test may be deferred only to the time of the next scheduled test.
* A student will only be exempted from the test if she is not working towards an OSSD.
* Students who are working towards an OSSD will meet the literacy graduation requirement by either successfully completing the OSSLT test or passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC).
THE ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning an Ontario Secondary School Diploma provided they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:
7 compulsory credits
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 or Com-puter Studies
7 optional credits
7 credits selected by the student from available courses
Certificate of Accomplishment
Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be used to recognize achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other types of further training, or who plan to find employment after leaving school.
TRACKING OF CREDIT ACCUMULATION
Ontario Student Record (OSR)
This is the official record for a student. The OSR contains achievement results, credits earned,bdiploma requirements completed and other information important to the education of the student.
Ontario Student Transcript (OST)
The OST is an official and consistent summary of a student’s achievement in Ontario secondary school credit courses. A current, accurate and complete copy of the OST will be included in the Ontario Student Record.
Substitutions for Compulsory Courses
To meet individual student needs, the principal may replace up to three compulsory courses. The decision to make a substitution will be made only if the student’s educational interests are best served by such a substitution. Each substitution will be noted on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript.
Students who complete Royal Conservatory Certification (or other equivalents) may qualify for a maximum of two external credits that can be used for OSSD purposes. Documentation should be provided to the guidance office.