What do I need to do to graduate high school?

To obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students must earn 30 credits, pass the OSSLT, and do 40 hours of community service.

What credits do I need to graduate high school in Ontario? 

Credits measure students' academic progress. You earn credits when you enrol in and pass a course. You usually earn one credit if you pass one course, but sometimes courses are worth 0.5 credits because they are only in session for half the time as a regular course. 

To earn a high school diploma, all students in Ontario must:

Learn more about how to earn all the credits you need to graduate high school in Ontario.  

What's the OSSLT and how do I pass it to graduate high school in Ontairo?

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students meet the minimum standard in Ontario for literacy across all subjects up to the end of grade 9.

Students normally take the test in grade 10. A student who doesn’t pass must re-take and pass the test before they can graduate. There is no limit to the number of times you can re-take the test, and help is available.

Learn more about how to prepare for the OSSLT and what options are available to support newcomer youth.

How do I get the community service hours I need to graduate high school in Ontario?

Every high school student in Ontario must participate in 40 hours of community involvement (i.e., volunteer work) before graduating. This volunteer work could take place in a business, with a not-for-profit organization, in a public sector institution (like a hospital or daycare centre) or elsewhere. Your school will give you a list of acceptable activities. If you want to do an activity that isn’t on the list, you can make a special request to the principal.

Community service activities can take place at any time during your years in high school, but they must be done outside of regular school hours. If you’re under the age of 18, you should ask your teacher, guidance counselor, and parents to help you choose where to volunteer. 

Learn more about the benefits of giving back to your community and where you can volunteer.

To get specific information about your secondary school or school board, use the Ministry of Education's search engine to find your school by city or postal code.