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High School Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students must:

Earn 30 Credits

Two of the 30 credits will need to be two online learning credits.

In a new Ministry of Education requirement, high school students are required to earn two online learning credits to graduate from secondary school, beginning with every student who entered Grade 9 in the 2020-21 school year.  The graduation requirement is intended to support students in developing familiarity and comfort with learning and working in a fully online environment, as well as developing digital literacy and other important transferable skills that they will need for success after secondary school, including in post-secondary education and the workplace.  In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, up to one secondary school credit that was completed by students who were in Grade 9 during the province-wide school closures (from April 2021 to June 2021) may be counted towards the graduation requirement.  An opt-out option is available for students.  More information regarding the opt-out option will be shared as it becomes available. 

Follow this link to review the Ministry of Education credit requirements:
Pass the Literacy Requirement
Follow this link for more information about the Literacy Test from the EQAO website:
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test

Complete 40 hours of Community Volunteering
Follow this link to the CDSBEO guidelines for Community Volunteering and the required tracking form:
CDSBEO Community Involvement Activity Guide