Graduation Requirements

18 Compulsory Credits

  • 4 credits in English
  • 3 credits in Mathematics
  • 2 credits in Science
  • 1 credit in Canadian History
  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography
  • 1 credit in Arts
  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education
  • 1 credit in French as a Second Language
  • 5 credit in career studies
  • 5 credit in civics
  • 1 credit from each of the three designated groups

12 Optional Credits

  • Social sciences and the humanities
  • Business Studies
  • Canadian and world studies
  • Health and physical education
  • The arts
  • French as a second language
  • Guidance and career education
  • Technological education
  • Computer studies
  • Cooperative education

Transfer of Credits

The compulsory credits are to be taken during the 4 years of high school, between grades 9 and 12. When a student transfers into Keystone International Schools, all credits from previous schools will be assessed as per their transcript. Credits will be transferred on a case by case basis.

40 hours of Community Service

Every student who begins secondary school must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as part of the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.

Provincial Literacy Requirement

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The OSSLT is written every year in March or early April in all public, private and Catholic secondary schools in the province of Ontario.