Whether you are entering grade 9 or are an existing high school student, this section will provide you with an overview of what you need to enure successful graduation from an Ontario high school.
The high school graduation structure is based on a credit system. Students must earn a total of 30 credits (one for every 110-hour course successfully completed) to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or OSSD. Eighteen (18) of the credits are compulsory, earned in a specified number of courses from a list of subjects that every student must take. The remaining twelve (12) credits are option, earned in courses that the student may select from the full range of courses offered by the school.
As a student, you must also complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), which is taken in Grade 10.
CREDITS NEEDED TO GRADUATE
Students must take a variety of courses including English, Math, Science and Geography. To see the official credit requirements and required courses, please click here.
40 HOURS OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility, the role they can play in the community and the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening our communities.
Search the Windsor-Essex County Volunteer Centre Database – Students and Youth
40 Hour Community Involvement Manual (PDF)
ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERACY TEST (OSSLT)
The purpose of the OSSLT is to determine whether or not students have acquired the literacy (reading and writing) skills that they are expected to have learned by the end of Grade 9, as outlined in The Ontario Curriculum. The OSSLT identifies students who have demonstrated the required literacy skills as well as those who have not demonstrated these skills and need additional instruction and practice. Successful completion of the OSSLT is one of the 32 requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
For preparation of the OSSLT practice test questions, please click here.
SCHOOL BOARDS IN WINDSOR AND ESSEX COUNTY
The following school boards provide schooling in the Windsor and Essex County area:Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest
Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest
Greater Essex County District School Board
Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board
For a full list of high schools in the Windsor Essex region please click here.