Ontario Education System

Ontario Education System

The education system of the Province of Ontario provides high-quality education and is designed to be student-centered, making it one of the most highly recognized systems by universities in North America and the world. The programs at Toronto International Collegiate have been carefully designed to take full advantage of the benefits of this system.

In accordance with the Curricular Guidelines of the Ontario Ministry of Education, students must earn a total of 30 credits (one for every 110-hour course successfully completed) to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 18 of the credits are compulsory, earned in a specified number of courses from a list of subjects that every student must take at Toronto International Collegiate. The remaining 12 credits are optional, earned in courses that the student may select from the full range of courses offered by Toronto International Collegiate.


  • • Students must complete at least 30 credits (courses) at the secondary school level
  • • Each credit has 110 instructional hours
  • • Graduates may study up to 330 hours (110 hours×3) of Mathematics which include Advanced Functions, Calculus and Vectors and Data Management
  • • University preparation graduates are awarded the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Completion Requirements

Students require the OSSD to enter universities or colleges in North America. The OSSD is granted to students who earn a minimum of 30 credits. Credits are awarded for successfully completed courses. To receive the OSSD, students must:

  • • Complete 18 compulsory and 12 optional credits
  • • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • • Pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Compulsory Credits

  • • 4 credits in High School (Grades 9 – 12) English (1 credit per grade)
  • • 3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • • 1 credit in Canadian History
  • • 1 credit in the Arts
  • • 1 credit in French as a Second Language
  • • 2 credits in Science
  • • 1 credit in Canadian Geography
  • • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education
  • • 0.5 credit in Civics
  • • 0.5 credit in Career Studies


  • • 1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies
  • • 1 additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the arts, or business studies
  • • 1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education

Click to visit Ontario's Education website http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/