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Earn a High School Diploma and Change Your Life

A world class Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) can help you to unlock your future. Whether you aspire to attend a prestigious post-secondary college or university in Canada or around the world, apprentice in a trade, directly enter the workplace, or even, start your own business, the choice to earn an OSSD promises greater success.

While many online high schools offer credits towards the OSSD, TVO ILC is one of the only online high schools authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Education to grant credits and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma itself. Earn your degree with the flexibility your life demands, and you’ll have everything you need to confidently progress towards your goals on whichever educational pathway you choose.

Earn a High School Diploma and Change Your Life

Student graduating with OSSD Diploma

A world class Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) can help you to unlock your future. Whether you aspire to attend a prestigious post-secondary college or university in Canada or around the world, apprentice in a trade, directly enter the workplace, or even, start your own business, the choice to earn an OSSD promises greater success.

While many online high schools offer credits towards the OSSD, TVO ILC is one of the only online high schools authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Education to grant credits and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma itself. Earn your degree with the flexibility your life demands, and you’ll have everything you need to confidently progress towards your goals on whichever educational pathway you choose.

It’s proven! An OSSD can positively:

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Increase your job options and opportunities

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Contribute to your future income

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Enhance understanding of your community, your country and the world

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Inspire and impact the next generation

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Increase your job options and opportunities

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Contribute to your future income

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Enhance understanding of your community, your country and the world

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Inspire and impact the next generation

Diploma Requirements

Current Requirements

If you are just starting high school or if you began high school after 1999 (but did not graduate), and wish to earn your OSSD, you must:

1

Complete 18 compulsory credits

  • Complete 18 compulsory credits

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade) 2
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in Canadian history
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography
  • 1 credit in The arts
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1 credit in French as a second language
  • 0.5 credit in career studies
  • 0.5 credit in civics

One credit from each of the following 3 groups


Group 1

  • English or French as a Second Language 3
  • A Native language
  • A classical or an international language
  • Social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world Studies
  • Guidance and career education
  • Cooperative education 4

Group 2

  • Health and physical education
  • The arts
  • Business studies
  • French as a second language 3
  • Cooperative education 4

Group 3

  • Science (Grade 11 or 12)
  • Technological education
  • French as a second language 3
  • Computer studies
  • Cooperative education 4
2

Complete 12 additional credits of your choice

  • Complete 12 additional credits of your choice

You may select any 12 credits from the TVO ILC course catalogue.

3
  • Fulfill 40 hours of community involvement

Fulfill 40 hours of community involvement

4

Pass the Provincial Literacy Requirement

  • Pass the Provincial Literacy Requirement

The Provincial Literacy Requirement ensures reading and writing expectations are met, as outlined in the Ontario curriculum up to and including Grade 9. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is the standard means for meeting the Literacy Requirement.

Arrangements to write this test must be made by September 30 of any given year.

Students who pass the test are considered to have met the Literacy Requirement. Once you have completed your Grade 9 credits (including Grade 9 English), and have earned at least one credit through TVO ILC, please contact us for information regarding the test.

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Complete your last 4 credits in Ontario, Canada

  • Complete your last 4 credits in Ontario

The Ministry of Education requires that you must earn your last 4 high school credits in Ontario, Canada to be eligible to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This means you must move to an Ontario address and complete your last 4 courses in Ontario.

  1. Compulsory credits: To meet individual student needs, principals may replace up to 3 of the 18 compulsory credits from the remainder of those that meet the compulsory credit requirements (substitutions).
  2. English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development: A maximum of 3 credits may be used to meet requirements for English compulsory credits.
  3. French as a Second Language: A maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or 3).
  4. Cooperative Education: A maximum of 2 credits may be used to meet the additional compulsory credit requirement (from any of Groups 1, 2 or 3).

Before 1999 Diploma Requirements

If you began high school before 1999 (but did not graduate) and wish to earn your OSSD, you must complete:

  1. 16 compulsory credits
  2. 14 elective credits
  3. Complete your last 4 credits in Ontario, Canada

Complete 16 compulsory credits

  • Complete 16 compulsory credits

  • English/Francais (5 Credits, at least 2 in the Senior Division*)
  • French/Anglais (1 Credit)
  • Mathematics (2 Credits)
  • Science (2 Credits)
  • Canadian history (1 Credit)
  • Canadian geography (1 Credit)
  • The arts (1 Credit)
  • Physical health and education (1 Credit)
  • Business/technology studies (1 Credit)
  • Additional credit in social science** (1 Credit in the Senior Division*)
2

14 Elective credits

  • 14 elective credits

You may select any 14 credits from the TVO ILC Course Catalogue.

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Complete your last 4 credits in Ontario, Canada

The Ministry of Education requires that you must earn your last 4 high school credits in Ontario, Canada to be eligible to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This means you must move to an Ontario address and complete your last 4 courses in Ontario.

  • Complete your last 4 credits in Ontario, Canada

The Ministry of Education requires that you must earn your last 4 high school credits in Ontario, Canada to be eligible to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This means you must move to an Ontario address and complete your last 4 courses in Ontario.

  • * Senior Division: Grade 11, Grade 12 or OAC
  • ** Social Science: Geography, History and Contemporary Studies, Personal Life Management, Family Studies, and Economics.
  • Principal may substitute up to two credits for compulsory credits.