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Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

Earning an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

The ILC is a Ministry of Education-approved high school. You can accumulate credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), just like students at any Ontario high school.

What You Need: OSSD Requirements

The credits needed for graduation with an OSSD are different depending on when a student first enrolled in high school. But all diplomas require that students have a minimum amount of study in English, Mathematics, Science and other subject areas. Adult students (18 and over) may be able to receive credits for courses and training programs they took outside of secondary school.

Credit for Learning Outside High School

Get the credit you deserve. Students over 18 may be able to get a maximum of 12 credits for learning outside of Ontario high schools. You may be eligible for either maturity equivalent credits, or for Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR).

GED® Testing

Adults who want a High School Equivalency Certificate may want to write the GED Test. The GED test is for people 18 or older who have been out of school for more than one year.


If you need assistance deciding which requirements apply to you or which courses you need for your diploma, please contact ILC learner services.