Earn a High School Diploma and Change Your Life

An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is not only important, it is critical for your future. Whether you aspire to attend a post-secondary college or university, apprentice in a trade, integrate into the community, 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

An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is not only important, it is critical for your future. Whether you aspire to attend a post-secondary college or university, apprentice in a trade, integrate into the community, 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:

Increase your job options and opportunities

Contribute to your future income

Enhance understanding of your community, your country and the world

Inspire and impact the next generation

Increase your job options and opportunities

Contribute to your future income

Enhance understanding of your community, your country and the world

Inspire and impact the next generation

Diploma Requirements

Current Requirements

If you are just starting high school or if you began high school after September 1, 1999, and wish to earn your OSSD, you must:

  1. Complete 18 compulsory credits 1
  2. Complete 12 elective credits
  3. Minimum 40 hours community involvement
  4. Literacy Requirement
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
  • French as a second language 3
  • a Native language
  • a classical or an international language
  • social sciences and the humanities
  • Canadian and world studies
  • Native 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 elective credits of your choice

  • Complete 12 elective credits of your choice

You may select any 12 credits from the TVO ILC Course Catalogue.

3
  • Fulfill a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement

Fulfill a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement

4

Meet the Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement

  • Meet the Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement

The Literacy Requirement is based on the reading and writing expectations in the Ontario curriculum up to the end of Grade 9 and ensures students have the reading and writing skills to be successful in school, at work, and in daily life. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is the standard means for meeting the Literacy Requirement.

Students who pass the course are considered to have met the Literacy Requirement.

Notes:

  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).

Pre-1999 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

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)
  • health and physical education (1 credit)
  • business/technology Studies (1 credit)
  • additional credit in social science** (1 credit in the Senior Division*)
2

Complete 14 elective credits

  • Complete 14 elective credits

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

  • Notes:
  • * 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.