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Ms. Catherine Carson

Concord College of Canada is a private high school committed to providing students with an exemplary educational experience. As the Principal and leader of the school, I share three decades of experience in teaching, coaching, mentoring and instructional leadership with my staff. I am extremely passionate about education ...

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Home - Ontario Curriculum - Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is a diploma granted to high school graduates in the province of Ontario. The Ontario Academic Credit system is officially adopted in assessing the students' qualification for OSSD.
Diploma Requirements
Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits;
Students must meet the provincial secondary school literacy requirement; and
Students must complete 40 hours of community involvement activities.
Compulsory Credits
  • 4 English (1 credit per grade)
  • 3 Mathematics (1 at the Senior Level)
  • 2 Science
  • 1 French
  • 1 Canadian Geography (Grade 9)
  • 1 Canadian History (Grade 10)
  • 1 Arts credit (any of Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Dance)
  • 1 Health and Physical Education
  • 0.5 credit in Civics
  • 0.5 credit in Career Studies
Plus one credit from each of the following groups:
  • GROUP 1: 1 additional credit in English, or French as a second language, or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education
  • GROUP 2: 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language, or cooperative education
  • GROUP 3: 1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language, or computer studies, or cooperative education
A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course. A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. Optional credits may include up to four credits achieved through approved Dual Credit courses.
Concord Curriculum
The new Ontario curriculum establishes internationally competitive standards of education for secondary school students across the province. The curriculum has been designed with the goal of ensuring that graduates from Ontario secondary schools are well prepared to lead satisfying and productive lives as both citizens and individuals, and to compete successfully in a global economy and a rapidly changing world. For every course that is offered at the secondary level, the new curriculum outlines detailed requirements – that is, the particular knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of each course.