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OSSD REQUIREMENTS

ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA (OSSD)

In order to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma a student must:

  • Earn 18 compulsory credits

  • Earn 12 additional optional credits

  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities

  • Successful meet the Ontario Provincial Literacy requirement.

COMPULSORY CREDITS

Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain
the Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

4 CREDITS IN ENGLISH (1 CREDIT PER GRADE)


  • The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) may be used to meet either the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 English compulsory credit
  • The Grade 11 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices course may be used to meet the Grade 11 English compulsory credit
  • For English language learners the requirement may be met through earning a maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD); the fourth credit must be a Grade 12 compulsory English




3 CREDITS IN MATHEMATICS


All students are required to receive at least 3 credits in mathematic courses in order to receive their diploma




1 CREDIT IN THE ARTS


The Grade 9 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures course may be used to meet the compulsory credit requirement in the arts.




1 CREDIT IN CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY


This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.




1 CREDIT IN CANADIAN HISTORY


All students are required to receive at least 1 credit in a Canadian history course in order to receive their diploma




1 CREDIT IN FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE


Students who have taken Native languages in place of French as a second language in elementary school may use a Level 1 or 2 Native language course to meet the compulsory credit requirement for French as a second




1 CREDIT IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION


Healthy, safe, and caring social and physical environments support learning and contribute to the positive cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development of students.




1 CREDIT IN CIVICS & CAREERS


0.5 credit in civics 0.5 credit in careers




3 ADDITIONAL CREDITS, CONSISTING OF 1 CREDIT FROM EACH OF THE FOLLOWING GROUPS


Group 1: English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education Group 2: French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education Group 3: French as a second language, science (Grade 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education Note: The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups:

  • A maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language may count as additional compulsory credits, 1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or Group
  • A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education may count as additional compulsory credits, selected from any of Groups 1, 2, or 3





ADVANCE PLACEMENT

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

  • Students must have met the pre-requisite requirement in Grade 11 and achieved at least 90% or above in order to enroll in Grade 12 AP courses.  
  • List of JIHS AP Courses

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • MHF4UP (Grade 12 Advanced Functions)
  • MCV4UP (Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors)

  • MDM4UP (Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management)

  • ICS4UP (Grade 12 Computer Science)

Sciences

  • SBI4UP (Grade 12 Biology)

  • SCH4UP (Grade 12 Chemistry)

  • SCH4UP (Grade 12 Physics)

Social Sciences 

CIA4UP (Grade 12 Analysing Current Economic Issues)

Arts


  • AP Art History




Math and Computer Science


  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Statistics




AP World Languages and Culture


  • AP Chinese Language and Culture
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP German Language and Culture
  • AP Italian Language and Culture
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture
  • AP Latin
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture




English


  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition




Sciences


  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics




History and Social Sciences


  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP U.S History
  • AP World History: Modern





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MINIMUM HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

Learners participating in on-line courses should have access to hardware that meets or exceeds the following standards. Students with access to equipment that does not meet these standards may experience slow interactivity; limited interactions and/or long wait periods for file downloads.

  • Recommended Desktop Standards: PIII, 256 MB, Macintosh G3, or better (minimum: P II 128MB)

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2, OS 10.3, or better (minimum: Windows 98, Mac OS 8.6)

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or better (minimum: Internet Explorer 5.5.)

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or better (minimum: Reader 5)

  • Windows Media Player 9

  • Macromedia plug-ins (including mandatory: Flash)

  • A DSL or better connection to the Internet. Speakers

  • Monitor (screen resolution 800 x 600, 16 bit colour) or better

  • A typical Office suite of applications; specifically, a word processor application, spell checker, equation editor, and a spreadsheet application are mandatory

  • Math students are encouraged to use a scanner to submit handwritten assignments rather than typing up their math assignments

  • Students taking English courses will need access to a microphone connected to their computer

  • Data Transmission Standards: TCP/IP

  • Minimum Bandwidth Standards Single Computer: modem. LAN - Switched 10/100 Mb