The Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Ontario's new rigorous high school diploma requires students to earn 30 credits between grades nine and 12. Eighteen of the credits are compulsory and 12 are optional.
The compulsory credits for a high school diploma are:
Community involvement in high school
Many students are finding community involvement is one of the most rewarding experiences in their high school program.
Some students volunteer in nursing homes, others may help a house-bound senior with yard-work while still others may tutor younger students in reading or writing. By getting involved in community work, students learn civic responsibility and community values.
Students meet their community involvement requirement on their own time. School boards develop a clear process and clear expectations so students and teachers know how students meet and report on their activities.
Community involvement is flexible so all students can find ways to participate. The Ministry is also working with school boards and other groups in remote and rural communities so that all students, including students with special needs, have opportunities to participate.
The literacy test
Literacy is essential in today's competitive world. To ensure that students have the literacy skills they need for future success, all students must take a standardized literacy test in Grade 10. Passing this test will become part of the high school diploma requirement for students who begin Grade 10 in the fall of 2001.
Some students may find they have further work to do after they take
their literacy test in Grade 10. School boards and schools will offer remediation
and extra support to students who fail the test so they can improve their
reading and writing skills and re-take the test in later grades. This makes
sure that all students who receive a high school diploma will have the
skills that parents, employers and teachers have told us are essential
in a competitive global economy.
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