The Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or OSSD, is the final certificate given to a high school student upon successful completion of their studies. To qualify for their OSSD, a student must have completed 18 credits in subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Canadian history, and French as a second language. They must also complete a literacy test with at least a 75% pass mark, and they must also complete 40 hours of community service.
Making the decision to send your child to Ontario is a big decision. It is important to fully understand what designation your child will receive when attending school in Ontario. That designation is the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This diploma will be very important for the majority of your child’s formative years in the education system.
An OSSD is received at the end of Year 12 and is recognised in all other provinces, and around the world as confirmation of satisfactory secondary school completion. Most postsecondary educational institutions will require a valid and complete OSSD to consider application into their programs. The OSSD is held in high regard around the world, making it one of the most valuable and recognized high school diplomas. Universities in Canada and around the world will look at your child’s academic performance in their top six courses to gauge whether they will be accepted into their desired programs. That is why striving to get a high academic average overall is encouraged.
Written by David Venneri