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This document sets out the policies and requirements that govern the program in English language secondary schools in Ontario. It is complemented by Choices into Action, The School Guidance and Career Education Policy Document and the Ontario Curriculum Policy Documents.



30 credits required - must include 4 courses in religion as designated by the Y.C.D.S.B. Board and the following O.S.S.D. requirements:

• 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)

• 1 credit in French as a second language

• 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

• .5 credit in Civics and .5 credit in Career Studies

Group 1: choose ONE credit from the following subjects:

- additional English or

- French as a second language, or a

- Native language, or a

- Classical or an International Language, or

- Social Science and the Humanities, or

- Canadian and World Studies or

- Cooperative Education**, or

- Guidance and Career Education

Group 2: choose ONE credit from the following subjects:

- additional Health and Physical Education, or

- French as a second language or

- additional Arts, or

- Business Studies, or

- Cooperative Education**

Group 3: choose ONE credit from the following subjects:

 - additional Science (Grade 11 or 12), or

- Technological Education (Grade 9 – 12), or

- French as a second language or

- Computer Science (Grade 10-12)

- Cooperative education**

PLUS  you need 8 Elective Credits 

PLUS you need to complete 40 Hours of Community involvement activities

PLUS the successful completion of the Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or the successful completion of the Literacy course (OLC401) 



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.

May include up to four credits achieved through approved dual credit courses.

Elective Credits are any additional credits may be taken to complete the student's program.

Elective credits may be earned in all subject areas including those on a compulsory list.

A credit is granted upon the successful completion of a course that has been scheduled for a minimum of 110 hours.



Royal Conservatory of Music Certificates are accepted as Advanced level credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Please see your counsellor for more on:

Grade 11 credit (AMX 3M1) is granted with passing marks in Grade 7 Practical and Grade I Rudiments 1 

Grade 12 credit (AMX 4M1is granted with passing marks in Grade 8 Practical and Grade II Rudiments 1 

PLEASE NOTE: "A music credit obtained through a certificate granted by a Conservatory of Music may NOT be used to meet the compulsory credit requirements in the ARTS." (OSS - APPENDIX 4)




"God does not call us to do great things but to do small things with great love." Mother Teresa

In our Catholic schools, we see the opportunity for students to grow in their faith life. The following describes how Christian Service offered in our Catholic schools meets the provincial mandate requiring every student to complete 40 hours of Community Service in order to be granted the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Every Religion course has a compulsory 10% evaluation requirement of 10 hours of Christian Service. These hours (with formal written reflections) will also be counted towards the Ministry of Education’s requirement of 40 hours of “Community Involvement Activities”.

Students, in collaboration with the Religious Education program, will be able to chose their own community involvement activities. Students will be responsible for fulfilling this requirement on their own time, in the semester they have Religion, and keeping a record of their yearly activities on a form supplied by the school. Completion of the required 40 hours must be documented and submitted to their Religion teacher or Mrs. Metallo by the student. Students may, and are encouraged to participate in more than the minimal 40 hours. (Students are advised to keep copies of their hours)

*Students are not covered by Workers' Compensation on this activity.



• Students will write the test in grade 10

• If they are unsuccessful they may retake the test again in grade 11

• If they are unsuccessful for the second time, they must take the Literacy course (OLC4O1) credit course

Students must pass the test or earn a credit for OLC4O1 course in order to graduate

• Completion of the test will be recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST)

The Grade 10 Test of Reading and Writing Skills evaluates students' reading and writing skills based on curriculum expectations in language and communications up to and including Grade 9. Students who are unsuccessful may retake the test until they meet the provincial standard. ESL students will take the test only when they have reached a level of proficiency in their language studies. Accommodations will be made for students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). A student whose IEP indicates that the student is not working towards the attainment of a secondary school diploma may, with parental consent and approval of the principal, be exempted from participating in the literacy test.



The Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted, upon request, to students who leave school before earning the diploma. To qualify for this certificate, students must earn a minimum of fourteen credits: seven compulsory and seven optional credits. The compulsory courses must include:

- 2 English

- 1 Science

- 1 Health and Physical Education

- 1 Mathematics

- 1 Canadian Geography or Canadian History 

- 1 Arts or Technological Education

Subsequent to earning a certificate, a student who continues his or her education can be granted a diploma upon successful completion of diploma requirements.



Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain vocational programs or other kinds of further training. Students who return to school to complete additional credit and non-credit courses will have an updated transcript and will not be issued a new Certificate of Accomplishment. The Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted when a student has fulfilled the appropriate requirements.





Each student in grade 9 - 12 will prepare an annual education plan. The plan will be reviewed at least twice a year. Students will prepare their annual education plans with the assistance of their parents, guidance counsellor and teacher adviser.

The plan will identify:

• goals for academic achievement

• course selections for the following year

• extra-curricular activities, co-operative education programs and work experience opportunities in which the student will be participating (in and outside of school)

• a range of post secondary goals



Father Bressani Catholic High School will endeavour to identify the core knowledge, skills and attitudes that all secondary school graduates are expected to have in order to succeed in the world of work or post-secondary education.

All disciplines will share the responsibility for helping students to apply, extend and refine these expectations, although certain disciplines may have primary responsibility for introducing and developing them. These expectations are summarized under the headings of Literacy, Numeracy, Research Methodologies, Critical Thinking, Personal Life Management, Citizenship, Global Perspectives and Technological Competence.



The Ontario Student Record is the official school record/file for a student. Every Ontario school keeps an OSR for each student enrolled at that school. The OSR contains achievement results, credits earned, diploma requirements completed and other information important to the education of the student. Students and their parents (if the student is not an adult) may examine the contents of the OSR. These records are protected by the Education Act and Freedom of Information legislation.



• a record of a student's overall achievement in high school

• lists credits the student has earned for their graduation diploma

• includes the student's achievement in Grades 9 and 10 with percentage grades earned and credits gained for successfully completed credit courses

failed courses: grade 9 & 10 failed courses do NOT appear on the transcript - only grade 11 & 12 failed courses appear on the transcript

• lists all grade 11 and 12 courses taken or attempted by the student with the percentage grades earned and the credits gained

• confirms the completion of the community involvement requirement

• indicates the completion of the Grade 10 OSSLT (either the Literacy test or the OLC4O1 course)



Substitutions may be made for a limited number of compulsory credit courses using courses from the remaining courses that meet the compulsory credit requirements that are offered by the school. To meet individual student's needs, the principal may replace up to three compulsory courses (or the equivalent in half courses).



The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition procedures are not applicable in Grade 9. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition will allow students to challenge and earn up to 4 credits towards the secondary school diploma. This involves two components "challenge" and "equivalency". Students may challenge some courses and be granted credit if they can demonstrate the required skills and knowledge through formal tests and other assessment strategies. Determining equivalency involves the assessment of credentials from other jurisdictions.