Ontario Elementary Curriculum Expectations

Like all school boards in Ontario, our Catholic school curriculum expectations are defined by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Curriculum expectations are set by grade or subject/course.

View elementary Ontario curriculum expectations for:


Ontario Secondary School Curriculum

The Ontario Ministry of Education determines our Catholic secondary school curriculum expectations by grade or subject/course. You can view Ontario curriculum expectations for grades 9 to 12 by visiting the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

The following are the requirements for obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma:

What do you need to graduate?

  • 18 compulsory credits
    • Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma
      • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)*
      • 3 credits in mathematics (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
      • 1 credit in French as a second language
      • 0.5 credit in career studies
      • 0.5 credit in civics

  • Plus one credit from each of the following groups:
Group 1Group 2Group 3
English or French as a second language**health and physical educationscience (Grade 11 or 12)
a Native languagethe artstechnological education
a classical or an international languagebusiness studiesFrench as a second language**
social sciences and the humanitiesFrench as a second language**computer studies
guidance and career education  
cooperative education***


In addition to the compulsory credits, students must complete:

  • 12 optional credits†
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • the provincial literacy requirement

*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.

**In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.

***A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits.

†The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.