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Starting "High School" Grades 9-10

Grade 9 and 10 are exciting years in the CDNIS Upper School as students begin achieving their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credits in Grade 9 and complete their IB Middle Years Programme in Grade 10. Students in these grades experience a "high school" experience with these unique CDNIS features:

We hope that you share our excitement and enthusiasm for our CDNIS Upper School! Should you wish more information about the Upper School, please do not hesitate to send us an email.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

The Upper School is inspected annually by the Ontario Ministry of Education and is authorized to grant credits for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). From Grades 9-12, students follow academic credit courses leading to the OSSD. The Ontario Minister of Education, on the recommendation of the principal, awards the OSSD to a student who has earned a minimum of 110 hours of instruction.

In order to earn the Ontario Diploma, a student must:

Earn 18 compulsory credits, including:

  • 4 English (Grade 9, 10, 11 12)
  • 3 Mathematics (Grade 9, 10 11)
  • 2 Science (Grade 9, 10)
  • 1 French (or substituted language)
  • 1 Canadian History
  • 1 Canadian Geography
  • 1 Arts (music, art of drama)
  • 1 Health and Physical Education
  • 0.5 Career Studies
  • 0.5 Civics

1 additional credit in English, or Social Sciences or Humanities, or Canadian or World Studies, or International Languages

1 additional credit in Health or Physical Education of the Arts of Business Studies

1 additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12) or Technology Education

  • Earn 12 additional optional credits
  • Complete 40 hours of community service activities*
  • Successfully complete the Ontario Secondary Schools Literacy Test (OSSLT)

*Every student must complete at least 40 hours of community service for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). This can be done at any time during their secondary school programme. Students completing the CAS requirements of the IB Diploma will meet and exceed these requirements.

The Upper School Journey