Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of mandatory Community Involvement prior to graduation.
- An indication of completion will be entered on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript when the 40 hours have been submitted
- Secondary school staff will discuss appropriate types of Community Involvement activities and projects with students and may offer suggestions, but the selection and management of the involvement is to be directed by the student.
- The TDSB publishes a list of “approved” and “non-approved” activities; students must receive pre-approval for volunteer activities from the Principal or Designate.
- Activities may take place inside or outside the school. If inside, activities may not be part of a credit program.
- The student may not displace a worker who would normally have been paid to perform the same function or receive pay.
- Community Involvement may begin in the summer after Grade 8.
- For volunteer opportunities check:
Community Involvement Getting Started Guide
Community Involvement Activity Notification and Completion Form
Ontario Secondary Literacy Requirement
Students must write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), which is created and marked by the Ministry of Education. Students who write the OSSLT and who have been unsuccessful at least once are eligible to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O).
More information about the OSSLT
Ontario Secondary School Certificate (OSSC)
Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted, on request, to students who are leaving school upon reaching the age of 18 without earning the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. (OS, section 6.3) A student must have earned:
- 2 English
- 1 Canadian Geography or Canadian History
- 1 Mathematics
- 1 Science
- 1 Health and Physical Education
- 1 Arts, Computer Studies or Technological Education
- 7 optional credits selected by the student from available courses
Certificate of Accomplishment
Students who leave school upon reaching the age of 18 without having met the requirements for the OSSD or OSSC may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. This certificate is a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to continue certain kinds of training or find employment.
A student may return to school and take additional credit and non-credit courses and have their transcript (OST) updated. A new certificate will not be awarded, but an OSSD or OSSC will be granted when the returning student has fulfilled the requirements. (OS, section 6.4)