If you entered Grade 9 at an Ontario high school at any time since July 1999, you would be pursuing the current OSSD standards. These standards are to achieve 30 Secondary School credits. If you have not completed your OSSD and are short the compulsory or optional credits required, please contact Guidance at St. Louis 519-745-1201 to determine if you are eligible for PLAR, review how many credits you actually need and find the pathway that is for you to get to your destination.
If you attended any high school (even for 1 credit) before June 1999, an assessment is required.
40 Hours Community Activities?? Yes, even as an adult, you are still required to complete and submit records of 40 hours of community involvement. Don’t let this important record stand between you and your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)! For your convenience, here is a link to the Volunteer Action Centre where you can search for volunteer opportunities. You can also manage your volunteer hours using this Community Involvement Record Tracking Sheet or Hour Republic
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a compulsory standardized test for ALL secondary school students in Ontario (under and over 18 years of age) who wish to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. For students who entered Grade 9 in 1999–2000, successful completion of the test is not a graduation requirement. However, for those students who took the field test of the OSSLT in 2000–2001, failed the test, and chose to retake the OSSLT in October 2001, successful completion of the provincial literacy graduation requirement became a diploma requirement. This test is administered by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
St. Louis offers an OLC (Ontario Literacy Course) that basically prepares you for and ensures that you have met the graduation requirements of the OSSLT. This OLC course is available through St. Louis online, in day classes and in summer.
There are so many ways to learn, and it is especially important for adults to pursue the learning strategies and approaches that work best for their learning style, and their lifestyle. At St. Louis, we offer courses for credit, using teacher-delivered instruction, online self-study, hands-on and cooperative experience, as well as a blend of any and all of these approaches.
At St. Louis, we hold a high standard of integrity to ensure that the Secondary School Credit (SSC) you earn with us follows the same Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines as any Secondary School or Adult Education facility in Ontario. To maintain the integrity of earning a Secondary School Credit (SSC), a student must have a recorded 90-110 hours of instruction, self-study or cooperative hours (depending on the program format); completed all assignments and evaluations and achieved a minimum grade of 50%. If any of these are in question, students are encouraged to discuss this in-person with their instructor and the school Principal or Vice-Principal.
Plagiarism is a serious offence. Plagiarism is commonly defined as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”. Plagiarism is an act of dishonesty, cheating and diminishes academic standards and is subject to disciplinary action. Do not copy someone else’s work – all, any or in part, including cutting and pasting from internet sources or another student’s lesson. Teachers who suspect or identify plagiarism will assign a mark of zero for that lesson, part of that lesson or completed assignment and report it to an administrator. Continued plagiarism after being warned can result in removal from the course or program area. For more information on the steps to avoid plagiarism, please consult any St. Louis teacher.
Report cards are usually available 2 weeks after the end of each term. Please come to the St. Louis Main office to collect your report card / final grade. The final grade is then recorded on your credit counseling summary or transcript . Please notify Main Office staff if you wish your marks to be submitted to OCAS.
Ontario Secondary School Diplomas are issued only once a year and signed by the Minster of Education and School Principal. If you wish to receive your OSSD from St. Louis or your previous high school, either choices are acceptable and equally recognized by post-secondary institutions and employers. After having completed all your required courses through St. Louis and in order to receive your OSSD, you must complete an Intent to Graduate form.