Students have to meet the following three requirements in order to graduate from Rosedale Academy with an OSSD.
Earn a total of 30 credits
Students have to earn a total of 30 credits from Grades 9 to 12, including:
- 18 compulsory credits, earned in English, Mathematics, Science, Secondary Language, History, Geography, Civics and Career Studies, Art and Physical Education.
- 12 optional credits, earned in courses that the student may select from the full range of courses offered by the school.
Students receive 1 credit for each course they successfully complete. To earn the credit, the student must receive a minimum average of 50% in the course.
For students who are admitted to Rosedale after Grade 9, Rosedale offers Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This process grants students equivalent OSSD credits based on their prior learning.
Complete 40 hours of Community Involvement Activities
Each student must find, organize and complete a minimum of 40 hours of Community Involvement Activities. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they play in their community, and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging within the community.
The number of required hours depends on what grade the student enters Rosedale. Rosedale provides international partner schools with the guidance needed to help students meet the community involvement requirements.
Meet the Provincial Literacy Requirement
Each student must meet the Provincial Literacy Requirement by either successfully passing the standardized Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) or passing the Ontario Literacy Credit Course (OLC4O). This requirement ensures that all students have the essential competencies in reading and writing that they will need to succeed at school, at work and in daily life.
Under the direction of the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) offers the OSSLT once every year. Rosedale Academy Head Office is responsible for registering all eligible students with the EQAO.
Grade 12 students who are unsuccessful in passing the OSSLT must successfully complete an additional course, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O), to meet the literacy requirement for graduation. An additional fee will apply. Students cannot take the OLC4O without having attempted the OSSLT.