Leaving School Prior to Education

Last updated February 4th, 2013

Ontario Secondary School Certificate

The Ontario Secondary School Certificate will be granted on request to students who leave school before earning Ontario Secondary School Diploma, provided that they have earned a minimum of 14 credits distributed as follows:

Compulsary Credits Total: 7
  • 2 credits in english
  • 1 credit in Canadian Geography or Canadian History
  • 1 credit in Mathematics
  • 1 credit in Science
  • 1 credit in Health and Physical Education
  • 1 credit in the Arts or Technological Education
Optional Credits Total: 7
  • 7 credits selected by the student from available courses

The provisions for making substitutions for compulsory credits also apply to the Ontario Secondary School Certificate.

Certificate of Accomplishment

Students who leave school before fulfilling the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the Ontario Secondary School Certificate may be granted a Certificate of Accomplishment. The Certificate of Accomplishment may be a useful means of recognizing achievement for students who plan to take certain adaptive programs or other kinds of additional training, or who plan to find employment after leaving school.