GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Diplomas offered at Unity Christian High School

Diplomas are an indication of work accomplished. Earning these diplomas, shows that you have worked hard! Enrolment at Unity requires you to be working to achieve all the requirements of two diplomas:

1) and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

2) and the Unity Christian High School Diploma

 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

When you have met the requirements for the OSSD (see below), the principal of this approved high school may grant the diploma. In our case, the Ontario Ministry of Education must regularly approve the education taking place in our school before diplomas may be issued.

The course requirements for the earning of a diploma in Ontario have been spelled out in various Ministry of Education documents which are available at the school. Unity Christian High School has the expressed desire to offer the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), and will thus abide by the stipulations in these documents. Besides meeting the needs of our Christian community, the courses offered by this school have been developed according to, and have exceeded the requirements of the Ministry. All courses of study (“course outlines”) are on file in the school office.

Under the regulations of the Ministry, in order to achieve an OSSD, any student entering grade 9 must:

  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits, including:
    • 18 Compulsory credits.
    • 12 Optional credits.
  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities (volunteer hours)
  • Successfully complete the secondary school literacy test (OSSLT) administered in the grade 10 year, or successfully complete the Grade 12 Literacy course.
  • Earn the following credits:
    • 4 English (1 credit per grade)
    • 1 French as a second language
    • 3 Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
    • 2 Science
    • 1 Canadian geography (Grade 9)
    • 1 Canadian history (Grade 10)
    • 1  Arts
    • 1 Physical and health education
    • 0.5 Civics
    • 0.5 Career studies
    •  Three additional credits consisting of one credit form each of the following groups:
    • 1  (Group 1) additional credit in English (including the OSSLC), or French as a second language**, or a Native language, or a classical or international language, or social science and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education***
    • 1 (Group 2) additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies or French as a second language, or cooperative education***
    • 1 (Group 3) additional credit in Grade 11 or 12 science, or technological education, or French as a second language** or computer studies or cooperative education***

**In groups 1, 2 and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as additional compulsory credits, one from group 1, and one from either group 2 or group 3.*** A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as additional compulsory credits, selected form any of Groups 1, 2 or 3    

  • In addition, 12 elective credits must be selected from available courses.

 

The Unity Christian High School Diploma

The Unity Christian High School Diploma is a prestigious diploma that is earned when students go ‘above and beyond’ the normal OSSD requirements.  Not all graduates of Unity Christian High School receive the Unity diploma, but all are encouraged to aim for it.  In order for a student to obtain the Unity Christian High School diploma, they must have obtained the OSSD and fulfilled a set of additional requirements. Graduates will have:

1.   Successfully completed a “Senior Project” and presented it to the community (of peers, staff, and/or community members).

2.   Contributed to a GRADUATE PORTFOLIO (binder), which should include various materials, including some of the following: 

  • Demonstration of serving God
  • Media awareness project
  • Senior Project
  • Position paper on chosen issue/topic
  • Personal world-and-life view paper
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Career plans
  • Letters of recommendation and reference
  • Involvement in school activities
  • Out of school experience
  • Awards and scholarships

3.   Been involved in at least two (2) co-curricular activities.

4.   Completed three (3) credits of FAITH AND LEARNING courses (Worldview Gr. 9, Bible Gr. 10, and Challenge and Change in Society Gr. 12).

5.   Completed at least forty (40) hours of UNITY FOR CHRIST Service Learning, as per OSSD requirements.

6.   Participated in all Unity Retreat and Service Days unless excused by Administration.

 Other Certificates

Students who do not meet the requirements of an OSSD diploma may be eligible to receive an Ontario Secondary School Certificate. Students who do not meet the requirements for a Unity Christian High School Diploma may be eligible to earn a Unity Christian High School Certificate.  See the school’s course calendar for more information about these certificate options.