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Fulford Academy's Strength is Our Differentiated Method of Instruction and Assessment

We retain a wonderful diversity of cultures and varied viewpoints in our classrooms, because we do not “stream” for academic or language proficiency. To ensure that all students can learn effectively, we use a highly differentiated method of instruction and assessment.

We provide choices so our students can personalize their learning activities; our teachers hold students accountable by making the curriculum expectations clear from the outset, and coach to ensure that each student meets these goals through the activities; we actively promote more complex thought processes through an integration of the disciplines, as applied to open ended questions and real-life problem solving and projects.

Our Focus is Our Students, Always.

Grade 9-12: High School Requirements

OSSD Explained! Requirements To Earn Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

The Fulford Academy curriculum follows the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Education of Ontario. Students choose courses that are suited to their strengths, interests and goals.

In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits. Students must also complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, or successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O).

OSSD Compulsory Credits * (Total of 18)





# of Credits""




Fulford Academy High School Credits



English (1 credit per grade)***



Business: BTT1O


Art: ALC1O


French-as-a-second language or other international language



Mathematics (at least 1 in Grade 11 or 12)


Career Studies Mathematics: MPM1D, MPM2D



Additional English OR a Third Language OR Social Sciences and the Humanities
OR Canadian and World Studies OR Guidance and Career Educations OR Cooperative Education
Science: SCN1D, SCN2D

Canadian History


Additional in Health & Physical Education OR the Arts OR Business Studies OR Cooperative Education


Canadian Geography


Additional in Science (grade 11 or 12) OR Technological Education (grades 9-12) OR Cooperative Education

Social Science & Humanities: HIF1O, CHV2O, CGC1D, CHC2D, GLC2O

Health & Physical Education


 Physical Education: PPL1O, PPL2O, PPL3O

* A credit is granted when a course of at least 110 hours is completed with success.

** All courses listed in this directory have a 1.0 credit value unless otherwise indicated (e.g. 0.5 credit).

***A maximum of 3 ESL credits may be counted towards the 4 required English credits.

Optional Credits (Total of 12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed by grade in the Academic Program.

Grade 11 & 12 Courses

Grade 11 Grade 12

Social Studies stream

Course Code

Social Studies stream

Course Code
PPL3O Phys. Ed. PPL3O Law 4U CLN4U
World History 3M CHW3M Canadian History 4U CHI4U
US History 3U CHA3U World History 4U CHY4U
Econ 3M CIE3M Econ 4U CIA4U
Anthro/Psych/Soc 3U HSP3U Challenge and Change 4U HSB4U
Comm tech 3O TGJ3M World Issues 4U CGW4U
Law 3U CLU3M Canadian and International Politics CPW4U

Math/Science stream

Math/Science stream

Chem SCH3U Chem SCH4U
Physics SPH3U Physics SPH4U
Functions 3U MCR3U Advanced Functions MHF4U
Functions and Apps 3M MCF3M Calc. and Vectors MCV4U
Accounting 3M BAF3M Financial Accounting BAT4M



ESLDO ESLDO Ontario Literacy Course OLC4O
Ontario Literacy Course OLC4O
English ENG3U


Natural Disasters CGF3M
Media Studies EMS3O
Designing Your Future GWL3O

For ESL Students: OSSD Literacy Requirements

Literacy Test

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)

Each student is required to write an Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test during his/her grade 10 year, or the year (grade 10-12) in which they enroll for the first time in an Ontario secondary school. The student must achieve an acceptable level in both reading and writing in order to receive his/her diploma. If students do not achieve an acceptable level of achievement on the literacy test they will be required to rewrite the test until they receive a satisfactory result. The student’s result will be recorded on his/her student transcript. Under special circumstances students may be granted a deferral or a rewrite.

Literacy Test

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O) Grade 12

This credit course is designed to support at-risk students in improving their language skills and provide them with an alternative way of demonstrating these skills. Students who have had at least two opportunities to write the OSSLT and who have failed it at least once will be eligible to take the course. The successful completion of this course will satisfy the literacy requirement for graduation. Students who obtain a graduation diploma by passing the OLC4O course will be required to demonstrate a standard of reading and writing skills comparable to those measured by the OSSLT. The OSSLT is the foundation for the design of this course.

Community Service Involvement

Fulford Academy students have choices for volunteer activities

As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities. Students must be enrolled in Fulford Academy when they begin their activities. Community involvement hours cannot be carried over prior to entry into secondary school.

These may take place in a variety of settings (business, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and informal settings). Students may not fulfill the requirement through activities that are counted towards an academic credit, through paid work or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee. The requirement is to be completed outside students’ normal instructional hours. A variety of activities and opportunities to fulfill these hours will be made available to the students by Fulford Academy throughout the year. Students are to maintain and provide a record of their community involvement. Such records must be confirmed by the organization or persons supervising the activities and submitted to the Academic Coordinator. These records will be submitted to the Head of School for approval upon the completion of the 40 hours.