High School

High school at the Ottawa Catholic School Board is all about preparing your child to thrive as their future self. Our programs allow your child to explore their talents and interests in high school so that they can test-drive a career before graduation.

Explore High School

Experience high school in 3D! We’ve mapped out all our high schools in 3D so you can explore your high school from the comfort of your home!

High School Information Nights

You can also join us for High School Information Nights, where you can learn about the courses and programs we have to offer at your OCSB high school.

High School Courses

We offer a variety of course types to give your child the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in their post-secondary destination.

High School Programs and Certificate Opportunities

Did you know your child can graduate high school with more than an Ontario Secondary School Diploma? The OCSB offers a number of certifications that give your child a competitive advantage after high school. These certifications include:


  • French, Business Studies and Technological Education Certificates
  • Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Diploma
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
  • Co-operative Education
  • Focus Programs
  • Dual Credit Program

Do You Need a Printable High School Program Guide?

We also have a comprehensive guide for parents and students to help them choose their courses to achieve their goals and complete their credits.

High School Graduation Requirements, Assessments and Expectations

To graduate from high school in Ontario, your child needs to:

  • Complete 30 or more high school course credits as part of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements (OSSD)
  • Pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
  • Complete 40 Hours of Volunteer Community Service Hours
  • Complete two asynchronous e-learning courses before the end of grade 12

As we are a Catholic organization in Ontario, we have our own expectations of students within our school system. These are the Catholic Graduate Expectations. You can for more details about our expectations and the diploma criteria on our Graduation Requirements and Expectations page.

Learning Support and Credit Recovery for High School students

We offer various programs and strategies to support all learners, including English Language Learners, students with special needs, high-performance athletes, trades and artists, and those who struggle in a traditional classroom setting.

More High School Information and Resources

It can be challenging to support your child as they start Grade 7 in a high school building or officially start high school in Grade 9. To help you navigate the intermediate and high school landscape, we’ve developed guides for parents.