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Student Services - Guidance

Counsellors provide assistance to the students in four areas: academic, career, personal and social. Counselling services play a central role in assisting students with the selection of school programs, so that courses are chosen wisely in order that post-secondary educational and career possibilities remain open. Students are requested to make appointments with their counsellor whenever they feel the need to discuss academic situations or concerns of a more personal nature. Appointments may be obtained from the Guidance office. Counsellors welcome interviews with parents. Parents may talk to a counsellor or arrange an appointment by telephoning 416-393-5652. Available to all students are referrals to support staff and community agencies when deemed necessary.

Graduation Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.)

In order to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and to participate in the Graduation Ceremonies, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits.  Of these 30 credits, 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits must be earned.  A Toronto Catholic District School Board’s requirement is that one Religious Studies course is to be taken every year.

Credits Needed to Graduate

Students must earn the following compulsory credits to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • 18 compulsory credits 4 English (1 credit per grade):
          • 3 Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
          • 2 Science 1 French as a Second Language
          • 1 Canadian History
          • 1 Canadian Geography
          • 1 The Arts
          • 1 Health and Physical Education
          • 0.5 Civics
          • 0.5 Career Studies
  • Plus ONE credit from each of these three groups:            
Group 1:
1 additional credit in English or French as a Second Language**, or a Native language, or a classical or an international language, or social sciences and the humanities (family studies, philosophy, world religions), or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education
Group 2:
1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a Second Language**, or cooperative education***
Group 3:
1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12) or technological education (Grades 9 to 12), or French as a Second Language**, or computer studies, or cooperative education***
  • 12 Optional/Elective Courses
  • 40 hours of community involvement activities
  • The provincial literacy requirement (OSSLT)

Community Service Hours
In order to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, all students must complete 40 hours of Community Service.  The purpose of the student community involvement requirement is to encourage students to:

  • Grow in the Christian calling to service and reflection, developing a generous and compassionate response to the local community and to the world
  • Foster an awareness and understanding of social and civic responsibility
  • Experience and celebrate the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities.

At Madonna we provide various opportunities for students to make contact with outside services in order to complete this requirement.  Some examples are our annual volunteer fair, leadership activities, social justice activities and updated volunteer opportunities posted on our volunteer board. 

Through our Madonna 40 campaign, leadership students encourage grade 9 students to earn their community service hours before the end of their grade 9 year.  Grade 9 classes compete to earn class prizes and students with the highest number of Community service hours win individual rewards.  All grade 9 students who have met this graduation requirement in their grade 9 year are acknowledged with a certificate of accomplishment at Madonna’s annual Academic Awards ceremony.