Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

OSSD Program

Chinese school fieldStudents who are interested in a Canadian high school experience have the flexibility of obtaining an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) through Xspace regardless of where they are in the world. Currently, most of Xspace’s students who are pursuing the OSSD are enrolled in Xspace’s China Program, which has locations in Beijing and Qingdao. Graduates from Xspace’s OSSD Program have obtained admission to top-tier universities across Canada and the United States.

Program Structure

The Xspace OSSD Program spans from Grades 10-12, with part-time studies in Grades 10-11, and full-time studies in the final Grade 12 year. The first year of the program (Grade 10) focus on helping students build foundational English skills and develop North American study habits, helping students fully prepare for the academic rigor of Grade 11. In Grade 11, students must write and pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), a graduation requirement for obtaining the OSSD. Grade 11 is also spent working closely with our counsellors to plan and prepare for applying to universities. The first two years of the Xspace OSSD Program are completed in a part-time manner while students pursue full-time studies in their home country’s education system.

In Grade 12, students pursue full-time OSSD studies, completing all courses required for graduation and entrance into university. Students have the option to travel to Canada at the end of second semester for an immersion experience in a local Canadian public high school.

All students entering the Xspace OSSD Program must write a Language Assessment.  Students who do not meet the language requirements to begin G10 English can take non-credit Pre-English 10 courses to prepare themselves with the necessary English skills.

2020-2021 Grades 10-11 Part-Time Course Offerings & Application Deadlines

2020-2021 Grades 10-11 Part-Time Course Offerings & Application Deadlines:

Term Dates  Courses Offered Application Deadline
Term 1: Sept. 5 to Dec. 20, 2020 Pre-English 10 Levels 1/2/3/4
ENG2D (G10 English)
MCR3U (G11 Math)
Aug. 14, 2020
Term 2: Jan. 9 to May 2, 2021 Pre-English 10 Levels 1/2/3/4
ENG2D (G10 English)
SPH3U (G11 Physics)
Dec. 18, 2020
Term 3: May 8 to Aug. 29, 2021 Pre-English 10 Levels 1/2/3/4
ENG2D (G10 English)
ENG3U (G11 English)
SCH3U (G11 Chemistry)
Apr. 16, 2020
Summer Intensive: July 6 to Aug. 21, 2021 ENG2D (G10 English)
ENG3U (G11 English)
MCR3U (G11 Math)
June 4, 2020


  • The minimum enrolment for each class is 8 students. The maximum enrolment for each class is 20 students.
  • Exact dates and deadlines are subject to change at the sole discretion of Xspace.
  • Late applications will only be accepted if there is space available and will be subject to a late application fee.
  • Classes in Terms 1-3 are generally scheduled on Saturday and Sunday between 8am-12pm (GMT+8).  Classes in the Summer Intensive term are generally scheduled from Tuesday to Friday between 8am-12pm (GMT+8).
  • Each class is typically 2 hours long.
Grade 12 Full-Time Course Offerings

Grade 12 Full-Time Course Offerings

Term  Courses Offered
Fall Term: September-January ENG4U (English)
MHF4U (Functions)
BBB4M (International Business)
SCH4U (Chemistry) — Science Stream
EWC4U (The Writer’s Craft) — Humanities/Commerce Stream
Spring Term: February-April MCR4U (Calculus and Vectors)
SPH4U (Physics) — Science Stream
BOH4M (Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals) — Humanities/Commerce Stream
OLC4O (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course)
Immersion Camp: April-May (6 weeks) Various elective courses in local public Canadian high school


  • The academic calendar and application deadlines for the 2020-2021 school year will be available in Spring 2021.
  • Classes are generally scheduled on weekdays between 8am-12pm (GMT+8).  
  • The Immersion Camp is optional for students and take place in a local public high school in Canada.