Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2011 (OS) sets out the requirements of the Ministry of Education that govern the policies and programs of all publicly funded elementary and secondary English-language schools in Ontario. OS is intended for school and school board administrators, but will also be of interest within the broader educational community.
OS supersedes Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9-12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999 (OSS). Whereas OSS outlined policy direction only for secondary schools, OS has been developed to consolidate in one document the broad range of policies and programs that affect the educational experience of students in Ontario schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It reflects the continuity of education policy governing programs for all students, from entry to school to graduation.
Active links are provided throughout the online document to relevant legislation, regulations, policy/program memoranda, policy documents, and ministry web pages, as appropriate.
Note that the online document was refreshed on March 22, 2012, with minor clarifications to three sections – Section 2.4: The Guidance and Career Education Program; Section 5.2: Elementary Schools: Information for Selecting a Secondary School; and Section 10.1: E-Learning.