Can you give some details on Ontario school boards and systems? (assessment and grading methods, volunteering requirements etc.)

High school programs are on a credit-based system. Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits to obtain a high school diploma. Eighteen of the credits are compulsory, acquired in a specified number of courses from a list of subjects that every student must take. The remaining 12 credits are optional, earned in courses that the student may select from the school's full range of options and interests. 

In Grade 9, most students take eight courses and, if passed, will receive one credit for each of those classes.

Earning community involvement (volunteer) hours 

You can now start earning the 40 hours you'll need to graduate high school in the summer before you start Grade 9. 

Besides earning 40 hours of community involvement, students must also meet the provincial literacy requirement while in high school.

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