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Academic Program


At ISNA High School, the pursuit of excellence in all things governs school life.

  • The investigation of human knowledge and the acquisition of skills within a vibrant Islamic setting inspire and provide focus. 
  • As a registered school with the Ontario Ministry of Education, our curriculum covers all overall and specific expectations provided by the ministry. In addition, our program is grounded in Islamic context. It demands good teaching and student accountability. A focus on learning and practicing Islamic values, along with developing academic skills and applying them in all endeavours, is the hallmark of our program. 
  • The school program demands total participation in the exercise of the intellectual, physical, and spiritual faculties found within each member of the ISNA High School community. 
  • ISNA High School offers academic and university bound courses with the objective of students pursuing a university education. We are proud that over 95% of our graduates are accepted to top universities of their choice, with over 50% receiving scholarships. 
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  • The educative process is both formative and summative. Quizzes, tests, assignments, projects, portfolios, presentations and compulsory exams are a regular part of the student’s work. Since the majority of our students pursue university admission, the expectations of parents, students and faculty alike are very high.
  • A successful year for students is measured by their diligence in studies and their initiative and responsibility as contributing members of the school and its community.
  • To see courses offered at the school, please click the Course Calendar icon on the left

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requires the completion of 30 credit courses, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 electives. Other requirements include passing the provincially mandated Grade 10 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and completing a minimum of 40 hours of approved Community Involvement activities.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Requirements
Updated Sept. 2010 

English 4 credits (1 per grade)
French as a second language  1
Mathematics  3 (1 in grade 11 or 12)
Science  2
Canadian Geography  1
Canadian History  1
Arts (Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Visual Arts)    1
Health and Physical Education  1
Civics  0.5
Career Studies  0.5
3 other credits*  
Total compulsory credits  18
Elective credits  12
Total credits  30
40 hours community involvement activities
Successful completion of the Ontario Secondary School 
Literacy Diploma Requirement 
* 3 other credits:
  • New 1 additional credit (group 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, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or cooperative education***
  • New 1 additional credit (group 2): additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or French as a second language,** or cooperative education***
  • New 1 additional credit (group 3): additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or technological education, or French as a second language,** or computer studies, or cooperative education***

*A maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD) may be counted towards the 4 compulsory credits in English, but the fourth must be a credit earned for a Grade 12 compulsory English course. 
**In groups 1, 2, and 3, a maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language can count as compulsory credits, one from group 1 and one from either group 2 or group 3.
***A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education can count as compulsory credits. 
†The 12 optional credits may include up to 4 credits earned through approved dual credit courses.

Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test 

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All students at ISNA High School seeking to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) are required to complete the Provincial Secondary School Literacy Diploma Requirement.

  • In the spring of their Grade 10 school year, students will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
  • Students must pass the test in order to graduate from secondary school and earn a diploma.
  • The OSSLT is based on the Ontario curriculum expectations for language and communication - particularly reading and writing - up to and including Grade 9.
  • The test determines whether students have acquired those skills necessary for literacy and whether they have attained the provincial expectations for literacy.
  • Students unsuccessful on the first attempt may rewrite the test. There is no limit to the number of attempts a student may make.
  • Once successful, the student cannot take the test again.
  • Students who have been eligible to write the OSSLT at least twice and who have been unsuccessful at least once may satisfy the Provincial Secondary School Literacy Diploma Requirement by successfully completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC).

Community Involvement


In order to develop a sense of civic responsibility and community values, students at ISNA High School must complete a minimum of 40 hours of Community Involvement prior to graduation.

  • Community Involvement is a graduation requirement for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 
  • School staff will discuss appropriate types of Community Involvement activities and projects with students and may offer suggestions, but the selection and management of the involvement is to be directed by the student.
  • All activities before commencement must be recorded in the Student Log Book and approved by the school office.
  • Activities may take place inside or outside the school; those which occur inside the school may not be part of a credit program.
  • Activities may take place during the school day, but must occur outside the student's scheduled course time, that is, during the lunch hour, or before or after classes.
  • Student fundraising, and acting as a student assistant, tutor, or peer helper or mediator within the school all qualify as Community Involvement activities.
  • Volunteer activities, tutoring, fund-raising, coaching, or other work with community groups or charitable organizations all qualify as Community Involvement, as long as the student is not paid for the work done.
  • Independent activities in the community may count, such as visiting, helping out, and picking up groceries or supplies for an elderly or disabled neighbour; shovelling snow or raking leaves, etc. Documentation must be received from the community member, and no payment of any kind may be received for these activities.