High School Diploma
The high school diploma, also known as Secondary School Diploma (SSD), is typically obtained after completing all mandatory grade 10 and 11 courses, as well as a series of grade 10 and 11 option courses. The official term in French for this diploma is DES, which stands for “Diplôme d’études secondaires”. All graduation requirements are determined and enforced by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Québec (MEESQ).
The MEESQ uses the “Achievement Record” or “transcript” to account for a student’s completed high school credits. This legal document has the final word on what classes were completed, as well as the official final results for each. As a general rule, each credit accounts for 25 hours of class time. Below is an example of an official transcript.