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Adults: Get Your High School Diploma

Adult GraduateThe Continuing Education Department can help you open doors to your future and identify the path that is right for you. Earn your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or prepare for college/university entrance.

We offer:

  • Night School
  • Co-operative Education
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Mature Student Evaluation (MSE)
  • Independent Study

If you are you a Newcomer to Canada or Ontario - The Province of Ontario wishes to help those newcomers, who aim to acquire an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), by using the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to recognize newcomers' past achievements. Please see below about the PLAR process.

 

Night School

If you are an adult not attending day school and are interested in taking a Night School course, please call 613-239-2620 after Monday, August 21, 2017 to make an appointment. Night school registration begins August 28, 2017 and runs until September 19, 2017. The next term that Night School will be offered will be Fall 2017. Classes run Sept 26 to Dec. 19, 2017. Please click here for our Fall 2017 Course Offerings (subject to change).

Co-operative Education

If you are 18 years of age or older and working part-time or full-time and not enrolled in a regular high school, you are eligible for the Co-op program. If your employer is supportive, you can use your current job to help you earn high school credits. Individuals who volunteer with registered charities or publicly funded institutions may also enroll in the Co-op program.

What do I need to bring to my first meeting with an advisor?

  • academic transcript or any academic record
  • proof of address in Ontario
  • a resumé

Why do I need these documents?
Both your Co-op Teacher and your Educational Advisor need this information. Co-op credits must be linked to high school courses that have been successfully completed or to a course that is currently being taken at night school. The resumé is reviewed by your Co-op teacher and suggestions for improvement are provided.

How many co-op credits can I earn?
You can obtain up to four co-op credits in a semester. This depends on the number of hours that you work.

When can I apply and begin the program?
The program’s registration and startup is continuous throughout the school year.

Is there a cost for this program?
This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Adult co-op is free.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) and Mature Student Evaluation (MSE)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Mature Student Evaluation (MSE) are formal evaluation and credit-granting processes for mature students who would like to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Your age and where you received your original education will determine which process will be used.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students who received their education outside Ontario or who entered an Ontario Secondary school after 1999 are eligible for PLAR.

  • Call 613-239-2620 or email james.mcavoy@ocdsb.ca to arrange an appointment with an Educational Advisor. The Advisor will give you an application form indicating the type of documentation you will need for a PLAR assessment
  • You and the Educational Advisor will complete a registration in a credit course to get you started
  • Gather all personal records on school and work and bring them to the Educational Advisor. If your records are in another language, you must have them professionally translated into English.
  • Submit your application, with your personal records, to the Educational Advisor.
  • The Educational Advisor will advise you of the credit courses that you will be awarded and determine which courses you still need to take to complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Mature Student Evaluation (MSE)

Students who attended a secondary school in Ontario prior to 1999 can apply for maturity credits through the MSE.

To apply for maturity credits (MSE) you will need:

  • a copy of your Ontario school records
  • a resume
  • other certificates or diplomas
  • apprenticeship papers

There is an intake fee of $25.00 for MSE Applications. Call 613-239-2620 or email james.mcavoy@ocdsb.ca to arrange an appointment.

Independent Study

You can take ‘study at home’ high school credit courses. The Private Study Program offers:

  • Subject support
  • Lesson evaluation
  • Individual and small group assistance
  • Course networking

Meetings with the course facilitator are on Tuesday evenings at the Adult High School. The Private Study Program can be combined with Night School or the Co-operative Education Program to help you reach your goals.

Call 613-239-2620 or email james.mcavoy@ocdsb.ca for more information or to arrange an interview.

 

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