Mature students working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma may be eligible for credits based on their previous education and life experiences. A "mature student" is a student who is at least eighteen years of age and has been out of regular school for at least one school year.
Depending on the age of the student and where they received their original education, the evaluation would be completed in one of the following ways:
1. Maturity Credit Evaluation
Students enrolled in an Ontario secondary school before September of 1999 are eligible to receive maturity credits to recognize life and work experiences up to a maximum of 12 credits. Students must earn a minimum of four senior (grade 11 or 12) credits including a grade 12 English.
2. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Students enrolled in an Ontario secondary school on September of 1999 or later, students enrolled under new curriculum guidelines, or students from outside Ontario will be evaluated under the PLAR process. Students have the opportunity to participate in assessments to earn up to 16 grade 9/10 credits. Students also have the opportunity to present documentation of life, education and work experience to gain up to 10 equivalency credits at the grade 11/12 level. In addition, students may also may also challenge a grade 11/12 credit if they feel that they have the background knowledge to do so. Students must earn a minimum of four senior (grade 11 or 12) credits including a grade 12 English. The Ontario Literacy and Community Hours requirements also must be met.
Please come into the classroom for an assessment with the teacher.