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PLAR for Mature Students
Please note that these are the office hours and not the hours for the program itself. Please see schedule section below for information on program hours.
Monday to Friday: All locations and offices - 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Nights: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (150 East 5th Street Location) Please note: You can't register for ESL on Monday nights. OFFICES ARE NOT OPEN EVENINGS DURING THE SUMMER (JULY/AUGUST)
All locations will be closed August 7th to September 4th (With the exception of the 150 East 5th location which will be open August 21-31)
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby mature students may obtain secondary school credits for prior learning. Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school.
There are three PLAR processes to gain secondary school credits:
Grade 9 and 10 Equivalency Credits
The Grade 9/10 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program for Mature Students is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby adult students may obtain all 16 grade 9 and 10 equivalent secondary school credits, as well as the GLS 401 credit, in 6 weeks. The PLAR process is embedded into the GLS4O1 course which is held every 6 weeks throughout the school year.
Grade 11 and 12 Equivalency Credits
Earn credits based on an assessment of your credentials and other appropriate documentation from within and outside Ontario.
Grade 11 and 12 Challenge Credits
A challenge exam is a method of Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) designed to measure an individual's learning achievements against course learning outcomes.
Our program is taught by OCT qualified teachers and allows a student to earn all 16 grade 9 and 10 secondary school credits plus 1 GLS 401 credit (Advanced Learning Strategies) in 6 weeks.
Please click for a video about the PLAR program:
Other High School Credit Programs:
PLAR (Earn 17 credits in 6 weeks):
Personal Support Worker:
Culinary Arts Program:
Adult High School Credit Flyer
Who May Apply
1. Adults 19 years of age or older
2. No longer attending a secondary school (students 19 to 21 must have a letter from their last school, signed by the Principal or designate, stating that the student is no longer registered at that school).
3. Eligible to attend school in Ontario.
4. CLB Level 6 (Newcomers to Canada only)
How To Register
To find out if you are eligible for PLAR, contact the Guidance Counsellor at St. Charles.
Call 905.577.0555, press 5 then press 5 to make an appointment for a grade 9/10 PLAR assessment.
Come in for your appointment with the following documents:
1. Official high school transcript (contact your former school if you don't have it)
2. Students who are currently enrolled in high school or have been away from high school for less than a year must get a letter of release stating they are no longer registered. Please contact your former school if you do not have this.
3. Photo ID
4. Proof of Ontario residency
5. $25 book deposit (we take cash, debit, and Visa). Deposit refunded upon return of book.
6. Immigration Documentation (for landed immigrants or refugees)
Schedule and Locations
Next six week sessions:
September 5 - October 18, 2017
December 5, 2017 - January 30, 2017
March 27 - May 10, 2018
150 East 5th Street (at Brucedale)
905.577.0555, press 5 then press 5
There are no tuition or registration fees for our PLAR program. Students must pay a $25.00 refundable book deposit prior to attending class. This fee is returned to the student upon the return of all textbooks used during the class.
We accept VISA, Debit and Cash