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PLAR for Mature Students
Program Description

Program Description

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.

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All Our High School Credit Programs

Teacher Taught:
Self-Paced, In-Class:
PLAR (Earn 17 credits in 6 weeks):
International Languages:
Night School:
Summer School:
Personal Support Worker:
Culinary Arts Program:
Intro to Culinary Arts:


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


Please do not follow the instructions below.

To find out if you are eligible for PLAR, contact the Guidance Counsellor at St. Charles.

Step 1
Call 905.577.0555, press 5 then press 0 to make an appointment for a grade 9/10 PLAR assessment.

Step 2
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. Birth certificate or passport
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 sessions:

8:30 am-1:45 pm


Mountain Campus
150 East 5th Street (at Brucedale)
905.577.0555, press 5 then press 5

Free Parking


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.

$1,032 for visitors to Canada

We accept VISA, Debit and Cash