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Frequently Asked Questions!

Who is PLAR eligible?

P Anyone who is 18 years of age or older, who has been out of regular day school programs for 10 months prior to application

P Anyone who is 18 years of age or older who has been enrolled exclusively in an alternative education program prior to application (this includes on-line learning, continuing education, incarceration program, correspondence, independent study, home study, home schooling, TR Leger, ABLE, Foundations, Transitions, SDP).

How do I apply for PLAR?

P Application will be made through the school guidance counsellor at your TR Leger site.

How long will the process take me?

P If you are actively engaged in the PLAR process, you can generally expect the process to take a few weeks. PLAR is a self-paced, individualized program. The process fits you the learner. It can take as little as 2 weeks!

How many credits can I receive?

P This process can bring a person to within four credits of a high school diploma.

How much does it cost?

P FREE to Ontario residents!

Will my diploma with equivalent credits be recognized by Colleges and Universities?

P Yes, it is recognized in the same way as any other high school diploma.

9/10 PLAR

P Students can earn up to 16 Grade 9/10 credits by completing some quick tasks tied to History/Geography, Math, English, & Science.

11/12 PLAR

P Students can earn up to 10 Grade 11/12 credits based on their life, work, or educational experiences.

Mature students, who started secondary school in Ontario after September, 1999 or mature students who are new to the Ontario system after February 1, 2004 may apply to have their prior learning assessed under the Ministry of Education’s PLAR for Mature Students policy. Students who started their secondary programs prior to September 1999 in Ontario and return as mature students after February 1, 2004 may also choose to have their prior learning assessed under PLAR for Mature Students.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process through which mature students, who are enrolled in a secondary school course, may obtain credits for prior learning. Mature students may obtain credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for knowledge and skills that they have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. The PLAR process involves:

a) Grade 9 and 10 individual assessment/equivalency process
b) Grade 11 and 12 equivalency process
c) Grade 11 and 12 challenge process

In all cases, the knowledge and skills gained through education, work experience, and training must be directly related to the provincial curriculum expectations.

By using this process, mature students may be granted up to 26 credits towards their OSSD by the principal, depending on the number of credits the student already has. Please note that a mature student can be brought to within 4 credits of the diploma using equivalent and challenging credits.

For further information please contact your local TR Leger campus or call 1-877-TRLEGER (1-877-875-3437).

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