Guidance Services

General Guidance Information

Attendance:  Regular attendance at school is critical for a student's learning and achievement of course expectations.  The rapid pace and demands of the schedule in Adult and Continuing Education are such that (near) perfect attendance is necessary and expected.

Where, in the principal's judgement, a student's frequent/numerous absences are jeopardizing his/her successful completion of a course, the student will be informed of potential consequences including faiure to gain credits.

If absent from a class, students will be expected to get the missed work from a class member.  The teacher will not have time to re-teach the missed lessons.

Registration:  New students - please see the Registration Information located under Day School tab above.  Students currently attending programs in subsequent terms watch the bulletin boards and listen to the announcements for Advanced Registration dates and times for all registration information.  Ensure your place next term by registering early.

Please keep your transcripts and registration forms for registration in subsequent terms.

Course offerings are subject to change.  Course lists at registration provide the most current course schedule.   Courses run only if there is sufficient enrollment.

Adult Route to a Diploma (OSSD)

Credits are granted to recognize that various experiences in the adult world can produce skills, understanding, and competence in ways that could be equivalent to those gained in formal study.

Equivalent credits are granted for:

  • Equivalent secondary education in other provinces or countries
  • Training taken equivalent to secondary courses
  • Training taken through Canadian Armed Forces
  • Apprenticeship - successful completion of apprenticeship training.  Training certificate is required
  • Ontario secondary education before credit system was introduced
  • Prior credits earned in an Ontario high school or through correspondence

To graduate student must:

  • Earn the last 4 credits (minimum).  These must be taken at the Senior level - Grade 11 or 12
  • Have a grade 12 English credit - This could be one of ENG 4C, ENG 4E, ENG 4U or OLC 4O

To discover the number of credits to which you are entitled, please call to set up a Prior Learning Assessment appointment with a counsellor (519) 452-2000 ext. 69717.

Self-Study Courses

Thames Valley Adult Education Centres offer, by home study, credit courses from Grade 9 to 12.  Lessons based on correspondence materials are completed at your own pace.  Completed lesson are dropped off at your Adult Education site or uploaded if your course is offered through On-line Learning.   Eligibility:  You must be 18 years of age.

 For more information, visit our Self-study link above.

Graduation

Potential graduates must have completed all course requirements and have applied to graduate.  Notify the Guidance office or your counsellor as you begin the final courses required for your graduation.   Complete the necessary paperwork.  This is not an automatic process.  YOU must apply!

PLAR Information and Procedures

PLAR - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition 

 What is PLAR?

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for mature students provides a quicker way for adults to acquire credits toward a high school diploma.  Through PLAR, you may get credits toward your high school diploma through a formal evaluation and assessment.   The PLAR assessment process looks at your life and work experiences since leaving high school and can award you credits for that experience, as well as grant equivalent credits for successful completion of assessments.

Who is a Mature Student?

A mature student is a student who is:

  • at least 18 years old on or before December 31 of the school year;
  • is enrolled in a secondary school credit program for the purpose of obtaining an OSSD;
  • has been out of school for a period of at least 10 months before returning as an adult.

Who Participates in PLAR?

Students who are new to the Ontario secondary school system as of February 1, 2004 and who are working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) under OSS diploma requirements     OR     who were enrolled as students in the Ontario secondary school system, and were placed in Grade 9 in 1999 - 2000 or later, Grade 10 in 2000 - 2001 or later, Grade 11 in 2001 - 2002 or later, or Grade 12 in 2002 - 2003 or later; and who return to school as mature students on February 1, 2004 or later to work towards the OSSD under OSS diploma requirements.

Mature Students

Students who were enrolled in the Ontario secondary school system prior to 1999 and who continue to work towards their OSSD under OS:IS or HS1 diploma requirement do not have to participate in the PLAR process.    These students could be granted credits under the PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) maturity credit process.  Please see a Guidance Counsellor to determine which assessment is most beneficial for you.

Note:  Students working toward OSS diploma requirements must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test / Course and the community involvement activities (as outlined by their school) in order to graduate.

Grade 9 and 10 Individual Assessment / Equivalency Process 

What is it?   An individual student assessment / equivalency process for the purpose of granting up to 16 Grade 9 and 10 credits through (a) transcripts, or (b) transcripts and completion of individual assessments, or (C) completion of individual assessments.

Students without appropriate transcripts for all or part of the first two years of secondary school will be required to complete an individual assessment in some or all of Grade 9 and 10 English, Mathematics, Science and Canadian Geography/History.

Successful completion of the individual assessment process will result in up to four credits in each of the four subject areas.  These grade 9 and 10 credits will meet the diploma requirements that would usually be met through successful completion of the Grade 9 and 10 programs.   If the student earns fewer than four credits in each subject area, the principal will determine how the student can obtain the remaining credits.

The principal may defer assesment on Canadian Geography / History until a student has sufficient time to develop the required language skills or becomes more familiar with Canadian culture.

Does this program earn a certificate?     The principal may grant the OSSC (Ontario Secondary School Certificate) to a mature student following successful completion of the individual assessments.   Unlike adolescents, mature students are eligible to receive this certificate and continue to pursue and earn an OSSD in the future.

Grade 11 and 12 Equivalency Process

What is it?  The process for obtaining credits that involves an evaluation of a mature student's education and/or training credentials and / or other appropriate documentation of learning gained from other programs, courses or work experiences.

What is the process?  Applicants who wish to participate in the Grade 11 and 12 PLAR equivalency process must:

  • be enrolled in a secondary school course
  • carefully review the curriculum expectations for each course in which they wish to be granted credits
  • complete the Application for Grade 11 and 12 Credits through the Equivalency Process  - complete the PLAR
  • present credentials/ documents that show evidence of learning that relates directly to the Ontario curriculum expectations for specific courses

Points to Remember

  • Students must earn a minimum of four Grade 11 and 12 credits after mature status is reached (Including Grade 12 English) by taking the necessary courses.
  • Students may obtain no more than ten Grade 11/12 credits through the equivalency/ challenge process.
  • Principals may grant half-credits only for specific half-credit courses.
Post Secondary Information

Post-Secondary Information

Congratulations!!   You are moving closer to attending a post-secondary institution.

Your final courses are critical!   Hard work and good marks are important for post-secondary plans, whatever they may be.   The following topics will outline important information for achieving your career goals.

First Steps

The first step in preparing for post-secondary education is to ensure that your Ontario Student Record (transcript) is complete.  Check to see that this is, in fact, the case.  Make sure that all credits that you may have earned through night school and/or self-study are represented. Many students who attend Adult and Continuing Education have not earned all of their secondary school credits in one place.

Obtaining Transcripts

If the last secondary school or adult learning centre you attended was in another part of the Province of Ontario or in another country, you must contact that school or school board directly.   The Thames Valley District School Board does not have access to those records.

You can obtain a transcript from the Thames Valley District School Board (formerly Middlesex County, Elgin County, Oxford County and City of London school boards) if the last public secondary school and/or adult learning centre you attended was located within the jurisdiction of the Board.

The method for ordering your transcript depends on when you graduated/retired from school.

Within the past 5 years:  Contact the Guidance Department of the last secondary school you attended.   You will be required to give your full legal name, date of birth, which program you were last registered in (ie: day, night, etc), and the date you last completed a course.   You will be asked for identification.

More than 5 years ago:  Contact the TVDSB Records Centre at 951 Leathorne Street, London, ON or call 519 452-2000 ext. 21078.

Application to Graduate

As you earn your final two credits for graduation, it is essential that you complete an "Application to Graduate" found in Student Services.  Graduation does not happen automatically.    If you have credits earned from other institutions and do not have an OSSD, you must see a counsellor to get all of your information put together and/or get your PLAR/PLA done before we can graduate you.

Ideally, all of this "business" involving your transcripts should be completed a month or two before you begin the post-secondary application process.  

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