What is PLAR?
PLAR is a process that helps mature students obtain recognition for learning outside of formal education settings. PLAR is available to mature students who entered an Ontario high school after 1999, or would like to graduate under the new OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) requirements. You could receive help as a mature student to obtain recognition. PLAR focuses on what adults know and can do. You could be granted up to 26 of the 30 credits needed for an OSSD through the PLAR process. The last four grade 11 or 12 credits cannot be granted. They must be earned through formal education; taking a day class or correspondence course.
Who is Eligible?
If you are 18 years and older, have less than 26 credits, and have been out of Secondary School for at least one year you may qualify for Maturity Credits. We acknowledge that since you have been out of school, you have gained knowledge or skills from the workplace, life experiences or other training, and you may be eligible for additional credit(s).
If you entered the Ontario high school system before September 1999, and are following the requirements for the OSSD (1984-1999) or the SSGD (prior to 1984), you may be eligible to apply for Maturity Credits. For this, you will need to submit proof of employment, family commitments and amount of time out of school, along with a $30 processing fee.
The following guidance services are available for St. Louis students registered in credit programs: