Guidance Services

Guidance Services2018-08-07T20:19:34+00:00


Guidance Office Hours resume August 28, 2018:
Mon – Thurs: 8:30am-12:30pm / 1:30pm-3:00pm

Register for classes and receive help with future pathway, post-secondary and course selection planning. Credits@Work OR

Correspondence and Online courses may be alternative options for you.


Guidance consultation is available before registering for all St. Louis courses.  The following guidance services are available for St. Louis students registered in any of our credit courses.

Talking to a Guidance Counsellor at St. Louis is not entirely like when you were in high school last. St. Louis Guidance Counsellors are certified teachers with Guidance qualifications and experience, however they also understand your adult responsibilities, perspectives and sense of urgency to get where you want to go.

You do not need to make an appointment, however students are seen in queue during Guidance Office Hours

Guidance Registration Hours

Location Weekday Office Hours
St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus,
80 Young St, Kitchener
Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 12:30pm / 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Tues & Wed 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday Closed

 Guidance will come to Cambridge, Once a Month

Location Dates Office Hours
St. Louis- St. Benedict Campus,50 Saginaw Pkwy, Cambridge
(behind St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, off Green Vista Dr.)
Oct. 24 11:30am – 1:30pm
Nov. 21 11:30am – 1:30pm
Dec. 12 11:30am – 1:30pm

Please plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes before Guidance hours are finished.  Plan to meet with Guidance for 15-20 minutes.  Line-ups can be long sometimes and your patience is appreciated.

To maximize your time with a St. Louis Guidance Counsellor, the following items will be helpful to review your academic progress and develop a plan together.  If you plan to register for a credit course, these items are required:

  • Documents with your Legal Name and Date of Birth
  • Documents with your Status in Canada
  • Photo Identification
  • Previous High School Transcript or Credit Counselling Summary
  • Up-to-date Resume (if you wish to have your work and volunteer experience recognized under PLAR)
  • Principal to Principal Transfer Request Form (if you attended another high school in the last year without having completed a diploma)
  • Letter to verify completion of CLB 6 (if you are a LINC or ESL student)

St. Louis Guidance Counsellors will work with current and prospective students to determine what is still required to complete your OSSD.  Click here for OSSD Graduation Requirements. If you already have your OSSD, and need to upgrade credits for a better grade or take a College or University level Secondary School Credit, Guidance will provide direction on how taking a credit class at St. Louis will impact your overall grade average and updated transcript.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that helps mature students obtain recognition for learning outside of formal education settings.  PLAR focuses on what adults already know and what they can do. For example, have you lived on your own and managed your own money, do you have children, have you worked or volunteered and learned new skills.  These elements are just a handful of the situations we evaluate to determine how that life experience may be attached to secondary school credits. At St. Louis, we can help you obtain recognition for this life and work experience.

Click here to view the PLAR information video: Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Who is Eligible?

PLAR is available to mature students who entered an Ontario high school after 1999, or would like to graduate under the current Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements.

Are you:

  • At least 18 years old on or before December 31 of this school year?
  • Enrolled in a Secondary School Credit program for the purpose of obtaining an OSSD
  • Out of high school for at least 10 months before returning as an adult
  • New to the Ontario Secondary School system, as of February 1, 2004 AND working toward an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). (Students who have studied out of province or out of country would also qualify under this criteria)

You may earn up to 26 secondary school credits using PLAR for Mature students.  The last 4 credits MUST be earned via any combination of our day class, hybrid, correspondence, online, language credit, skills training or Credits@Work options.  Credits offered in Skills Training programs are elective credits only. Please drop in to the Guidance office to speak to a counsellor and to pick up a PLAR application.

Please visit a St. Louis Guidance Counsellor to discuss how your International Education is recognized in Ontario.

International Credentials Assessment Services of Canada

Please visit a St. Louis Guidance Counsellor to discuss how your International Education is recognized in Ontario.

World Education Services

How to Register for a credit course at St. Louis?

To register for a Secondary School Credit course at St. Louis, you must be 18 years of age or older on the first day that day classes begin for that term. To register for Correspondence, you must be 16 years of age or older. (If under 18 years of age, parent/guardian signature is required)

  1. Contact your last high school Guidance Department to request a Transcript or Credit Counselling Summary. If you are applying to College or University, you must provide us with a Transcript.
  2.  If you attended another high school in the last 10 months, request a Principal to Principal Transfer Request Form 
  3.  Complete a Registration form when you arrive
  4.  Come to St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus on any one of the following registration dates listed below.
  5.  Bring the requested document (listed below). You will not be allowed to register if any required documents are missing.


Registration Class Start and End Dates
St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St, Kitchener (see below for Guidance Office Hours) St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St, Kitchener
Term 1: inquire in June 2018 Term 1: Sept 5, 2018 start
Term 2: to be determined for 2018 Term 2: to be determined for 2018
Term 3: to be determined for 2019 Term 3: to be determined for 2019
Term 4: to be determined for 2019 Term 4: to be determined for 2019
Term 5:  May 7, 2018 Term 5: May 7 – June 27, 2018

Guidance Office Hours: 
Mon – Thurs:  8:30am – 12:30pm / 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Tues & Wed: 5:30pm -7:30pm
Fri: Closed

What to bring to registration:

  1. Secondary School Transcript or Credit Counselling Summary
  2. $50 registration fee (exact cash, debit or credit)
  3. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, Canadian Citizenship Card, Immigration Papers)
  4. Photo I.D. with mailing address (Licence, Health Card, Ontario Photo ID Card), and a piece of mail or copy of a bill with your current address if it has recently changed.


Students who attended ESL/LINC classes must provide verification of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 6 in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Students who attended regular high school in the last year must have a Principal to Principal Transfer Request Form sent to St. Louis prior to registration.

Students returning to St. Louis from a previous year only need to bring photo ID and payment.

Additional Fees apply to Correspondence courses, International Students and students enrolled full-time at another high school. Note: No Book Deposit required, however students will pay cost recovery for lost or damaged books.

Registration forms will be provided at registration or click here to print a Secondary School Credit Pre-Registration Form . Complete it and bring with you.

Were you ever on an IEP? Or you think you might have learning challenges?

Talk to our Guidance Department about our Student Success Centre with additional resources and academic accommodations that will support your path to success.

If  you do not have your OSSD and aren’t sure if you are ready to attempt a Secondary School Credit course yet, consider Core Essentials (an individualized learning support program for adults) at St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus or St. Louis – St. Benedict Campus in Cambridge.

Applying to College and University can be overwhelming and you have to stay on top of all the steps, timelines and meet deadlines to get into the post-secondary program of your choice.

St. Louis Guidance staff are here to assist students with this process and are extremely knowledgeable about the numerous skills training and post-secondary certificate and degree programs across the province. They can even point you in the direction of scholarship and bursary opportunities. In 2016-17, St. Louis supported over 800 successful first year applicants. Let us help you for 2018!

Applying to College?

Applying to University?

If you want St. Louis to send your grades, as part of your application process, we need your consent!

Please follow these links to confirm consent:

College Consent Form

101 University PIN number and Consent Form

105 University Consent Form

IMPORTANT: All St. Louis secondary school credits earned will appear on your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) transcript and are recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry for Advancement of  Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

Completed all your OSSD Requirements (including your 40 hours of community activities)?

You must let us know that you have completed all your credits and that you intend to graduate with us.  Ontario Secondary School Diplomas (OSSD) are issued once a year. Current St. Louis students will graduate with the Class of 2017-18 in November, 2018.  Please submit an Intent to Graduate Form 2017-18  before August 31, 2018.  Consider getting a grad photo taken by contacting Highland Camera and making arrangements anytime of the year.  Exclusive opportunity for St. Louis Graduates. Click here for Grad Photo Order Form.

Brenda Steffler, Guidance Department Head

Patti Walsh, Guidance Counsellor & SSC Department Head

Natalie Durant, Guidance Counsellor

During peak registration times, we have other experienced guidance counsellors available to review your transcript, develop an education plan and register you for your next secondary school credit course.

For more information on Guidance Services at St. Louis

or email


Completed all your OSSD Requirements (including your 40 hours of community activities)? Current students will graduate with the Class of 2017-18 in November, 2018.

Please submit an Intent to Graduate Form 2017-18 before August 31,  2018.  In the meantime, consider getting your graduation photo taken by a professional.  Highland Camera is offering a grad photo package to St. Louis students only year-round.

Click here for Grad Photo Order Form and call Highland Camera to arrange an appointment.

Plan to continue your education after graduation?

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