Adults: Get Your High School Diploma

Finishing your high school diploma is easier than you think!

The OCDSB’s Continuing Education Department offers a variety of pathways to help adults to earn credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or prepare for college/university entrance.

We offer the following ways to earn credits towards your high school diploma:

  • Virtual Night School
    The Virtual Night School Program offers a variety of credit courses to adults and students from all school boards.
  • Co-operative Education
    Earn credits while you work! Use your current job or volunteer experience to help you earn high school credits.
  • Independent Study
    The Independent Study Program offers an opportunity to work on a credit course independently with some face-to-face course facilitator support.

Earn Credits for your Previous Experience

Mature students and newcomers! Have you been out of school for 1 or more years? Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Mature Student Evaluation (MSE) are formal evaluation and credit-granting processes through which mature students may obtain credits for prior learning (the knowledge and skills that adults have acquired through education, work and life experience).

***You must be enrolled in a high school credit course (such as Co-operative Education or Night School) to take advantage of PLAR or MSE. For more information about PLAR and MSE visit the Prior Learning Assessment and Evaluation/Mature Student Evaluation webpage


Registration and More Information:

If you are interested in one of the programs listed above, please fill out the request form below and a member of our credit team will be in touch:

Request for Information for OCDSB Continuing Education High School Credit Programs

You may also contact us at contedcredit@ocdsb.ca, or 613-239-2620 with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it too late to finish my high school diploma?
No! No matter how old you are, you can get your diploma right now. It’s never too late to obtain your high school diploma. The faster you make the decision to go for it, the faster you’ll be able to achieve your goals. So, you don’t need to be concerned about your age. There’s a place for you today.

Will finishing my high school diploma cost a lot of money?
No! Tuition is free for all Ontario residents. That’s right. You can get your high school diploma at little or NO cost to you. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to succeed and we know that sometimes cost can be a tough hurdle to get over. Rest assured getting your Ontario High School Diploma is free no matter when you choose to go for it.

Does every employer require a high school diploma?
No, but more employers are asking for one. Finishing your high school diploma can help you get a better job. Achieving a high school diploma will allow you to have more options as you set your goals for the future. Better quality jobs and enhanced opportunities for advancement are more likely to present themselves once you have achieved it.

As a new Canadian, do I have to start again to receive a high school diploma?
No! You may be able to gain credits for experience you have already achieved. That means that the things you have achieved so far in your academic and working life may be able to help you earn equivalency credits towards your diploma requirements.


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