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Mature Students and PLAR

Who is a Mature Student?

A “mature student” is a student who:

  • is at least eighteen years of age on or before December 31 of the school year in which he or she registers in an Ontario secondary school program;
  • was not enrolled as a regular day school student for a period of at least one school year immediately preceding his or her registration in a secondary program;
  • is enrolled in a secondary program for the purpose of obtaining an OSSD.
  • a “regular day school student” is a student who is enrolled in a regular day school program. A student enrolled only in continuing education, e-learning, and/or distance learning is not considered a regular day school student.
  • a “school year” for the purpose of this definition is a period of no less than ten consecutive months immediately preceding the student’s return to school.

What is PLAR?

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) is a formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby
students may obtain credits for prior learning. Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school.

Students may have their knowledge and skills evaluated against the expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits toward their secondary school diploma.

Eligibility For Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

A mature student may be eligible for PLAR credits if he or she:

  • started high school in Ontario after September 1, 1999 or
  • is new to the Ontario secondary school system as of February 1, 2004 or
  • has selected the OSS/OS pathway, regardless of the high school start date

Types Of PLAR Assessments

The PLAR process includes:

  • Grade 9 and 10 equivalency process
  • Grade 11 and 12 equivalency process
  • Grade 11 and 12 challenge process

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