St. Albert Learning Centre

Secondary Diploma Program

Day School

Credit Courses

St. Albert ALC offers secondary school credit courses leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Classes are not teacher taught, instead they are self-directed. Students learn at their own pace assisted by classroom teachers in a supportive and caring environment. You are issued course materials and are expected to work in the assigned classroom. The credit program features:

  • Under 21 Section
  • Continuing Education Section (ages 21+)
  • Continuous Intake
  • A variety of credits from Grades 9-12
  • Transportation allowance for those in the Under 21 Section

To register in this program, you must be at least 18 years of age and not currently registered at another secondary school.

Cooperative Education

Did you know you could earn Secondary Credits while working at your current job? For every 110 hours that you work, you can earn 1.0 credit towards your diploma. Call the school between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and we will direct your call to a Co-op teacher who will inform you when you may register and what documents you require.

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) is an official evaluation process that allows for the granting of up to 26 credits for the knowledge and skills acquired by formal and informal learning outside of a high school setting.

PLAR is for students who are over the age of 18:

  • With few or no credits
  • From another Province
  • Recently immigrated

On average, it will take at least one year to complete the PLAR process, depending on the learning level of the student and the number of credits required. Classes are personalized and fitted to the students pace. We offer continuous intake into the PLAR Program- students may begin at any time throughout the school year.

How PLAR Works

Grade 9 and 10 Credits:

If students have less than 16 credits from Grades 9 and 10, they may be eligible to earn equivalent credits. To earn these credits, students will prepare for success in the following subject areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History/Geography

After successfully passing a test for each module (where applicable), students will be able to move on to their senior credits.

Grade 11 and 12 Credits:

It is possible to earn a maximum of TEN credits through the preparation of a portfolio. The portfolio recognizes the skills and experiences gained by students outside of a secondary school environment. Related experiences include:

  • Paid and unpaid work
  • Leadership activities
  • Volunteering
  • Accredited courses and interest courses

Earning Your OSSD

The breakdown of the PLAR process for earning credits is as follows: (please note that this breakdown may not apply depending on the number of credits students have already achieved and the number of credits still required)

Grade 9 & 10 Subject Modules:
English: up to 4 credits
Mathematics: up to 4 credits
Science: up to 4 credits
History/Geography: up to 4 credit

Grade 11 & 12 Credits
Portfolio Assessment: up 10 10 credits
Max total from PLAR: 26 credits


Grade 11 English: 1 credit
Grade 12 English: 1 credit
Senior Math: 1 credit
Senior Science (or elective): 1 credit

Total: 30 Credits

Note: to fully obtain their OSSD, students must also fulfill these additional requirements:

  • Pass the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) or take and pass the Literacy Course
  • Complete 40 hours of community Service


Secondary school credits may be completed at home when a student is not able to attend regular day classes. We offer a wide variety of approved credit courses that can be applied to your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

When you register, you will be issued course materials and assignments. There is NO scheduled class time. You work on your course at home whenever you like. You will be given one (1) calendar year to complete your course. Should you require assistance, call the office and leave a message for your teacher. Your teacher will call as soon as possible.

Guidelines for Submitting Correspondence Assignments

You may submit your assignments two ways:

  • In person. Assignments may be dropped in the main office (assignments may be hand-written or typed)
  • Via email at We will accept electronic assignments in either Word or PDF formats. When saving files, please name them in the following format: Last name, first name – Course Code – Lesson #(s)


  • After submitting all required assignments and projects, you will need to complete a final exam
  • No appointment is necessary
  • Exams may be started between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Exams may not be started after 12:00 p.m. to ensure that you have adequate time to complete it before the office closes.
  • Upon completion of the exam, you may begin another course if necessary or return your books and receive your deposit.
  • Final marks are submitted to the office and the credit will be added to your transcript.

How to Register for Correspondence

To register for Correspondence:

  • Come into the school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Bring a copy of your high school transcript

Ontario Secondary School Graduation Requirements

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