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Ontario Secondary School Diploma Program

Principal’s Message: 

More than ever, the value of a Secondary School Diploma is recognized by employers and post-secondary institutions. Having your OSSD can help you become more employable or get into a post-secondary training or apprenticeship program. If you have not completed your diploma requirements or you need specific secondary credit courses for post-secondary or apprenticeship training goals, we can help you on the pathway to meet your goals.

Our Adult Education Staff will Help With: 

  • Assessing your high school transcript to determine what credits are still required to graduate
  • PLAR applications and assessments (“maturity credits”)
  • Pathways counselling and community referrals
  • Out-of-province or out-of-country transcript assessment
  • Pre-requisites for college, university or apprenticeship programs 
Why earn your high school diploma?

Secondary Courses:

  • You have the freedom to work at your own pace... on your own time.
  • You can earn an education that fits your life!
  • The Centres for Employment & Learning offer a wide variety of Independent Study courses that may be applied towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Currently, we offer more than 75 courses in grade 9, 10, 11, and 12 in the new curriculum.
  • Independent Study Courses allow students to work at their own pace. Students are able to decide when and where to study and have the added flexibility of starting and finishing a course at any time of year.
  • Each year, hundreds of adults in Huron and Perth Counties are working on secondary school credits through our
    Centres. For many, it is the realization of a lifetime goal; for others a necessary step towards success in the
    workforce.  The Centre for Employment & Learning credit courses require dedication and hard work. The
    rewards are priceless!

Can I take Independent Study Courses?  These courses are available to you if:

  • You are 18 years or older and have been out of school for one year.
  • You are 16-18 years of age and have written approval from the Principal of your current school.

How do I get started?

  • Contact your closest Centre for Employment & Learning to book an assessment to determine the steps and courses you are required to take to achieve your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • You should gather all your records and transcripts of your education whether taken in Ontario or another province or country to take to your assessment.
  • All students must earn a minimum of four (4) senior (grade 11 or 12) credits including Grade 12 English.

Correspondence Studies:

  • You can start your courses at any time during the year. To get started, contact one of our sites to register.
  • Correspondence courses allow you to work at home, at your own pace. Of course, you can also work at our sites if you choose.
  • Our teachers are available in-person or online to support you if you are having challenges with the course material.
  • You need to be prepared to set aside regular time for the completion of course work.  It is suggested that you aim for 1-2 lessons per week.
  • There is no cost. We do not charge any registration or material fees.
  • If you need a course for admission to college or university, it is suggested that you start before the end of March to allow for time to complete by the end of June.

Self-Study Course List here! 

Registration Process for Students:

When you come to the Centre to register you will be asked to fill out a registration form and meet with a Site Coordinator to review your goals and create a plan. Please bring:

  • Copy of your transcript
  • Piece of ID to show your legal name, date of birth, and current mailing address
  • If you were born outside of Canada, please bring documents to show your status in Canada (e.g. Canadian Citizenship card, Canadian Passport, Permanent Resident Card,  Employment Permit)
  • Copies of IEP’s or other documentation related to any special accommodations that may be required
  • For LINC/ESL Students: proof to verify CLB 6 completed in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • List of courses required for post-secondary education if applicable

Starting Correspondence Self-study Courses:

  1. Label your lessons: Please put your name, course code, lesson # at the top of your document.
    Example:  John Smith ENG4C Lesson #1 (the lesson # is on the top right corner of every page)

  2. You only need to answer Key Questions. We suggest you do the support questions and check the answers at the back of the book to see if you are understanding the lesson.  You do not submit the support questions.

  3. Submit all the key questions for a lesson in one document.
    For example, if a lesson has 3 Key questions, you must submit all 3 key questions in the same document.
    Key Question # 1a

  4. Label the document with your name, Course code, lesson number ( John Smith ENG4C L 1)
Email or bring your completed lesson to your site.


An important note about Plagiarism:
The work you submit needs to be your own. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Plagiarism is when you copy someone else’s ideas or work and claim it as your own. You cannot copy work directly off the internet into your lessons. If you look up material on the internet you must quote it or put it in your own words and cite where the information came from.
Some links that might be helpful below. If you have questions about this, please ask your teacher or the site coordinator.



The CEL is the Adult and Continuing Education branch of the Avon Maitland District School Board and operates with the BSID# 993263