Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

What do I need to bring to the registration appointment

You will need transcripts from your most recent secondary school, proof of identity, and proof of legal status in Canada to register at Gary Allan.

Can I register for a course at Gary Allan if I am already a student in another HDSB secondary school?

If you are a current student of a Halton District School Board secondary school, please see your guidance office for registration options.

Can I register for a course at Gary Allan if I am already a student in another school board?

The short answer is, it depends on the course.  Please see your guidance office for registration options.

How do I know what courses are offered?

Gary Allan offers a wide range of courses in Math, English, Social Science, Science and Business, honouring workplace, college, and university pathways.  As some courses fill up quickly, please contact your local Gary Allan campus to enquire about a specific course.

Course Delivery

What is Self-Reliant

Self-Reliant is a method of course delivery where courses are offered at your pace, and start dates occur throughout the year.  Self-Reliant is NOT correspondence and relies on interaction between teacher and student for success

Do you offer everything online?

Some courses are offered online, others are offered in a Hybrid model (some online, some in class) and others are offered as in class.  Call your local campus for more details about specific courses.

Can I work on my course over the summer and into next year?

While credits not completed in June can often be recovered in September, Gary Allan does not offer a 12 month program of study for day school students.  However, summer school credits (one month) are offered through Gary Allan for interested students.

What is the time commitment?

All courses offered by Gary Allan are 110 hour Ministry of Education credits.  Students are required to attend 6.5 hours of class per week, per course, to meet these objectives.  Hybrid courses require a combination of online and in class time totalling 6.5 hours per week, per credit.  Fully online students are expected to log 6.5 hours per week, per credit, in the online course.

Are you open evenings and weekends?

Gary Allan offers flexible attendance options including day and evening hours.  Classes are not offered on the weekend for day school students.

Co-operative Education (Co-op)

Do you offer paid co-op?

We have the ability to connect a paid employment experience with coop, depending on the employment.  Please call your local campus for more details.

Can I get co-op credits for work I have done before registering?

No.  Coop is a specific course of study that requires consent from the employer via a work-education agreement.  Only hours worked while registered as a coop student in the current academic year can be used for coop credit.

If I hand in my paycheques, do I get co-op credits?

Proof of hours is only one part of earning a coop credit.  Other assignments, including (but not limited to) log sheets, reflections, safety testing and other summative assessments must be successfully completed in order to earn coop credits.

Earning a Diploma

How can I find out what I need to graduate?

Please contact your local Gary Allan campus to arrange an appointment with one of our counsellors to explore your options.

Can I get credit for working after I left high school?

You may be able to qualify for either Maturity Credits or PLAR depending on when you attended high school.  Please contact your local Gary Allan campus to arrange an appointment with one of our counsellors to explore your options.

Do you offer the GED?

Gary Allan High School does not offer the GED.  In most cases students considering the GED can enter the PLAR program at Gary Allan and earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  If you would like to prepare for the GED, please contact The Centre for GED prep options.

Miscellaneous

I graduated from Gary Allan a number of years ago. Can I get my transcript?

Yes.  Contact the Gary Allan location that you attended and they will process your transcript. There may be a small fee to do this.

Can I write the literacy test at Gary Allan?

Yes, all students at Gary Allan can complete the OSSLT if they require it for graduation.  Gary Allan also offers the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course at all locations. Please contact your local Gary Allan campus to make an appointment with one of our counsellors to discuss your options.

Can I earn my final 2 credits through previous work experience?

No.  Students who qualify for either Maturity of PLAR credits must earn their final 4 credits in school; they cannot be granted through either process.