The maturity Prior Learning Assessment (m.P.L.A.R.)
This program is designed for students who are turning 18 years of age or more during a school year, or have been out of school or disengaged from school for a period of time, started Grade 9 in Ontario in 1999 or later, and did not earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
If you started high school in Ontario before September 1999, please see “Maturity Credits”.
What is m.P.L.A.R. ?
The maturity Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition provides a quicker way for Mature Students to earn credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Learners may earn up to 16 junior (grades 9 and 10) credits and/or 10 senior (grades 11 and 12) credits through an assessment of transcripts and/or the completion of assessments.
The number of credits that may be earned is determined by several factors including the number and type of courses previously taken in Ontario or elsewhere.
You may be eligible to earn credits through maturity Prior Learning Assessment as a Mature Students if any one of the following situations applies:
- You started Grade 9 in Ontario in 1999 or later, but you did not earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
- You completed some or all of your high school education outside of Ontario or Canada and you have academic documents to indicate what educational level you completed.
- You attended high school outside Ontario or Canada but you do not have any documents to show what educational level you have completed.
Although counselors may be able to determine eligibility for all those interested, PLAR credits can only be awarded to students currently enrolled at Gary Allan High School.
Students who started high school in Ontario before 1999 are not eligible for PLAR, but may be eligible for Maturity Credits.