Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Process (PLAR)
Through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process, students who can demonstrate that they can pass a course will be able to receive a credit without taking the course. Several evaluation methods will be used to ensure that a PLAR candidate has covered the relevant work. All PLAR candidates will be required to pass a test based on Ontario’s rigorous provincial course standards. This will form the major part of the evaluation. Other evaluation methods may include projects, portfolios and lab work. High school students will be able to obtain a maximum of four PLAR credits, two in any one subject discipline.
Students interested in challenging credits should contact their Guidance Department.
PLAR FOR MATURE STUDENTS:
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for Mature Students is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process through which mature students, who are enrolled in a secondary school course, may obtain credits for prior learning. Mature students may obtain credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for knowledge and skills that they have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school.
The PLAR process involves:
a) Grade 9 and 10 individual assessment/equivalency process
b) Grade 11 and 12 equivalency process
c) Grade 11 and 12 challenge process
For more information and details about how to apply, or to obtain a brochure on the PLAR Process for Mature Students and Facts Sheet on each PLAR process, contact Thomas Merton Secondary School in Oakville @ www.haltonalc.com or 905-849-7555