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Class Times: 8:45am-10:30am
Programs Offered: Credit Courses (Ontario Secondary School Diploma)
Essential Skills Program
PLAR- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
Personal Support Worker Program (PSW)

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 to 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.

List of Day School Courses (Continuing Education)
List of Day School Courses (Under 21 Program)

Diploma Requirements

Cooperative Education

Did you know you could earn Secondary Credits while working at your current job? Learn more about Cooperative Education

Essential Skills Program

The Essential Skills Program is designed for adults seeking to improve their reading, writing, math, and computer skills.  Upon completion of the Essential Skills Program, students will be prepared to continue their education, find employment, or have a greater sense of independence.   A transportation allowance is available for qualifying students.  We have several locations throughout the Greater Sudbury area.

Essential Skills Locations

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:


up to 4 credits
up to 4 credits
up to 4 credits
up to 4 credits

Grade 11 & 12 Credits

Portfolio Assessment

up to 10 credits

Max Total from PLAR: 26 credits


Grade 11 English
Grade 12 English
Senior Math
Senior Science (or elective)

1 credit
1 credit
1 credit
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