Academic Programs

St. Michael’s Adult High School is pleased to be able to offer many different opportunities with which to earn credits. St. Michael’s offers a full slate of “traditional,” teacher-facilitated credit courses. In addition, students can take advantage of co-operative education, and learning through independent study or correspondence. Adult students returning to St. Michael’s in order to earn a diploma may be eligible for “maturity credits,” through the PLAR program.

Full Credit CoursesIndependent Study | Co-operative Education | Correspondence | Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) | Dual Credit Program

Full Credit Courses

St. Michael's Catholic Adult High School specialises in Open- and College-level courses in all subject areas. Please follow the links below for brief descriptions of the courses offered at St. Michael’s Adult High School. For further details, including a full summary of the curriculum for each course, please visit

English | Mathematics | Science | Canadian and World Studies | Business Studies | Social Sciences and Humanities | Guidance and Career Education | Health and Physical Education

Independent Study 

Independent Study courses allow students the flexibility of working on materials from home, either online or through booklets. Attendance in the classroom on a daily basis is not mandatory, but occasionally contact hours will be scheduled for teachers to meet with students for conferences or assessments. Teachers would otherwise be available as needed for further explanation or tutoring.

Although this delivery model affords some flexibility, students should consider whether or not this method of curriculum delivery would be something from which they could benefit. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the Guidance Counsellor for more information. 

Co-operative Education

Co-operative Education allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a co-operative education course facilitated by the teacher, and a work placement. Co-op students have the opportunity to experience hands-on learning, develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace, and gain valuable work experience that will help build a résumé for post-secondary programs and future employment. Students should schedule an appointment with the Guidance Counsellor to determine their eligibility for this program.


Mature students may be eligible to earn credit through correspondence courses. These courses are packaged in units that the student completes on their own. Coordinators meet with individual students to distribute the courses and collect completed work for marking. This enables students, who cannot attend our day-school program because of work or life demands, to complete Ontario Secondary School courses at a pace and a location amenable to their needs. Students should schedule an appointment with the Guidance Counsellor to determine their eligibility and suitability for this program.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) program is a formal evaluation and credit-granting process through which mature students may obtain credits for prior learning, including the knowledge and skills that adults have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside of school. It involves comparing students’ own educational, life, and work experiences, both in Ontario and abroad, with curriculum expectations in order to earn some of the credits required for graduation.

The PLAR program is comprised of three components, which may be accessed separately or together: Grade 9/10 Individual Assessment/Equivalency, Grade 11/12 Equivalency, and Grade 11/12 Challenge. Students should schedule an appointment with the Guidance Counsellor to determine their eligibility for this program.

CESBA (the Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing Education School Board Administrators), has further information about the PLAR program, including a detailed description of the assessment process and eligibility requirements. Please consult:

Dual Credit Program

Students who may need learning opportunities outside of high school and who would benefit from a college or apprenticeship experience to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma may be eligible for the Dual Credit Program. Students participate in apprenticeship training and post-secondary courses, earning credits that count both towards their high school diploma and their post-secondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. Students should schedule an appointment with the Guidance Counsellor to determine their eligibility for this program.

For further information regarding the program, please consult: