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Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits can I earn in one quad?
You can earn a maximum of 3 credits each quad.
What is a quad?
A quad is 45 days long. Most courses offered at Emery ALC are completed in 1 quad.
May I register without assessment if I have been to college?
We recommend a math and an English assessment for more appropriate placements.
Can I come three days a week because of my work schedule?
Unfortunately, you must be available to come to school Monday to Friday for the full 45 days of the quad.
How do I get to Emery? 
We are located at 3395 Weston Road in Toronto. We are just south of Finch Avenue West, on the east side of Weston Road.
Is there night school at Emery?
Yes, there is night school at Emery, but it is operated by the Continuing Education Department of the Toronto District School Board. To obtain information about night school, visit the TDSB web site at www.tdsb.on.ca
Will I get a certificate when I have finished classes?
Emery Adult Learning Centre offers several certificate programs. Click on Certificate Programs on our web site to find out more.
Do you offer the senior university math and science courses? 
Yes, we do. Visit the math and science sections of our web site for a complete list of our math and science courses.
Will I earn a credit for each course? 
Most of the courses at Emery ALC are 1 credit. However, there are a few courses that are .5 credit.
What is P.L.A.R?

P.L.A.R. stands for Prior Learning Assessment and is the formal evaluation and credit granting process whereby students may obtain credits for prior learning.

Requirements for PLAR

Students may be granted some credits for learning outside of school or for education completed in another province or country.
In order to be granted credits for prior learning, a student must have completed grade 11 English at Emery.

  • Students may request an application form from the Student Services Office and bring it completed, along with their original educational documents, to the Student Services office.
  • We will photocopy and return original documents immediately.

Students may be granted some credits for learning outside of school or for education completed in another province or country.

Preparation of Transcripts and Diplomas

Students may complete their diplomas at the end of any quadmester, and the transcript will show that a diploma has been completed. Transcripts for current students can be ordered from the secretary by completed a form and paying $1 per transcript. Diplomas are prepared and presented in June of the year in which the student graduates.

OSSD - Ontario Secondary School Diploma

OST - Ontario School Transcript

Requirements for Ontario School Transcript

The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) is a cumulative and continuous record of student’s successful completion of grade 9 and 10 courses and successful and unsuccessful attempts at completing grade 11 and 12 courses.

An official copy of a student’s transcript may be ordered from the Student Services office at any time upon payment of a small fee. The transcript is used as proof of education for employers, colleges and universities.

N.B. Students who are new to Emery must bring a copy of their transcript with them when they come to register. This can be requested from your former school if your left in the past five years.


Assessment of Math and English skills

Students who would like to register for courses at Emery must either submit a recent transcript from an Ontario high school (from within the past three (3) years) or they must attend an assessment session. These sessions take place on Tuesdays, and Thursdays prior to the beginning of each quad.


Students will be asked to write a paragraph about themselves and their reasons for returning to school. They will complete a reading comprehension exercise. Then they will be asked to complete a math assessment.


Please note that there are 2 incorrect answers in the answer key.

Question 12:  Answer should be:  30x2-27xy-27y2

Question 14:  Answer should be: (x+5)(x+2)

Choosing appropriate courses

Students will have an opportunity to meet with a guidance counselor to discuss their goals and to select appropriate courses. There are prerequisites for some courses, and the counselor will explain those. If the assessment shows that a student is not working at a high school level, the counselor will suggest another program to help the student develop more literacy or better English before coming to Emery.

Please refer to the timetable on our home page to see which courses are offered and when they are offered.

OSSD Diploma Requirements
Compulsory Credits
(Total of 18 required)

4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
1 credit in French as a second language
3 credits in Mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
2 credits in Science
1 credit in Canadian History
1 credit in Canadian Geography
1 credit in the Arts
1 credit in in Health and Physical Education
.5 credit in Civics
.5 credit in Career Studies

1 Additional credit in English, or a third language, or Social Sciences and the Humanities, or Canadian and world studies
1 Additional credit in Health and Physical Education, or the Arts, or Business Studies
1 Additional credit in Science (Grade 11 or 12) or Technological Education (Grade 9-12)

Optional Credits
(Total of 12)

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 optional credits. Students may earn these credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed as available in the school course calendar.

Students Must Also
Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities
Successfully complete the provincial secondary school literacy test

Assistance with university, college, night school, summer school applications

Students who are interested in applying for post-secondary education or continuing education courses may get assistance from Student Services.

All college applications Ontario Colleges and university applications Ontario Universities are done on line. University applicants need to receive a PIN (identification number) from Student Services.

Information Sessions and Organized Workshops

The Student Services Department regularly offers workshops at the lunch hour for Emery students. We invite representatives from all Toronto colleges and universities. We also offer computer room workshops on how to apply for college, university and OSAP.

Each term, community visitors come in to the school to present on special topics such as employment and health.

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