High School and homeschooling

Some homeschoolers continue their home-based education throughout the high school years while others enter the school system as teenagers after elementary level home learning.

To High School Or Not To High School?

We'll be collecting more information and thoughts for this page to help you find your own answer to this question, whether you're already homeschooling and want to know how to proceed or you're a teenager who wants to quit school and learn at home. For now, we have information on Ontario high school credits and a whole section of the website is devoted to entering college or university.

A recommended book for teenagers is The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, by Grace Llewellyn.


You CAN educate your teenager at home!

Ontario high school credits

There are a few options for obtaining high school credits:

1. Attend a high school ~ This could be either a private high school with a government approved curriculum, or a public (or separate) high school.

2. Correspondence Course or Virtual Learning Centres ~ OFTP has prepared a list of Correspondence Schools and Virtual Schools, some of which offer Ontario high school credits. This list can be viewed at www.ontariohomeschool.org/correspondencesch.html. Please note that this is only a list of correspondence schools/virtual schools of which OFTP is aware. You can search for more on the Internet.

3. General Education Development (GED) ~ Direct inquiries regarding GED to Independent Learning Centre (ILC) at: (416) 325-3364 or 1-800-573-7022 Website: www.ilc.org ~ The GED is an international testing program for adults who have not completed high school. This program allows adults to earn the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate which is issued by the Ministry of Education. The GED test consists of five tests in core high school subject areas: writing, social studies, science, literature/arts and mathematics. This test can only be written by Ontario residents who are 18 years of age and older and who have been out of school for at least one year. Please note that the Certificate is not equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) but the certificate can be used as one factor in admission requirements for mature students when applying to a college or university.


The Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guidelines for the Secondary Curriculum can be viewed at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/curricul/curricul.html

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (see PPM129) may apply to students who have been homeschooled and are now in high school and seeking recognition and credit for their prior learning.

The Independent Learning Center (ILC) sponsored by TVOntario has a page on diploma requirements.

To earn OSSD credits, students must have a Ministry Identification Number (MIN) or an Ontario Education Number (OEN) as well as having an Ontario Student Record (OSR). When applying to correspondence or online schools, it is generally understood that homelearners do not already have these, and the school would generally apply for the government number for the student and then open the OSR.

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