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On-line and Summer School

Ministry Approved Programs For Credit Taken Outside The School

While the majority of students earn all of the necessary credits for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma through a regular day school program, students may choose to participate in courses from a variety of programs offered outside of the schools. These programs are approved and supported by the Ministry of Education and are listed below:


Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB schools are part of the Ontario Strategic Alliance for E-Learning. As such, students have access to a variety of on-line courses provided by ALCDSB and Alliance member boards. See your guidance counselor for more information about the courses currently being offered and school policy related to this learning option.

Online learning, or eLearning, is the delivery of programs using the Internet. It is a form of learning that is becoming more popular with secondary school students, post-secondary learning institutions and professional learning situations world-wide. Most students will encounter online learning at some point in their academic and/or career future.

To be successful in an online course, students must be self directed and motivated and be able to work independently.

Online learning provides a different learning experience for students. 

Online Learning

  • Allows students to learn in a more independent environment 
  • Enables students to learn in a more flexible learning environment
  • Supports inquiry and project-based learning 
  • Increases their technology skill set for future learning 
  • Assists students in developing the skills needed for the 21st Century.

Courses offered through other means include

Summer School

Courses are offered each year for the month of July. Improvement courses (55 hours of instruction) while new courses (110 hours) are often offered. Summer School course information and registration is usually available in May. 

Full courses require a commitment of 5 hours per day from students. All courses require students to have internet access and remain in the province of Ontario for the duration of their course.

Loyola Community Learning Centre (Adult Continuing Education) 

Provides adults (over 18 years) with opportunities for lifelong learning in their home community.  More information is available at