Which Program is Right for You?
Two diploma options exist for students, depending on age and previous credits earned. Both are recognized as a High School Diploma by employers, colleges, and universities.
- have not graduated from high school
- are at least 18 years old
- have a Grade 11 Phys Ed credit
- have a Grade 12 Phys Ed credit
then you can enroll to earn a regular high school diploma
- are not a high school graduate
- have been out of school for 6 months
- will be at least 19 years old before June 2018
then you can enroll to earn a mature student diploma
The Mature Student Diploma Program
High school graduation as a Mature Student has the following requirements:
- The student must be at least 19 years of age or 18 providing that the student turns 19 before the completion of the program.
- The student must have been out of school for at least 6 months.
- A transcript of any previously earned credits must be provided.
- A total of 8 credits are required.
- Four Grade 12 (40S) courses must be obtained including English and Math.
- Four courses are the choice of the student.
- Up to four previously earned credits from Senior 1 (Grade 9) to Senior 4 (Grade 12) may be applied towards mature student diploma.
- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) can be used to help students earn credits or partial credits when they are able to demonstrate or document skills and knowledge previously attained.
GED vs. Diploma
Our program issues high school credits towards a Mature Student Diploma. A Mature Student Diploma is granted by the Manitoba Government, and is recognized by employers and post-secondary institutions as a High School Diploma.
We do not offer GED (General Education Development) test preparation. The Government of Manitoba website states the following about GED certificates:
GED certificates are recognized by most employers and some community colleges and universities. They may be accepted for employment, apprenticeship admission, and other training programs.
Note: The GED certificate is not a high school diploma; rather, it certifies that the holder has a general educational background relative to that of the average high school graduate.
Choosing between earning your High School Diploma and earning your GED certificate depends on your goals.