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Dual Credit Program - Getting a head start on your future

The Dual Credit Program helps students work towards their diploma while preparing them for a successful transition into their chosen pathway after graduation. Students with the potential to succeed, but who may be facing challenges completing diploma requirements, can benefit from this program option. Students can earn up to four dual credits which count towards both their high school diploma and their post-secondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification.

Experiencing college and work life while in school

The Dual Credit Program allows students to experience a college or apprenticeship learning environment while still in high school. Students participate in apprenticeship training and/or college courses, earning credits while studying at Algonquin College or with a College Instructor at their high school. Many students take their dual credit course in conjunction with other high school programs (SHSM, co-operative education, OYAP) to allow for scheduling flexibility. 

I thought the Dual Credit Program was very exciting because I was able to go to college once a week. I also liked that it was a different atmosphere from high school. I learned study skills that are effective and I have used them! I would tell people to take a Dual Credit because it is an experience that comes only once in a lifetime.

Dual Credit Program student, OCSB

Explore the Advanced Placement Program at All Saints High

The Advanced Placement Program is a college readiness program run by the American College Board. The Advanced Placement Program provides opportunities for motivated and capable students to experience university-level courses and exams while in high school. The courses help students acquire the skills and work habits necessary to be successful in post secondary studies. Colleges and universities in 60 countries give students first year university credits based on their Advanced Placement exam scores. This means successful students can earn university credit while completing high school.

All Saints High School is currently the only school in the Ottawa Catholic School Board that currently offers Advanced Placement courses. Please contact them directly to inquire more about this wonderful program.

Policy and program requirements

Review the Ministry of Education's Dual Credit Programs Guide to the requirements for this program. Then, speak with your school guidance counsellor to explore this exciting opportunity. 

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Discover what educational or career pathway is right for you and get you closer to the goal of graduating high school. Read more about the Dual Credit Program as explained by Algonquin College.

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