Adult Day School

Adult Day School allows you to earn high school credits to complete your graduation, upgrade marks or take courses needed for future employment or post-secondary.  There are no tuition fees and a new term starts every 9 weeks. Morning or afternoon classes are available and courses use a hybrid format (blend of face-to-face and online learning) allowing for flexible study options.  When enrolled in Adult Day School, you can have a Mature Student Evaluation or a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) done through the Guidance department.


On April 12, 2021, the Government of Ontario announced that all schools in Ontario will be closed to in-person learning after the April break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCE schools are closed to students during this time. All classes are shifting to online synchronous/real-time learning until an official return date is announced by the Ministry of Education. Your teacher/instructor will contact you with more information during the week of April 19.

Students may continue to register for our programs using the below form during the in-person closure period.

Click here to learn about our credit programs and begin registration

We will reach out to you using the contact information you provided above to confirm registration.

If you have any questions, please contact us at dceinfo@ddsb.ca or call 905-440-4539. 

DCE Program Guide Book
Program Guide Book
Course Information 

Term 4 course information

Dual Credit Programs
Preparing for Academic Success
 Preparing for Academic Success Brochure
 Brochure
Program Overview
  • Preparing for Academic Success (GWB 4T / PREP 1300) is a Durham College credit course which prepares students for learning at the post-secondary level. In this partnership with Durham Continuing Education, the course is offered tuition free to adults 21 years or older who are working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and who could benefit from a supported transition to college.
  • Students participate in class Monday to Friday, 12:30 – 3:00 pm, with two classes instructed by the college professor, and three classes with the high school teacher, who assists with consolidating the skills learned in the college course.
  • Currently, this course is part of the requirement for all 6 Durham College General Arts and Science Certificate programs as well as all 3 Pre-Health Science Certificate programs (April 2021), and provides an excellent introduction to study at the college level.
  • Earn 1 high school credit (GWB 4T) and 1 Durham College (PREP 1300) credit in 9 weeks.
College Program Benefits
  • Earn 1 credit at Durham College before you even begin
  • Free course tuition
  • Free OCAS application via ontariocolleges.ca
  • Learn to use DC Connect (Durham College’s on-line platform)
  • Connect with college student support services to support success
High School Program Benefits
  • Earn 1 high school credits towards your OSSD
  • Ease your transition to college
  • Gain academic success support skills
  • Complete high school while getting a head-start on college
Course Description
Preparing for Academic Success is designed to help students discover who they are as learners and as active agents of their own post-secondary journey. This highly participatory course invites students to define what academic and career success means to them through self-reflection and planning exercises. Students are also invited to cultivate strategies and techniques that will help them to develop critical thinking, informational literacy, goal setting, active reading, note taking, test preparatory, time- and self-management skills. This course presents opportunities for students to connect with Durham College's services and resources to enhance their post-secondary experience. The ultimate goal of Preparing for Academic Success is to help students effectively identify and clarify skills, attitudes, and outlooks that help bridge the gaps between academic achievement, campus and community connections, and life after school, including personal and professional aspirations. Through various activities, application, and reflection, the material covered in this course should support and assist students in their other post-secondary courses. ------- Durham College, April 2021
Potential Students
Adult dual credit courses are intended for individuals who are aged 21 or older, who are working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and are interested in attending college in the future.  This particular course is focused on a young adult population who would benefit from a supported transition to college, while consolidating success skills and strategies.  
Class Format

While this course is synchronous, meaning it takes places Monday to Friday, from 12:30 – 3:00 pm, students have the option of attending in-person in class at E.A. Lovell Continuing Education Centre or completing the course on-line, or blending their attendance. Students may attend classes in-person with the Durham College instructor and Durham Continuing Education teacher as long as local Public Health regulations permit the school to be open to staff and students.

Application Deadline

Seats for this program will be filled on an on-going basis with students who meet the Ministry of Education criteria for an adult dual credit:  students aged 21 or older, who are working towards their OSSD in a position to graduate in the near future, and potentially attend college.   Some seats are available for students aged 18 – 21 in special circumstances.

Location
E. A. Lovell ACEC - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
L1H 4A3
Application Form/Registration and Contact Information

To begin the registration process, please fill out the Registration Form.

For more information, please contact:
Maureen Cook:
maureen.cook@ddsb.ca
289-388-6374

Pop Culture 
Pop Culture Brochure 
Brochure
Program Overview 
  • Morning class:  Grade 11 high school Media Studies (EMS 3O1), Ministry of Education credit, on-line
  • Afternoon class:  Pop Culture and the Media (GNED 1492), a Durham College credit, hybrid delivery:  in-person and on-line
  • Earn 2 high school credits and 1 Durham College credit in 9 weeks
College Program Benefits  
  • Free tuition

  • Transportation support

  • Free OCAS application

  • Learn to use DC Connect (Durham College’s on-line platform)

  • Earn one credit at Durham College before you even begin
High School Program Benefits  
  • Earn 2 high school credits towards your OSSD

  • Ease your transition to college

  • Gain academic success support skills

  • Graduate with a head-start on college

Potential Students

Adult dual credit courses are intended for individuals who are aged 21 or older, who are working towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and who are interested and positioned to attend college.  The program provides a workload reflective of full-time studies and is suitable for students with an interest in examining the role and influences of media in our lives.  As a general education course, the dual credit counts towards this requirement in many college diploma programs.  Students are encouraged to check with their college to confirm if it meets diploma eligibility.  High interest is anticipated for this program, please apply early for equal consideration.

Class Format

The morning credit, Media Studies will be delivered completely on-line.  The afternoon credit, Pop Culture and the Media will be hybrid with in-person classes and on-line synchronous learning activities.  

Application Deadline

Equal consideration will be given to adults (aged 21 or older), working towards their OSSD who apply by April 6, 2021.  After that date, applications will continue to be accepted until all seats are filled.

Location 
E. A. Lovell ACEC - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
L1H 4A3 
Application Form/Registration and Contact Information

To begin the registration process, please fill out the Registration Form.

For more information, please contact:
Maureen Cook:
maureen.cook@ddsb.ca
289-388-6374

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Ontario resident
  • be a Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant (some exceptions apply for those on work or study permits)
  • not be attending a publically funded secondary school
  • be 21 years of age or older

OR

  • be 18, 19 or 20 years of age and hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Students who are 18, 19 or 20 years of age who do not meet the above requirements must first seek permission from Durham Alternative Secondary School (905-579-1990) prior to registering.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) 
How can I earn high school credits as an adult?
  1. Complete a Day School course. 
  2. Complete an eLearning course.  
  3. Complete a correspondence course.
  4. Attend a night school class.
  5. Complete a course through the North Credit program (for people who live in Beaverton, Cannington, Port Perry, Uxbridge and surrounding communities).  
  6. Complete a cooperative education course.
  7. Complete a summer school course.
  8. After completing 1 credit through any of Durham Continuing Education's programs, you can get a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) or a Mature Student Evaluation (MSE) done.
How do I juggle my personal responsibilities along with my school committments?

Many students have family, personal and/or work responsibilities outside of school. Durham Continuing Education offers many program alternatives to day school, including:

  1. eLearning
  2. Learn@Home correspondence courses
  3. Night School
  4. North Credit program (for residents of Beaverton, Cannington, Port Perry, Uxbridge and surrounding communities)
  5. Summer School

Students can enroll in a class that best fits their schedule. If you are a young parent collecting Ontario Works, you may qualify for a program called Learning Earning and Parenting (LEAP) which assists parents with school and parenting. Speak with your OW counsellor about possible options.

Many organizations assist students in their return to work, including Ontario WorksOntario Disability Support ProgramImmigration and Citizenship, and the John Howard Society. Contact a community agency that may be of assistance to you for more information.

How much does a course cost?
There are no fees for Day School courses.
I only have a few credits. Can I really get my diploma?

DCE offers Adult Upgrading courses for students to strengthen math and reading skills before entering credit courses.

Depending on how long you have been out of school, you may be eligible for Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) or a Mature Student Evaluation (MSE).

What job skills training programs are available? 

In addition to the regular credit programming, students can complete Pathways certificate programs. Pathways programs include classroom theory and cooperative education placements. Programs available include:

  1. Building Maintenance and Environmental Services
  2. Hospitality
  3. Logistics and Distribution
  4. Office Administration
  5. The Enterprising Employee
Program Location

E. A. Lovell ACEC - Map

120 Centre St. S.

Oshawa, ON

L1H 4A3

Student Testimonial - Ashley

"The hybrid course I just finished, along with the one that I took last term, have better helped me understand how to use computers.  The option to use Office 365 has helped me because I do not have Microsoft Word at home.  I was able to work on things at home, including my ISU. I appreciate the option to do a hybrid course because a lot of people going to DCE have children that aren't quite in school yet, so the opportunity to stay home and work on homework is nice and it meant that I wasn't losing a day away from my studies."

Ashleigh Owen

 

Student Testimonial - Mick
Climbing My Own Personal "Mount Everest"
What Do I Need to Bring to My Registration Appointment
  1. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (if you were born outside of Canada, please bring the original of one of the documents below):
    1. Canadian citizenship card
    2. Canadian Passport
    3. Permanent Visa
    4. Other Visa
    5. Student Visa
    6. Refugee Status
  2. Photo identification - Canadian Passport, Driver's Licence, Health Card

If you were born outside of Canada, we will require your place of birth and the date of your landing in Canada for registration. All ID must be in the same name. If you have changed your name you must provide legal proof of the name change.

It is recommended that you bring:

  • a high school transcript/consolidated school report or status sheet from your last secondary school
  • if you are preparing for post-secondary studies, you should bring a list of the pre-requisites for the program(s) you are hoping to work towards