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Learn@Home (Correspondence Style Learning) - Limited Eligibility
Learn@Home may be right for you, if; 
  • you need to complete your high school diploma
  • you need an extra credit
  • you need to upgrade courses
  • you are considering a career or educational change
  • you are prevented from attending regular classes due to work/family commitments
  • the required courses are not offered in summer school, eLearning or night school (for non-graduate students under 21 years of age) 

Learn@Home correspondence-style courses allow you to complete course work at home on your schedule.  You submit lessons for evaluation and write exams in person at one of our office locations.  You dictate the schedule - start when you want and write your exams when you are ready*. 

Learn@Home is self-directed learning.  An ideal student is someone who is highly motivated and goal-oriented.  Some of our course materials may be available in an electronic format however; this is not e-Learning.  A teacher is available one night per week at our Oshawa location for general help from September to June (in-person only). 

 *Note: All Learn@Home courses have a 4-month maximum time limit – there is no minimum time limit.  Timelines are altered for eligible secondary students.  

Learn@Home students must; 

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


be between 18 and 21 years of age and hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma,


be between 18 and 21 years of age and seeking "University" level correspondence courses,

Note: students between 18 and 21 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 with Learn@Home


Part-time secondary students between 18 and 21 years of age may be eligible with home school approval in writing.

  • Full-time Durham District School Board students with exceptional circumstances may be eligible.  Students must visit their home school guidance or talk to the home school administration and obtain approval (from both their administration and the administration of Durham Continuing Education) prior to making a registration appointment.
  • Summer ONLY – DDSB secondary students who are returning to secondary school in Fall 2019  may be eligible if;
    • the student is not registered in any other course in any other mode of delivery with the DDSB during summer 2019;
    • the required course is not available in any other mode of instruction during the summer, or
    • the student is a high performance athlete/artist that has documented travel that would interfere with classroom components;
    • the student has documented health issues that would prevent attendance or participation in courses offered in other delivery modes in the summer program.

Summer students meeting the above criterial must seek approval through their home school administration and the Principal of Durham Continuing Education prior to making a registration appointment.  Note:  Timelines are very short for eligible students.  Registration period is Tuesday July 2, 2019 to Friday July 12 2019.  All lessons and exams must be completed and submitted by Wednesday August 14, 2019 – extensions are not possible.

Registration Details

Registration for ALL students* is in person, by appointment ONLY.

Call 905.440.4500 or 800.408.9619 or click this link to book an appointment.  All summer appointments are located at EA Lovell ACEC, 120 Centre St. S., Oshawa ON L1H 4A3 in Room 335 (3rd floor).  *It is recommended that registration for students under 18 years of age be done in person, however, parents may attend on their behalf.

What to bring to ALL registration/re-registration appointments:

You must bring the original of (current DDSB students excluded);

One piece of government ID with a your photo (i.e. Driver's License, Health Card)

Proof of Canadian citizenship – it MUST be ­one of the following

  • Birth Certificate
  • Birth Registration
  • Canadian Passport
  • Landed Immigrant Papers
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Permanent Resident Card

Note: Scans or copies of documents are not acceptable.  Social Insurance Cards and Health Cards do NOT certify citizenship.

Note: For persons born outside of Canada, we will require place of birth and date of landing in Canada for registration.

Note: Provided ID must all be in the same name – if you have changed your name you must bring legal proof of the name change such as a Marriage Certificate or other legal proof of name change.

It is recommended that you bring;

  • a high school transcript/consolidated school report or status sheet from your last secondary school to ensure you are not choosing a duplicate course
  • 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

Part-time secondary students MUST bring a letter from their home school verifying their part-time status.

Note: We cannot process your registration without the above documents.

For more information, and to view the list of available courses, please visit our website at under "Programs", "Learn@Home".