During March Break you can be sure there will be plenty of representation from academic departments, the student union, clubs and services to answer your questions and sell their school. But the March Break experience isn’t always the most accurate representation of daily life at university.
The vast majority of Ontario universities require ENG4U to be included in your Top Six admissions average if English is your first language. But, there are 3 general exceptions to this rule:
If you have been doing self-study at home, enrolled at a non-accredited private school or program, following a well-known curriculum program that does not lead to a government diploma, or learning through travel and experiences, you can apply to university under the category of homeschooler.
The Advanced Placement (AP) exams can be used both in university admissions and often for earning university credits before you even arrive on campus.
Some general tips and suggestions for your high school program that address options (credit courses, standardized test prep, “top six,” portfolio-based) and timeline, with a view to applying for university admission in Canada.
For a couple of years now I’ve been casually mentioning on various message boards that there’s “some school just west of Toronto” who has been open and welcoming to having homeschoolers participate in their AP exams. Allow me to now formally share the details:
What started with a discussion of “mastery” and transcripts led me to observe that the Ontario transcript, in its current form, is predicated on the notion of a LACK of mastery. (If the material in classes were “mastered” then why would we need grades?) So, if transcripts are not meant to demonstrate mastery, but only one’s proportional lack thereof, how is a homeschooler to use a transcript? Is one necessary at all?