Dual Credits and SWAC

Dual Credits and SWAC


Dual Credit means that a student takes a course that allows them to earn BOTH a secondary high school credit AND a college credit. Students are able to take a college level course in a huge variety of areas to experience something they are considering as a career path.  

Dual credit programs are intended to assist secondary school students in completing their OSSD and making a successful transition to college and/or apprenticeship programs. The primary focus is on students who face significant challenges in completing the requirements for graduation but have the potential to succeed. This group includes disengaged and underachieving students who have the potential to succeed but are at risk of not graduating, and students who have left school before graduating. 

Students in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs and students in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) are also eligible to participate in dual credit programs.  

Taking a Dual Credit also provides access to most College resources and facilities.

Information is shared with students each semester on the process for signing up.


SWAC (School within a College)

The SWAC program brings together the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student with a Toronto area college.  We have 4 GTA colleges participating (Centennial, George Brown, Humber and Seneca College). 

SWAC provides students between the ages of 17-20 the opportunity to earn secondary school credits and 2-3 college-delivered Dual Credits on a college campus, which count towards their OSSD AND college transcript.

The primary focus of the SWAC program is to provide students who are disengaged with an opportunity to learn in a new adult setting while being able to experience college.

Students are able to do Credit Recovery for for any failed credits while also completing 2 high school credits and 2 dual credits.  Students can earn between 4-8 credits within one semester.

SWAC also provides College and University Application support - including paying for post-secondary applications.

SWAC also provides access to most College resources and facilities, and many additional benefits for students including: TTC Transportation, Nutrition program, Experiential Learning, free College supplies including textbooks

Information is shared with students each semester on the process for signing up.

What Colleges Offer Dual Credits?

To register, please fill out a dual credit expression of interest form found in the guidance office or on the guidance Google classroom.

For questions, please reach out to the Student Success ACL, Mr. Chan, daniel.chan@tdsb.on.ca