SWAC (School Within A College)

This program meets the needs of students who are between the ages of 17-20 and whose learning needs are better met in a mature college environment. The primary focus are students who have left high school before graduating. Beyond this group, and when space exists in the program, it is also available to disengaged and underachieving students with the potential to succeed but who are at risk of not graduating from high school.

The program helps students complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and make successful transitions to post-secondary college studies. The program enables students to earn: credits towards an OSSD, including Cooperative Education, and dual credits that may count towards their OSSD and a college certificate or diploma program.

As per SMCDSB website


High school students can complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma on a Georgian College campus (Barrie, Midland, South Georgian Bay). Students will take a dual credit, one common high school course as a class and will complete their remaining credits through independent learning, on-line courses, credit recovery or co-operative education.

Although the SWAC students follow the board's school year calendar, they will be considered part-time college students and their schedule will be similar to a college schedule. 

Georgian Campus
Catholic High School 
Semester Availability
Barrie Campus
St. Joan of Arc
St. Joseph's
St. Peter's 
Patrick Fogarty
First Semester
Second Semester
Both Semesters
Midland Campus
St. Theresa's 
First Semester
Second Semester
Both Semesters
South Georgian Bay
Jean Vanier
Second Semester


You must be between the ages of 17 and 21. This opportunity might be right for you if you are disengaged, under credited and capable of work at the college level. Students are chosen following an interview process.


Please visit your guidance office for more information. If you are no longer registered for high school, we encourage you to visit the catholic high school in your area.