PHONE NUMBER: (416) 394-7130

GRADE RANGE: 12 to 12

Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre's Mission Statement

Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Adult Learning Centre (BCALC) offers a variety of credit courses for students wishing either to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma or needing to upgrade in preparation for college or university admission requirements. The EdVance Program is for students aged 18-21, and the Adult Program is for students who are 21 years of age and over. Both programs offer preparation for the college, university, and workplace. We also offer Co-Operative Education, English as a Second Language, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Adult Credit Program

The Adult Credit Program offers credit courses for students who are 21 years of age or older. Students become eligible to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma when they complete 30 credits, the Ontario Literacy Credit and 40 hours of Community Volunteer work. Students prepare for university, community college, apprenticeship and/or work through participation in a pursuit of academic success. The program is available to students from a variety of backgrounds.

More Information About Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre

Special Education Program

The Special Education program provides students with developmental disabilities academic skills, independent daily living and social skills, and community skills.We provide a supportive environment that focuses on the individual needs of our learners. Our goal is to help students develop to their fullest potential and work toward independence.

Essential Skills Upgrading (non-credit)

Essential Skills Upgrading (formerly Literacy & Basic Skills) helps learners improve reading, writing, math, and basic computer skills. This non-credit program help adults (19+) work towards goals, including entry to Adult Credit Program, college upgrading programs, employment or greater independence. Please contact (416) 394-3809 to find out more information.

Non-Credit English as a Second Language (ESL)

Non-Credit English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is for students 18 years or older who want to improve their English listening, speaking and writing skills. Instruction is based on the Canadian language Benchmarks system for language proficiency, the national standard for second-language learners of English in Canada.

Hairstylist Apprenticeship Program

Studio 500 Pre-Apprenticeship Program prepares you with the skills necessary to launch your career as an Apprentice Hairstylist. Classes are taught by experienced industry professionals in fully equipped and modern classrooms. For more information, please visit or call (416) 394-6961.

Additional Features

  • First Stage Child Care Centre
  • Rathburn Area Youth Program
  • Student Nurse Partnership Program

Student Life - Where You Belong


Students at Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre start their day with our Daily Breakfast Program. They also participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including peer tutoring and lunchtime sports activities. Field trips enrich curriculum and allow students to expand their knowledge about the world around them. Voices Into Action is a student-run group that lat social issues by raising awareness and developing at strategies for positive change.


What sets us apart from other schools is our student-centered approach which promotes literacy and numeracy goals and works to build success for every student. As well, we regularly assess student needs and achievement strategies. We provide a warm and supportive atmosphere, promoting equity and inclusion initiatives through out the various programs.


Community involvement is an important aspect at Burnhamthorpe Adult Learning Centre. Each year, we celebrate Winterfest and Summerfest where allow programs come together as a learning community. Once a month, we have Lunch and Learn programs. Lunch and Learn sessions provide our students with relevant information about issues that pertain to their lives. Our guests at Lunch and Learn have included: nothes against Drunk Driving, skills Canada Speaches, and Breakaway -Addicition Success. College and university speakers visit regularly to inform students about programs and future career options.