Frequently Asked Questions


The Questions We Hear Most Often

We get lots of questions, and we are happy to help people find the answers they need to make decisions about upgrading courses, completing high school, or continuing their education (whether for college or university program prerequisites or interest).

Click on the questions below to learn more. If you have a question that is not in the list, please feel free to contact us


Due to COVID-19 our usual registration process has changed. All potential students are asked to follow the instructions on our New Student page . Eligible students are at least sixteen years old on July 1 of the school year, and are ordinarily resident in BC. Fill in the Intake Form and provide a copy of ID showing status in Canada (showing Canadian citizenship or Landed Immigration status or Refugee status or Refugee Claimant status, picture ID and email adulteducationadvisors@vsb.bc.ca.  For more information, visit the new student registration page.


  • If you are a student, are new to the education system, and require an individual Student Learning Plan (SLP). These plans are reviewed, signed and dated every school year by the student as their personal plan.
  • If you are a returning student and wish to alter or update your individual Student Learning Plan.
  • If your are unsure if you should follow the Adult Graduation or the regular (2018) graduation program.
  • If you are a day school student and have a letter of permission from your school.


  • If you are a returning student and have a current Student Learning Plan, and are successfully completing your courses.

You can graduate by completing any missing courses from the Adult graduation program or regular high school graduation (2018) program.

Find out more about your graduation options here

The length of time you need to graduate will depend on:

  • how many courses you have to complete 
  • how much time you have to attend classes, or an education or learning centre
  • what commitments you have (family, work, etc.)

Your graduation plan includes an anticipated completion date and is signed by you.

Students who complete the regular (2018) or the adult graduation program are eligible to receive high school graduation Dogwood diplomas. They are accepted equally by employers, colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions. It is your responsibility to ensure that your course choices and marks meet the requirements of your chosen institution. 

Find out more about your graduation options here

Eligible students will be at least 16 years old on July 1 of the school year, ordinarily resident in BC, and currently living in the lower mainland. Funding for most courses is provided by the Ministry of Education and is tuition free for Canadian citizens or permanent residents, or convention refugees, or refugee claimants who have not graduated from secondary school or are secondary school graduates under 19 years old. Graduated adults over 19 years old may be eligible to take English, Math and Science courses tuition free.

Find out more information about courses for Graduated Adults here

Due to COVID-19 our registration process is currently different to usual, and potential students register by following the instructions on our registration page .

For more information on how to register, click here.

Yes, secondary school students present an original Letter of Permission from their school Principal, and a copy of their current day school timetable to register for adult education.

All our courses follow prescribed BC Ministry curriculum and carry the same credit as high school courses.

You will receive a report card with a final letter grade. We send your mark to the Ministry of Education.  During the pandemic, we ask that students request report cards by emailing southhillregistration@vsb.bc.ca with the subject heading "Report Card Request".  Please note that if the email you use differs from the email address we have on file, this may delay processing your request.

Transcripts may be ordered through Student Transcript Services on the Ministry of Education website.  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/transcripts-and-certificates

Students over 18 are legally adults and are protected by Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. Information regarding student progress is not  released to parents without prior conversation, consent and documentation.

Adult Education follows a code of conduct that provides a framework to ensure student success is met through respect, support, constructive consequences and common goals . All members of the Adult Education community work to maintain a safe, caring, and orderly environment for purposeful learning. Racism will not be tolerated at our school. Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is restorative, rather than punitive. 

Academic honesty is expected of all students. Cheating, including plagiarism, is a serious breach of our Code of Conduct, and will result in immediate consequences.


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