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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I start?  What do I need?

To register, all potential students are required to meet with an academic advisor. Registration must take place in person. Obtain all your latest education records, proof of Canadian citizenship or Landed Immigration status, picture ID and make an appointment to see an Academic Advisor.  For more information, visit the registration page.

2. Should I see an Academic Advisor?

Yes:

  • If you are a student, are new to the education system, and require an individual Student Learning Plan (SLP). These plans are 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 or the regular (2018) graduation program.
  • If you are a day school student and have a letter of permission.

No:

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

3. What do I need to graduate?

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

4. How long will it take to complete my graduation program?

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 must include an anticipated completion date and must be signed by you.

5. What is the difference between regular and adult grad? Is adult grad as highly recognized as regular grad? Is adult grad accepted at universities?

Students who complete the regular (2018) or the adult graduation program are eligible to receive 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

6. Who is eligible to attend Adult Education classes tuition free?

Funding for most courses is provided by the Ministry of Education and tuition is free for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have not completed secondary school graduation or are secondary school graduates under 19. In fact, all courses are tuition free for students under 19 or those who have yet graduated from secondary school. Graduated adults over 19 years old can take English, Math and Science related courses tuition free.

Find out more information about Adult Education fees here

7. Am I able to register online?

No, you must register in person with your individualized Student Learning Plan. For more information on how to register, click here.

8. Are secondary day school students able to attend?

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

9. Are courses recognized in the same way as high school courses?

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

10. Will I get a certificate proving I completed a course?

You will receive a report card with a final letter grade. We send your mark to the Ministry of Education.
 

11. How do I get a transcript of my marks?

Transcripts may be ordered through Student Transcript Services on the Ministry of Education website.

12. Are parents able to check student progress?

Students over 18 are legally adults and are protected by Freedom if Information and Protection of Privacy legislation. As a result, information regarding student progress cannot be released directly to parents.

13. What are the guidelines for attending an Adult Education Centre?

Adult Education follows a code of conduct that provides a framework to ensure student success is reached through courtesy, consideration, constructive behaviour and common sense. All members of the Adult Education community will work to establish and maintain a safe, caring, and orderly environment for purposeful learning. Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is restorative, rather than merely punitive. 

Academic honesty is also 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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