Vancouver Board of Education currently operates two Adult Education
Centres open to youth 16 years of age and older. Students must be 16
years of age as of July 1st of the current school year. These Centres
provide educational opportunities ranging from beginning literacy to
secondary school completion.
The emphasis of the Adult Education
Centres is on providing flexible and accessible programs. Students can
enroll on an ongoing basis and programs are designed and adjusted to
meet individual learning needs. Students whose educational background
requires Special Education assistance are not suitable for the programs
as support services available throughout the K-12 system are not
available in Adult Education.
To register, all potential students
are required to meet with the instructor or a designated Youth Program
Advisor. A referral from a counsellor or administrator and completion
of an English and Math assessment are required for acceptance.
A 2004 Graduation Program (Dogwood)
is required for students who have entered grade 10 for the first time
since 2004. Students must acquire 80 credits at the grade 10, 11 and 12
levels and required to write five graduation program exams. Graduation
program exams are mandatory for every course in the following subject
areas: Language Arts 10, Science 10, Mathematics 10, Social Studies
11or Civics 11 or B.C. First Nations Studies 12 and Language Arts 12.
Please refer to page iv “At a Glance Requirements – What You Need to
Graduate” or visit www.bced.gov.bc.ca/graduation/grad2004.htm
The Adult Graduation Program
(Adult Dogwood) is open to students who are 19 or older or in a few
cases who are 18 with exceptional circumstances. This program requires a
student to successfully complete 20 credits that must include English
or Communications 12 and a Math 11. To be eligible for the adult
Dogwood, the student must take at least three of their courses leading
towards graduation as an adult (19 years of age or older).
The School Completion Certificate Program is
open to students for whom the other graduation options are not
academically realistic. In order to receive a School Completion
Certificate, a student must complete the goals of their Individual
Education Plan (IEP) which includes academic, personal, pre-employment
and career components.
What you need to graduate with a Dogwood