Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We frequently receive inquiries about the Summer School program and are happy to provide the necessary information to assist students and families.  The following are some of the most frequently asked questions.  If you have other questions, please send an email to summerlearning@vsb.bc.ca or reach our switchboard at 604-713-4550

+ I am a non-VSB student. Can I register for VSB Summer Learning Program?

Yes, students who are not currently attending in a VSB school are eligible to register for a Summer School once they have cleared the pre-approval process for non-VSB students. The pre-approval process involves submission of required documents to verify eligibility for provincial funding in order to attend a public school in BC. Proof of the following will be required: a) status in Canada, b) BC residency, and c) parent/legal guardianship. Non-VSB students can access the Summer School Pre-approval form by clicking into 'How to Register' page. Once the pre-approval process has been cleared, non-VSB students will receive a confirmation email indicating that they can register for Summer School courses. Registration for non-VSB students will begin on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

+ What are the differences between VSB Summer Learning Program and the Vancouver Learning Network (VLN)?

The 2022 VSB Summer Learning Program will be offering full face-to-face classes for 3-5 weeks in the summer. Students will be expected to physically attend classes regularly. If Public Health Order guidelines change, the delivery model may need to be adjusted to a fully remote or hybrid model. The Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) offers online classes. Students can sign up with VLN and start and complete Grade 10 – 12 courses at any time, according to the student’s pace and schedule.

+ How many courses may I register in the VSB Summer Learning Program?

Elementary students are limited to one Ministry funded course and one fee-based course. They must register in their current grade level. Grade 7 students may take up to two Grade 8 Preview courses at a Secondary Summer School site.
Secondary students may take more than one Ministry funded course.  

+ I will be travelling out of the country; can I still register in the Summer Learning Program?

No. The 2022 Summer Learning Program will be offered full in-person classes. Students will be expected to physically attend classes every day.

+ I am a Grade 12 student who will be turning 19 years old on June 30. I do not have enough credits to graduate. Can I take the course in Summer Learning Program?

No. To be eligible for Summer Learning Program, students need to be under 19 years of age on June 30th of the current school year. Non-school age students may register at South Hill Adult Education Centre or at VLN.

+ I am a Grade 12 student who will be turning 19 after July 1. I will graduate in June, but I need an additional course(s) to apply for university. Can I take these courses at Summer Learning Program?

No. Only non-graduate, school age students are eligible for Summer Learning Program. Secondary school graduates may register at VLN or at South Hill Adult Education Centre.

+ I am a Grade 12 student. I will turn 19 on July 1. I only need English Studies 12 to graduate. Can I take English Studies 12 and one other Grade 12 course in the Summer Learning Program?

Yes. Grade 12 non-graduates who are still 18 years of age on June 30 are eligible to take courses at Summer Learning Program. All Grade 12 students who wish to register for a Summer course(s) must seek permission from their home school administrator who will send a list of approved Grade 12 students and courses to the Summer Learning office.

+ I am a Grade 12 non-graduate student who meets the age requirement for Summer Learning Program. Why am I not able to register online?

Grade 12 students are not able to register online. They must seek permission to attend Summer Learning courses from their home school administrator who will send a list of approved students and courses to the Summer Learning office. The Summer Learning office will register Grade 12 students into approved courses.

+ Can I finish the Completion course in summer and have the credits to continue to the next level?

Students who successfully complete the Summer Learning course will receive a final mark and credits. They will be able to continue to the next level; however, it is up to the home school to determine if there is space to accommodate further students in any course in September.

+ How do I know if I have successfully registered?

Students who have successfully registered will receive an automatic receipt sent to the email address provided by the applicant when they initially registered for the course. Students can also log into the Summer Learning registration site (summerreg.vsb.bc.ca ) with their PEN and DOB to view their registered courses. Please note that the VSB reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrolment or due to the unavailability of teachers or facility. Students will receive notification by email should a course be cancelled. It is important that students have their correct email recorded up in the MyEd student information system. Any email changes should be directed to your home school.

+ If I withdraw before the end of the course, will there be a grade or mark on my transcript?

No mark will be recorded on your transcript if you withdraw prior to the last week of Summer School. More information will be provided by the Summer School principal regarding the deadline when students may withdraw with a “W” rather than a final mark on their final Summer School report. For students who are granted permission to withdraw from a course, the course will not appear on the student’s Ministry of Education transcript.

+ Do I need to pay a deposit for a textbook?

No. There will be no deposits required for textbooks for 2022 Summer Learning Program.

+ Do I need to pay a deposit for a workbook?

Some courses require students to pay for a workbook deposit ranging from $20 - $50. This deposit will be refunded if the workbook has not been written in and returned in good condition. Workbook deposits will be handled through the VSB’s School Cash online payment system. Students registered in courses where a workbook deposit is required will be sent instruction on how to complete payment prior to the start of the class. All workbook deposit refunds will be issued through the VSB’s School Cash online payment system, after approval from the Summer School administration.

+ I am a newcomer to the Vancouver School District, can I take Summer Learning courses in July?

Eligible students must be currently enrolled in the VSB School District. Newcomer ELL students currently placed at a ‘Holding’ class and who will be transferred to their home school in September, 2022, can register for Summer Learning Program.

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