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Any course you complete with us is acceptable at any secondary or post secondary school in Canada. Graduates from our school receive the same Dogwood Diploma issued by any High School in BC.

Updated: March 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions - listed below are questions students often ask us.

How do I register for an online course?

The first step in starting an online course is to attend a registration interview and confirm your identity. 

Please visit the Home page for registration details.

Most students can start their online course as soon as they have completed their registration.

Students can usually register for courses at any time. (Note: students can NOT register for courses when our sites are closed for holidays).

Please do not register for courses until you are ready to start working in them. There is an expectation that a certain amount of work be completed and submitted within 30 days of enrolling, if it is not, you may be suspended or withdrawn from the course.

If I have already graduated high school, how much are the tuition fees?

The tuition fee for Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses is $375 for students who have graduated Secondary School in BC or from any jurisdiction. Adult Foundations Upgrading courses (which are below Grade 11 level) are FREE for ALL students including Secondary School graduates. So if you need to upgrade your math skills before starting Pre-Calculus 11, the upgrading course(s) are FREE.

Graduated students born AFTER July 1, 1997 do NOT have to pay the $375 tuition fee if they register for an online course by April 21st, 2017 and become ACTIVE in the course by submitting a significant number of Assignments or Assessments by May 4th, 2017.

What is the tuition fee for international students?

The tuition fee for international students is $800 per course. International students who are under age 19 and currently enrolled at NWSS, pay $675 per course.

May I register for a course at any time during the school year?

Most online courses are available year round. However, during the summer, not all the courses are offered. To find out which courses are available and which are not, click on the Course Outlines link on the left side.

How long does it usually take to complete a course?

Our courses follow BC Ministry of Education curriculum and learning outcomes. Courses are designed to be completed in about 120 hours of study for well-prepared students. For example, if you work on your course 10 hours a week, it would take you 12 weeks to complete it. Well prepared students have completed courses is as little as 100 hours or even quicker especially if they have taken the course before.

How does a student WITHDRAW from their course?

If you have started a course and now do not want to complete it, please email your teacher and ask to be withdrawn from the course. Teacher email addresses can be found on the "course outlines" link. 

I attended a school in another province in Canada. Can I get credit for those courses?

Yes, you can get credit for courses taken at the secondary level elsewhere in Canada as long as the courses are are similar to those offered by the BC Ministry of Education. To find out if your courses qualify, you will need to provide a copy of your transcript and then talk to a teacher.

I want to complete some courses in BC but I will be moving to another province. Will I be able to transfer my credits?

Yes, we will provide a transcript on request.

What percent do I need to get an A grade?

Letter Grades, and their equivalents:

A (86-100%) Excellent

B (73-85%) Very Good

C+ (67-72%) High Average

C (60-66%) Average

C- (50-59%) Minimal Achievement

I (0-49%) Incomplete

F (0-49%) Fail (Final Grade)

The Grade Point Average (GPA) scale used by the Ministry of Education is:

A = 4, B = 3, C+ = 2.5, C = 2, and C- = 1.

Do you provide textbooks and printed material or does the web content include everything I need to complete the course?

While some courses require a textbook that students pick up on deposit, some courses have all necessary material within the online course. If a textbook is necessary for the course, a $100 refundable deposit will be required (The $100 deposit will be refunded if the book is returned within one calendar year, in the same condition). Some courses require workbooks. The cost for the workbooks are between $10 and $30 depending on the course.

How can I pay for the deposit on materials or course fees?

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit cards. You must pay in person. We do NOT accept personal cheques or other credit cards (i.e. American Express).

How do I get help with my course?

If you have questions about course material, or require individual instruction, please email your online teacher. Our teachers may be able to help students by email, by phone, by video link, or by meeting face-to-face with students.

My course is no longer listed in BlackBoard?

You may have been made inactive because you have not logged in recently. Contact your online teacher.

I can not view images or equations in practice tests?

Change your browser's settings to allow pop up windows. Make sure that your Java is up-to-date.

How do I submit assignments for my online course?

You should complete your assignments using a word processor, such as Microsoft Word (make sure to save your file as a DOCX or RTF file), or you can type your answers directly into the assignment submission box. After completing and saving your assignment as a document, follow the instructions provided in the course for attaching the document.

How do I write tests for my online course?

Most courses allow you to write the first test anywhere as it does not require a password. All other tests are password protected and so must be written at either the Columbia Square Education Centre (or if you are an NWSS student in room 187). You don't have to schedule a time. Just come in during our regular hours. Please bring photo ID.

Can I write more than one test per day?

Yes, most courses allow students to write more than one test in one day, if the student has adequately studied for the test. However, please note that most courses do not allow students to rewrite tests. Please contact the teacher of your course for more information. 

Is my computer good enough for an online course?

To take part in an online course, you should have:
For Windows: A Pentium 4 with a 1 GHz or better and Windows XP or better. ADSL or Cable connection is required.

For Macintosh: You should have an iMac, iBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro with 1 GHz or better and OS X 10.5.or better. You must have an ADSL or Cable connection.

Which Internet browser should I use?

We recommend that you use the latest version of Safari, Chrome or Firefox. Make sure you are using the latest version of your browser and that Java is up to date. You must make sure that Pop-up blockers are turned off. If you require assistance setting up your computer, please contact your teacher.

Are there computers that I can use at the Columbia Square Education Centre?

We have 10 PC computers in the centre that our registered students can use to access their course(s), and write tests. All computers have access to a printer. Students may only print materials related to their courses. Please check with staff before printing.

Is there wireless access available in the Columbia Square Education Centre?

No, however we hope to have WiFi available for students in September 2017.

Is the Columbia Square Education Centre wheelchair accessible?

Yes, there is an elevator to get to second floor. We also have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

What score is a passing mark in our courses?

A passing grade is 50% but students should aim for at least 70% for mastery of the material.

Do I have to write the Provincial Exams?

If you are completing the 80-credit Dogwood, you MUST write the following provincial exams: Communications 12 and English 12 (or the new English Literacy Assessment once it is available) and the Mathematics Skills Assessment (once it is available).

If you are completing the 20-credit Adult Dogwood, the Provincial Exams are optional. If you plan on attending a post-secondary institution, we recommend that you write the English 12 Provincial Exam or the new English Literacy Assessment (once it is available).

What's the difference between the Adult Dogwood and the Regular 80 Credit Dogwood?

All Post Secondary Institutions in BC accept both the Adult Dogwood and 80-Credit Dogwood as completion of Grade 12 graduation in British Columbia, including for entrance into post-secondary colleges and universities. The Adult Dogwood requires the completion of FIVE 4-credit courses, while the 80-Credit Dogwood is usually completed by students under 19 years of age and requires completion of at least 20 courses (which is 80 credits).

The Adult Dogwood may be all that you need to apply to a community college or other postsecondary institution. You should check with the college or post-secondary program you plan to apply to in order to find out what prerequisite courses are required. You may have to take specific courses as part of your graduation program in order to successfully meet the entrance requirements for your post-secondary program. A teacher will assist you with course choices at the time you register with us.

How can I complete high school if I have not completed any courses in grades 10, 11 or 12?

You will be asked to write an assessment and staff will go over your previous learning and work experience and will recommend a path towards graduation which may include taking upgrading courses before starting grade 11 and 12 courses. (Note: the GED is no longer available for students in BC).

How do I get my Personal Education Number (PEN)?

The PEN (Personal Education Number) is a 9 digit number that can be found on a student's transcript or maybe found on a report card. If a student has attended high school in BC, our staff maybe able to retrieve a student's PEN from the Ministry of Education.

I don't live in New Westminster, can I still take courses there?

Students who live in BC can take our online courses. A student does not in the lower mainland can also register for our online courses, although the registration process is more complicated, and students may require a proctor (who is usually a teacher) who lives in their area to allow them to write tests. Please email Cyndy Hinton (chinton@sd40.bc.ca) or Jim Kemp (jkemp@sd40.bc.ca) for more information about registering and proctoring.

I am taking a online course with another School District, College or University. Can I arrange for the staff at your school to proctor my tests?

If you are taking a course through an online program that is registered with LearnNowBC (http://www.learnnowbc.ca/) then the proctoring will be FREE.

If your school is NOT a member of LearnNowBC, then the cost is $50 per hour for proctoring. Please email Jim Kemp (jkemp@sd40.bc.ca) for more information.