Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the differences between Summer School and the Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) since they are all online?

The online Summer School courses begin July 2 and end on August 5, 2020. Students will be expected to check in daily with the classroom teacher who will be supporting their learning through MS Teams. Students must submit all assignments on time and fulfill all course requirements within the specified Summer School timeline. VLN offers more flexibility in pacing. Students can sign up with VLN and start and complete the course at any time, according to the student’s pace and schedule.

2. How many courses may I register for at Summer School?

Students may take a maximum of two Summer School courses.

3. Can I register for two courses if both courses are offered at the same timeslot?

Yes, since the courses are offered on-line, students may start their daily lesson at any time of the day.

4. I will be travelling out of the country; can I still register in the summer school program and complete the course(s) in August to get my required credits? How does this work if there is a time difference?

Yes, you will be required to check in daily but you will have flexibility to start your daily lesson at any time during the day/evening. You will need to inform the teacher of any time zone difference.

5. How will students submit assignments and request further assistance from their Summer School teacher?

Students will be assigned to a teacher who will provide further information about assignment deadlines, submission and times when the teacher will be available to provide online assistance.

6. Why are pre-requisites considered?

Pre-requisites are considered to ensure that the students have the necessary background skills to cope with the rigor, pace and demands of the compacted Summer School completion course.

7. Why do ELL/Transitional students require permission from their school administrator before they can register for an English Language Arts or Social Studies course? Where can I get a letter of permission?

English Language Arts and Social Studies courses require a higher level of English competency for the students to keep up with the rigor, pace and demands of the course. ELL/Transitional students must speak to their home school administrator for approval to take the course(s). The home school administrator will send a list of approved ELL/Transitional students and courses to the Summer School Office. Any ELL/Transitional student who is not on the approved list will be withdrawn from the course. ELL/Transitional students do not need permission to take Math or Science courses if they have completed the pre-requisite courses.

8. I am an ELL/Transitional student. Can I register for Grade 10 summer courses?

ELL/Transitional students can register for Summer School Math and Science courses if they have the necessary pre-requisites. ELL/Transitional students must seek permission from their home school administrator before registering for a Summer English Language Arts or Social Studies course.

9. I am a Grade 12 student. I am 19 years old on June 30. I do not have enough credits to graduate. Can I take the course in summer school?

No. To be eligible for Summer School students need to turn 19 on or after July 1 of the current school year. Non-school age students may register at VLN or at one of the VSB’s Adult Education Centres.

10. I am a Grade 12 student. I will turn 19 on July 1. I will graduate in June, but I need a science 12 course to apply for university. Can I take these courses at summer school?

No. Only non-graduates who are 18 or younger on June 30 are eligible for Summer School.

Secondary school graduates may register at VLN or at one of the VSB’s Adult Education Centres.

11. 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 School program?

Yes. Grade 12 non-graduates who are 18 or younger on June 30 are eligible to take up to two courses at Summer School. All Grade 12 students who wish to register for a Summer School 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 School office.

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

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

13. I am a non-VSB student. Where can I take summer school?

Non-VSB students can register at VLN for online courses.

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

Students who successfully complete the Summer School 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 courses in September.

15. How do I know if I have successfully registered and when do I get the access to the course after I have registered?

Students who have successfully registered will receive an automatic email message confirming their registration. Please note that the VSB reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrolment or due to the unavailability of teachers. Students will receive notification by email in mid-June should a course be cancelled. Students will receive notification by email in late June about access to course material and other pertinent information. It is important that students provide their correct email at registration.

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

More information will be provided by the Summer School principal about a final withdrawal deadline when a student may withdraw without a final grade on the transcript.

17. Do I need to pay a deposit for a textbook or workbook?

No. There will be no deposits required for textbooks for the online courses. Some courses may have an optional workbook that the students may purchase.

18. How can I contact the Summer School Office if I have further questions?

You can send an email to cregistrat@vsb.bc.ca or reach our switchboard at 604-713-4550.

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