Can a student earn dual credits for a course?
Yes, most courses that a student completes at a BC post-secondary institution count toward graduation as elective credits at the Grade 12 level. The student can earn dual credits, which means they get credit towards high school graduation and credits toward post-high school studies.
The post-secondary institution must be recognized in the BC Transfer System.
When should a student enroll?
Students in Grades 10-12 can enroll any time throughout the year.
What does enrolment in a 'schooling at home with CHEK ABC' program mean for a high school student?
Upon enrolment, the CHEK ABC high school team contacts the family and student. The student’s educational history, personal situation, goals, and family goals, are discussed and a course plan is set. The student is presented with several options regarding course delivery and timelines. Specialty teachers work directly with the student throughout each course. The student completes the work at home, and the CHEK ABC teacher provides all the feedback and assessment.
What about provincial assessments?
The current system of provincial exams is being reconfigured to reflect the new curriculum. Students will now be required to take a Numeracy Assessment at least one time over the course of their high school years, but they will have up to three opportunities total to get their highest marks before they graduate. Information on the Numeracy Assessment can be found here. The mandatory Graduation Literary Assessment (GLA) will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year so for now, the English 12 and Communications 12 provincial exams will be the same as before. Information about the Graduation Literary Assessment can be seen here. For full information on the new 2018 Curriculum and specific exam requirements in this transition period, please see the BC Ministry website: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/graduation-info
Where will students write provincial assessments?
CHEK ABC will arrange for local writing locations within a student’s community if we are the student’s School of Record. Cross-enrolled students will take the assessments at their school as they are not associated with specifi courses.
If a student has difficulties in a subject, how can help be accessed?
Students should contact their teacher if he/she has difficulty with the course content. The teacher will then provide any necessary support or direct the student to places where support can be attained.
If a student finds learning to be a challenge and many of the required courses for the Dogwood Diploma are found to be too hard what can be done?
There are many ways to achieve credits within the Dogwood Diploma program. The CHEK ABC high school team will help determine the best options for the student. Students have until the school year in which they turn 19 to complete the BC Dogwood Diploma. Extra time to complete is an option.
A student may enter the Adult Dogwood program when he/she turns 18.
How often does a student see their teacher?
Teachers relate with students online, mostly via email and the Moodle program. Expect at a minimum, weekly contact, as the student progresses through the course.
How much does the program cost?
Courses are free to all BC Citizens/Landed Immigrants in BC of school age students. Completed course work will be reported to the Ministry of Education and will fulfill requirements towards the BC Dogwood Diploma.
International students in BC on a student visa may take courses, a fee of $1050.00 per course is required.
Adult students who have graduated and need to take a few courses to reach their personal goals may do so for a fee of $600 per course.
Does a student have to pass the provincial exams in order to achieve a Dogwood Diploma?
CHEK ABC courses are designed with student success in mind. Students can write the prvincial assessments up to three times over their Grade 10-12 years. The highest score will remain on record.
If a student does not pass the Englsih 12/Communicaitons 12 provincial exam, he or she may still be able to pass the course and gain credit towards the Dogwood Diploma, if the school grade is high enough. The final grade is based on a percentage weighted between the school grade (60%) and the provincial exam (40%).
Can my Grade 9 student begin taking Grade 10 courses towards the Dogwood Diploma requirements?
Grade 9 students may take one Grade 10 course. This course is not counted during their Grade 9 school year, but When the student is in Grade 10, the course credits are applied.
Can a student have a tutor?
Families may hire a tutor, if they wish, but CHEK ABC does not provide tutoring unless the student has a special needs designation.
Students can access free tutoring through Learn Now BC student centre:
Can a student choose his or her own curriculum?
Curriculum choice is limited at the high school level. CHEK ABC provides all course materials for core courses that have been designed to meet BC Ministry of Education requirements. However, there are many options for individualized resources and activities for elective courses.
Are there any ways outside of taking a course that a student can be granted high school credits?
Yes. There are credit options for: Equivalence (documented prior learning); External Credentials (such as Cadets, Lifesaving courses, participation in BC Games, etc.); and Course Challenge. A student can also get credit for Work Experience, or take a Career Program in their Grade 12 year.
After a student signs up, how soon do course materials arrive?
CHEK ABC will send necessary resources to all students as soon as the application and enrolment process is completed. Moodle-based courses may be started in as little as 24 hours. Any required textbooks are shipped from our central office in Nelson and usually arrive in about 5-7 business days. Textbooks are required to be returned when the course is complete. These can easily be sent back to the CHEK ABC office via COD by Greyhound.