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Adult Programs:

Adults Who Have Not Yet Graduated:

@KOOL offers courses and academic advising to students who wish to complete the adult graduation program.

Who Can Enroll in this Program:

  • You can enroll if you are 18 or older and have not yet graduated with a dogwood diploma.
  • You can enroll if you have graduated with a dogwood diploma and have not yet turned 19.  This is a great option for students wishing to upgrade.
  • You can enroll if you have completed your GED or if you left school on a school leaving certificate.

This program is available to students over the age of 18 who HAVE NOT YET graduated with a Dogwood Diploma.

FAQ’s

What is the Adult Graduation Diploma?
The Adult Graduation Diploma is a diploma that is awarded by the BC Ministry of Education. It proves that a student has met the BC graduation requirements.

Is there a fee?
No, Adult Graduation courses are offered for free to BC residents. There is a $100 book deposit that is payable up front, but that money is refunded to you once you return the book in good condition.

Is the Adult Graduation Diploma equivalent to a regular Grade 12 diploma?
Yes. It is accepted by post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities) and by employers.

Is it the same as a GED?
No, the GED is a different program. The GED is not necessarily as well accepted as the Adult Graduation Diploma, costs money and is generally thought to be more difficult to complete than the Adult Graduation Diploma.

Who qualifies for the Adult Graduation Diploma program?
Students must be at least 18 years old.

What courses do I have to take?
You have to take 5 courses:

1) One of: English 12, Communications 12 or English 12 First Peoples

  • Communications 12 is the easiest course but it does not get students into university for degree programs

2) One of the Math 11 courses

  • Pick one of:  Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 (hard) or Foundations Math 11 (hard) or Pre-Calculus Math 11 (very hard) or Accounting 11 (easy math, but a demanding course) or Accounting 12 (but you need to take Accounting 11 first).

3) Any grade 12 course:

  • this can be Social Studies 11, but only if you like (SS11 is not compulsory). Otherwise, pick a grade 12 course.

4) Any grade 12 course:
5) Any grade 12 course:

What if I already have some of those courses done?
You can count up to two courses that have been done before you turned 18. The last three courses have to be started after your 18th birthday.

Do I have to write government exams?
No, the BC Ministry of Education does not require students who are enrolled in the Adult Graduation program to write government exams. However, most universities require applicants to write the English 12 or Communications 12 government exam.

Note – if you are over 18 but enrolled in the regular graduation program (AKA the “2004 Program”), you still have to write government exams.
Note – if you start English 12 or Communications 12 before you turn 18, you will have to write the government exam, even if you later switch over to the Adult Graduation Program.

What grade 12 courses should I pick?
Course selection is up to you. However, if you are going on to a post-secondary program, there will be pre-requisites to get into that program.  Students should bear this in mind when selecting Adult Graduation courses.

Where can I find a list of the grade 12 courses offered at @KOOL?
@KOOL courses are listed here

Can I get credit for other work or certifications?
Credits earned from external sources (like trades certificates or work experience) may be applicable. Check with the counsellor at @KOOL. You will need to provide @KOOL with proof, such as the certificate or transcript.

New as of September 2014: you can use two Work Experience 12 courses for credit towards the Adult Graduation Diploma. Previously you could only use one Work Experience 12 course.That is no problem. You can take other courses that are outside the requirements for the Adult Graduation program.

For example, very often students need to take a Math 10 course before they will be ready to take Math 11. That is OK.

Another example is that students preparing for a nursing program often have to take Chemistry 11, even though Chemistry 11 is not a requirement for the Adult Graduation Program. That is also OK.

What about the pre-requisites to get into these grade 12 courses?
There are no pre-requisites to any high school courses in BC. You may need to take the lower level course to get ready to take the higher level course, but this is not a rule, just common sense.

What if I already graduated from grade 12 and just need to upgrade my marks?
You are eligible to take courses for a fee.  Please refer to our Graduated Adult section on this website.

Can I do my courses on paper?
No, all of our courses are online. You need access to a computer and high-speed internet.

How long does it take to complete a course at @KOOL?
How quickly or slowly you work through your course is up to you. @KOOL courses are designed to take about 100 hours of student effort. So if you spend 1 hour per day on your course, it will take about 100 days to complete your course. If you spend 2 hours per day on your course, it will take about 50 days to complete your course, and so on.

Is there a time limit on how long I have to complete my courses?
Generally, you can take as long as you need to complete a course, with two conditions:

1) you have to finish it within 12 months
2) during that time, you also need to stay “active”. “Active” means sending in at least one assignment every two weeks. If you are going to be “inactive” in the course for a period of time, let the teacher know.

Are these easy, streamlined courses?
No, these are 100 hour courses that are just as hard (or harder) as the courses in a regular high school. They cover the same content as well.

Where do I work on these courses?
You can work at home or wherever you can get internet access.

How will my tests and exams be supervised?
Generally you will need to write tests and exams in person at @KOOL or at our storefront on Victoria Street. If this is not possible, you will have to make arrangements with your teacher as to how the test will be supervised. Usually this will require that you find a teacher or professor at your location who can directly supervise your test/exam. Check with your @KOOL teacher once you are in the course.

How do I register for the Adult Graduation program?

  1. Go to our website online at: kool.sd73.bc.ca
  2. Click on “Register”
  3. Click on “Online Application Form”
  4. Fill out the form
  5. If you don’t have a PEN (Provincial Education Number), leave it blank.
  6. Click “Submit”
  7. We will reply to the email address that you gave us on the application form.

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What happens next?

  • Go to your email for directions on how to access your “Orientation” assignment
  • Complete it and click on “Submit”
  • Wait for your mark
  • Once you have passed the assignment, you will receive an email asking you to provide @KOOL with 2 pieces of ID proving your Date of Birth and your BC Residency., such as a BC Drivers License and BC Care Card.
  • If you need to borrow textbooks, you will also be asked to pay your refundable book deposit and to pick up your textbooks (not all courses require a textbook).
  • Once all of the above has taken place, you will be emailed your login and password and the course(s) will be opened up for your access

What I have to do to complete the process and graduate?
After you have been issued your mark for your last course, phone the counsellor at @KOOL at 778 471 6061 Ext 210. If you plan to use previously earned credits from another source, you will need to provide proof.

Where can I find more information about the Adult Graduation program?
For more information, go to the Adult Graduation website at: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/adult_graduation.

If after reading this information and visiting the above website, you have more questions, please contact the counsellor at @KOOL.

Welcome to @KOOL and good luck with your courses!