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Welcome to Summer Learning

The Summer Learning program in School District 43 provides engaging learning opportunities for students in Grades 1 through 12. All courses are taught by certified teachers and are tuition free for students meeting the usual BC residency requirements.

Principal's Message

Every summer our program gets better and bigger.  This summer I'm especially excited about our addition of Skills for School Success courses at the middle and secondary levels.  Having good organizational, study, and note-taking skills is as important now as it's ever been.  Our courses will involve students in literacy and numeracy learning while at the same time building their skills for success in any subject area.
Another innovation this summer will be the inclusion of STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math) integrated subjects. 

Again this year the Summer Learning program in School District 43 will be offering a full line up of courses and  providing engaging learning opportunities to meet the needs of students in Grades 1 through 12 (as of September 2020).  All courses are taught by certified teachers and are tuition free for students meeting the usual BC residency requirements. All courses offered in Summer Learning 2020 will align with the BC curriculum. Have a great Summer!

Murray Peters,
Principal - SD43 Summer Learning


Do I put my elementary or middle school child in a class at the grade level they're going into in September, or at the grade level they're finishing?

There are two options. First, the student will reinforce and build skills by enrolling in the class at the grade level they’ve just finished. e.g., a student who is completing Grade 4 would register in Reading & Writing 4. Second, putting the child into the grade level class (i.e., the grade they’ll be going into in September) is a “preview” of the next grade course. When in doubt we would recommend that parents consult their child's classroom teacher as this individual will be able to recommend the most appropriate program to meet your child's needs.

What is a 'profile' and why do I need one?

A profile is an account or a record that contains required demographic information. Ministry requirements dictate we maintain certain records for each student. In order to register for a course with us, your account needs to be current and accurate.

What do I need to know about my child's attendance?

Summer students are expected to attend each and every day of their course. Summer Learning courses are designed with student learning and student success in mind. However, absences will significantly diminish the value of the course to your child, not to mention putting added stress on your child in feeling unconnected to their classroom community and catching up on missed work. Most of our courses are fully enrolled, leaving many students unable to take courses. A student who enrolls but is consistently absent is taking the place of a student who potentially would have fully participated in the course.
Students who miss the first week of classes will not be able to continue in their summer course(s). There are two reasons for this: 1) This is not in the learning interests of the student. In addition to the stress associated with starting late, it may not be possible for the student to catch up on missed assignments. 2) The Ministry of Education will not fund students who miss the entire first week of class. Therefore students will not be able continue in the course with "tuition-free" status. Please do not register your child unless you are committed to daily attendance in their course(s).

Why are the Skill Building & Remedial courses only 3 weeks for half days?

The Ministry of Education provides course-by-course funding for these non-credit courses for 40 hours. We find that the vast majority of students and parents prefer half days so we run these courses over 3 weeks for 14 half days (42 hours). We intentionally start these courses the second week of July so that families can have a break after the school year ends, as well as during the first week of July we can clean the schools and classrooms and get things ready for Summer Learning. Please note that the Ministry policy is that students in Grades 1 through 7 can only take one summer course.

What report card marks will my child get?

Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Skill Building courses are non-credit courses.  Therefore the report card provides only an effort mark (G (Good); S (Satisfactory); or N (Needs Improvement)), along with a written comment from the teacher.
Secondary Remedial courses provide the opportunity for students to receive a passing grade for the course.  The report card will provide their final mark, effort mark, and a comment.

Advanced Credit and Fast Track courses are full-credit courses, meaning students will receive a mid-term report and a final report card that includes a letter grade, effort mark, and comment.  The final mark will be posted to the student's ministry transcript.  Please note that students who withdraw from a course prior to the 65% point will not receive a mark on their transcript.

What is the maximum number of summer courses I can take?

Students who will be in Grade 8 and higher as of July 1st can take a maximum of two courses. Students in Grades 1-7 can only take one course.

Can I audit a 'for credit' course?

No. All students who take an Advanced Credit or Online Fast Track course who complete 65% of the course will receive a final grade in their course - A, B, C+, C, C- or F. The 65% point is July 26 . Students who withdraw prior to July 26 will receive a W (Withdrawal).  The site principal will send students more detailed information about this.

Can I register for the same course at two different locations/times and then decide which is best for my schedule?

No. This will be considered an abuse of the online registration process and may result in the cancellation of your registration(s). It is unfair to other students to occupy a space in a class with no intention of attending.

Why do I pay a deposit for secondary courses?

The $100 deposit applies only to courses that use a textbook. It is fully refundable if certain conditions are met (see refund policy).

How does the refund policy work?

Please click here for refund information.

What if I don't have a Visa or Mastercard to pay for the course deposit?

Please visit our Montgomery Centre office to pay by cash or debit.

Can Adult (non-grad) students (over 19) take Summer Learning courses?

Adults can only take 'Fast Track' (Online-Blended) courses.

Can graduated students take Summer Learning courses?

Graduated students of any age can only take 'Fast Track' Courses.