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Adult Graduation Program in British Columbia

The Adult Graduation Program is offered in almost every school district in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. Adult students may finish the courses necessary for receiving their regular dogwood diploma, or may work towards the BC Adult Graduation Diploma (also known as the Adult Dogwood). Diplomas are issued under the British Columbia Ministry of Education

Courses are also offered through some colleges and you should contact your local college for more information or visit the site for the Ministry of Advanced Education. In the adult program, 20 credits are needed for graduation. This is different from the regular graduation program which requires 80 credits for graduation. To be eligible for the adult dogwood, the student must be at least 19 years of age, and must take at least three of their courses leading towards graduation as an adult.

Do I have to attend a high school?

There is a variety of ways in which adult programs are offered. Some school districts offer night classes with traditional classroom style teaching. Other districts may offer more non-traditional learning environments that are designed to accommodate the educational needs of adult learners. Adult learning centres are often storefront offices in downtown areas, or located in other public buildings.

Adults who are interested in taking courses leading towards graduation should always check with their local school district to see if spaces are available and what type of courses they offer. The spaces are limited and students are usually admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Do I have to pay tuition fees for the adult program?

All courses leading towards graduation are tuition-free for local students. After an adult has graduated, tuition will be charged for any additional courses.

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