Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Grades 1 – 4 students will be using phones and email to communicate. The facilitator will be providing assignments and helping students using email for the next short period of time.
Grades 5 – 12 are using a combination of already existing tools that are used regularly (Readtheory, Mathantics, Study.com, Alberta Distance Ed, and several other websites designed for remote learning). Facilitators are checking in at the start of the class period and resolving any difficulties by email, WhatsApp, and text. We will be adding online classes and tutoring during the regularly scheduled class periods in the next week. Students will receive logins to Office365 if they do not have theirs already.
At this time, all Academic Upgrading classes will be delivered to students through a distance learning model. Each course will continue to be scheduled in their regular semesters, and will be expected to be delivered in the same time period as their face-to-face classes were. Classes may include (but are not limited to):
- Interactive webinars
- Discussion forums
- Group work
- Daily Tests
Daily Attendance and student progress on a continual basis is required for students who wish to continue to receive their funding each month.
Columbia College will continue to prepare to welcome you into our next intake in May 2020. Please note that in consideration of the direction provided by the Alberta Health Services at that time, the delivery method of the program may include distance learning activities for some or all of the courses. If you have questions about our May intake, please reach out to us as we look forward hearing from you.
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The Academic Upgrading program (Grades 1-12) at Columbia College offers high quality, accelerated classes. Small classes with individualized programming help learners reach their further education and employment goals.
Our high school courses help learners:
- complete a high school diploma (courses can be used for Alberta High School credit)
- meet the mature student entry requirements for a specific College or University program
Columbia College offers:
- English and Math (Grades 1 to 9)
- English Language Arts 10-1
- English Language Arts 10-2
- English Language Arts 20-1
- English Language Arts 20-2
- English Language Arts 30-1
- English Language Arts 30-2
- Mathematics 10-C
- Mathematics 10-3
- Mathematics 20-1
- Mathematics 20-2
- Mathematics 20-3
- Mathematics 30-2
- Mathematics 30-3
- Science 10
- Science 20
- Science 30
- Biology 20
- Biology 30
- Social Studies 10-1
- Social Studies 10-2
- Social Studies 20-1
- Social Studies 20-2
- Social Studies 30-1
- Social Studies 30-2
- Career and Technology Studies (CTS) (individualized program plan required)
Please note: Columbia College is one of the only institutions in Calgary that offers a full range of courses from grades 1 to grade 12.
Classroom Delivery Method
Classes will be delivered in a blended classroom (traditional classroom/computer lab). Courses are individualized so learners can quickly move through topics that are “easy” and spend more time on difficult areas. Facilitators may combine learners into small groups for discussions, lessons or specific problems/content.
Students have access to facilitator support Monday to Friday from 9:30-2:00 pm.
- Please bring a copy of your recent Canadian High School Transcript to your first appointment. Learners without a recent transcript will be scheduled for an English and Math assessment test.
- High school students will create an individualized schedule in consultation with the Assistant Manager
- Meet all other Admission requirements
Tutoring is available for students. If you require tutoring, please contact your Program Chair or Coordinator.
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The cost for each Academic Upgrading course is $495 + materials. Book costs will vary based on the course(s) selected.
Some students may be eligible to receive financial assistance to attend full-time training. Please contact Admissions at 403-235-9300 for further details.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Academic Upgrading?
Contact Columbia College at (587) 316-1576 \ 888-235-9370 (outside of Calgary) or drop in to meet with a Columbia College Advisor. No appointment needed.
When can I start school?
There are 3 main semester intakes: January, May, and September.
What are class times?
Students enrolled in full-time studies will go to classes for 4.5 hours per day from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Part-time and self-pay students will arrange a schedule based on the courses they are taking.
How many people are in a class?
On average, class sizes range from 15 – 20 students.
How long will the application process take?
The application process, which includes the assessment, career planning appointment, and advisor appointments, usually takes approximately 2 weeks. Please note funding approval can take up to 8 weeks.
How do I pay for school?
Grant funding from the Government of Alberta is available for those who qualify. An Admission Advisor will assist applicants determine eligibility and apply for funding.
Is there a student orientation?
Yes. All new students must attend an orientation session. It is held before classes begin. This is our opportunity to officially welcome you to our school and answer all of your questions.
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