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The Academic Upgrading program (Grades 1-12) at Columbia College offers high quality, accelerated classes that can help you obtain the education you need to pursue further education or secure employment. Our high school courses (Grades 10 – 12) can be used for Alberta High School credit.
Columbia College is one of the only institutions in Calgary that offers a full range of courses from grade 1 to grade 12.
Learners may qualify for government funding to take these courses
- Reading, Writing, & Math Upgrading – Grades 1 – 9
- High School Upgrading – Grades 10 – 12
- Employment Preparation courses – Work Strategies and Work Experience (if required)
- Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (22.5 hours per week)
- Small classes with individualized programing
- Traditional classroom and computer supported learning
- Individual, group, and in-class tutoring available
- Experienced instructors to help reach your goal
- Career advising for short-term and long-term planning
Classroom Delivery Method
The courses will be held in a computer lab. Students may be combined into small groups for lessons on specific problems or content (like “explaining metaphors” or “solving 2-step algebra equations”), but they will mainly work through books and computerized assignments on their own and receive help from a teacher when they encounter difficulties. Most students will be working on different levels and courses except when they come together for a group lesson or discussion. Many courses will be individualized so students can move quickly through topics that are “easy” for them and spend more time on difficult topics.
- Take a Columbia College Assessment in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics for placement purposes
- Meet all other Admission requirements
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Course List and Descriptions
Elementary and Junior High School Courses
English Courses – Grades 1 – 9
Reading Comprehension (Gr. 1-6)
Writer’s Workshop (Gr. 1-6)
These two courses at each grade level gradually develop your reading comprehension and writing skills. You will be engaged in reading fiction and non-fiction and through Writer’s Workshop develop the kind of skills that are used in the workplace. You will learn how to respond in writing to a variety of requests and situations.
Reading Comprehension (Grade 7-9) (Adult Basic Education)
Writer’s Workshop (Grade. 7-9) (Adult Basic Education)
These two courses at each grade level are composed of the following: Literature Study – three units: Short Fiction/Non-Fiction, Novel Study, and Reading Comprehension. Writer’s Workshop develops the skills you need to be an effective writer.
English 9 Literature and Reading Comprehension is designed to provide you with the oral and written communication skills as well as the composition and writing skills required for employment, to enter a career training program, or to continue in English at the Grade 10 to Grade 12 level.
Mathematics – Grades 1 – 9
The Mathematics courses are derived from The Alberta Program of Studies for K-12 Mathematics: Western Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Education, 2009.
Mathematics Grades 1 and 2 will provide adults with minimal mathematical knowledge the opportunity to gain the skills to develop practical number sense. Basic math skills will be reviewed and more advanced computations will be introduced. Metric units of measure will be used to assist students with making sense of the world around them. Students will develop strategies to solve a wide variety of word problems and will use patterns and relationships to analyze mathematical situations.
Mathematics Grades 3 and 4 will cover a broad range of topics including whole number concepts, whole number operations, decimals and common fractions, patterns, measurement, 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, transformations and data analysis. Students will develop strategies to sole a wide range of word problems and will use patterns and relationships to analyze mathematical situations.
Mathematics Grades 5 and 6 will continue to develop proficiency with more advanced operations on whole numbers, decimals, fractions, estimation skills, measurement, probability, and problem solving skills. Students will develop confidence measuring units of time, temperature and Canadian money.
Mathematics Grade 7 covers a broad range of topics in four strands: Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability.
Mathematics Grade 8 continues to work on the four strands: Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability. Students learn to represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways, use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems and use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems.
Mathematics Grade 9 focuses on the application of previously acquired computation and algebra skills and expands upon topics covered in the grade 7 and 8 math curriculums. Fundamental to the program is problem solving which integrates language skills with reasoning and mathematical concepts to understand everyday events.
High School Courses
Our high school courses are offered to help complete a high school diploma or meet the mature student requirements to enter College or University.
High School Streams
In High School, there are basically 3 levels of courses for English, Math, and Social Studies.
- The -01 stream will prepare students for university and is accepted for all post-secondary courses. It is very academic and requires excellent reading and writing skills.
- The -02 stream will prepare students for almost all college courses and trades (with a few exceptions); -02 courses are accepted by all Columbia programs and most SAIT programs.
- Both -01 and 02 courses allow students to graduate from high school with a proper diploma.
Science and the other courses are the same for -01 and -02 levels.
Columbia College offers:
- 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 (Business, Finance, and Computer use courses) 10
- Career and Technology Studies (Business, Finance, and Computer use courses) 20
- Career and Technology Studies (Business, Finance, and Computer use courses) 30
*Most students with grade 10 or 11 reading and writing levels can take English 30-2 over 32 weeks and skip grade 10 and 11. Students without strong grade 9 level math skills can take a “prep” course before Math 10C.
- Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
- A five credit course on MS Office and Business Writing (recommended for everyone)
Plus these one-credit courses (any five of these = one full course for funding purposes)
- MAM1010 (Marketing and Management)
- ENT1010 (Entrepreneurship Intro)
- MAM1020 (Quality Customer Service)
- FIN1015 (Accounting Prep)
- FIN1020 (Accounting Cycle 1)
- FIN2030 (Accounting Cycle 2)
- CSE1010 (Computer Science Intro)
- CSE 1110 (Basic Programming)
Tutoring is available for students. If you require tutoring, please contact your Program Chair or Coordinator.
Start Dates (Day Program)
The cost for each Academic Upgrading course is $495 + materials and books. The costs for materials will vary based on the course selected. Please contact your advisor 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 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. 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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