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The Columbia Square Adult Learning Centre and VirtualSchoolBC are open


May 1st Deadline for Grads

Currently most Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses are tuition FREE for BC Graduates. However, effective May 1st *, BC Graduates will have to pay a tuition FEE to take Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses.
(*Students must register and complete a certain portion of the course to become ACTIVE before May 1st).

NOTE: the May 1st deadline does NOT affect GRADUATED students who are UNDER age 19. This means that Graduates who were born between July 1, 1995 and June 30, 1996 have until June 30th, 2015 to become active in their online course. Graduates who were born between July 1, 1996 and June 30, 1997 will have until June 30th, 2016 to become active in their online course.

NOTE: Upgrading courses below Grade 11 level are still tuition FREE for all students.

NOTE: Students who have NOT yet graduated in BC, will still be able to take all courses tuition FREE.


Registering for Courses

Students who want to register or re-register for online courses should phone our office at 604-517-6191 and schedule an appointment to meet with a teacher. If students are unable to make an appointment, they can drop in between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Mondays to Thursdays, or drop in on Friday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. (NO drop-ins from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM or from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

If students drop by without an appointment, they may be able to see a teacher. But if all our times are booked, students will have to make an appointment to come back another day. It is recommended that students phone ahead to book an appointment.

Please note that students must bring the proper ID (see below) to register.

The Columbia Square Adult Learning Centre is located at 1001 Columbia Street in New Westminster. Click on Map for directions.


ID Requirements

If you are an adult, over age 19, and want to register, you will be required to show THREE pieces of ID. ONE piece of ID to prove your status in Canada and TWO pieces of ID to prove your BC residency. Please click here to see what proper ID is required.

If you don't bring the proper ID, we can NOT register you. Please save yourself a trip and check to see if you have the proper ID.


NWSS (New Westminster Secondary School) students who want to register for online courses should visit their NWSS counselor and then room 183 at NWSS. Room 183 hours are 10:00 AM to 4:15 PM, Monday to Friday.


If you are a High School student from outside New Westminster (not a NWSS student), who wants to register, you should print up an Under Age 19 registration form (click here for the two page form) and fill in the form including parent permission and counsellor permission and bring ONE piece of photo ID (Passport or Driver's licence or High School ID or GO Card ID) to our site.


Online courses have continuous intake, so students may be able to start immediately. See the Course Outlines link on the left, for information about our online courses.

Regular lab hours for tutoring, studying and test writing are 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM (Monday to Thursday) and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Friday).

If you have questions about registering for our courses please phone 604-517-6191 or email jkemp@sd40.bc.ca


Click Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

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1001 Columbia Street
New Westminster
V3M 1C4
(604) 517-6191


How do we differ from other online schools?

Our students can work at home (24/7) or in our computer lab and get help from certified teachers from:
10:00 AM to 8:30 PM (Mon - Thurs).
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Fridays.


Any course you complete with us is acceptable at any secondary or post secondary school in Canada. Graduates from our school receive the same Dogwood Diploma issued by any High School in BC.