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The Columbia Square Learning Centre and Virtual School BC are closed due to job action.

We do NOT know when we will re-open, so we are unable to advertise our registration schedule at this time. Please check with local news sources for information on the job action.

Last updated on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014.


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.

If you are a NWSS student then please visit your NWSS counselor.

If you are a High School student from outside New Westminster, 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.

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

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.

If you have questions about registering for our online courses please email Jim Kemp at jkemp@sd40.bc.ca


Starting in September, Adult Foundations (ELL / ESL) classes have continuous intake (if there is space in the class).

Morning (ELL / ESL) classes (9:00 AM to 11:30 AM)

Afternoon (ELL / ESL) classes (12:00 PM to 2:30 PM)

Evening (ELL / ESL) classes (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM)


Click Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Need more help or have a question, please email us at jkemp@sd40.bc.ca

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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 9:00 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.