Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND TIMES FOR EACH OF THE COURSES?

Camp Hela runs from July 10-14th, with an orientation on June 30th. The Calm course portion of this combo course must be completed by July 20. All online courses have an Orientation course at École Sainte Marguerite d’Youville (ESSMY) on June 30. Core courses run from July 4-24 and complimentary courses from July 4 - 20. Please visit our programs page for more detail.

CAN I DO THE ORIENTATION COURSE EARLY?

No, unfortunately it cannot be done early and only on the posted date provided in your registration package.

WHY DO STUDENTS HAVE TO ATTEND DAILY?

Classroom Courses: One day in a Summer School course is equivalent to one week of a regular semester. To ensure success, attendance is mandatory for in class courses.

Online Courses:
Math and Science students - MUST ATTEND DAILY
Students taking Math or Science courses are required to attend daily.  Math and Science students are successful only if they are onsite daily. Student’s will need to begin their day at 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.  A teacher is onsite for one-on-one support.  Lessons are online and no traditional full class instruction. 

English and Social students - MUST ATTEND DAILY
Students taking English and Social are required to attend daily for a minimum of 1 hour each day.

IS IT DIFFICULT TO FINISH A CORE COURSE IN THE 3 WEEKS OF SUMMER SCHOOL?

To finish a core course in the 3 weeks provided, it takes commitment. One day of summer school is equivalent to about a week of regular school. 
Someone repeating a core course, should be able to complete within the 3 weeks, within the hours from 8-1:30, as well as a little bit of homework in the
evenings.  If you are taking a course, such as Math 30-1, for the first time, you should expect that you may need to do a substantial amount of extra work on your course in the evenings.

CAN I WORK AT A JOB AFTER I AM FINISHED SCHOOL FOR THE DAY?
The answer to this is similar to the answer to the above question.  It depends.  If you are repeating the course, then yes, you can likely work in the evening.  However, if you are doing an exceptionally challenging core course for the first time, you may want to approach the course in such a way that you leave time for yourself to do extra work in the evenings.  Working once or twice a week may be possible during the 3 weeks of the course.  Also, remember that students will be tired after putting in a 5.5 hour day at school working on their course.  Leaving the school and going straight to a 6-8 hour shift will feel, for them, like they are working two jobs, which will be exhausting.

MY CHILD WILL BE AWAY FOR THE FIRST WEEK IS THAT A PROBLEM?
Classroom Courses: For classroom based courses (Phys Ed 10 and Math 10C), you must attend all scheduled classes. 

Online Courses: Yes, unfortunately this is a problem for all core courses.  Please see answer to question about "Why do students have to attend daily?".  Students must complete the orientation course and must begin working on their core courses immediately in order to complete the course on time.

Complimentary Courses: - Depending on the course, many students are successful in finishing a course, if they are away for the first few days. However, if they are new to taking courses online with the District it is mandatory that they attend and complete the Orientation course.

WHEN ARE THE DIPLOMA EXAMS, AND WHAT IF THEY ARE AWAY CAN WE RESCHEDULE?
The dates and times of the Diploma exams are set by Alberta Education and cannot be rescheduled.

DID MY CHILD'S FRIEND SIGN UP FOR CAMP HELA?
I'm sorry but we can not release the names of students who have registered. You will need to contact the student in order to obtain this information.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE COURSE IN SUMMER SCHOOL?
Classroom Courses(
PE or Math 10C)
Students can take more than one classroom based course, as long as the dates don't overlap (but not if taking the core course).

Core Courses: (Math Science, Social, English)
Only one core class is allowed during summer school.

Online Courses: Students taking online courses will only be approved to take a maximum of one core course or two complementary courses (CALM, PE, Religious Studies) If a student finishes their online course(s) with time left in the summer session they may request to take another at the time of completion of their original courses.  If Summer School administration deems it is possible for the student to finish another complementary course in the time remaining, then the administrator may approve another course at that time.

IS THE SCHOOL OPEN ON THE WEEKEND? ARE TEACHERS AVAILABLE ON THE WEEKEND?
Teachers will be onsite for the Orientation course and available on weekdays from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm. However, online resources can be accessed at any time.

HOW MANY KIDS ARE IN THE CLASS?
Camp Hela: We accept a maximum of 22 students (11 girls and 11 boys). This course is popular so please register early.

Classroom Courses: We require a minimum number of students in order to run a course. The average class size is similar to that of a class size during the regular school year.

DO YOU PROVIDE COMPUTERS?

We have a limited number of computers onsite. Students are encouraged to bring their own device.

Which field trips do students go on for Phys. Ed 10 in class? What does the $50 fee go towards?
The field trips can vary from year to year and will be finalized in the coming months. Field trip and presenters from past years programming have including some of the following activities:
Bowling, Yoga, Spin Classes, Weight classes, Laser Quest, St. Albert Canoe and Kayak, Martial Arts, Crossfit, Swimming, and First Aid, Swimming, Rock Jungle. These field trips/presenters are complimented by a number of onsite activities.  The fee also covers any busing.

How does my son/daughter's school know which courses they have taken in Summer School?
We mail a printed report card to all students at the end of Summer School. All courses are submitted to Alberta Education and will show up on their permanent transcript. Your transcript can be accessed by signing on to your MyPass account. Please click HERE for more information about the Alberta Education site called MyPass. In September, when your child returns to his or her high school, they can access their report card or their transcript from MyPass.

Does my son/daughter have to be a GSACRD student to take courses at the Summer School?
No, all students within driving distance of St. Albert are welcome to register for our Summer School program. 

Is there a registration fee for students this year?
There are no fees to register for an online or in-class course. There is, however, a fee for the Camp Hela course and a charge to cover the field trip costs for those taking the Phys. Ed. 10 course in class .

Do you accept adult students or students who are not Alberta Residents?Yes, adults students (20 years or older as of September 1, 2017) and students who are non-Alberta residents may register for summer school courses but are required to pay for these courses. Please see the registration tab for more information.

Why would a student want to take Religious Studies for 5 credits rather than 3 credits?
First, for those students who may struggle to get the minimum of 100 credits required to graduate, maximizing your credits in Religious Studies (RS) is a good idea.  Further to that, the graduation requirement state that students need 10 credits in any 30-level courses, in addition to a 30 level English and a 30 level Social Studies. Therefore, maximizing your credits, especially at the 30-level, can be very helpful for some students as it helps students meet these graduation requirements. Beyond the need for maximizing credits for some students, a good mark in Religious Studies can be used towards your grade average for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship at all grade levels.  At the 30-level, only the 5 credit RS 35, can be used towards the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship.  Finally, the 5 credit RS35 mark can be used as a Group D subject at post-secondary institutions.  At the Grade 11 level, RS 25, cannot be taken for 5 credits in Summer School.