Student Resources


There are a variety of online resources available to help you with your assignments and course work. Please make sure that you always use those sources appropriately, according to our academic standards.  

  • Learn Now BC – This site offers a multitude of resources, for all grade levels – from K-12 and even beyond. There are study tips, even more links to other useful websites and many tools like interactive courses, assessments and tutoring. Learn Now BC offers resources for both students and parents alike and may well become one of your favourite tools!
  • Project Based Learning – This is a great site for any project-based work and assignments. You can use it from proposing to organizing to planning and even developing your project. An easy to use step-by-step guide makes it one of our favourites.
  • Resource Rack – Also a project-based tool, this site will give you support by providing different tools for organizing yourself when working on a project. It includes tools to find others for collaboration, process information, present your project as well as study tips. Definitely worth checking out!
  • My Math Sites – Grades K – 9 will find everything math-related they need on this site. From daily practice sheets to detailed tutorials, it’s a great resource we highly recommend.

All about fees (deposits, tuition)

This page reviews everything you need to know about our deposits (for things like books, computers, calculators), course fees (aka tuition), and reimbursements:

 

Do I have to pay for a course?

Below is an overview of our course fees for BC residents, living in or outside of British Columbia:

K - 9 Full-time students at SCIDES

  • No fees for courses
  • Any required book deposits

K - 9 Students attending their local school

  • No fees for any courses
  • All courses must be pre- approved
  • Any required book deposits

Grades 10, 11, 12 Students

  • Non graduated School aged students, No fees for any courses
  • Any required book deposits (for example, English 10, 11 and 12 are $50)

Adults seeking graduation

  • No fees for courses
  • Any required book deposits

Adult graduates (over 19 years of age)

  • Select upgrading courses can be taken at no fee (called literacy foundation courses), for other courses a $550 fee applies
  • Any required book deposit for English courses (for example, English 10, 11 and 12 are $50)

British Columbia residents, K – 12, living in other Canadian provinces or outside of Canada

  • No fees for courses
  • Courses can be taken for up to two years after "temporarily" living away from BC
  • BC proof of residency is required

How Much are Flex Ed courses?

  • $150 for 1 paper module or two online units
  • For more information on FLEX ED

How Much are Tuition Fees for International students?

  • must be registered at a BC school and attending regularly
  • must hold a study visa
  • pay $750 per course
  • Any required book deposits

Book Deposit Reimbursements Information

  1. Book deposits are $50, payable prior to books being sent to student/family
  2. For grades K – 7, if using a predominately paper based program, a $100 deposit is requested per child (up to a maximum of $200 per family)
  3. Books that are mailed are also sent a pre-paid return envelope
  4. Upon completion of a course or program, students will be sent an invoice for any materials still outstanding with a postage paid label
  5. Student will have 90 days from the completion of the course or program (an invoice is sent out immediately). If returned, undamaged, a full refund will be processed
  6. If books are returned after 90 day, but before 1 year, a refund will be permitted less a $50 processing fee.
  7. 1 year after the completion of a course or program, all refunds will be forfeited.
  8. If a student changes address and the refund returns to SCIDES, a student has up to 1 year, after their final course or program completion date, to update their address and re-request a refund, providing all materials are return undamaged (less a $50 processing fee).

Information on Curriculum-Based Funding (aka Third Party Resources and Services)

The Ministry of Education has set a cap on Third Party Resources and Services allocations (hereafter referred to as TPRS) of up to $600 per full-time student enrolled in Grades K-12. If SCIDES is the official School of Record, we may provide this funding based on the Student Learning Plan, co-created by the parent, teacher and student. The Home Facilitator (such as the parent or guardian) must contact the teacher a minimum of two weeks prior to the commencement of the activity to determine if and how the activity connects to the Student’s Learning Plan and if it qualifies for TPRS.

In Grades K – 7, this funding may be allocated anytime during the school year, but it is tied to progress as outlined in the Student Learning Plan. The TPRS provider must provide progress reports to the SCIDES teacher as evidence of meeting (or not meeting) the learning outcomes.

In Grades 8 and 9, the student must be full-time with SCIDES and active in a minimum of four courses. The TPRS provider must provide progress reports to the SCIDES teacher as evidence of meeting (or not meeting) the learning outcomes.

In Grades 10 – 12, the funding is based on a percentage of the number of courses in which the student is active. For example, students who are active in four courses have access to $300 ($600 x 50%). However, the requested funding must be for an activity that meets the learning outcomes of the currently enrolled courses. The TPRS provider must provide progress reports to the SCIDES teacher as evidence of meeting (or not meeting) the learning outcomes.

We are required to pay a TPRS directly and may not pay parents or students. The TPRS provider must invoice the school for the services provided.

What can be covered?

TPRS are ideal in helping students meet learning outcomes in non-core areas such as Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Applied Skills.

  • SCIDES programs may be supported in very practical and hands-on ways through lessons in areas such as music, dance, horseback riding, judo, skiing, woodworking, welding, piano lessons, and sports. The TPRS allocation is intended for ongoing instructional components that cannot be delivered easily by SCIDES; it is not intended to subsidize equipment such as saddles, weight sets, skis, or hockey equipment.
  • SCIDES allows for reimbursement of a portion of internet costs, as a per-family reimbursement, not as a per-student reimbursement. The annual family reimbursement is limited to 10 months of internet provision, to a maximum of $350 per year (only if the learner requires an Internet connection to participate in an educational program delivered in whole or in part through Distributed Learning). 
  • **The student must be active in their program (as per the student learning plan) and the outcomes or activities need to be apart of the student learning plan)

 The $600 funding does not apply to:

  • supporting students with special needs in levels 1, 2 and 3, and in categories K,P,Q,R, in achieving the goals in their Individual Education Plans;
  • Technical Centre Program Courses;
  • post-secondary transition program courses;
  • basic consumable school supplies, such as paper, writing tools, student planners, binders, and computer storage media (USB flash drives).

Further, SCIDES is not permitted to:

  • contract or employ parents or family members in the capacity of Tutors, Education Assistants, Teacher Assistants, or Special Education Assistants for services to their own children;
  • provide payments to parents’ or students’ personal credit card companies. Credit card companies are not considered TPRS

Can I Borrow a Graphing Calculator?

We can provide a graphing calculator for a refundable deposit of $100. Must be per-approved by course teacher. Must be enrolled in a senior math course at SCIDES and be active.

Can I Borrow a School Computer?

School computers are available for a refundable deposit. All requests go though the School Principal. Deposits range from $100 to $200. Parents are responsible for all maintenance, virus protection and program updates.

Technical Support

Our Tech Support is here to help you with any questions and difficulty regarding computer and software issues. We can generally assist with any computer or peripheral device (such as cameras) either supplied by SCIDES or necessary to complete SCIDES course work.

Before you contact us, please refer to our FAQs first, as most common issues can be solved that way. We strive to keep our FAQs updated and current and constantly add to the list! After you read through the FAQs and can’t locate a solution to your problem, try the following:

  •     Reboot your computer. Ensure your machine shuts down all the way, then turn it back on.
  •     Ensure everything is powered ON and connected properly.

Gather some information on your computer such as:

  •     Is this a School computer or your own personal one?
  •     What operating system are you using?
  •     What browser are you using if applicable? Internet Explorer/Safari/Chrome/Firefox/Other?
  •     When did the problem begin and were any changes applied to your system(s) immediately prior?

What is the exact error message if there is one? Please write this down or capture it in a screenshot if possible. Most importantly you need to be in front of the computer (with the issue) when you call. 

Our Tech Support Department

 
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International Students

SCIDES welcomes international students living in B.C.! 
 
If the school you are attending in B.C. does not offer a course you are looking for, you might be able to find it at SCIDES.
 
The SCIDES International Student is fee is $750.  Some courses may also require a refundable $50 textbook deposit.

**You MUST have your host school fill out an extra form (for billing purposes) as part of your application process (we only bill host school, we can not bill students directly)**

Refunds:
    1. Cancellations within 2 weeks of registration: $50 cancellation fee.
    2. Cancellation after 2 weeks of registration: NO REFUND.
    3. If you have completed more than 10% of the course marks, NO REFUND, no matter when you cancel

If you are an international student living in B.C. and are interested in enrolling with us, please contact one of our counselors.

DL Satisfaction Survey

 
We’re passionate about Distance Learning (DL), and we constantly strive to improve our course offerings and service to our students and their families. That’s where the DL Satisfaction Survey comes in, created by the Province for students and families alike.

The results of this survey are very valuable to us and we encourage all students and their families to participate and let us know how they experience distance learning - the survey focuses on the overall experience rather than a single course.
 
 
With your feedback, SCIDES (and other DL schools) will be provided with tools for continuous improvement – because your success in education is at the top of our list!