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Fast-Track Your Studies with Columbia College’s Dedicated High School Programs

fast track your studies with columbia college’s dedicated high school programs

Fast-Track Your Studies with Columbia College’s Dedicated High School Programs

Columbia College High School is a private, non-profit institution offering various academic programs and courses to domestic and international students in Vancouver, British Columbia. Established in 1936, the high school is considered a well-respected institution that has provided students with quality education and opportunities to achieve their academic goals. 

As a two-year university transfer school, Columbia College offers a range of courses that span across arts and sciences, business and technology, health sciences, and education. The school emphasizes hands-on learning and practical experience, and many programs include opportunities for students to participate in co-op placements, internships, and other experiential learning activities.

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About the High School programs

Currently, Columbia College offers four High School program options for either direct entry or transfer to a university:

  1. Senior Secondary (Grade 10, 11 and 12)
  2. Accelerated Secondary (Grade 11 and 12)
  3. Adult Secondary (Grade 11 and 12)
  4. University Preparatory

Senior Secondary program

The Senior Secondary program is for students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 who are looking to enter the University Transfer program at Columbia College, receive an Associate Degree or directly enter a university upon graduating. 

The program is certified by the B.C. Ministry of Education, meaning that course material will follow the 2018 curriculum. Students will be required to take the literacy and numeracy assessments before they graduate. 

Like all other Canadian high schools, graduates will be awarded a B.C. Certificate of Graduation known as the Dogwood Diploma. In B.C., having received the Dogwood Diploma is a requirement for direct entry to a Canadian university. 

Accelerated Secondary program

The Accelerated Secondary program is for students in Grade 11 and 12, and those who successfully complete this program are eligible to enroll in the University Transfer program and Associate Degree program at Columbia College.

Grade 11s and 12s will spend between 4 to 12 months (depending on grade level) in the program before enrolling in the University Transfer program (1-2 years) or Associate Degree program (2 years). Once they complete either program, they will be able to directly enter university. 

Note that the Accelerated Secondary Program is not certified by the B.C. Ministry of Education; as such, graduates will not receive the Dogwood Diploma. 

Admission requirements

  • Must have completed Grade 10 or 11
  • IELTS 5.0.

Graduation Requirements (28 credits)

Literary Studies 11 or Composition 114 credits
English Studies 124 credits
Math 11 or Social Studies 114 credits
Career Life Education 11, Science 11 or Social Studies 114 credits
3 Academic Grade 12 Courses12 credits

Adult Secondary program

Designed for students over the age of 18, this B.C. Ministry of Education program offers an expedited path to graduation and entry into university-level studies at Columbia College. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive an Adult Dogwood Diploma. 

Like the Accelerated Program, students will spend between 4 to 12 months (depending on grade level) in the program before enrolling in the University Transfer program (1-2 years) or Associate Degree program (2 years). Once they complete either program, they will be able to directly enter university. 

Admission requirements

  • Must have completed Grade 10
  • IELTS 5.0.

Graduation Requirements (20 credits)

English Studies 124 credits
Math 11 or 124 credits
3 Academic Grade 12 Courses12 credits

University Preparatory program

Customized to meet the unique needs of each student, the University Preparatory program addresses missing course requirements for individuals who have already graduated from high school but lack the prerequisites for their intended post-secondary studies. 

Typically spanning one semester, the program will cover a maximum of four courses, which may be at the high school-level, university-level, or a combination of both. Once these courses are completed, students will enroll in either Columbia College’s University Transfer program or the Associate Degree program. 

See here for information on course and credit requirements. 

Sample Uprep Timetable: Engineering

Semester 1: Uprep EngineeringHigh School +University
Uprep Course:Chemistry 12
Uprep Course:Physics 12
University CourseEnglish 101
University CourseMath 113
Semester 2: Uprep CompleteFull Time University
University CourseChemistry 121
University CoursePhysics 121
University CourseMath 210
University CourseApplied Science 160

How to apply

To apply for any of the High School programs, you will need to: 

  1. Review the application deadlines for the semester you are applying to
  2. Complete the Online Application Form
  3. Submit the application fee & required documents
  4. Pay the tuition deposit
  5. Apply for a Study Permit

See here for details on how to submit an application. 

Did you know?

Receiving “Transfer Standing” Credits

If you’ve taken a similar course before enrolling at Columbia College, you may be eligible to receive a “transfer standing” (TS) credit. TS credits are awarded for courses deemed equivalent to provincial- or board-authorized courses. 

Obtaining Dual Credit

Students in any of the High School programs may be eligible to register for a university-level course and receive credit for both the university course and a secondary course at the Grade 12 level. 

A Trimester System

While most schools in B.C. start the academic year in September, Columbia College offers students the option of starting their program in January, May or September. This flexible schedule allows students to take additional courses over the year and progress through the program at a faster rate. Between each semester, students will enjoy a 3-4 week break. 

Source: Columbia College – High School Programs

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