**IMPORTANT NOTICE**

For students wishing to complete a secondary school credit this current school year

In response to COVID-19, St. Louis has developed a new process to support as many students as possible to still earn secondary school credits.  St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres has secondary school credit correspondence courses set up in D2L online platform that will help students earn that one or two credits they need to graduate toward their Ontario Secondary School Credit (OSSD), to upgrade for post-secondary, or to meet other training requirements.

If you are currently working on an online course with St. Louis, please login in to D2L regularly with your teacher.

If you wish to start an online credit course with us, student should register by or before Thursday, April 16, 2020.     To earn your credit in this school year, online courses are to be completed before June 30, 2020.

You may register after April 16th to get started on your course(s), however you will not be able to finish your lessons or write your exam(s) before June 30th.  You will be expected to continue your course work, and re-register in September 2020


To Register for an online correspondence course: 

Current Students 

Kitchener Students:   Contact Natalie.Durant@wcdsb.ca
Cambridge Students: Contact Maria.Lucko@wcdsb.ca


Returning to St Louis from a previous school year

Kitchener Students:   Contact Natalie.Durant@wcdsb.ca
Cambridge Students: Contact Maria.Lucko@wcdsb.ca

Please note: You may need to send image of photo ID by email via a secure internet source (not unsecureWiFi )


New Student (Kitchener or Cambridge)

  1. Please complete New Student Registration Form
  2. Send ID and Transcript to stlouisguidance@wcdsb.ca . Type: New-SLSD in the subject line.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/acceptable-identity-documents
  3. You will be contacted by a guidance counsellor once documents are received.
  4. You will be directed to make payment through online banking or with a credit card by phone.  Proof of payment is required to complete course registration.

Please note: There is a $50 student services fee, plus $40 correspondence fee.


Current Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) student

  1. Your registration will begin with your current day school guidance counsellor. (Please email them: firstname.lastname@wcdsb.ca)
  2. Once it has been approved, a St. Louis guidance counsellor will contact you for your course selection and payment.

Please note: There is a $50 student services fee, plus $40 correspondence fee. If you are currently enrolled as a full-time day school student, as of March 31st, there is an additional $300 tuition fee per course. These fees have always existed to cover additional costs not covered by Ministry of Education.

International Students

The St. Louis Guidance Department is currently unable to enrol international students for online credit courses.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Are the teachers still marking lessons? Yes, Correspondence teachers are still working hard to support our students.

What does this mean if my current online course end date is approaching? Please try and complete 2 lessons per week. If this is not possible we will be happy to look into granting an extension. We are committed to help through this unsettled time, but we do want our students to be doing their part and making progress on their lessons.

I am finished my lessons and want to write my exam. Who shall I contact? Correspondence staff are checking email frequently. Once we have confirmation from the school leaders, exams will be rescheduled.

How will I be writing my exam? We are currently working on that process. Please continue to study hard so that you do not forget your material and someone will contact you as soon as we know more.

I’m stuck on a lesson and need tutor help.  Submit a Request for Tutor Support. Tell us some details about yourself, your correspondence course and your question.

What about my College or University deadline? Post-secondary schools are in the same situation as we are. Please check with them to find out what is changing with the situation.

Keep yourself and the people close to you safe and we will see you once this has passed.

Correspondence / Self-Study Course Offerings

“Correspondence – Online Self-Study” does not mean doing it alone!  — even during self-isolation and social distancing.

St. Louis has certified teachers soon to be available for to provide remote / virtual tutor support as you work through your correspondence course. Markers are also certified teachers and can provide valuable feedback to keep you on “course”.

How to register for a credit course at St. Louis?

Guidance Offices are closed during school closures.

St. Louis Guidance Counsellors will respond and are available by email during the following hours: 

Kitchener/Waterloo Students: Contact Natalie.Durant@wcdsb.ca , She will respond Mon – Thurs 8:30am – 12:30pm / 1:30pm – 3:30pm.  No one will respond during evening or weekend hours


Cambridge Students: Contact Maria.Lucko@wcdsb.ca. She will respond Mon – Thurs 11:00am – 2pm.  No one will respond during evening or weekend hours

ID Requirements:

  1. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, Canadian Citizenship Card, Immigration Papers)
  2. Photo I.D. with mailing address (Licence, Health Card, Ontario Photo ID Card), and a piece of mail or copy of a bill with your current address if it has recently changed.  ID requirements are the same as Service Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/acceptable-identity-documents
  3. Students returning to St. Louis from a previous year only need to provide Photo ID and payment.

Who is Eligible?

  • Students 18 years of age or older NOT in full time attendance in a Secondary School
  • Students 16 years of age or older with permission from your Secondary School Principal but NOT in full time attendance in a Secondary School
  • Students under 18 and still registered at a high school full time can take a correspondence course for an additional fee ($300 per course)
  • Students leaving school within the 10 months without having completed their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A Principal to Principal Transfer Request Form is required

Correspondence – Online Credit Course Fee

September to June students pay a one-time $50 non-refundable student services fee (online banking or over the phone credit card payment during COVID-19 closure).  Each Correspondence course has an additional $40 non-refundable course access fee per correspondence course.

Additional Fees apply to International Students and students enrolled full-time at another high school.

ID Requirements:

  1. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport, Canadian Citizenship Card, Immigration Papers)
  2. Photo I.D. with mailing address (Licence, Health Card, Ontario Photo ID Card), and a piece of mail or copy of a bill with your current address if it has recently changed.  ID requirements are the same as Service Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/acceptable-identity-documents
  3. Students returning to St. Louis from a previous year only need to bring Photo ID and payment.

Language Requirements

Students who attended ESL/LINC classes must provide verification of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 6 in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Current High School Students

Students who attended regular high school in the last year must have a Principal to Principal Transfer Request Form sent to St. Louis prior to registration. Note if you are currently enrolled full-time in a high school, additional fees will apply to take correspondence courses.

Registration is available through Guidance via email only

Kitchener/Waterloo Students: Natalie.Durant@wcdsb.ca

Cambridge Students: Maria.Lucko@wcdsb.ca

Teacher, tutor and marker support available to help you complete lessons and proctor final exams.

Tutors, Teachers, Markers are available remotely only (by email, phone) from Monday to Thursday, mornings and afternoons.

Please note:

Want to earn online secondary school credits in this 2019-2020 school year?

All course work and exams must be completed before June 30th, 2020.

Contact correspondence for a recommended lesson completion schedule and to schedule an exam well in advance.

ADULT students pay:

  • $50 non-refundable Student Services Fee for 2019-2020 school year which covers: guidance services, post-secondary application services, transcript services and materials
  • A non-refundable $40 course access fee

FULL-TIME students still in high school

  • $50 non-refundable Student Services Fee for 2019-2020 school year which covers: guidance services, post-secondary application services, transcript services and materials
  • A non-refundable $40 course access fee
  • PLUS $300 per course which covers: tuition not paid for by the Ministry of Education

PART-TIME students still in high school

  • $50 non-refundable Student Services Fee for 2019-2020 school year which covers: guidance services, post-secondary application services, transcript services and materials
  • A non-refundable $40 course access fee
  • You will need a Principal to Principal Transfer Request Form stating part-time student status and asking for the student to take a correspondence course.

St. Louis offers payment through MasterCard or Visa over the phone or online banking during COVID-19 school closure. (No cheques or AMEX accepted). 

FREE Tutoring Support for all St. Louis students in Correspondence

How they help?

Tutors are certified teachers who provide one-on-one instruction and resource support to students having difficulty understanding some of the lessons.  If ever you are “stuck” and feel you “cannot continue” because you “just don’t understand” — DON’T GIVE UP — We are here to help!

During COVID-19 school closure, please  Submit a Request for Tutor Support. Tell us some details about yourself, your correspondence course and your question.

What courses are needed to get a diploma?

For details about how St. Louis can help you earn your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), click here.

WORKING ON AND SUBMITTING LESSONS

Submitting TWO lessons per week per course is strongly recommended. Complete all lessons in the order assigned. Every assignment must be done completely and thoroughly. Avoid one word, one sentence answers unless that is asked for.

LITERACY – all courses in ALL subject areas (including Math!) will incorporate a percentage of each lesson and exam for literacy (spelling, grammar, etc.).

If you are unable to do a question or section, we encourage you to see one of our Tutors.  Markers will return incomplete lessons UNMARKED.

Think your lesson is finished? Please submit your lesson online through the D2L platform. If you want to make sure you have completed it properly, please contact your instructor or virtual tutor first. The Correspondence Administrative Assistant can connect you with the correct person if you are unsure: Trudy.Banker@wcdsb.ca

Please give our markers 5-7 business days from the time of submission to mark your lessons. If you wish to do more than two lessons per week, you can contact the Program Manager, Alan.Arnott@wcdsb.ca or Administrative Assistant with your request. Remember if you do two (2) lessons per week you can be done in approximately 12 weeks.

RECEIVING RESULTS FOR GRADED LESSONS

Teachers/markers will provide some feedback along with your grade for that lesson. Feedback can be found under your Assignments Tab. Click on the work “READ” and it will open your feedback. Remember, it is a student’s responsibility to check their feedback. This will help you with future assignments.

Comments could be used as a guide for future lessons. Incomplete lessons will remain UNMARKED.

Is the grade on your lesson not what you expected?

Keep moving forward. Ask for help from a Correspondence Tutor. LESSON REPEATS are NOT permitted.

FINAL MARKS for most Correspondence courses will consist of a 70% weighting for lessons and 30% weighting for the combined midterm and final exams. Some courses may not have a midterm; therefore the final is weighted at 30%.

See the student information sheet (SIS) that is provided with your first set of lessons for details.

EXAMS

During COVID-19, All exams written will be supervised and timed by a St. Louis staff member virtually and specific details will be provided once you have completed your lessons and requested your exam to be scheduled. Please notify the Correspondence Administrative Assistant  when you have submitted your 2nd last lesson. You will be notified by your teacher/marker of the course requirements regarding your exams. Refer to the schedule of course offerings to determine exam requirements in each particular course.

All courses will require a minimum 50% on the exam to ensure successful credit completion.

YOU MUST PASS THE EXAMS TO PASS THE COURSE.

LAST EXAM DAY for 2019-2020 Correspondence is June 23, 2020 – to be confirmed!

PLEASE  email the Administrative Assistant to schedule your exam!

For more information please contact Guidance Services at 519-745-1201 ext. 230; 237 or email stlouis@wcdsb.ca

You will NOT be able to visit St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus 80 Young St. or Cambridge Campus, 150 Main St. during Covid-19 School Closure.

INTEND TO GRADUATE THIS YEAR?
Completed all your OSSD Requirements (including your 40 hours of community activities)?  Current students will graduate with the Class of 2019-20 in November 2020.  Please submit an Intent to Graduate Form 2019-20 before August 31, 2020.

ARE YOU A NEW CORRESPONDENCE STUDENT?

Check out this Orientation to help get you started.

2 – Orientation to Correspondence Online:

INTEND TO GRADUATE THIS YEAR?

Completed all your OSSD Requirements (including your 40 hours of community activities)? New students will graduate with the Class of 2019-20.  If you are a current student completing your last few credits, please be sure to complete an Intent to Graduate Form.

Students who completed all their course work in 2019-20, please plan to attend Graduation in November 2020!  The OSSD is an important Ministry of Education document that many employers require proof of.