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Correspondence / Self-Study

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Correspondence, self-study, independent learning; all learning models that describe a flexible approach to learning and earning your way through a secondary school credit at your own pace.

“Independent” does not mean doing it alone!  St. Louis has certified teachers available up to 8 times a week to provide tutor support as you work through your correspondence course. Markers are also certified teachers and can provide valuable feedback to keep you on “course”.


Guidance Registration Hours for Correspondence:

Mon to Thurs: 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Evening hours: Tues & Wed: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

*please arrive 30 minutes before closing  

Course Offering – Correspondence

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.

Registration, Guidance Services, Tutor Support and Markers are available for Correspondence Students YEAR-ROUND

HOURS OF OPERATION

REGISTRATION –  Sept. 11, 2017 – July 5, 2018

Mon. 8:30am-12:30pm 1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Tues. 8:30am-12:30pm 1:30pm-3:00pm  5:30pm-7:30pm
Wed. 8:30am-12:30pm 1:30pm-3:00pm  5:30pm-7:30pm
Thurs. 8:30am-12:30pm 1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Fri. Closed

TUTORS are available   Sept. 11, 2017 – July 5, 2018

Mon.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Tues.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wed.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thurs.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Fri. Closed

PICK UP ADDITIONAL BOOKS, SUBMIT LESSONS & EXAMS Sept. 11, 2017 – July 5,  2018

Mon.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Tues.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wed.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thurs.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Fri. Closed

REGISTRATION  &  TUTORS –  SUMMER & Summer Express  June 2018

Mon. June 25 8:30am -12:30pm / 1:30-3:00pm
Tues. & Wed. June 26 & 27 8:30am -12:30pm / 1:30-3:00pm / 5:30pm-7:30pm
Thurs. June 28 8:30am -12:30pm / 1:30-3:00pm
Fri June 29 Closed
July 2: Canada Day Holiday           Closed

REGISTRATION & TUTORS – SUMMER & Summer Express July 2018

Mon. July 2 – Canada Day Holiday Closed
Tues. & Wed July 3 & 4 8:30am -12:30pm / 1:30-3:00pm / 5:30pm-7:30pm
Thurs. July 5 8:30am -12:30pm / 1:30-3:00pm
Fri. July 6 Closed
July 26 to August 14           Closed

PICK UP ADDITIONAL BOOKS, SUBMIT LESSONS, TUTORS  SUMMER & Summer Express July & August 2018

Wednesdays July 11, 18, 25,

Aug 1, 8, 22

8:30am -11am /  5:30pm-7:30pm
School Closure Aug 9 – 21 Closed
Exam Date       (no exceptions) Aug 22 8:30am -11am /  5:30pm-7:30pm
Exam Redo        (if first attempt less 50%)

& Report Card pick-up

Aug 27 8:30am – 11:00am
Aug 28-31           Closed

**Registration for 2017-18 Correspondence resumes September 11, 2017

ADULT students pay:

  • $50 Student Services Fee for 2017-18 school year which covers: guidance services, post-secondary application services, transcript services and materials
  • A non-refundable $40 marking fee per course
  • No book deposit!

FULL-TIME students still in high school

  • $50 Student Services Fee for 2017-18 school year which covers: guidance services, post-secondary application services, transcript services and materials
  • A non-refundable $40 marking fee per course
  • PLUS $300 per course which covers: tuition not paid for by the Ministry of Education
  • No book deposit!

PART-TIME students still in high school

  • $50 Student Services Fee for 2016-17 school year which covers: guidance services, post-secondary application services, transcript services and materials
  • A non-refundable $40 marking fee per course
  • No book deposit!
  • 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 Cash, Direct Debit, MasterCard, or Visa. (No cheques or AMEX accepted). Payments are made in the Main Office.

Steps to take to register.  What to bring? Where to Go? When? Who to see?

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 form is required

STEP 1: Contact your last high school to request a transcript or credit counselling summary of your courses and marks

STEP 2: Download the Secondary School Credit Pre-Registration Form, print, complete

STEP 3: Go to St. Louis Guidance Counsellor and bring photo identification, the completed SSC Registration Form, transcript (or credit counseling summary), any other certificates, or international documents, and documents listed below:

Guidance Registration Hours for Correspondence:

Mon to  Thurs: 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Evening hours: Tues & Wed: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

*please arrive 30 minutes before closing

Required Documents:

New Students

Documents that verify

  • Your Legal Name, Date of Birth and Status in Canada (examples include:  Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Record of Landing, Foreign Students must show valid Visa)
  • Photo Identification (ID) with current mailing address
  • Previous High School Transcript or Credit Counselling Summary

YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER WITHOUT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS!

Returning Students:

Documents that verify:

  • You are who you are, by bringing Photo ID
  • Verification that you have already paid your $50 Student Services Fee for 2017-18
WORKING ON AND SUBMITTING LESSONS

Submitting TWO lessons per week per course is recommended.

Every question indicated in the lesson books must be done completely and thoroughly. You MUST complete both KEY and SUPPORT questions. Avoid one word, one sentence answers unless that is what 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 deliver your completed lesson to St. Louis Kitchener Main Campus in person during office hours. Or you may access the secured drop off box from 8am to 8pm Monday to Thursday or 8am to 4pm Friday.

Please give our markers one week from the time of submission to mark your lessons. If you wish to do more than two lessons per week, you can contact your marker for such consideration.

PICKING UP GRADED LESSONS

Teachers/markers will provide some feedback along with your grade for that lesson, Comments could be used as a guide for future lessons. Incomplete lessons will be returned UNMARKED. Please pick up a marked lessons in person during Correspondence hours.

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

PICKING UP YOUR NEXT LESSON BOOK

You are on a roll and ready for your next lesson book …

Please pick up your next lesson book in person during Correspondence hours. Correspondence students are responsible for their own lesson completion schedule and progress. Only one lesson book (containing 4-5 lessons) may be signed out at any given time.

FREE Tutoring Support for all our students in Correspondence

Tutoring schedule

Mon.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Tues.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Wed.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thurs.  9:00am-12:30pm  1:30pm-3:00pm Closed
Fri. Closed

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!

EXAMS

Exams are written at St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education – Kitchener Main Campus ONLY. All exams written will be supervised by a St. Louis staff member. You will be notified by your teacher/marker of the course requirements regarding 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.

Completed your Correspondence Course?

Decided this way of learning is too difficult for you and going to try a new approach instead?

PLEASE RETURN YOUR LESSON GUIDES AND TEXTBOOKS, so we may make them available to the next person. Book returns should be made at the time of your final exam, or if you decide to discontinue your course.

Be sure to complete a Correspondence Student-Textbook Return Form.  If books and other resource material are not returned, you will be expected to pay for their replacement cost.

For more information please contact Guidance Services at 519-745-1201, email stlouis@wcdsb.ca or visit St. Louis – Kitchener Main Campus during Correspondence Hours of Operation

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 2017-18 in November 2018.  Please submit an Intent to Graduate Form 2017-18 (coming soon) before August 31, 2018.

WHAT’S NEW?

Correspondence now has year-round services!

We offer daytime, evening AND summer hours for you to meet with a Guidance Counsellor, register for a new correspondence course, access tutor support, as well as pick-up and drop-off lessons to be marked. Check out our Hours of Operation, Monday to Thursday.

CoOL (Correspondence Online) course offered! PPZ3CY and HSB4UY

ARE YOU A NEW CORRESPONDENCE STUDENT?

Check out these Orientations to help get you started.

1 – Orientation to Correspondence Lesson Booklets:

2 – Orientation to Correspondence Online:

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 2017-18.  Please submit an Intent to Graduate Form 2017-18 (coming soon) before August 31, 2018.

STUDY TIP

Sometimes simply entering an exam environment is enough to make you forget some of the things you’ve learned. Test Anxiety is real and very normal. The solution is to mentally prepare for the pressure of having to remember key dates, facts, names, formulas and so on. Testing yourself with regular quizzes is a great way of doing this. And don’t worry if you don’t perform brilliantly at first – the more you practice, the better you’ll become.

SUCCESS STORY

Tell us what your “Success Story” will be!

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