VLN Program Update
The Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) is expanding into 5 secondary schools: Lord Byng, Point Grey, Templeton, University Hill, and Windermere. Each secondary school will provide greater opportunity for students to connect with resources closer to their home school and also gain easier access to VLN teachers. VLN Core, the office centre, will remain at its current location, John Oliver Secondary, for another year. Deferring the move will allow students to transition to a new facility in a timely manner. Students will have access to 2 counsellors and 5 teachers and also be able to use the testing centre and student lab at VLN Core. Please note that previous correspondence indicated that VLN Core would be moving to Tupper Secondary in September, this move will not occur. VLN Core will remain at John Oliver for at least one more year.
VLN Elementary will also remain at its current location for another year until a new location is determined.
The program will undergo some changes to the administration team. Jim Rutley, current vice principal, will be the new VLN principal in July. A new VLN vice principal will be appointed shortly. Pedro da Silva, the current principal, will be leaving VLN to take on the role of principal at John Oliver Secondary School.
We are encouraged that these changes will support students at both VLN Core and the neighbourhood schools. We look forward to the expansion of the program and connecting with students throughout the city.
If you have any further questions, then please contact VLN at 604-713-5520.
Pedro da Silva
UBC Deadline of February 1st
Any student who has completed all of their work and written the final exam/provincial exam (if required) WILL meet the UBC deadline. The deadline is for students work, not for teachers to have work marked, nor for a mark to be entered into the ministry website. Once teachers have marked all work a final grade will be issued. Your home school will then upload these marks to the ministry and your transcript in their next upload period (see below).
When will I see my mark on my transcript
Students fall into three categories depending where their home school is.
1. Full-time VLN student – Your mark will be updated by VLN directly in our next ministry approved upload time through a program called TRAX. This is currently scheduled to happen around the middle of February for our school.
2. Public Schools in districts other than Delta, New Westminster, or VSB Continuing Ed – Your mark will be put into the computer system (MyEd) by VLN. The mark will then be uploaded by your home school, via TRAX. Semester schools will be uploading mid-February, linear schools will be uploading in March. PLEASE KNOW that both dates will still be fine for UBC.
3. Independent schools, as well as Delta, and New Westminster – Marks will be finalized, a report card will be generated for the student, and the student then takes the report card to their home school counsellor or records clerk to be entered. The home school is legally obligated to submit marks from other schools for any of their students. The timeline of their upload via TRAX to the ministry will be in accordance with their own timelines. Students can ask your home school when they are planning to do the next upload.
Interim report cards
1. Anyone applying with a self-reporting deadline from Ontario or Quebec should email their counsellor (http://vlns.ca/contact/staff-contact).
2. Anyone who wants an interim mark for other universities must have completed 50% of the course and have written one major test.
VLN’s student learning centre is a physical space within our virtual high school. It is open daily during the school year. It is staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable teacher who is available to answer any question or provide education assistance. The computer lab has iMacs and Windows 7 computers with access to a printer and a scanner. Plan to spend an hour or a full day, we are here to help you.
Graduated Adults Must Act Now!
The Ministry of Education Announcement:
Beginning May 1, 2015, The Ministry of Education will no longer provide funding to school districts for tuition-free upgrading courses for adults who already hold a high school diploma."
Graduated Adults must complete 5% of the course prior to May 1st, 2015 to receive tuition-free status. Reminder that these students must meet Canadian Status and BC Residence eligibility requirements to receive tuition-free courses.
List of Eligible courses at VLN:
- Biology 11 & 12
- Communications 11 & 12
- English 11 & 12
- Math 11 & 12
- Physics 11 & 12
- Chemistry 11 & 12
Report cards for all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students only can be picked up from the VLN office or you can request it via email.
New Courses this year: AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Gender and Equality Studies 12, and Japanese 11 and 12.
See Courses for details.
Did your grade 10-12 VLN course final grade make it onto your Ministry Transcript?
After you complete a grade 10-12 VLN course you can check to see if your final grade was successfully uploaded to your Ministry Transcript. Sign into EdAccess to take a look at your Unofficial Transcript. You'll need your PEN number. Please note the Ministry of Education has specific upload dates so it will not appear immediately.
If it does not appear please contact your course teacher or your VLN counsellor.
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