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In order to ensure adequate preparation for post-secondary education and competencies in English or French, this policy meets Ministry of Education requirements that international students earn credit for most core courses in the graduation program through enrolment in British Columbia schools. Only a limited number of courses in the graduation program level (Grades 10-12) may be credited through challenge or equivalency assessments, in order to ensure the international credibility of the Dogwood Diploma. This policy adheres to the following:
This policy applies to International Students studying at a BC Waldorf High School who wish to earn a British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma) and who have not had their educational program instructed in French or English for the two years prior to their arrival in BC.
This policy aims to support International Students who wish to learn in a BC Waldorf High School and ensure that students who intend to graduate satisfactorily complete specified courses in BC’s graduation program. International students who wish to earn a Dogwood Diploma at a BC Waldorf School must meet all graduation requirements in ways that ensure competence in English and/or French regardless of when they begin their graduation program.
To ensure language competencies, international students, when working toward a Dogwood Diploma, are restricted in which courses may be used to receive credit through equivalency, external credentials, or challenge for skills and knowledge obtained in a language other than English or French.
BC Waldorf Schools may award an Evergreen Certificate (also known as a British Columbia School Completion Certificate) to students with special needs, in accordance with the requirements set out in BC Waldorf School specific graduation policies. When a program leading to an Evergreen Certificate (School Completion Certificate) is proposed or offered, communication with the student and family shall clearly distinguish the differences between an Evergreen Certificate and a Dogwood Diploma, indicating that an Evergreen Certificate will not satisfy university entrance requirements.
To earn a Dogwood Diploma, International Students must meet all graduation requirements listed in school specific graduation policy requirements including all required exams and assessments, as well as:
When possible, BC Waldorf Schools offering a graduation program shall assist students in finding appropriate work experience or community involvement that does not conflict with the terms of their legal status in Canada (in most cases, international students may not engage in paid employment).
Equivalency Review and Challenge Process
International students whose educational program was not instructed in either English or French for the previous two years may earn credit for Graduation Program courses, with the exception of those listed above, through an Equivalency Review or Challenge Process at some BC Waldorf Schools.
For more information about the availability of an Equivalency Review or Challenge Process at a specific school, see school specific policies that cover this area, or contact the school directly.
Dogwood Diploma at a glance
School Completion Certificate Program
Credit Through Equivalency or Challenge
International Students Graduation Credit
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