FAQs

Why are classroom-based courses and in-person programs canceled for 2020?

Due to restrictions and uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, GSACRD has made the difficult decision to cancel all classroom-based or in-person programs this year; however, online courses are running as scheduled.

The decision to cancel classroom-based courses was made in efforts to ensure the health and safety of everyone: staff, students, and the communities in which we serve, study, and live.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and leading the response in the province. We take our direction from AHS and will continue to respond and act in-line with its recommendations.

> > > Student learning during COVID-19: Guidelines for continuing K to 12 students learning while in-school classes are canceled due to COVID-19.

While it is possible that restrictions around physical distancing could be relaxed by summer, for planning purposes, we must make this decision now. Thank you for your patience as we continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19.

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What are the dates and times for each course?

The following courses have regular classroom whole-class instruction. Daily attendance is required.
Course Course Type Attendance Requirement Location Dates Time
Math 10C - CANCELLED Classroom Yes SACHS June 30, July 2 - 23 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Phys Ed 10 - CANCELLED Classroom Yes SACHS July 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phys Ed 10 - CANCELLED Classroom Yes MCHS July 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Religious Studies 15 (3 Credit) - CANCELLED Classroom Yes SACHS June 30, July 2-10 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Religious Studies 24 (3 Credit) - CANCELLED Classroom Yes SACHS June 30, July 2-10 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Religious Studies 35 (3 Credit) - CANCELLED Classroom Yes SACHS June 30, July 2-10 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Camp Hela students receive a full package of Hela information. There will be a mandatory parent/student information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., May 13.

Course Course Type Attendance Requirement Location Dates Time
Hela - CANCELLED Hela Ventures website Camp Hela July 6-10  
Phys Ed 10 - CANCELLED Camp Hela Yes Camp Hela July 6-10 N/A
CALM Online No Online July 2-20 N/A
Orientation - Camp Hela - CANCELLED Mandatory attendance Yes SACHS June 30 1 - 3 p.m.
Parent Information Evening - CANCELLED Mandatory

Yes

District Office May 13 5:30 - 6:30 pm

 

ORIENTATION: All students new to online courses with GSACRD MUST attend the orientation session on June 30, 2020.
Course Course Type Attendance Requirement Location Dates Time
Orientation - SACHS Mandatory attendance Yes SACHS June 30 See info about your assigned time earlier in this package.
Orientation - MCHS Mandatory attendance Yes MCHS June 30 See info about your assigned time earlier in this package.
Core Course Starter Session -
SACHS
Mandatory attendance Yes SACHS June 30 8 - 9:30 am

 

All CALM students can complete the course online at home after completing the orientation. There are daily assignments and work must be completed by July 20.
Course Course Type Attendance Requirement Location Dates Time
CALM 20 Online None Completed at Home. Teachers onsite at SACHS July 2-20 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

All online Religious Studies students can complete the course online at home AFTER completing the orientation course on June 30 (for new GSACRD summer school students). They are required to complete 7.5 hours of service between July 2-20 and have a supervisor sign a form confirming the hours completed (note: we will accept hours worked at the St. Albert Children's Festival).
Course Course Type Attendance Requirement Location Dates Time
Religious Studies 15 (3 or 5 Cr) Online None Completed at Home. Teachers are onsite at SACHS. July 2-20 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Religious Studies 24 Online None July 2-20 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Religious Studies 35 (3 or 5 Cr) Online None July 2-20

Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

 

 

All online Phys Ed students can complete the course online at home. There are approximately 10 assignments, an activity log where they have to complete 32 hours of activity for a 3-credit course, and 64 hours of activity for a 5-credit course. Students also have to complete a 2-hour leadership activity of their choice.
Course Course Type Attendance Requirement Location Dates Time
Phys Ed 10 (3 cr) Online No Completed at Home. Teachers are onsite at SACHS. June 30, and July 2-20 Contact Teacher online through school email
Phys Ed 10 (5 cr) Online No June 30, and July 2-20 Contact Teacher online through school email
Phys Ed 20 (3 cr) Online No June 30 (for new Summer students), and July 2-20 Contact Teacher online through school email
Phys Ed 20 (5 cr) Online No June 30 (for new Summer students), July 2-20 Contact Teacher online through school email
Phys Ed 30 (3 cr) Online No June 30 (for new Summer students), July 2-20 Contact Teacher online through school email
Phys Ed 30 (5 cr) Online No June 30 (for new Summer students), July 2-20 Contact Teacher online through school email

 

BLENDED PROGRAMMING: Students must attend daily. Teacher onsite. Lessons are online. Students receive one-on-one support from the teacher. No traditional full-class instruction.
Course Attendance requirement Time Location    
Biology 20 Students taking Math or Sciences MUST attend daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A teacher will be on-site for one-on-one support. Lessons are online. No traditional full-class instruction. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Biology 30 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Science 10 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
.Science 14 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
.Science 24 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Science 20 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Science 30 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Chemistry 20 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Chemistry 30 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Physics 20 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Physics 30 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Math 20-1 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Math 20-2 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Math 30-1 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Math 30-2 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Math 31 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
English 10-1 Students taking English or Social are required to attend daily for a minimum of 1-hour each day. Teacher on-site for one-on-one support. Lessons are online. No traditional full-class instruction. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on-site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
English 10-2 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
English 20-1 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
English 20-2 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Social 10-1 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Social 10-2 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Social 20-1 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher on.site: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Social 20-2 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily SACHS June 30, and July 2-23 Teacher onsite: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Does it matter which school I attend during the regular school year?

No. Students attending any school can attend GSACRD Summer School, and the credits will still be recorded on your official Alberta Education transcript.

Can I complete the orientation course on another day?

No. The orientation course is mandatory and must be completed on the posted date provided in your registration package. Please ensure that you attend on the posted orientation date.

If a student has already taken the orientation course through ILearn, St. Gabe's, or last year's Summer School, does he or she have to take it again?

If a student is registered for a CORE course, he or she is still required to show up for the assigned Core Course Starter Session at 8 a.m. on the orientation date. 

If a student is taking a COMPLEMENTARY course and has previously taken the orientation course, he or she does not need to take it again. However, the student must notify the course registrar by email (registrar.ss@gsacrd.ab.ca).

 

Why are students required to attend daily?

Classroom courses (CANCELED FOR 2020: One day in a Summer School course is equivalent to one week of a regular semester. To ensure success, attendance is mandatory for in-class courses.

The core courses of Math 10C, English 30-1, Social 30-1, and Social 30-2 must attend daily for the full day. This is also true for Religious Studies and PE classroom-based courses.

Online Courses
Math and Science students - MUST ATTEND DAILY
Math and Science students are successful only if they are onsite daily from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. A teacher is onsite for one-on-one support. Lessons are online, with no traditional full-class instruction. 

English and Social Blended Program students - MUST ATTEND DAILY
Students taking blended program English and Social are required to attend daily for a minimum of 1 hour each day.

Is it difficult to complete a core course in the the 3 weeks of Summer School?

To complete a core course in the 3 weeks provided, it takes commitment and hard work. One day of Summer School is equivalent to about a week of regular school classes. 

Someone repeating a core course should be able to complete within the 3 weeks in class time (8 a.m. to 2 p.m., daily), as well as some homework. If you are taking a course, such as Math 30-1, for the first time, you should expect to do a substantial amount of extra work on your course outside of class hours.

Can I work at a job after I am finished classes for the day?

It depends.

If you are repeating the course, then yes, you can likely work in the evening. However, if you are doing an exceptionally challenging core course for the first time, you may want to approach the course in a way that gives you time to complete extra work outside of class hours.

Working once or twice a week may be possible during the 3 weeks of the course. Also, remember that you will be tired after putting in a 5.5 hour day at school working on your course. Leaving school and going straight to a 6-8 hour shift could feel like your are working two jobs, which could be exhausting.

I will be away for the first week - is that a problem?

Classroom-based courses - CANCELED FOR 2020: for all classroom-based classes (Phys Ed 10, Math 10C, and Religious Studies), you must attend all scheduled classes. 

Blended Program core courses: students must complete the orientation course and must begin working on their core courses immediately in order to complete the course on time.

Complementary courses: depending on the course, many students are successful in finishing a course, if they are away for the first few days. However, if you are new to taking courses online with GSACRD, it is mandatory you attend and complete the orientation course at SACHS or MCHS on June 30.

When are the diploma exams? If I am away, can they be rescheduled?

The dates and times of the Diploma exams are set by Alberta Education and cannot be rescheduled.

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Do CALM, Phys Ed, or Religious Studies online courses have final exams that must be written on-site?

No. All exams for these courses are completed online.

Did my friend sign up for Camp Hela?

We are unable to release the names of any students who have registered. You will need to contact the student directly to find out.

Can out-of-province students register for Summer School classes?

All out-of-province students are required to pay as a non-funded student. Please contact us for more information.

Is it possible to take more than one course in Summer School?

Classroom-based courses (PE or Math 10C) - CANCELED FOR 2020
Students can take more than one classroom-based course, as long as the dates don't overlap (but not if taking the core course).

Core courses (Math Science, Social, English)
Students may only take one core class. It is possible to take Phys Ed online while taking a core course, but this may be difficult for some students to manage, as taking a core course in Summer School is all most students can handle. Religious Studies and CALM can NOT be taken at the same time as a CORE course.

Online courses 
Students taking online courses will only be approved to take a maximum of one core course or two complementary courses (CALM, PE, Religious Studies). If a student finishes his or her online course(s) with time remaining in the summer session, he or she may request to take another course. Registration is subject to Summer School administration approval.

Is the school open on weekends? Are teachers available on weekends?

Teachers will be on-site for the orientation course and available virtually between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays. Online course materials and resources can be accessed at any time.

How many students are in a class?

Camp Hela - CANCELED FOR 2020
We accept a maximum of 22 students (11 girls and 11 boys). This course is popular, so please register early.

Classroom courses 
We require a minimum number of students in order to run a course. The average class size is similar to that of a class during the regular school year.

Do you provide computers?

We have a limited number of computers on-site. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices.

What does Phys Ed look like online

All online Phys Ed students can complete the course online. There are approximately 10 assignments and an activity log, where students must report 32 hours of completed activity for a 3-credit course and 64 hours of activity for a 5-credit course. Students must also complete a 2-hour leadership activity of their choice.  Other than the hours of activity, there is no difference between the two courses.

Students may contact their teacher online through school email or virtually between 8 a.m. and 1:30 pm on summer school days.

  • Phys Ed 10 (3 or 5 credit)
  • Phys Ed 20 (3 or 5 credit)
  • Phys Ed 30 (3 or 5 credit)

Leadership activity
From the course....
The vision for the Leadership Activity for this course is to have students successfully plan, organize and administer a recreational program that they have developed for others.The Leadership Activity involves you leading/directing an activity (volunteering) that is at least 2 hours in duration then summarizing your experience (by completing the assignment). You can complete your Leadership Activity by having more than one session.

Examples) help coach a sport; teach your parents to water ski; create an exercise program for someone and support them in working out; organize a tournament for kids in the community.

What field trips do students participate in for Phys Ed 10? What is the $50 fee cover?

The field trips vary from year-to-year and will be finalized in the coming months.

Field trips and presenters from past years' programming have included:

  • Bowling
  • Yoga
  • Spin classes
  • Weight classes
  • Laser Quest
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Martial arts
  • Crossfit
  • Swimming
  • First Aid
  • Rock Jungle 

Fees cover these field trips/presentations, which are complemented by a number of on-site activities. The fee also covers busing costs.

How do I know which courses I have completed in Summer School?

All courses are submitted to Alberta Education and will show up on your permanent transcript, which can be accessed by logging on to your MyPass account.

In September, when you return to your high school, you can access your report card and transcript from MyPass.

Do I have to be a student at GSACRD to take courses at Summer School?

No. All high school students are welcome to register for our Summer School programs. 

Are there any fees?

There are no fees to register for an online or classroom-based (CANCELED FOR 2020) course.

There is a fee for the Camp Hela course, as well as a fee to cover field trips and busing costs for those taking the classroom-based Phys. Ed. 10 course (CANCELED FOR 2020).

Adult students (age 20 or older, as of Sept. 1) and students who are not residents of Alberta must pay registration fees for any courses.

 

Do you accept adult students or students who are not residents of Alberta?

Yes. Adult students (age 20 or older, as of Sept. 1) and students who are non-Alberta residents may register for courses but are required to pay for these courses. 

Can I participate in Camp Hela and not take CALM?

No. Students registering for Camp Hela must also take CALM online. These are not two stand-alone courses.

What is the benefit to taking Religious Studies for 5 credits?

For students who struggle to obtain the minimum 100 credits required to graduate, maximizing credits in Religious Studies (RS) is a good idea. To graduate, students need 10 credits in any 30-level courses, in addition to a 30-level English and a 30-level Social Studies. Therefore, maximizing credits, especially at the 30-level, can be very helpful for some students, as it helps them meet these graduation requirements.

Beyond the need for maximizing credits for some students, a good mark in RS can be used towards your grade average for the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship at all grade levels.  At the 30-level, only the 5-credit RS 35 can be used towards the scholarship. The 5-credit RS35 mark can be used as a Group D subject at post-secondary institutions. At the Grade 11 level, RS 25 cannot be taken for 5 credits in Summer School.

What is expected for services hours for Religious Studies?

Students taking Religious Studies (RS) online are required to complete 7.5 hours of service. These service hours do not need to be tied directly to the church.

Where and what these hours look like can be determined by the student, with some guidelines:

  • hours cannot be household chores
  • students cannot receive payment for their work
  • students must provide service for someone, or some organization, in need.
  • all required hours must be completed within Summer School program dates.

I do not live in the Greater St. Albert area. Can I still take Summer School courses?

Students taking CORE courses must attend daily (all classroom-based courses are canceled for 2020).

Students taking ONLINE courses can live outside of the St. Albert area but must attend the orientation course. If course materials (books) are required, they must be picked up and returned in person. Books will not be shipped.