Inspiring Hearts and Minds


Post-Secondary Planning Information 

Our guidance counsellor at BCHS supports all students as they explore their post secondary education options. In the Fall we host the 'Education Liaison Association of Alberta' post secondary institution fair and our students can also visit the Out of Province post secondary fair at CCHS. Students should also keep an eye on information shared in the school about Open Days. 


October 1 - January 31:  Apply to schools; update marks; Apply before Dec.1 for university scholarships

September - November:  Apply for national scholarships

 February and July send transcripts  

Apply before Dec.1 for start dates the following Sept.

Fees vary so have a credit card available and your Alberta Student Number (ASN) found on all report cards. Good luck!

Ontario schools need to have Alberta Education course codes Alberta course codes
Campus Tours: Campus
Virtual tours are available on most institutions' web sites. Click here for a St.Fx example

You may be able to see residences, eating areas, study areas and classrooms or see a "Day in the Life of a Student" 
Click here for Marine Institute;
Click Here for UNB creative writing;
Kings Halifax Journalism

Click here for Business at Western
Click here Toronto Film School
Click here for Nursing at Ryerson
Click here for Overseas with Queens
Click here of Kelowna Centre for the Arts  
Ryerson; UBC; U of Waterloo

Actual tours can be booked on most web sites if you can travel to see a particular campus. Click Here for SAIT 
Click here for U of A
Emily Carr; NSCAD; ACAD
Sheridan Musical theatre

Personal Profile Statements

UBC and Queens and Waterloo Engineering. U of T now requires personal statements as part of the admissions process. Applications are considered incomplete without them. In some cases a video interview may be required. Please answer thoroughly as students with high marks may be rejected based upon their incomplete responses.  Consider using a Zeemee account. This is a self marketing tool

Deferring Admission

Some post secondary institutions allow deferred entry up to one year. The student cannot attend any other post secondary institution. Each institution sets their own policies regarding deferrals. Please see the side bar for examples for U of Victoria and UBC. Some other schools like U of Calgary do not accept deferrals. Students have to reapply for the following year and may risk losing their acceptance if the GPA has increased for the desired field of study in the desired year of entry.

Studying in the USA

Most universities in the USA require a standardized exam writing score such as SAT or an ACT. Each college and university sets their own range of scores that they accept.
The Common Application allows a student to apply to 400 different colleges in the USA otherwise each individual school manages their own enrolments. Tuition fees varies widely from U$15 000 - $80 000 for tuition. Make sure you have healthcare insurance for the USA.

Private Schools

Private schools offer different types of programming and/or program delivery.  As the name suggests they are for profit institutions and maybe considerably higher in cost because they receive no or little public funding. Here are some samples of programming:

Aviation /Heavy Equipment
Montainview Helicopters
IHE heavy equipment operators
Air Flight Steward

Make up Hair Schools
Artists Within; One Beauty Academy

Edmonton - Pixelblue a college of animation, media and technology

Vancouver Area
Vancouver Film School       
Quest University           
Lost Boys Animation  
WAS -Mountain Guiding
VanArts Animation, photography, web development      
Trinity Western University Christian focused university 
The Art Institutes
Thinktank 3D Art for Games and Film 
Recording Connection     
Vada Studios dramatic intensives acting  
All Body Laser  Tattoo removal  
Blanche Macdonald best school for Make up, Aesthetics, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing

Toronto Area
Toronto Film School         
Max the Mutt Animation                
Randolph College for the Performing Arts (Musical Theatre Triple threat)
OffCentre DJ 
Noize Faktory

Cirque du Soleil 

Singapore  3dense Media School 

Paris  Paris College of Art                                   

Year off
Consider some structure.. here are a few programs
Study and Go Abroad;  Working Abroad magazine 
Rustic pathways  : MyGapYear
Wwoofing (working on organic farms)
Kibbutz (working in Israel)
Students for Africa