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
- Order High School Transcripts
- College Planning Tips from Next Step
- Alis Alberta Government Web site Career exploration, Scholarships/Bursaries, Student Loans
- School finder matches programs to schools that offer it
- Careerwiseonline.com offers individual career planning/testing and advising
Apply before Dec.1 for start dates the following Sept.
- BC schools; UBC application tips
- Alberta schools
- Ontario universities
- Ontario colleges
- Other schools will have their own web sites.
Fees vary so have a credit card available and your Alberta Student Number (ASN) found on all report cards. Good luck!
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
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
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 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:
Edmonton - Pixelblue a college of animation, media and technology
Vancouver Film School
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
Vada Studios dramatic intensives acting
All Body Laser Tattoo removal
Blanche Macdonald best school for Make up, Aesthetics, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing
Cirque du Soleil
Singapore 3dense Media School
Paris Paris College of Art
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