Frequently Asked Questions
Credit Recovery FAQ
How many courses do you offer?
Alberta curriculum outlines both core and optional courses for students in each grade. We offer courses to students from grades 7-12, inclusive. All core courses are offered as well as a variety of optional courses.
For credit recovery we can work with the students to support them to complete or improve their marks in most approved Alberta courses that have significant written, oral, and digital components.
How frequently do courses begin and what times of the year are they offered?
Credit recovery usually runs beginning in September, February, and throughout the summer months, but there is flexibility in the start times depending on the student’s own schedules and each international school’s calendar year. We can work with you and your students to support a flexible entry into these courses.
Do you send an official transcript upon successful completion of the course?
An official course mark will be provided on a school transcript and the mark will be submitted to Alberta Education for all Alberta Internationally registered students through PASI. So yes, the student will receive a transcript of his/her mark. This transcript will be provided to the student’s resident school, so the student’s home school is kept informed of student progress.
What do synchronous and asynchronous courses look like? What does the course login look like?
Students will be provided course modules online. If your school uses a certain digital platform we can explore working with that platform. Prairie Land Schools use Google Classroom as an instructional format. Teachers will provide instruction through synchronous discussions with the student and they will also assign work asynchronously and communicate back and forth digitally as well. These components of instruction are flexible and will be worked out as the programs progress, so students are provided the support they need.
Do home schools have access to see a student's progress on the platform? Do parents?
Yes. Both parents and the school will have access to student progress through the access codes Prairie Land’s School will provide to schools and to the student’s parent.
Is Credit Recovery for entire courses or could it consist of a specific unit/standard that the student needs to re-do?
Students are required to do only those parts of the courses for credit recovery that they need to improve. We will work with their school to review their previous grades in the various course units and determine the amount of remediation required in-order for the student to raise their school marks and their diploma examination marks as applicable. Credit recovery is for students in grades 10-12.
If a student requires tutoring and support in grades, 7-9, we can work with the school to provide this additional support as well.
If students are out of rotation of their classroom peers in their local international school, can they take a course with Prairie Land School District while they are enrolled in our school?
Yes, Prairie Land will simply work with the student’s home school to complete any course they need in order to catch up with their peers as soon as reasonable should their local school not currently offer the needed course within their current course schedule.
Can students Challenge a course through Prairie Land School Division as per Alberta Education’s Course Challenge policies?
Yes. If a student wishes to challenge an academic core course, they will need to fill in a course challenge questionnaire to assess their capacity to meet the learning outcomes for the course as defined in the program of studies for the course being challenged. If it appears that they have the necessary background, they will be assessed as per Alberta Education’s assessment standards for that course to ensure they have an acceptable level of mastery of the full range of course learning outcomes. If they achieve an acceptable result, they will be given a course challenge waiver which will serve as their pre-requisite for the next level of the course sequence (example: Social 10 waiver allows the student to enroll in Social Studies 20 along with his/her peers).
Course challenges should be reserved for the most academically advanced students who have engaged in successful prior learning of the course learning outcomes through a variety of school-based and self-study opportunities.