Frequently Asked Questions:

If I am over 20 years of age, can I attend Blessed Sacrament Outreach School (BSO)?

We are more than happy to help you complete the courses you need. However, the Alberta Government will only fund students who are 19 years old or younger as of September 1st. Those who turn 20 before September 1st are considered mature students and are not funded by Alberta Learning. A fee of $100 per CEU is charged to mature students to cover the cost of instruction. If the course you wish to take, for example, is English 30-1, you will be charged $500 because it is a 5 CEU course.

Arrangements can be made for a payment schedule that suits your needs.

If I attend a local high school can I take a course at BSO?

You are more than welcome to take a course with us! All we ask is that you get permission from your principal before you register with us.

If I am working full time can I attend BSO?

Of course. We have a night class on Thursday from 5 pm-8 pm to accommodate those who work during the day. All we ask is that you are in regular communication with us and submit school work on a regular basis. We have a drop slot in our front door so you can leave work for us to mark even when we are closed.

If I have not attended school in a while, can I register at BSO?

The decision to go back to school is not an easy one and we would support you in any way we can.

I would like to attend college/ university but do not know where to begin to explore programs.

We offer extensive career investigation and post-secondary exploration. We can help you look at programs that might interest you and help you apply.

Does BSO offer career counselling for students?

We encourage our students to take several career exploration credits and to access the Strong Interest Inventory. We also spend a lot of time with students looking at potential programs, reviewing requirements, and planning courses accordingly.

Does BSO offer personal counselling to students?

We are always available to students who need to talk. If the issues the students have require more help than we have available, we can assist the students to make contact with an appropriate agency.

If I am from another province can I attend BSO?

Of course. If you have a transcript/ report card from the last school you attended, bring it with you when you register. We will help you convert your out of province courses into Alberta High School CEU's, and plan your next steps accordingly.

Is there transportation available for students who attend BSO?

The school division offers busing for students who live out of town. BSO provides students who live in town with taxi service once the weather gets cold.

Do I have to come to school every day?

Attendance at BSO is flexible. During registration, you will fill out an attendance contract based on when you are available to attend school. The number of courses you will be registered in will be determined by how often you can attend school.

How are courses delivered at BSO?

Courses are available in print as well as online. Instructional support is provided on a one-to-one basis.

How many courses can I take in a year?

This depends on how much time you have to dedicate to your school work. We find that students who attend school every day successfully complete more CEU's than students who do not. Once you complete coursework, you may write the final exam as soon as you are ready and move on to your next course.

Will I get an Alberta High School Diploma if I attend BSO?

Yes, students who attend BSO and complete the required credits will obtain an official Alberta High School Diploma.

What do I need for school supplies?

It is recommended that students supply their own pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, and paper. However, if required, the school does have these supplies for students who need them. The school has desktop computers and laptops for student use. The school also has available graphing calculators for students to use while at school.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend BSO?

No, it is not necessary for a student to be Catholic to attend BSO.

Can I bring my baby to school with me to school with me?

BSO has a nursery room set up that is available for parents of babies. We welcome parents to attend school with their baby. Once the baby is older, BSO staff can assist student parents with arranging subsidized childcare.

Do I have to sit in a classroom with other students?

Students can work in the classrooms with other students, or choose to work in a private room. Private rooms are available based on need and first come/ first served basis.

Do I need to finish high school within three years?

Students do not have to finish within three years. Students who attend high school are funded by Alberta Education to attend high school until 19 years of age as of September 1st.

Are there lockers available for me to safely store my belongings?

Yes, BSO provides students with access to lockers and locks.

"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice."

Brian Herbert