Remote Learning and Examinations

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How will we continue to deliver the SMUS program online?

Teachers are using the online platform Google Classroom as the main communication portal for learning. Our plan intentionally balances our online learning for our students, with considerable offline learning tasks.

What is happening with assignments and tests?

All student learning activities will be posted in Google Classroom and submitted for feedback. Teachers are designing assessments in a different way than they would in a traditional classroom setting. Our teachers are using a variety of assessment strategies for students to demonstrate their learning and for opportunities to improve their grades.

Will each teacher be emailing students and parents with information throughout the learning process?

Teachers will use Google Classroom as the main communication portal so that we avoid overloading email inboxes. If students have questions for their teachers, there are opportunities for drop-in virtual office hours, in addition to their scheduled online group sessions.

Will there still be final year-end exams for Senior School students?

We will not be conducting traditional year-end exams in courses in June. Teachers will be designing alternative final assessments within the regular class schedule. The assessment itself and the format will depend on the course. Teachers have been providing various ongoing assessment opportunities through individual assignments, discussion groups, and collaborative tasks. Feedback throughout the learning is being provided on a regular basis.

Will AP students still have AP exams?

The College Board has cancelled the traditional in-school AP exam sessions and has developed exams that students can take at home. There are online testing dates in May and students are registered through the school. We strongly encourage that our students write their AP exam as it is a good opportunity to synthesize learning and complete the course.

How is the College Board handling AP exams for students in different time zones?

The College Board has made the decision to release the exam codes at the same time worldwide to ensure exam integrity. The exam times are 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm PACIFIC TIME. This was the only option the College Board felt they could proceed with under the circumstances.

What advice is available from the BC Ministry of Education?

The BC Ministry of Education has published an FAQ on Continuity of Learning.


Contact Information

If you have questions about remote learning or examinations, please contact Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics at [email protected].