Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an Outreach School?
A: STAR Catholic Outreach is a school that offers an alternative flexible delivery of the Alberta Education High School Curriculum. Our Program allows students to complete their courses independently at home, work or school with support from our qualified teaching staff.
Q: Who can register at STAR Catholic Outreach?
A: STAR Catholic Outreach is an alternative high school program offering high school courses. Therefore, if you are of high school age, you are eligible to register.
Q: Do I have to be Catholic to attend STAR Catholic Outreach?
A: No. We accept students of all faiths.
Q: How do I register?
A: The registration process in quite simple. All you have to do is come in and meet with a STAR Outreach staff member. At this time, you will need to fill out a registration form and discuss a program which would work best for you. If you are under the age of 18 and living at home, you will need to have a parent or guardian sign your registration form. Don’t forget to bring in a copy of your Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, or permanent resident card as we will need to have this upon registration.
Q: When can I register?
A: STAR Catholic Outreach operates 12 months of the year and accepts student registrations on a daily basis. Students do however need to consider semester deadline dates upon registration.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is a $5 non-refundable technology fee and a $45 refundable book caution fee ($95 for dual credit courses). Currently, we accept cash, cheque or School Cash Online payments.
Q: Do I have to attend school every day?
A: No, our school has a non-attendance policy which means daily or weekly attendance is not required. Our non-attendance based program allows students to choose a working environment that suits not only their lifestyle, but their individual learning style. All exams however do have to be written at the school.
Q: I work full-time. Is it possible for me to attend STAR Catholic Outreach and keep my full-time job?
A: Absolutely! Due to the flexibility the Outreach offers, individual circumstances that affect regular attendance such as having a full-time job, pregnancy or parenting can easily be accommodated. STAR Outreach staff members are here to support you and help you obtain your goals and will help you set up a schedule that fits your current situation and lifestyle.
Q: How do I know if STAR Catholic Outreach is right for me?
A: Outreach education is an opportunity for students who need an alternative to the traditional high school environment. Outreach is not intended for students who need a specialized program to support their learning or behavioural needs. Students who attend an Outreach school must be willing to work independently and be able to take responsibility for their own education.
Q: Can I take Work Experience or R.A.P through STAR Catholic Outreach?
A: Yes. STAR Outreach has an excellent Work Experience program! If you are currently working or interested in the Registered Apprenticeship Program, let us know and we can get you set up right away!
Q: I’m already attending a high school full-time but would like to take an extra course. Can I do this?
A: Yes. Any high school student can take a course through the STAR Outreach. If you attend another STAR Catholic high school however, you will need to be referred to the Outreach by the Guidance Councillor, Vice Principal or Principal before you can take a course with us.
Q: How many courses can I take at once?
A: We find students have the best success when they work on one course at a time. It is less overwhelming for the student and allows for them to concentrate and put full effort into the one subject. Each circumstance and student is different and if it is in the best interest of the student to take more than one course at a time, arrangements can be made.