Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I graduate from Purpose?
Purpose fully subscribes to the the Ministry of Education guidelines for Independent Schools. Once the Provincial graduation requirements are met, students receive the British Columbia Dogwood Diploma. Just as in the public school system, Purpose students must complete 80 credits in grade ten, eleven and twelve.  Students also write required Provincial Exams.


Can I go to Post Secondary Education with my Purpose Education? Yes, many Purpose students go on to community colleges, universities and trades programs.


What grades are taught at Purpose?
Purpose offers courses at the grade 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 level.


What is required to get into Purpose?
Students should be between the ages of 13 and 19 to attend Purpose.


Do I get full credit for course completion?
Yes. All courses taught at Purpose are recognized by the Ministry of Education and they count towards high school completion and the BC Dogwood Diploma. All teachers at Purpose have their B.C. teaching credentials.


How many classes does a full-time student take?
Purpose is on a quarter system. Students are enrolled in two courses at a time: one in the morning, one in the afternoon.  Each course lasts nine weeks, then students move on to two new courses.  Students who attend for the whole year complete eight courses.


Why do students choose Purpose over other schools?
Purpose Secondary School is available to students from all over the Lower Mainland. Students come to Purpose because the public system, or their previous school, did not work for them.
Many students prefer to learn in a smaller educational setting with smaller classes. We are a school community supporting students emotionally as well as academically.


Is Purpose School close to public transportation?

Yes.  Purpose School is one short block from the New Westminster Station Skytrain.


Are there tuition fees at Purpose?

No. Students pay a $100 book deposit.  The book deposit is returned at the end of the school year provided all books have been returned.  If this fee presents a hardship for a student or the student’s family, alternative arrangements regarding payment can be made.  No student will be refused entry based on inability to pay.



For all enquiries regarding the School, contact us at: (604) 528-6014 or 604-526-2522

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