VDA now offers students the opportunity to receive school credit!
Vancouver Debate Academy (VDA) is proud to announce that students in Grades 9 and above who enroll in our debate classes can now receive elective credits towards their graduation requirements!
How does it work?
Vancouver Debate Academy, in partnership with Heritage Christian Online School, is now offering our Debate courses approved for BC Ministry of Education credit beginning May 2020. With spoken and written assignments, in-class feedback, and personal evaluations, Vancouver Debate Academy’s students are assessed on performance and knowledge, just as in any other class. Each term is worth two credits towards graduation, and students can complete six terms of debate for a total of twelve elective credits! Students will receive end-of-term report cards formatted much as any other elective class in a public school.
Best of all?
There are no additional fees for students *residing in BC.
Please note: VDA is required to fairly and responsibly assess students registered in this course. Students are required to take this program seriously and must meet the requirements and complete the work to attain high scores.
Frequently Asked Questions
YES. Vancouver Debate Academy (VDA) is the only debate academy in Vancouver to offer students BC Ministry approved graduation elective credits. We’re able to do this thanks to our partnership with Heritage Christian Online Schools (HCOS).
Local students: regular VDA tuition fees! There’s no extra cost.
International students: regular VDA tuition fee, plus $250 per term/2 credits
Students must be in grade 9 or above and be attending an accredited BC school.
The courses offered are 10A (Foundations), 10B (Competitive Track), 11A (Intermediate), 11B (Competitive Track), 12A (Advanced), and 12B (Competitive Track). Each is worth 2 credits and is completed in a single term.
Each term of debate is worth 2 credits. Students can take 6 terms of debate for a maximum of 12 credits.
The courses offered are 10A (Foundations), 10B (Competitive Track), 11A (Intermediate), 11B (Competitive Track), 12A (Advanced), and 12B (Competitive Track).
Yes! Be advised that international students will need to pay an additional fee.
At this time, students must be currently enrolled in grades 9 or above, but you’re welcome to contact us for more information.
You can sign up, yes! However, please be advised that a certain level of fluency and vocabulary is necessary for debate; significant ESL issues may be reflected in student grades.
This is an elective class, NOT an academic one. However, students WILL need to complete written assessments for homework, as well as in-person assessments (in-class debates). Students are required to take this program seriously and must meet the requirements and complete the work to attain high scores.
Students may retake the same course as many times as they like without additional fees or penalties, but will not receive additional credits for retaking the same course.
Yes! Students may withdraw from the course at any point in the term, and will not receive a ‘W’ or ‘F’ on their report card. However, students who withdraw will need to wait two terms before being able to re-enroll.