Approved Fees and Payment Information - 2023/24
In accordance with the School Act, District Policy 430 and Administrative Procedure 430.1, please see below all school feels that apply and will be charged for the 2023 - 2024 school year.
A fee is charged to recover some or all of the costs related to enriched or additional learning opportunities provided by the school. In all cases, fees are kept to a minimum and are intended to be “cost neutral” – or sufficient to pay for the cost of the activity. For example, fees may be charged for entrance/user fees, equipment rental associated with field trips or special events, and in some situations busing, when busing is required to support activities above and beyond curricular learning opportunities.
► These fees are paid by everyone, every year. The textbook/device deposit has been established to be refundable to enable families to apply for this refund in their child’s grade 12 year, for fees related to graduation. The deposit fee is not refunded in a year if there is damage to a school-owned device or textbook. Additional recovery costs may apply if the loss or damage is greater than the deposit fee. The library fee enables access to the school’s Library & Media Centre.
Additional Course Fees/Electives by Grade
►A nominal fee is applied to recover some consumable-related costs in elective course options. The fees that are collected are applied directly to consumable materials that students might use in these curricular areas. What is made is consumed by, or becomes the property of, the student. These fees are payable at the start of the chosen course.
►The current year’s Grad committee will determine the graduation activities/costs. This is generally determined before winter break and will be communicated to Graduating students and parents/guardians.
►Fees associated with participating in team sports and some school clubs (eg: soccer, volleyball, basketball, drama, etc.) are determined by the sponsor or coach/teacher at the start of each activity or season of play. Fees are not a set amount and are determined by the extent of participation, travel, consumables, or materials required, and other expenses that are above and beyond what the school is required to provide. A budget is determined at the start of the season of play or club and this, in turn, determines applicable fees that are required to recover costs. Fees associated with extra-curricular activities are payable at the start of the season of play or club/activity.
►Mt. Sentinel’s only academy program is a program of choice. When a student is enrolled in a specialty academy there is the understanding that there are costs incurred by the school that are in addition to the costs of providing a standard educational program. Families are charged a fee that is directly aligned with the costs of maintaining a quality program. This will include but is not limited to the following; access to specialty equipment, consumable materials and supplies, travel costs associated with field experiences, attending workshops or seminars in the community, etc. A budget is required before the start of the program and this, in turn, determines the fee schedule. These fees are payable at the start of the first quarter of the program.
School Fees are due Thursday, September 29th. We respectfully ask that you make a payment or follow up with us before this date regarding payment options.
How Do I Make a Payment?
Payment can be made online (Visa or Mastercard) at mtsentinel.sd8.bc.ca/pay.
Alternatively, you may also pay by cheque/cash or, drop by the school and make payment at the office using Debit, Visa, or Mastercard.
Shellie Maloff | Principal,
Mount Sentinel Secondary School
Please note our District Policy 430 states: The Principal will receive and deal with all requests for support and consideration. In doing so, the Principal will consider the following options:
4.5.1. deferred payment
4.5.2. payment over time
4.5.3. partial waiver
4.5.4. full waiver
Requests for financial hardship support can be made at any time during the year. Hardship will be provided for one school year only.