Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does it cost?
The programs at P.A.L.S. are provided free of charge. There may be small fees for certain field-trips and events, and some books and supplies can also be purchased.
- How much time does it take?
A student will commit to 2 hours a week to meet with a tutor. Students learn at their own pace, and are encouraged to spend time working on the learning materials between sessions.
- Where do we meet?
Students and tutors can meet at the P.A.L.S. office downtown, #41, 9912 106 Street, or at a public library or other neutral location which is agreed upon.
- When is the office open?
The office is open weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM.
- Are there homework assignments or tests?
Students can be given material to work on at home, but there is no grade assigned - the student is responsible for their own learning. There are practice tests available for students preparing for an exam.
- Will I be allowed to pray?
Yes. There are generally quiet spaces available and everyone is welcome and treated with respect.
- What fun activities are there?
There are a number of field trips, workshops, and other events throughout the year. Students for Students is also available for students who would like to be involved.
- What happens after I pass my exam?
If you've been accepted into a school program, you are still welcome to stay with P.A.L.S. to get support.
- Are you available evenings and weekends?
Yes. Students are matched with tutors based on their schedule. Many tutors meet evenings and weekends; students will be given instructions for getting in the building if it is locked and tutors can be given a key to open the office and lock up.