DL Schools

DL schools are one of the two options for parents who want to keep their children out of regular school. Distributed Learning Schools (DLs) are BC Ministry of Education or government funded schools that offer choice in how the BC curriculum is delivered to students whose families choose to have the student at home rather than a regular "brick and mortar" school.  According to the Ministry of Education DL students are not "homeschoolers" but rather fully funded school students with a school record and report cards.

Not all DLs look the same. Some provide traditional distance education materials in print or online, others let the parents choose their own materials and prove through portfolios submitted three times a year what PLOs (Prescribed Learning Outcomes) are being met. Some require weekly contact with a BC Certified teacher, others are more relaxed about that requirement. There are even DLs that try to support a "child led learning philosophy". Some offer part-time classes or learning centres. Most offer $600 per student a year to cover some "third party" expenses (classes, activities, material) and some other way to make up another $400 (internet reimbursement, curriculum account (must be returned to school).  A few offer a Special Education program that can provide more funds for families with children with special needs. 

However it's done, a student enrolled in a DL program is considered just that - a school student and not a homeschooler in the eyes of the government. In the BC Ministry of Education's terminology, the term homeschooler is reserved for those who are Registered Homeschoolers. Despite the terminology difference, all parents who choose to keep their children at home either by registering as a homeschooler or enrolling in a DL all use the inclusive term " Home Learners".

There is a Full List of Ministry of Education Distributed Learning Programs on the Ministry of Education website. 

Here's a list of DL Programs that offer local programming or are completely online, and are popular with local home learners: 


DL Schools of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (all provide optional or mandatory classroom programing):




Vancouver Home Learners Program at Beaconsfield (formerly Garibaldi)

Public School, Learning Centre in East Vancouver 

We provide a Home Learning Program which provides support and multi-aged group learning programs for students K-7.  Programs are offered two days per week and encompass a wide range of topics.


Vancouver Homelearners Program Blog
Vancouver Homelearners Program site
Shannon Hobson
Teacher, K-7, Beaconsfield Vancouver Home Learners program
3663 Penticton St.
Vancouver, B.C. V5M 3C8

604- 713-4605

 

Parent liaison - please contact for wait list or class/school information. Anastasia andrews Andrewsanastasia@hotmail.com 604 315 9089


Hume Park Learning (formerly New Westminster Homelearners' Program)

Public School, Learning Centre in New Westminster

September 20 2015 - New Westminster Homelearners' Program was established in 2002 as a Distributed Learning program administered by the New Westminster School Board. In September 2013, the program moved to Hume Park. We are a small K-8 Learning Centre with under 150 students, allowing everyone to know each other in a welcoming, friendly community.

BC certified teachers facilitate classroom activities, outdoor programs, music programs, art and academic programs, and provide support for home learning. All Hume Park Learning Centre teachers have each had their own children in the program and are passionate about what they do. The environment is caring, supportive, and respectful—celebrating student and family individuality. Parent involvement in classrooms is welcome and encouraged.

Sign up at any time during the year.

Hume Park Learning Centre
521 Fader Street
New Westminster, BC
V3L 3T4
Tel: 604-517-5917
Email: kblackburn@sd40.bc.ca



Island Discovery Learning Community  (IDLC)


Public School,  Learning Centres on Bowen Island, East Vancouver (Lake View), North Shore Vancouver (Fresh Air Learning Forest School- see below) and Surrey Discovery Learning Community . Optional Full time Home Learning program for families in the Lower mainland/ FV only


A publicly funded program providing a range of options for families wanting a high degree of involvement in their child's education.
Home/community-based education combined with small-group classroom learning led by enthusiastic, talented teachers, and enriched by field trips, workshops and mentoring. Learning plans developed collaboratively by students, parents and teachers. Most IDLC Learning Centers offer 2.5  days of classes a week, a few less.  All welcome Full Time Home Learners if they live close enough to a learning centre to report to a teacher .  Families choosing the full 2 day programs forgo any access to the regular resource allotment money   A small percentage of the students are called "full time homelearners" and don't do the classroom program.  To be a full time homelearner you must live within easy driving distance to one of the classroom centres..

Bases on the following principles

Partnership:

The teacher, parent and child are partners working together to develop and support a learning plan for the child and to provide/engage in enriching learning experiences for the child. Parents and children are also part of the process of evaluating learning that has taken place. Teachers, parents and children are partners in running and supporting this program. We each have specific roles and responsibilities as well as a shared sense of enriching the program and building a healthy learning community together.

Inviting Learning and Engaging Curiosity

Children will be invited and encouraged to participate through the enthusiasm, engagement and skilled leadership of the teachers and mentors. Children will not be forced to participate or to ‘learn’. Instead, teachers build on and engage the children’s natural curiosity and joy of learning and build and support critical thinking skills. At the Learning Centre, learning as something we do with the children rather than to them. It is our experience that when children are invited to participate and truly experience partnership in learning – they flourish – intellectually, emotionally and socially. Children experience the Centre as a place of exploration, a place to share feelings and ideas, a safe and exciting place where each child is recognized and valued. This teaching approach provides an education that prepares children to continue to enjoy and have success in learning throughout their lives. They also learn to relate well to others and themselves, be creative, flexible and venturesome and have empathy for others.

For more core values please see the website

Principal Al Saugstad
604 947-0700 or 604 992-2370 asaugstad@sd40.bc.ca





Fresh Air Learning Forest School  (Sponsored by Island Discovery Learning Community)

Public School Alternative Program, North Vancouver, Sponsored by New Westminster School District

Our early childhood programs have inspired parents and children to seek out outdoor programs for their elementary school-aged children. We are delighted to announce a partnership with the New Westminster School District’s Island Discovery program to offer an elementary program for school-aged homelearners beginning in September 2014!

Fresh Air Learning elementary provides elementary school-aged children (5 to 12 years old) with a two day per week nature-based learning opportunity in forest and farm settings. Learning takes place primarily outdoors and occasionally indoors, in mixed-aged groups. Learners explore their environment through play, exploration and creative activities in forest and farm settings. Families combine our program with other home and community-based learning activities, and learning plans are supported by a certified teacher.

Registration: Registration begins at 7 am on April 27th and ends at 7 am on May 15, 2014. First come, first served. Our program size is limited to 18 participants. All children in our program must enroll with the New Westminster School District through the Island Discovery program. For information and next steps on the registration or transfer process, please email elementary@freshairlearning.org.

Family Information Sessions: Please attend a family information session to learn more about the program and ask questions. These sessions are not mandatory but are highly recommended. contact elementary@freshairlearning.org


Windsor House School

Public Alternative School, Part-time or Full-time in North Vancouver
Sponsored by Gulf Island School District

Windsor House is a community of students, staff, parents, volunteers and alumni and a place where a student can spend time engaged in learning activities of their own choice, within a supportive community environment. The foundation of Windsor House is the personalized learning environment of “any time, any place and at any pace” which supports self directed learners’ needs and interests.

Features and benefits of the program
• Democratic governance
• Self-directed learning
• Parent participation
• Multi-age learning environment
• Adventure through outdoor education and recreation
• FAME PREP Visual arts and drama programs
• Experiential and play-based learning

As well, Windsor House staffs a Learning Assistance Centre (LAC) as a resource to all students that facilitates their academic skill development. The room is equipped with resources to allow for a variety of approaches to learning (one to one support, small social group work or computer assisted work).

Students have been known to attend part-time as well as full time and the reporting process is similar to DLs - Learning Plan submitted in September of each year and three portfolio reporting sessions during the year.

Contact information
Principal: Meghan Carrico
Windsor House
2132 Hamilton Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7P 2M3
604.903.3366 Fax: 604.903.3333
info@windsorhouseschool.org

For an informal parent run group check out this facebook group.




Burnaby Online

Pubic School, Online and Learning Centre in Burnaby

An online and paper based correspondence school for Elementary and Secondary students with some field trips available for local students.

5310 Woodsworth Street
Burnaby, BC Canada
V5G 1S4
MAP

Phone and Fax:
Local: 604-664-2526
Toll Free: 1-888-479-8882



Coquitlam Open Learning

Public School, Learning Centre in Coquitlam

Coquitlam Open Learning is a distributed learning program that offers students from Kindergarten to Grade Nine a unique full-time option tailored to the needs of each student. Distributed learning programs meet the provincial learning outcomes for each grade level under the direction and supervision of a certified teacher. Coquitlam Open Learning provides students and their parents with resources, support and instructional assistance to ensure student success. We draw upon the resources and expertise within our school district to design and deliver an educational program that will maximize each student’s potential. Parents work with Coquitlam Open Learning teaching staff to support their child’s learning and development while at home.

Coquitlam Open Learning is able to support all types of students. We have a broad range of students that include those who are gifted, have full-time athletic commitments, dramatic pursuits, have identified special needs or just want to learn outside of a regular school environment.

Families who choose to participate in ‘K-9 Coquitlam Open Learning’ need to be committed to their child’s learning on a full-time basis.
Students have significant learning to complete with the support of their parents at home. Students who are successful in a Coquitlam Open Learning setting are eager to learn, can work independently and have a strong relationship with the parent that will be supporting their learning.

information:
Ms. Nicole McKenzie
email: nmcKenzie@sd43.bc.ca

Coquitlam Open Learning K-9
Mundy Road Elementary
2200 Austin Avenue
Coquitlam, BC
V3K 3S1
Phone: 604.945.7311
Fax: 604.945.7977



Odyssey Self-Directed Learning Network

Public School (Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Public School District) with Learning Centre in Maple Ridge


The SD42 Home and School Partnership is a K-9 Distributed Learning program designed to foster a 3-way partnership between student, parent and teacher through the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows School District. This program is best suited for families pursuing an alternative to the traditional classroom experience. Parents are interested in being a key partner in their children’s education and may be seeking home schooling options.


For program information, contact:
Cathie Watkins, Principal


604.465.9331
Catherine_Watkins@sd42.ca




Summit Learning Centre

Public School, Special Education, Online and with local programming in Mission, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Coquitlam and Vancouver

Your choice for home and virtual education in British Columbia.

Summit Learning Centre welcomes students from every region of British Columbia, Canada. We invite you to learn more about our excellent Distributed Learning programs as well as the support we provide to families and students enrolled in our Kindergarten through Grade 12 programs. All of our enrollment options lead towards a British Columbia Dogwood Diploma. In addition, we provide registration for those families choosing homeschooling.

Summit Learning Centre offers B.C. students and parents a flexible, personal instructional program led by a qualified Distributed Learning teacher. Our teachers will provide guidance in the selection of appropriate curriculum resources, on-going assessment and evaluation of student progress, and a variety of engaging and interesting activities for students learning at home. Your child’s unique needs, interests and learning strengths are key components in development of a Student Learning Plan for the year which will address the B.C. Ministry of Education prescribed learning outcomes for their subject and grade.

Our special education department provides services to students with unique learning needs from kindergarten through Grade 12. Development of an Individual Learning Plan (IEP) will address specific adaptations, modifications and a variety of supports which are required to ensure each student’s achievement of their personal potential. Services include screening and assessment, as well as referrals to other professionals who may support the student’s program.

We also offer our Arts Smarts program to all Summit DL students. The term ‘ArtSmarts’ refers to hundreds of classes offered to Summit Learning Centre students. These classes are taught by professionals who specialize in a certain art, sport or subject. Although ArtSmarts does encompass activities from the Fine Arts strands such as music, dance, visual arts and drama, the ‘ArtSmarts’ program has also grown to include lessons in other subject areas including Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Health and Career Education, Second Languages, Foods, and Applied Skills. The ArtSmarts programs are currently offered in four main centres throughout the Lower Mainland:

Mondays in Vancouver and in various locations in Mission/Maple Ridge/Abbotsford
Tuesdays in Coquitlam
Thursdays are fieldtrips throughout the Fraser Valley
Fridays in the Mission/Maple Ridge/Abbotsford area
We will continue to seek out opportunities to present the ArtSmarts program in other areas of the Lower Mainland depending on where our families reside.




Home Quest

Public School, Learning Centre in Delta, BC


Home Quest - a Home + School Cooperative Approach to Education
The ultimate in diversified learning.

Home Quest is Delta School District’s distributed learning program that offers an alternative learning environment to the traditional school experience. Home Quest offers families a supportive structure and a home base from which to launch their educational adventure. Home Quest takes care to build special relationships with families and students to find the best possible educational experience for each individual child.

The Benefits?
  • Certified B.C. teachers offer families guidance and support on navigating the BC Curriculum and developing individualized student learning plans.  
  • Parents can make use of an extensive resource library and work space.  
  • Students may opt to come to classes/workshops once or twice a week and/or make use of memberships to online educational programs like A-Z Learning, All the Right Type and Mathletics.
  • Families may choose to go on frequent field trips that connect them to the curriculum, community and one another. Field trips average 3/month and range from concerts with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, skiing and snowshoeing up at Mt Seymour to Soaring Eagle Nature School.
  • As a public education program, Home Quest is available at no cost to families and offers funding throughout the year for educational supplies and activities.
If you are a BC resident, then you are eligible to join the Home Quest family.
Contact Home Quest:
Jenny Slinn
Coordinator/Teacher


Jenny Slinn

Home Quest
Coordinator/Teacher
Annieville Elementary
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SAIL Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (formerly Surrey Connect)

Public School, Learning Centre in Surrey BC

Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL) is a blended interdisciplinary school where students learn through inquiry and project based learning using a variety of digital tools. In a changing world, students need to be independent learners, critical thinkers, collaborators, innovators & contributors. SAIL students embrace an innovator mind-set.


Why Choose SAIL?

SAIL students focus on inquiry and project based learning, through an interdisciplinary program. Students explore real world topics that foster independent learning and critical thought. Rather than traditional subjects taught in isolation, SAIL students integrate concepts from Science, Math, and Humanities into their learning.

All instruction is fully accredited by the BC Ministry of Education and offers an enriched and flexible educational program.


Transforming Curriculum

Currently, many post secondary institutions and employers are seeking learners with diverse skill sets. SAIL helps young people to gain the necessary skills, such as problem solving, leadership, and digital citizenship to be successful in all careers.

  • Students learn by face-to-face instruction and online with digital content that allows student choice and voice.
  • Student learning is supported by a collaborative team of educators and strong parent engagement.
  • Students have access to a creative learning environment with digital tools.

There are NO tuition costs to Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants residing in the Lower Mainland. Students are strongly encouraged to have their own learning devices and computer access with an Internet connection. Individual course enhancement costs may be requested based on program needs.



14033 - 92 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3V 0B7

Office 604-592-4263
Fax 604-595-6346
Toll-Free 1-888-492-4263

email:sailacademy@surreyschools.ca



Lochiel U-Connect, Langley BC

Public School, Online and Learning Centre in Langley

Located in Langley, BC, Lochiel U-Connect Centre offers a unique, blended, site-based/homelearning environment for students. Students from Kindergarten through Grade 9 can engage in a learning community that follows the Ministry of Education outcomes while respecting the individual learning style and interests of each student.

Course work can be completed through paper-based packaged material, CD and online learning systems for some grades and or portfolio presentation of work on Ministry outcomes. On site classes at Lochiel U-Connect are set up to support learning at home, focusing on outcomes while involving students in highly engaging activities such as Robotics, Movie Making, Digital Photography, Computer Graphics, Web Page Design, Computer Programming, Science, Physical Education, Music and, Art (2D and 3D). Tutorial classes are also available in Math and Humanities.

In addition to supporting students on site, some tutorials are offered online via web-conferencing. Students can log into a class from home and fully participate in it viewing the presenting teacher, seeing what is being written on the digital whiteboard, communicating with the teacher and other classmates vocally or using chat and contributing to the class on the digital whiteboard. This provides the opportunity for students to attend a class without leaving home!
Lochiel Education Centre
Principal - Ms. Vanessa Jaggi
Admin Assistant - Mrs. Maureen Johnston/ Mrs. L. Coulthurst

PHONE: 604-534-4020
FAX: 604-534-4052
EMAIL:uconnectinfo@sd35.bc.ca
ADDRESS: 1460 224th St. Langley, BC



Abbotsford Virtual School

Public School, Learning Centre in Abbotsford


Abbotsford Virtual School (link to avs34.com)

Public School:  Learning Centre in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Virtual School offers students, from five to 105, a comprehensive list of courses that meet the latest changes in the BC curriculum and are taught by BC-certified teachers. Students can choose a program of study that is both flexible in delivery and supportive of their unique learning style. We offer a variety of options, from fully online to blended programs, to best suit each individual’s needs. AVS students can also enjoy a variety of social/educational events, clubs and field trips throughout the school year.


Elementary/Middle Home-Based Programs (K to Grade 8)

We welcome parents as integral members of the educational team. AVS teachers work closely with our families to ensure their program of study meets the Ministry of Education’s prescribed learning outcomes. For many of the K-8 subject areas, teachers have created comprehensive resource packages that cover the required outcomes on a term-by-term basis. Optional onsite classes that are 2.5 hours twice per week are offered for a total of eight weeks per term. Children thrive here with smaller class sizes, group activities, excellent TA support and focused teacher time. Students can expect to get hands-on experiences in a project-based, technology-supported environment where they are both nurtured and challenged towards success.


Fusion Program (Grade 6 to 8)

Fusion is a new STEM-powered program that is open to full-time enrolled students in grades 6 to 8. Fusion combines the best of both worlds, providing students with online and face-to-face support. The program blends online-based studies with two full days a week in a classroom setting that includes technology such as 3D printing, littleBits circuitry, iterative design process, genius hour, virtual reality, and robotics. Space is limited, and formal acceptance will be based upon an interview. If your child is academically oriented and loves hands-on technology, this is the program for them!


Secondary Home-Based Programs (Grade 9 to 12)

This program is open to full-time students in grades 9 to 12. Student can choose to be fully online or enjoy our blended program where they also participate in our on-site classes. On-site classes are 2.5 hours twice per week for eight weeks per term. Our focus is on inquiry-based learning sessions that include technology and science. Students will enjoy hands-on and cooperative group activities such as video production, science experiments and authentic problem-solving activities.


Secondary/Adult FlexEd Program (Grade to 12)

You can be a full-time or part-time online student in grades 10 to 12 at AVS. High school students from all over BC choose to take part-time classes with AVS either to get ahead, catch up or to take courses not available at their enrolling school. Adults can take our courses to complete their dogwood requirements or upgrade for specific college or university programs they are applying for. AVS offers a wide range of online courses from core academics to electives such as Forensics and Digital Photography that are taught by subject specialist teachers. This year, we have both our youngest and oldest graduates ever; a 15-year-old and a 75-year-old student are crossing the stage. Come join our ever-growing list of successful graduates!


To learn more about registering, go to avs34.com. You can also contact Principal Brad Hutchinson at brad_hutchinson@sd34.bc.ca or avsoffice@sd34.bc.ca for more information. Access to an educational resource allotment is available to full-time students enrolled by September 30th.

Abbotsford Virtual School Office
33952 Pine Street
Abbotsford, B.C.
V2S 2P3
Phone: (604) 859-9803
Fax: (604) 854-1463
Email: AVSOffice@sd34.bc.ca

Fraser Valley Free Learners (Sponsored by Heartwood Learning Community)

Public School, Learning Centre, Mission, BC, Sponsored by NORTH ISLAND DISTANCE EDUCATION SCHOOL

Fraser Valley Free Learners is a place where children’s natural curiosity and vitality guide their learning experiences. We believe that personalized, democratic, self-determined learning environments afford the optimal opportunity for children to learn and thrive both as individuals and as members of their communities. At FVFL children and adults might have different roles but, in the end, have equal say. 3 day core program Tues-Thursday with optional Monday and Friday programing.




Lochiel U-Connect, Langley BC

Public School, Online and Learning Centre in Langley

Located in Langley, BC, Lochiel U-Connect Centre offers a unique, blended, site-based/homelearning environment for students. Students from Kindergarten through Grade 9 can engage in a learning community that follows the Ministry of Education outcomes while respecting the individual learning style and interests of each student.

Course work can be completed through paper-based packaged material, CD and online learning systems for some grades and or portfolio presentation of work on Ministry outcomes. On site classes at Lochiel U-Connect are set up to support learning at home, focusing on outcomes while involving students in highly engaging activities such as Robotics, Movie Making, Digital Photography, Computer Graphics, Web Page Design, Computer Programming, Science, Physical Education, Music and, Art (2D and 3D). Tutorial classes are also available in Math and Humanities.

In addition to supporting students on site, some tutorials are offered online via web-conferencing. Students can log into a class from home and fully participate in it viewing the presenting teacher, seeing what is being written on the digital whiteboard, communicating with the teacher and other classmates vocally or using chat and contributing to the class on the digital whiteboard. This provides the opportunity for students to attend a class without leaving home!
Lochiel Education Centre
Principal - Ms. Vanessa Jaggi
Admin Assistant - Mrs. Maureen Johnston/ Mrs. L. Coulthurst

PHONE: 604-534-4020
FAX: 604-534-4052
EMAIL:uconnectinfo@sd35.bc.ca
ADDRESS: 1460 224th St. Langley, BC



Valley Christian School DL Program

Abbotsford; Christian Independent School; 2 day week classroom program option or full-time at home

Education is changing and there are so many options for students today. Thank you for checking out Valley Christian School DL; we’re right in your neighbourhood and we are providing flexibility and convenience to Christian families. A combination of home-based learning and in-school opportunities are available for students wanting a Christian education that will prepare them for this fast changing world. Parents can rest assured knowing that the Ministry of Education learning outcomes will be met or exceeded. VCS DL provides maximum advantage to the students with minimal intrusion in the home. Certified teachers with substantial experience and resources are in place and ready to meet the unique needs of your home learners. We think it’s a win-win situation. Give us a call if you’d like more information: 604.826.1388.
We offer an Individualized DL program for Kindergarten to Gr. 9.
You may choose from:
100% technology-based program
technology-based program plus up to two days per week at our Main Campus which could include:
Music, including marimba and chimes
PE, including skating, swimming, canoeing
Math, English, Social Studies, Science

We would be delighted to meet with you. Contact our office at
604.826.1388.In addition to our DL program, we also offer Kindergarten to Grade 9 at our Main Campus as well as Home School options.
 


 Fraser Valley Distance Education School

Public School, Online and Learning Centre in Chilliwack

This year at FVDES we are expanding our elementary program to meet the educational needs of all distance learners. We have developed a three-option system that will give you and your child the best possible format for a successful year of learning.
Option 1: Fully structured program (Online or paper based)
Option 2: Partially Structured program (some online classes and some portfolio based reporting)
Option 3: Free Structure Program (all portfolio based reporting)

Elementary Program Brochure
FVDES is located at
49520 Prairie Central Rd.
Chilliwack, BC V2P 6H3

Telephone:
1-800-663-3381
1-604-794-7310

Fax:
1-604-795-8480


BC Wide DL schools that may or may not provide local community classroom opportunities in the Lower Mainland and Fraser valley:



Self Design Learning Community K-12

Independent School, Secular, Online, K-12 personalized learning, Special Education Program
Learning Centre, Jericho, WestSide Vancouver

The SelfDesign Learning Community is among the largest distance/distributed learning schools and personalized learning programs in British Columbia, Canada. Funded by the BC Ministry of Education, SelfDesign enables learners to complete K-12 by exploring their passions and taking the lead in their own learning and life. With personalized guidance from BC-certified educators, learning unfolds at home and within local and online communities.

SelfDesign offers personalized and supportive learning for K-9 families, 10-12 customizable courses and full-time programs, individualized Special Education support and an English Language program.


EBUS Academy

Public School, Online Only and Special Education Program, A few field trips organized for the lower mainland learners each year.

EBUS Academy is a BC Public School that provides the best online learning programs and courses to BC students. Founded in 1993, EBUS is an established leader in distance learning and currently enrols 1000+ students ranging from Kindergarten to Adult. Our programs and courses provide the flexibility to allow learners to develop all of their iintelligences. We also offer a gifted program and special education program.

Vanderhoof, B.C.
Toll Free Telephone Number:
1-800-567-1236
Email Address:
info@ebus.sd91.bc.ca



Hands On Homelearning from Oak and Orca

Independent School, Distance Program and Centre in Victoria and Special Education Program

Hands-On-Home Learning for a Sustainable World for BC students.

Developed in partnership with VIDEA, Hands-On Home-Learning for a Sustainable World is Oak and Orca's home-based education program. This is a unique educational opportunity for elementary children learning at home. The program provides an integrated BC curriculum, a bioregional focus with global perspectives, hands-on, child-centred activities, choices for your child, and full teacher support. For B.C. residents, this program is fully funded by grants we receive from the Provincial Government and is delivered at no cost to you (as long as your child is not registered elsewhere.) The program is available for children of Kindergarten to Grade 12

In summary, this homelearning option provides:
  • an opportunity for children to learn at home in the Oak and Orca way
  • the BC curriculum integrated into a bioeregional framework with global perspectives
  • holistic, hands-on activities that make learning fun and manageable
  • choices that allow children to learn at their own pace and based on their own unique interests
  • full teacher support by email or telephone
  • regular conferences with a certified teacher who offers suggestions and support
  • positive, non-threatening assessments of learning and progress
  • a flexible approach that meets the needs of families
  • a curriculum package that can be delivered by email
  • a fully funded, government certified program for children of B.C. residents
Victoria: (250) 383 6619
BC: 1 888 383 6619
2738 Higgins Street
Victoria BC Canada V8T3N1





Heartwood Learning empowers families to set up and operate (in partnership with us) their own learning communities based on our attachment philosophy and the interests of your own community, family, and children. If there are enough kids enrolled in a community who want this, we will hire a teacher or teachers to support these classes locally and set up funding for resources and supplies, too.

Children will be invited and encouraged to participate through the enthusiasm, engagement and skilled leadership of the teachers and mentors. Children will not be forced to participate or to 'learn'. Instead, teachers build on and engage the children's natural curiosity and joy of learning and build and support critical thinking skills. In our classes, learning as something we do with the children rather than to them. It is our experience that when children are invited to participate and truly experience partnership in learning – they flourish – intellectually, emotionally and socially. Children experience the classes as a place of exploration, a place to share feelings and ideas, a safe and exciting place where each child is recognized and valued. This teaching approach provides an education that prepares children to continue to enjoy and have success in learning throughout their lives. They also learn to relate well to others and themselves, be creative, flexible and venturesome and have empathy for others.

For more explanation of our core values and how the program works please see our site.

North Island Distance Education School
2505 Smith Road
Courtenay, British Columbia,
Canada V9J 1T6
(250) 337-5300
1-800-663-7925 (Toll Free)
(250) 337-2310 (Fax)



Kleos Open Learning School

Independent School, Secular, Online, Special Education Program 


Kleos Open Learning is a leader in personalized learning and special education. We develop personalized learning programs for students in grades K-12. We assess a student's learning style, and then create a customized learning program to address his or her unique needs and interests. We believe each student is one-of-a kind, not one of many. This core belief shapes our learning community and philosophy of education.

Personalized Learning
"Our online learning style profile assesses the five aspects of learning styles: disposition, modality, environment, interests, and talents. With this information, we can personalize a learning plan that includes the best learning space, most effective instructional methods, and ways to make learning come alive for each student. Incorporating interests and talents into the learning plan engages students more fully in the learning process. Foundation skills are developed as students explore their areas of interest"
 - Michelle Seaboyer, Acting Principal

Special Education
"Our personalized learning programs benefit all learners, but have achieved significant results for students that have special education needs (adapted, modified, and gifted). Our Special Education team is passionate about supporting students and helping them grow as learners. We work with integrated support teams to provide individualized support to our students."
- Quincy Kelly, Special Education Department Head

Strengths-Based
"Our focus on strengths creates a learning environment where students are celebrated and encouraged. It's easy for skills that require improvement to become the focus of attention, so students hear more about what they can't do than what they can do. Focusing on strengths allows learning success to lead to more success, inspiring confidence and a willingness to engage in growth areas". - Michelle Hussey, Special Education Coordinator


Contact 

Monday to Thursday
9:00am - 3:00pm
201-1912 Enterprise Way
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9S9

Tel: 1.877.866.1667
Local: 778.484.5554
Fax: 778.478.0436



Traditional Learning Academy / School at Home

Independent School, Christian, Online, Special Education Program and Learning Centre in Surrey, Abbotsford, Chilliwack

TLA's DL program is one of the most comprehensive and flexible at-home learning solutions in the province. We have home teachers in communities throughout British Columbia who visit our parents and students personally and keep in touch regularly to ensure that students' individualized learning programs meet provincial standards and the students' unique educational needs. As a Christian Independent school we can accept the use of materials from Christian publishers. We also offer Clubs and Classes in our Learning Centre in Surrey BC for both registered homeschoolers and DL students.  A speical education program is also avialable.

6225 C - 136th Street, Surrey, BC
Call or Email Us
Toll-Free | 1-800-745-1320
T | 604-575-8596
F | 604-575-8565
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Regent Online Christian Academy

Independent School, Christian, Special Education Program, Online and Community Class Centres in Abbotsford, Langley, Ridge-Meadows, Chilliwack, and Burnaby

Our desire is to honour God with a program of integrity that will serve home-based learning families with maximum flexibility. We understand that home-based learning is unique in its timetable and delivery and have therefore designed our program to fit who you are.
RCOA offers a wide variety of options to parents who desire to educate their children at home. We are pleased to enrol DL students and also registered homeschoolers.

RCOA is unique in that we offer Resource Centres that offer optional weekly classes (in every community we are called to serve) free of charge to our DL families. We also offer certified Christian teachers that live in the communities they serve to better facilitate personal visits in order to develop relationship and a close caring knowledge of your program. As well, we offer the services of a Homeschool friendly Bookstore, an Online Lending Library, personal Curriculum advising, and much, much more.
Local Resource Centers offer part-time classes where Regent DL students can attend for free and Registered students can attend for a fee are in Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey (plus other centers outside the lower mainland).  ROCA aslo provides a Speical Education program.
Resource center classes provide learning opportunities in areas many family said they find difficult to provide at home such as: group activities, presentation skills, science labs, physical education, drama, music, dance, technology classes, field trips, Science Fairs, etc.

Contact
Suite #216, 1595 McKenzie Ave.
Victoria, BC
V8N 1A4
Toll Free: 1-866-877-1737
 

 Heritage Christian Online School

Independent School, Christian, Special Education Program,  Online, Community Classrooms throughout the province including the lower mainland and Fraser Valley

Our school program is committed to making your home educational experience successful. We are sensitive to the needs of home educators and we recognize and value different educational philosophies.
We will work in partnership with parents to provide “Quality Educational Choices with Christian Values.” By offering a variety of approaches, we will help you meet your family’s specific educational needs while guiding you and your students through the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education.
HCOS also provides a Special Education program.

Local Phone: 250-862-2376 Toll Free: 1-877-862-2375 Fax: 1-250-762-9277 E-Mail: info@onlineschool.ca
905 Badke Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, V1X 5Z5


Ascend Online Catholic Education at Home

Independent School. Catholic, Special Education Program, Online with Learning Consultants in the Lower Mainland

ASCEND is a BC accredited school called to serve families and individuals dedicated to a life in Christ through faith, family, and education. At ASCEND, we affirm the Church teaching that parents are the first and primary educators. We provide courses, support and resources for families making the commitment to educate at home, as well as the quickly growing number of students who choose online education.

635a Tranquille Rd.
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H5

Phone: 250-376-5118Fax: 250-376-3363
Email: admin@ascendonline.ca



Anchor Academy

Independent School, Christian, Special Education Program, Online  (Bible Study Required)
Anchor Academy has been providing kindergarten to grade 12 Christian curriculum and programs to at-home learners and their families for 27 years. Our experienced staff and professional teachers can help you design an educational program that is just right for your child, no matter where you live in Canada or on the other side of the globe!

Anchor Academy Administration Office Box 3015 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4R8 Tollfree 1-888-917-3783



Pathways Academy (formerly Diversity by Design)


Independent School, Christian, Special Education Program, Online (No Bible Course Required)

Pathways Academy is a fully-accredited Christian school serving K-12 students in all regions of BC.  Our BC-certified teachers deliver courses at no cost to BC residents. The school recently changed its name from Diversity by Design DL Academy to Pathways Academy.

Pathways Academy excels in creating collaborated, personalized, one-of-a-kind learning experiences.  Whether students learn with ease or face the challenge of learning differences, Pathways can help with the journey.  We meet each student right where they are, identify their strengths and challenges then together map out possible routes to their goals.  Where assistance is needed, we do all we can to provide it.  Pathways’ flexible learning program, complemented by community opportunities, a variety of learning and assessment strategies, and forward-thinking educational research helps students realize their educational and personal potential.

Our school is made of people who believe that the core of a child's education is the child’s relationship with their parents. Our goal is to facilitate personalized learning for the whole family taking into account each child's unique skills and mental, physical and spiritual development. We are committed to working alongside our enrolled families to ensure that the educational goals of the parents and the requirements of the Ministry of Education of BC are met.

We are a diverse group of people representing a wide range of Christian backgrounds and viewpoints but sharing a commitment to our Messiah, Jesus. Our similarities, diversities, and shared educational values are what make us a great team.  The school has no denominational affiliations.  Because we believe that parents are responsible for the spiritual training of their children, students at Pathways Academy are not required to take any religious or Bible courses.

Pathways Academy supports both Registered and Enrolled home learners.

Registered homeschool families register with a school as homeschoolers and are free to educate their children at home as they wish. Depending on the school, registered homeschoolers may receive a little funding support for books and a few other limited services.

Enrolled home learners learn at home under the supervision of their parents.  They are enrolled with a school that is funded by the province to provide the student with textbooks, resources, and the guidance and support of a certified teacher in order to meet the learning goals required by the Ministry of Education.


Pathways Academy is operated by the Diversity by Design Society. The Society's office is near Prince George, BC while the board, members, teachers and staff live and work across the province. Please contact us for more information.



CHeS eStreams

Independent School, Christian, Special Education Program, Online (No Bible Course Required)

Have you ever seen an aerial photo of a delta and noticed how, just as the river nears the sea, the surge of current is distributed across hundreds, sometimes thousands of smaller streams that cross and crisscross in a variety of patterns? Have you observed how those streams separate to flow over, around, and through the rich deposits of silt and how life along these paths flourishes? Have you seen the way some of the streams follow existing channels while others carve new routes? Have you noticed that even though the streams appear to meander, their flow keeps pace with the big river and all reach their destination?

Mainstream education is much like a big river experience where large quantities of water are moved through a single channel toward a specific destination in a very efficient manner. Homelearning with eStreams is more like a delta experience where the same quantity of water flows but through a myriad branching, interconnecting streams rather than a single channel. The streams and the river have the same final destination and both flow at the same rate; they just get there in different ways.

You may already be familiar with some of the many educational streams available to Homelearners – streams identified as "Online", "Complete Curriculum", "Sonlight", "Charlotte Mason", "Classical", "Unschooling", "Relaxed Schooling", "Unit Study", "SOS", "Independent Study", "Eclectic", "Standard", "Traditional" or you may be facing all these possibilities with wonder and perhaps a bit of trepidation.

Are you aware that Distributed Learning programs (DL) tend to specialize in one or two of these approaches? Have you found the Distributed Learning program that supports your family goals and ideals? Perhaps you’ve already wet your feet in one of these streams and now realize that it wasn’t a fit… or maybe you are struggling with trying to maintain your “delta experience” in the “river” context of a particular DL.

CHeS recognizes these challenges and invites you to consider our innovative, collaborative approach. The eStreams approach is designed to help you identify your own unique goals and ideals before you begin your journey, then to present you with a selection of streams capable of enhancing and supporting the delta experience you are aiming for. This vibrant program provides a fully accredited, Scripture-based, learning experience to families in a variety of settings throughout BC. Whatever your needs, whatever your setting, CHeS aims to provide personalized, sensitive support that will enable your homelearning family to flourish.

Contact Info:

Office Hours
Mon- Fri : 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Toll-Free 1.877.777.1547
Fax 1.877.777.1547
Email  info@estreams.ca

Address :
Box 162
Grindrod, BC
V0E 1Y0



Independent School, Christian, Online and Learning Centres across the province, Special Education Program

At CHEK ABC we love Home Education! Whether you are just considering home schooling; currently a home educator; or a seasoned professional, we want to welcome you to CHEK ABC. We are a vibrant Home Education and Online Education school that has students, staff and Learning Centres right across BC. Our teachers work with students and families in rural areas, small towns, remote locations and large cities. We pride ourselves in providing some of the best education programs and services to families and students in BC.

We get many questions asking us what CHEK ABC stands for: Christian Home Educators of the Kootenays Across BC. From our humble beginnings over 10 years ago as an education option for families in the Kootenay Region, to today where we serve students, staff, and Learning Centres right across the entire province.

At CHEK ABC we believe that Home Education and Online Education needs to be flexible and geared for the challenges that students and families face. Our Online courses give flexibility in time and space and our Home Education programs allow parents option of choosing resources and programs that are the right ‘fit’ for their child and lifestyle. We celebrate the uniqueness of each student and the blessings that can come when a family chooses to school at home. We have a generous student allowance program that gives students access to some of the best resources in the province.

Our programs integrate our Christian Faith in an authentic way. We rejoice that parents have the ability to share their faith with their child(ren) as they help teach them. We are continually seeking and writing new curriculums that model and encourage a relationship with Jesus.

As your explore our website, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us directly. We are here to serve and support you in your home education journey. We look forward to connecting with you in the near future!

Blessings,
Kevin Bernhardt
Superintendent
Nelson Christian School Society


Email
office@chekabc.ca

Telephone
Toll Free: 1-888-352-2435

Fax
250-352-0546



SCIDES (South Centeral Interior Distance Education School)

Public School, Online Only and Special Education Program,

At South Central Interior Distance Education School – SCIDES – we offer Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) courses, as well as courses for adult learners. We’re a fully funded, public, and accredited BC school located in School District 58. Our programs and courses are free for BC residents; tuition fees only apply for adults who have already graduated and for international students.

SCIDES is a distributed learning (DL) school, meaning most of our students are primarily at a distance from our teachers, whether they are studying online at home, within another educational facility, or anywhere else with an internet connection. Distributed learning students completing their studies with SCIDES will receive their British Columbia Dogwood graduation diplomas (we celebrate over 50 graduates, of all ages, each year!).

Among all the educational opportunities schools in BC have to offer, distributed learning is one we feel very excited and passionate about. We believe it is an excellent way to get a quality education that’s personalized and fits into your life. At SCIDES, we offer elementary and secondary students the opportunity to personalize their learning and have full control of their own educational paths. Adult learners have the chance to upgrade, graduate or take additional courses without ever stepping inside a BC face-to-face high school.

A comprehensive list of over 130 online courses (browse them all here!) allows you to choose and design a program that is both flexible in delivery and supportive of your unique learning style. We provide the materials, resources, planning, reports and personal support required – you choose the program that best fits your life, whether it is full-time or cross enrolment with a face-to-face school. Our staff at SCIDES is always available for our students, and also works hard to build relationships with educators at cross-enrolled schools to ensure the best experience for you.

Our students come from a wide range of experiences, and our mission is to create a personalized learning environment for anyone, anywhere, in any situation! We support elite athletes, gifted learners, adult learners looking to upgrade, families abroad for both work and travel, and students with learning disabilities, injuries or with an illness that prevents them from attending regular classes – and most importantly: students and their families, who want to take charge of their own educational path.

SCIDES is located in the beautiful Nicola-Similkameen Valley, but we serve more than 1,700 learners throughout BC in our K-9, high school, and adult learning programs. That includes over 100 full time K – 9 students, well over 100 full time 10 – 12 school-aged and adult students, and over 1500 cross-enrolled secondary students (in over 2200 courses) – and we’d love for you to join the learning experience at SCIDES. Register online, or contact us for more information.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Please contact:Christine McKee or Vicki Klassen

1.800.663.3536

Local: 250.378.4245

FAX: 250.378.1447

registrar@365.sd58.bc.ca