School Terms

Alternate Education – Alternate education programs focus on educational, social and emotional issues for students whose needs are not being met in a traditional school program. An alternate education program provides its support through differentiated instruction, specialized program delivery and enhanced counseling services based on students’ needs. Eg. Hospital/Homebound, Behavioural, Anxiety, Autism. etc.

Blended Learning – Blended learning is an education program (formal or informal) that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.

Continuing Education – An instructional program that brings participants up to date in a particular area of knowledge or skills. Instructional courses designed especially for part-time adult (16 years+) students.

Distributed Learning – Distributed learning is a method that allows students to connect with their teachers from anywhere – perhaps from a satellite learning facility or from home.

Homeschooling – Homeschooling allows children to work at their own pace and parents to blend family, life, and schoolwork into their own schedule. Homeschooling is the full responsibility of the parent, is not supervised by a British Columbia certified teacher, is not required to meet provincial standards and is not inspected by the Ministry of Education.

Independent Directed Studies – Under teacher supervision, students can earn additional Independent Directed Study (IDS) credits by pursuing curriculum in more detail of a course they’re enrolled in or by focusing on the learning outcomes of a course that they’re not taking. To participate in this method of learning, students must demonstrate the ability to work independently. Along with their teacher, they should also develop an Independent Directed Study plan