“It’s all about balance”
While Navigate (formerly called North Island Distance Education School) operates out of School District 71 in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, its programming supports students in over fifty public school districts across B.C., as one of the province’s premier distributed-learning schools. With a clear focus on building flexible, personalized learning programs that are tailored to meet each student’s needs and “sparks,” Navigate has received national and international recognition for its innovative approach to learning. The partnership with the Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland means that students who attend the Centre will have direct access to the full range of core and elective courses that are designed using provincial curriculum, and taught by fully certified B.C. teachers located both in Rossland and Courtenay, B.C.
Operating under principles of choice and flexibility, teachers work closely with coaches to ensure time for training and learning is optimized. The latest technology in online education helps students continue their studies even when training, away competing or exploring the Rossland region through the variety of recreational activities offered.
Students work closely with dedicated teachers who individualize courses of instruction for students according to the their specific needs. Teachers utilize a variety of strategies to help students meet their academic goals.
The latest in educational technologies forms a vital component of the Academy program. Though the students gain the needed flexibility in self paced programs, their progress is closely monitored by qualified teachers who are ready to assist students at any point. Students have a number of options available to them including a full slate of electives and core academic courses. This level of customization comes after consultation with the student, their parents, their homestay parent (if applicable), their agent (if applicable) and their coach (if applicable).
Students are educated with mentorship and facilitation by B.C. certified teachers, working on individualized programs (each student has his or her own Learning Plan) and is provided with a challenging, focused and comprehensive academic program. The selection of curriculum can be tailored to the individual needs of students with the guidance and assistance of teachers and counsellors. The student / teacher ratio is low leaving more time available to collaborate with parents on individual student needs. Availability of the teachers also means more personal attention in areas where the student requires more help.
Students will be challenged to think for themselves, to be accountable for their studies and deadlines, and to organize their thoughts in order to communicate clearly and well. In short, students will be given good foundations to help them meet the challenges of the future and succeed no matter their individual goals.
In addition to the core academic requirements of Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and the Sciences, students also have opportunities for study in the full range of electives, including Spanish, French, Technology/Life Skills, Service and Outreach, Comparative Civilizations, Contemporary Studies, Earth Science, Geography, Jazz Studies, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics and more. In many cases elective courses can be tailored to students’ particular fields of interest or extra-curricular activities.
Students will need to provide their own laptop computer (Mac or PC).
Graduation Program for BC Dogwood High School Diploma:
To be eligible for the BC High School Diploma learners must have a total of 80 credits:
- 48 credits from required (foundation) courses
- 28 credits from elective courses
- 16 credits at the Grade 12 level, one of which must be English 12
- 4 credits for the Graduation Portfolio or fulfill the Graduation Transitions requirements
- Write 5 Provincial Exams*, one at the Grade 12 Level
* These are the 5 required Provincial Exams: English 10 and 12, Science 10, Math 10, and Social Studies 11. All other Provincial exams are optional. Please contact our administration office for a list of optional exams.
All courses are 4-credit courses.
Current Navigate program and course information can be found here.