Our Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is distributed learning, aka distance education?

The Grove (CVDL) is one of fifty-four public distance education schools in the province of British Columbia. These schools are under the direction of the B.C. Ministry of Education. The Grove (CVDL) is licensed and accredited by the provincial government. The Grove (CVDL) offers programs and courses that have been developed by Open School, Western Canadian Learning Network, and locally by SD79 BC certified teachers and are augmented by direct teacher input in support of the K-12 B.C. curriculum.

What is the School Calendar for this year?

All of our programs follow the same school calendar as the rest of School District 79. The calendars can be found at this link: SD79 School Calendar

Can I graduate with a Dogwood through the Grove (CVDL)?

The Grove (CVDL) is a regular SD79 BC public school which employs licensed BC teachers and is entitled to issue BC Secondary school graduation diplomas (Dogwoods) to graduating students. The Grove (CVDL) graduates can participate in a full cap and gown graduation ceremony in June of each year.

Can I take courses over the summer?

Unfortunately, the Grove does not have staff that work over the summer (yet). We expect all programs to be completed by June 21st, 2019.

Extensions for grade 10 to 12 courses are done so on a case by case basis. The approval process is done though the course teacher or administrator.

The cut off date for new course starts is May 31st, 2019 as we have found success rates are much higher if courses are started in September as opposed to June.

What does it cost to take Distance Education?

There are no tuition costs for British Columbia citizens who reside in British Columbia or are temporarily traveling out of the province for up to (2) two years who have not previously graduated.

If you are an SD79 graduate, you may qualify to take upgrading courses at The Grove (CVDL) at no cost, please contact the Vice-Principal for more information.

Some of The Grove (CVDL) programs may require refundable deposits for books, computers or calculators.

How do I register?

Please visit this page for more information: How to sign up with The Grove (CVDL)

Can I transfer back to regular school from The Grove (CVDL)?

Yes, you may transfer back to any SD79 school. All Grove students have a transition plan as a part of their annual Student Learning Plan. At year-end, if a family wishes to move to a new program in SD79, the transition usually starts before the end of the school year. This will look differently for different families. This may require some team meetings if families wish to attend a school outside of their catchment area.

During the year, students may transfer in or out of The Grove (CVDL) at natural transition times. This could also look differently for different families. This may require some team meetings if families wish to attend a school outside of their catchment area. For grades K to 9, the matching of the curriculum will be determined by The Grove (CVDL) teachers for incoming students. The match for students leaving The Grove (CVDL) and entering regular schools will be the receiving school’s responsibility.

What if I attend another school, can I take courses at The Grove (CVDL)?

For Students in K to 9:
K to 9 students must have permission from both school Principals.

For Students in Grades 10 to 12
Students in Grades 10 to 12 may choose to take courses at both at their neighbourhood school and The Grove (CVDL) at no cost (called cross-enrollment).

*A student can not be enrolled in the same course at the same time at two different schools.

What grade 10 to 12 courses to you offer?

Please visit this page for more information: List of all course offerings at The Grove (CVDL) 10 to 12 program

When can I start?

New enrollments for our K to 9 programs begin in June. We love to have our enrollments for the school year completed by mid September so we can begin to create a sense of community. After September 30th we accept new enrollments if there are spaces available in the program. If no spaces are available at that time, a family will be put on a wait-list.

For students in grades 10 to 12, new courses may be started at any time. In saying that, we love it if students can complete their courses by mid June (as we all need a summer vacation!). Secondary courses typically average around 90 to 110.

How do I find out Graduation Requirements?

Grade and graduation requirements are outlined on the Ministry of Education Website, you can find them at this link: New Graduation Program Requirements. You can make an appointment at ANY time to work with The Grove’s (CVDL) academic advisor to review your progress towards graduation.

2018-2019 Graduation Handbook

Can I do Distance Education by myself?

In grades K to 9 all students must have a home facilitator working with them. A minimum of 50% of the program will be delivered at home by the facilitator under the direction of a Grove teacher. This facilitator helps set up schedules, organize content, collect evidence of learning, guide learning, collaborate with Grove teacher etc.

In grades 10 to 12, parents or guardians (aka home facilitator) are expected to assist students by monitoring time and work completed (basic executive functioning). Parental help may not be possible in some courses and may not be required. A tutor may be hired by the family if and when needed (at their cost). The counsellors and teachers at The Grove (CVDL) are here to provide assistance either face to face, by phone, virtually, email or through texting:)

Are 3rd Party Funds Available?

In the Distributed Learning, the Ministry has set a cap on the 3rd party services/resources allocation of up to $600 per student enrolled by September 30th. For grades 10 to 12, they will be able to access a proportion of the funds based on the number of courses the students is actively engaged in. The school is only able to pay a third party resource or service provider directly and can not pay parents or students.

Allocation of funding to third parties is to be made based on the Student Learning Plan. In order to meet the BC Ministry prescribed curriculum requirements, the teacher will identify the services and resources the school and family are able to provide as well as those services and resources which may require support by way of a third party. If it is determined that third party resources and services are required, an amount up to $600 may be allocated as specified in the student learning plan.

  • For grades K to 9, the % of the $600 available is dependent on when the student enrolls in the program:
    • Before September 30th= $600
    • Between October 1st and January 31st= $300
    • Between February 1st and April 30th= $150
  • For grades 10 to 12, the % of funds available depends on the number of courses they have activated in for that current school year. A total of 6 active courses are needed to access all $600.

For example: In September you activate in three courses (by completing 10% of course learning activities), you can access $300

How to send in an invoice:

Accounting recommended that we ask these third party billers to submit invoices with mailing addresses and invoice numbers on them so that we can track them easier rather than emails.

Our school board accounts payable department has kindly requested that these types of billings must be on invoices rather than in an email.

Please send us invoices with the following information

  • Date
  • Invoice number
  • Contact information (phone numbers,  email address)
  • Name and mailing address to mail the payment cheque to
  • Please indicated students name in the invoice as well

Accounting writes cheques every two weeks.

Invoices can be emailed to dlsecretary@sd79.bc.ca, dropped off or mailed to 1033 Nagle Street, Duncan BC V9L 2X3