K to 9 Program Descriptions
The Grove is Cowichan Valley’s (SD79) Distributed Learning program, we offer B.C. students and parents a flexible, personal BLENDED learning program. This means that students are learning at home with opportunities for face-to-face student/teacher engagement. Teacher, parent and student collaborate together to develop a Student Learning Plan that aligns the Ministry of Education’s Core Competencies AND the student’s unique needs, interests and strengths. The idea is that students achieve the outcomes for their grade levels, with flexibility in how that is achieved.
This program is led by BC Certified teachers who will provide curriculum resources, instructional support, a variety of engaging and interesting activities for students learning at home, and on-going assessment and evaluation of student progress. The teacher, parent and student are a team that work together to create enriching learning experiences.
Our program allows children to be educated, in part or in whole, at sites outside of regular school campus. We offer resources, curriculum support, direction, and flexibility. By enrolling in the DL Program, parents are agreeing to develop Student Learning Plans in conjunction with a BC certified teacher, to have their children follow provincial curriculum, and to provide work samples for assessment by their child’s teacher.
Our Vision and Values.
Vision. 100% success for each learner as per their student learning plan.
Mission. “The Mission Statement of Open Learning, in partnership with community, is to provide students with an alternative to the regular school programs by offering an opportunity to experience success in a safe, nurturing, learning environment that emphasizes social, emotional and academic development.”
Our core values are to Inspire, Nurture, and Grow as a school community.
Something New for 2018-2019.
This year we are pleased to announce a re-branding of our programs! Our new name, the Grove, attempts to represent the places and spaces in which we live and learn together. We feel the Grove sounds groovy, fun, feels like growth and gives a sense of community!
We have also re-named our programs within the Grove:
- Sprouts: Kindergarten to grade three.
- Seedlings: Grades four to six.
- Saplings: Grades seven to nine.
For each of these programs, families have the opportunity to come to the main campus for some blended learning opportunities. The draft plan for 2018-2019 includes:
- Mondays- Family meeting day
- Tuesdays- Numeracy focus learning
- Wednesdays- Workshops, field trips, inquiry projects etc.
- Thursdays- Literacy focused learning
- Fridays- Family meeting day
Swallowtail: Kindergarten to grade nine.
We are so excited to welcome the Swallowtail families to our community this year. The program is hosted on a 17-acre farm in Cowichan Station. Activities are mostly outside in nature and on the farm, using real hands-on learning, imaginative play and experiential learning as our curriculum. The curriculum follows nature and may use teachings of 8-Shields and Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (Young et al, 2010) that focuses on experiential learning using nature as a guide as much as possible. Children and their families will be included in the unfolding of the year. Suitable mentors will join the group to help lead activities and impart wisdom where appropriate. A warm cozy inside space will be available to dry off when it rains and do art, music, games or reading.
*The Swallowtail program currently has a waitlist, please contact us for more information
At the Grove (CVDL) we have a diverse learning team! On our team, we have four teacher specialist, one of which is also specialized in literacy support and is a learning support teacher. We also have the support of two administrators, a full-time youth care worker, and we have access to an amazing school counsellor.
10 Week Learning Cycles.
Starting in September, the K-9 DL Program will be organized into 10-week learning cycles. Students will spend each 10-week cycle working on the Student Learning Plan. At the end of the 10-week cycle, student/home facilitator and teacher meetings will take place. At that time, the students will be asked to present a portfolio of their learning. Student Learning Plans will also be revisited and updated to reflect changes in student goals.
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. The school is only able to pay a third-party resource or service provider directly and cannot 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 more information (bottom of page): Reimbursements to third party service providers
Overview of the BC EDUC K to 9 Redesigned Curriculum.
(Click on the description which will take you to the EDUC website)
Why is Curriculum Changing?
Detailed Course Overviews.