10 to 12 Program


The Grove (CVDL) Dogwood Program

Grove Highlights.

  • Located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley (all students and families are from the Cowichan Valley)
  • BC public school (no tuition), a part of SD79
  • BC Certified teachers (curriculum resources, instructional support, and on-going assessment and evaluation)
  • Access to a wide range of courses online (many available on paper and as portfolio / project base courses- ask teacher for more info,)
  • Resource / Learning Assistance teacher
  • Access to all SD79 learner supports
  • Access to a site based Principal
  • Small student- teacher ratios
  • Opportunities to work part-time on site (Drop-in Mon. to Thurs. from 10 am to 2 pm)
  • Formal report of learning four times a year

Who is The Grove (CVDL)?

We added The Grove to our name to better reflect the places and spaces in which we live and learn. We previously were know simply as Cowichan Valley Distributed Learning (CVDL).  Our program has been running in the valley since 1999!

As the Cowichan’s Distributed Learning school of choice, we offer flexible and individualized learning options for kindergarten to adult learners throughout the valley. All The Grove (CVDL) courses are delivered in an asynchronous manner and are self-paced. Students can work though courses in space, place and at a pace that fits their needs.

The Grove (CVDL) classes are ideal for students with a wide range of needs. Some of our students take one or two online courses as part of a graduation plan. Some of our students are looking to upgrade a mark or jump ahead in their studies. Some of our students are elite athletes or performers that need a flexible school schedule. Some of our students find that distributed learning, for a variety of reasons, is simply a better fit.

We offer two grade 10 to 12 program options, a full-time program option where we become the school of record (SOR), and a cross enrollment option where a student who is enrolled at their current school (CSS, CHS, LCS, FKS, CVOLC) can take a few courses with us at The Grove (CVDL).

Our courses are taught by SD79 teachers.

Having a great teacher makes all the difference. All our courses are taught by skilled, Cowichan Valley School District 79 teachers who are subject specialist’s. Both options also offer two administrators and an academic advisor.

We offer a full-time schooling option leading towards a ‘Dogwood’ diploma.

Full time 10-12 students can enroll with The Grove (CVDL) at any time and choose from a wide-range of academic and elective courses. We offer courses that are either paper based, project/portfolio based or online (in Moodle). These courses can be completed at any time and at any pace, allowing students to develop their own schedule and meet their graduation requirements at any time during the calendar year.

Courses are approved by the BC Ministry of Education.

As part of SD79, our courses can be used toward a British Columbia Dogwood or Adult Graduation Certificate. We currently offer a wide range of courses that span all the full range of secondary studies. For a list of available course, see courses top tab above. All The Grove (CVDL) students also have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary schooling, including all of the dual credit programs offered by the district.

We offer cross-enrollment options.

Cross enrollment offers the flexibility to be enrolled in more than one BC school at a time, utilizing resources from more than one school district. Cross-enrollment gives SD79 students and high school guidance counselors more options to help to optimize local opportunities, put together more flexible scheduling, and add a self-directed component to conventional high school classes.

The Grove (CVDL) teachers visit our local high schools on a regular basis to check in with students who cannot make it to The Grove Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is available for drop-in (Monday-Thursday 10 AM to 2 PM). Teachers are available by appointment. We also have test site options at each of our local high schools.

Learning Lab open four days a week. – Due to COVID, this option has suspended for the 2020-2021 School year. 

The Grove (CVDL) is located at 1033 Nagle Street which is in Duncan, British Columbia. Our program runs out of the MacKirdy building. Here we offer a Learning Lab that is open:

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Currently Closed) 

Friday: Closed

Student can come to work on their courses, use our computers, photocopier and printers, as well as get one on one help on their courses. If you need to speak to a specific subject teacher, it is best to book an appointment.

Tuition is free for school-aged BC residents.

The Grove (CVDL) courses are tuition-free to school age students who are Canadian citizens that reside in British Columbia.

About SD79 Careers and Dual Credit Program Options.

Careers and Dual Credit is for school aged School District 79 students interested in taking advantage of a FREE TUITION opportunity to get a head start on their career plans. Students can participate in this program prior to or immediately after graduation as long as they are still school aged (under 19 as of July 1st). Some of the programs available to School District 79 students include: HCA (Health Care Assistant), ECE (Early Childhood Education), Welding, Mechanics, RACM, Carpentry, Plumbing, Horticulture Tech, Professional Cook Training, Electrician, Hairdressing and more.

The Careers and Transitions site contains practical information about finding a training program that matches a student’s skills and interests. All of our FREE TUITION programs help students learn the core skills needed for a chosen career field, and many include hands-on work experience with local industry.

Check our website for more information:

Can non-graduated adults take courses at The Grove?

A few years ago SD79 closed their adult learning programs as VIU in Duncan offers an amazing program. Officially, we not longer run an adults program and support VIU by sending any new students their way.
VIU offers a wonderful program for adult learners called the High School Equivalency (ABE):
SD79 has partnered with VIU (Cowichan Campus) to support our non-graduated adults.
Grove option:
If the VIU program is not a good fit (i.e. scheduled classes do not fit with work schedule), then we can also offer an adult graduation on a case by case basis approve by the Principal or Vice-Principal.
We do require all adults 19 years of age or older to submit a criminal record check as they would be working in a room with minors and vulnerable youth (we offer an easy free online option that can be done at The Grove).
All our classes are offered/run online and students generally work independently at home and connect with their Grove teachers for support when needed.
If this is a better fit, please connect with the administration team.


Overview of the BC EDUC 10 to 12 Redesigned Curriculum.

(Click on the description which will take you to the EDUC website)

Why is Curriculum Changing?

Curriculum Overview.

Detailed Course Overviews.

NEW Graduation Requirements

2018-2019 Graduation Handbook

It’s easy to sign up.

With continuous enrollment, you can sign up for most courses at any time. The process is simple and, in most cases, can be done online. For more information, visit the Sign Up Now top tab above.