As a high school learner, you may choose to register for a program which provides attentive mentor support and the social connections and dynamic course format of a group learning environment. Additional self-selected courses based on your particular interests and graduation goals round out your personalized learning plan each year.
SelfDesign’s high school programs are currently at capacity, but we are accepting applications on a waitlist for upcoming sessions. Apply as usual to be added to the waitlist.
If you’d rather complete your studies independently and/or on your own schedule, you can engage in your high school program through individually selected courses.
A full-time program for grade 10 learners developing foundational learning areas for their chosen graduation path.
CoDesign 10 is currently accepting applications for the 2016/17 learning year. As space is limited in all the cohort programs, apply today to ensure your spot in CoDesign 10.
A pilot program designed to support youth in developing foundational knowledge and skills for a successful transition into 10-12.
This interdisciplinary program offers a unique blend of individual learning and online group interaction.
CoDesign 11/12 is currently accepting applications for the 2016/17 learning year. As space is limited in all the cohort programs, apply today to ensure your spot in CoDesign 11/12.
CoDesign for grades 11 & 12 consists of 3+ courses. This program is for youth who are seeking relevant and stimulating interdisciplinary learning with a focus on engagement with their peers and group interaction. Learners can participate in CoDesign for a Fall/Winter session and/or a Winter/Spring session in grades 11 and 12 and earn credits towards their high school graduation.
CoDesign is available for youth in grades 11 and 12.
This program has two sessions throughout the learning year, a Fall/Winter session from September-February and a Winter/Spring session from February-June.
Groups of 10 to 15 youth will be asked to schedule two hours, twice a week with their CoDesign mentor for activities related to the integrated courses. Each learner will receive personal guidance and support through scheduled meetings with their guiding mentor. CoDesign youth are invited to participate in a fall camp, a regional winter activity (depending on number of learners in a particular location), and SelfDesign’s Encounters Youth Summit in Vancouver in May.
Learning Artifacts are designed to show interdisciplinary understanding, and build on the learner’s growing skills, capacity, and awareness. Learners will receive a syllabus of themes and the assigned learning artifacts for their integrated courses during their first week of group meetings.
Each learner is individually assessed for their participation in both individual learning artifacts and group activities All learners who complete a session of CoDesign have the opportunity to receive full credit for the following (4-credit) courses delivered in a group setting.
Option A: CoDesign 11 & 12: Democracy & Society (12 credits)
Sept-Jan or Feb-June, Mark McGivern
If the political life and culture of our time is of interest to you, join us for an in-depth study on the theme of democracy: where did it come from? how has it evolved(in Canada and abroad) and what direction is it going in the future?
This option includes course registration for:
Option B: CoDesign 11 & 12: Earth, Art & Humanity (12 credits)
Sept-Jan or Feb-June, Marcelle Edwards
Where do we come from? Explore the impact and challenges arising from our human presence on the Earth over time including: how humans relate to the living earth, the earth’s structure and mechanics, the complex network of systems that creates our biosphere, and the human interaction with the biosphere.
This option includes course registration for:
CoDesign will include a guiding mentor selection from any of the available mentors.
This adventure program combines online learning with regular outdoor activity trips.
WildEarth is currently accepting applications for the 2016/17 learning year. As space is limited in all the cohort programs, apply today to ensure your spot in WildEarth.
SelfDesign’s WildEarth Outdoors program combines online learning with outdoor activity trips. It is designed for grade 11 and 12 learners (grade 10’s are welcome to apply) living anywhere in the province of BC. This experiential learning program is an opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in nature while connecting to a community of likeminded youth. Previous outdoor experience or a peak level of fitness is not necessary. Activities and coursework encourage the growth of self-awareness, connection to community and the natural environment, with a goal of developing a foundation of self-knowledge in each youth.
Learners will participate in a variety of challenging activities such as:
Learners will practice skills in:
“I have learned a lot – from wilderness guiding basics and backcountry survival skills to becoming certified in FoodSafe, avalanche awareness, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid. I also learned a lot about myself and the program gave me the chance to push myself to my limits – I highly recommend SelfDesign’s WildEarth program.” – Anastacia Reid, 2013-14 learner in WildEarth program
This program combines weekly online group work with in-person outdoor learning and youth-led expeditions in various locations around BC.
The first session of the year will include:
The second session of the year will focus on in-person group adventure experiences across southern BC, including:
Learners will earn 20 course credits in SelfDesign’s WildEarth program. The learning outcomes for these courses are engaged through individual integrated projects, as well as group projects and experiences – collected into a learning portfolio.
This program includes:
WildEarth is concentrated in the spring session, February to June – however, 10% of the activities will be completed in fall session.
The WildEarth Program fee is $1400. At the onset of the 2016/17 learning year the first $250 payment will be required. The program fee does NOT include travel/transportation costs to the trip locations. We will work to help rideshare where possible to reduce costs and travel time for families. Inevitably for the more remotely-based families there will be an added expense for travel to destination or shuttle pick up points.