High School Programs

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.


CoDesign (grades 11 & 12)

This interdisciplinary program offers a unique blend of individual learning and online group interaction.


Apply today!

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.

Program features

  • Interdisciplinary learning within a group of ten or more youth
  • Support from a facilitating mentor with expertise and passion for their theme
  • Integration of three or more related courses
  • Independent and group projects, activities and/or trips
  • Approximately 15 hours a week of learning activities, projects and coursework

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

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.

Integrated Courses

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:

  •    Civic Studies 11 (Socials 11 Dogwood requirement)
  •    Philosophy 12 (Grade 12 elective)
  •    Interdisciplinary Studies 11 (General elective)

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:

  •   Earth Science 11 ( Gr 11 Science Dogwood requirement)
  •   Art Foundations 11 ( Fine Arts Dogwood requirement)
  •   Comparative Civilizations 12 (Gr 12 Dogwood/Adult Dogwood elective requirement)

CoDesign will include a guiding mentor selection from any of the available mentors.

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