What to Expect

SelfDesign provides learners in grades 10-12 a wealth of options to fulfill their graduation requirements. Our program offerings are tailored to suit your own unique needs. We are interested in serving you, the learner, and we pride ourselves at providing the necessary support to walk beside you on your graduation path.

Tailoring towards your unique situation

SelfDesign Grade 9 Learners

As a SelfDesign learner transitioning to high school from grade 9, you can expect the following,

  • A guiding mentor assigned to you towards the end of your grade 9 year.
  • Support and assistance from your guiding mentor with selecting your courses and preparing you for new platforms and technology you will encounter in grade 10.
  • A SelfDesign username and password and access to your own selfdesign.org email address where the majority of your correspondence will occur.
  • Ongoing curiosity and validation from your mentors regarding your own natural learning – mentors who understand selfdesigning.
  • Course offerings with loads of room to personalize and shape your learning experience.
  • Assessment experiences that are rich and supportive and preparatory for both the workforce and/or post-secondary.
  • Mentors who are experts in their fields, yet put you as the learner, at the centre.

SelfDesign learner (full time)

Learning with SelfDesign full time, you can expect the following,

  • A guiding mentor assigned to you upon enrolment.
  • A SelfDesign username and password and access to your own selfdesign.org email address where the majority of your correspondence will occur.
  • Support and assistance from your guiding mentor with selecting courses towards your graduation path.
  • Support and assistance from your guiding mentor to prepare you for the new platforms and technology you will encounter at SelfDesign.
  • Educators who will want to know and understand what interests you most about learning, and will assist and encourage you in tailoring and personalizing your own learning experiences.
  • Various opportunities to encounter and engage with other online learners from across British Columbia.

Cross enrolled learner (part time) (Grade 11/12 only)

Learning with SelfDesign part time while attending another school, you can expect the following,

  • A SelfDesign username and password and access to your own selfdesign.org email address where the majority of your correspondence will occur.
  • Educators who will want to know and understand what interests you most about learning, and will assist and encourage you in tailoring and personalizing your own learning experiences.
  • Ongoing weekly engagement in your online learning, while working within a course completion timeframe that makes sense for your life.
  • Various opportunities to encounter and engage with other online learners from across British Columbia.

 

SupportEd Learner (Special Education)

As a SupportEd learner in a full time program you can expect the following:

  • Become matched with a SupportEd (SEC) or High Incidence (HI-C) consultant  who is also a BC certified teacher, providing you support as your guiding mentor throughout the learning year
  • Support and assistance from your SEC/HI-C in creating a learning plan in consultation with you, your family, your course mentors and/or your support team
  • Regular, consistent, ongoing connection and communication with your SE consultant throughout the learning year
  • Encouragement, responsiveness, and flexibility from your course mentors
  • Adaptive strategies and tools embedded directly into your self paced courses
  • Access to supportive tech tools and memberships to improve your abilities as a learner working online
  • Complete high school with a school completion plan that meets your own personal needs and goals – Dogwood or adult graduation, Evergreen, or School Completion certificate. Learn more.

English language learner

As an English language learner at SelfDesign you can expect to be paired with an ESL-trained mentor to support the following,

  • Expand your vocabulary.
  • Develop a variety of writing styles.
  • Improve your essay writing.
  • Improve your critical thinking skills.
  • Prepare you for assessments and exams (where applicable).
  • Receive continuous feedback and support through online conferencing, email, text and/or phone.

“I improved my English a lot this summer . . . I have a good mentor. I can always ask questions when I have something that I don’t understand. The feedback was very useful for me to improve my English. . .[the course] is online so I can arrange my own time. I don’t have to attend school, and never worry about being late. So that is why I enjoy this course.”
Zichen (Raymond), English Language Learner

International Learner

As an International learner choosing to learn with us, you can expect the following,

  • Paired with an ESL-trained mentor to support your English language skills (where applicable) for select courses.
  • A fee of $895 per course that can be paid upon registration after a learner has enrolled.
  • Additional information provided by reaching out to info@selfdesign.org.

All SelfDesign learners

All of our learners at SelfDesign can expect the following,

  • Our respect, compassion, curiosity and love.
  • A team of professionals that will support and hold you in the highest esteem.
  • A safe learning environment that is open and accepting of all.
  • Ongoing interest in what is new and emergent, while respecting and honouring the past and tradition.
  • Technological and educational support along the way by accessing our Guidance & Support Centre, help is only a click of a mouse away.

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