Young Teens = Gateways

In grades 7, 8 and 9, youth begin learning with greater independence, intention, future ambition, and community interaction. As they transition to their high school years, youth in SelfDesign are considered  ‘Gateways’ learners and participate in activities tailored to serve their unique needs.

First, Choose How You Want to SelfDesign

Each year you can chart a new path. Do you like learning with others? If you’re in grade 8 or 9 you can choose to be part of a CoDesign crew. Do you prefer to learn independently? You might be happier in a 1-on-1 relationship with a learning consultant.

Path 1: CoDesign 8/9

Learning: it’s so much fun with a crew! Get ready for high school by joining a group of Gateways learners as they collaborate and co-navigate the learning year with a focus on digging into the big subjects thematically and emphatically.Weekly face-to-face meetings are hosted by SelfDesign educator who is also the learning consultant for everyone in the group. Find out more (with an option to register) here.

Path 2: 1-on-1 with LC

In a 1-on-1 relationship, learners in grades 7, 8, and 9 are encouraged to begin observing their own learning and creating weekly reflections to share with their learning consultant.

Then Choose Your Add-Ons

After choosing a pathway, you can also choose to integrate the following offerings into your learning::

Add-On 1: Workshops

Join with a small group of your peers (learners age 13+ and all CoDesign 8/9 learners) and a passionate SelfDesign educator to level-up in core area subjects. Each session will happen over four weeks at three separate times during the year – fall, winter and spring.

2016/17 Workshop Schedule

  • Fall session: October 10 – November 4
  • Winter session: January 2-7
  • Spring session: March 20 – April 14

Register now for one of the workshops in the upcoming season. No prior love of anything required, just a spirit of adventure!

“Before I started doing this I didn’t really have any interest in writing or reading or doing anything like that but NOW because of YOU GUYS I am motivated and inspired to do what I thought was impossible. And I have to thank all you guys for that.” – Sha, workshop participant, winter 2015

“The workshop opened up a whole new world for him – he’s been writing, by choice, almost every single day since… to the point that he’d rather do that (and read) than anything else… I couldn’t ask for more. Thank you for the opportunity!” – Victoria, parent of workshop participant, winter 2015

Add-On 2: Virtual Camps

Held four times throughout the year and open to every Gateways learner (grades 7, 8 and 9), these are fun, no-pressure opportunities to spend time with your peers, and meet new people. 2016/17 camp dates have been scheduled as follows. Note: Enrolled learners, see all the details in the Community Events calendar found in the Community Site.

October 4, 5, and 6th
December 13th
March 8 and 9th
May 10th and 11th

“While I was in the camp I felt excited, happy, joyful, and proud and loved!”
Gateways camper 2015

Add-On 3: Guiding Mentor

At the end of your grade 9 year, you can choose to work with a guiding mentor who focuses on supporting each of the high school learners they work with, similar to our learning consultants in K-9.