Beachcombers Community School adds middle school program

Beachcombers Community School has announced the development of a middle school program to be launched in September.

STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS sail in front of Beachcombers School.

Beachcombers Community School has announced the development of a middle school program to be launched in September.

“We have developed a Grade 7 and 8 enhanced curriculum that will expand to include Grade 9 in 2014,” said principal Wendy Preston. “This is an enriched academic program with a focus on coastal studies and business. We have put a lot of work and thought into this program and we are very excited with what we can offer!”

The middle school program will include quality academics, supported self-directed learning, peace studies, enriched science, visual arts, and a business course that will progress through high school.

Each year, students will take part in at least two multi-day school trips such as an overnight trip to Bamfield Marine Field Station, Strathcona Outdoor Education, or other similar field trips.

These two annual trips are an integral part of the program. The trips are intended to develop a sense of community, promote personal growth and student self-confidence, and are part of coastal science and social studies/history.
Besides the major trips, Beachcombers middle school students will participate in other day-trips. Topics may include coastal sciences, coastal business, history, First Nations, and arts and culture. Students will be expected to make good use of their academic time to allow for these enriched activities; small class sizes makes this possible.

Water sports is also a standard part of Beachcombers spring program for all grades. It includes sailing and kayaking instruction.

Middle and junior high students may participate in additional water sports, every few years. This may include the “bubble program” an introduction to diving that is hosted by experienced divers at the Courtenay pool, progressive diving training, canoeing as part of one of the special field trips, or marine safety.

To be accepted to Beachcombers Middle School Program, students must show that they are capable of supported self-directed learning, can meet behavioural expectations, have appropriate academic standing, and write a one-page essay as to why they would like to attend.

Principal Wendy Preston is enthusiastic, “We are very excited about this new program. We hope you will be, too!”

For more information, contact Beachcombers Community School, 778-427-4007 or visit the website at

— Beachcombers Community School

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