Navigate offers distributed learning at home

Navigate (Powered by NIDES) invites the public to attend its Community Information Night on March 12.

Navigate (Powered by NIDES) invites the public to attend its Community Information Night on March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Tsolum campus.

If you’re interested in meeting some of the Navigate staff, asking questions, and touring the recent renovations at the school, this is a great opportunity.

The Community Information Night will provide information about the Fine Arts eCademy (K-9) at the Tsolum Campus and the ENTER Program (Grade 6-8) at Aspen Park Elementary.  Both these programs operate on a blended platform of three days of week in classes with two days of distributed learning at home.

Both are based on 21st Century Learning theory as reflected in the B.C. Education Plan.

Navigate is one of the largest distributed learning schools in B.C. and is recognized as an innovative leader in the delivery of blended learning options for students.

The school has successfully launched two new programs, the popular Fine Arts eCademy for K-9 and ENTER for grades 6-8. Both of these programs take a customized approach to education and deliver the B.C. curriculum through either visual, performing and music arts or the fields of engineering, science, and robotics.

Another unusual feature of Navigate is the project-based school calendar, which was implemented this year. Projects are completed in eight-week learning cycles followed by a Compass Week, which provides time for feedback, evaluation, community integration, and goal setting.

An excerpt from Navigate’s most recent quality review report conducted by the BC Ministry of Education reads, “The Quality Review Team was deeply impressed by what they found at Navigate. For example, the team confirmed that the teaching presence was strong.

“The school is clearly a leader in the areas of distributed learning, blended learning, and personalized learning. Navigate is blessed with a talented and committed staff, visionary leadership, and solid district support. If it can continue to make the transition to cutting-edge e-learning delivery, the school is well positioned to become a provincial model for education in the future.”

Navigate is a distributed learning school located in the former Tsolum School building in Courtenay and serves students throughout Vancouver Island and the rest of B.C.

It offers online courses for students from kindergarten to adult as well as cross-enrollment with other B.C. high schools. All courses are taught and facilitated by B.C.-certified teachers.
— Navigate

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