High School Distributed Learning

Inquiry at Home

A New Program, Yet Tried and True

Oak and Orca Bioregional School is starting a home-learning program to compliment our tried and true high school program in Victoria. Students can do courses at home by pursuing their own interests and applying the learning to high school credit. Any gaps in the learning can be filled with projects or assignments determined by the mentor and specialist teachers.

Just like our on-site school, our home-learning program will focus on student led learning, inquiry and individualized programs of study.

Individualized plans of study adjust to each student's academic goals while allowing and encouraging them to explore their interests and passions.

A high school student and teacher thinking about chemistry inquiry

Inquiry Learning At Home

Through Inquiry, Students Work with a Mentor To:
~ Determine what they need to learn ~
~ Identify resources & how best to use them ~
~ Report their learning & create a portfolio ~
~ Assess their progress towards their goals ~

What do you want to learn?

A Mentor Supports Along the Way

Each student has a Mentor to help them create a plan and find resources to implement it. Students also work with subject specialist teachers to help them with specific aspects of each course.

Students begin each course with a Compass - a series of activities that help determine what resources will be needed to meet the course outcomes.

Students then work closely with their Mentor to create plans to help them meet their goals.

Your Mentor will help you to create an inquiry plan and find the resources you need. Regular communication with your Mentor will ensure you are getting what you need from the school. Subject specialist teachers are available to help with specific aspects of each course.

Student Choice is Highlighted

Students can choose to focus on inquiry based explorations and projects, with topics drawn from their own interests. This rich learning is interdisciplinary, flexible, and innate - naturally preparing students for the real world.

For some course goals, students may choose to complete tasks from Oak and Orca's online modules. Tasks are chosen based on what a student needs to learn, eliminating busy work and repetition.

Most students will create an individual plan that combines both student led projects and online tasks. The choice is theirs!

Portfolio Assessment

Over time students add to a portfolio of work for each of their courses. Both during a course, and at completion, assessment and grading of this portfolio is done through a collaborative process by teacher and student.

More Information

For more information about this program and to find out if it is right for you, please contact the school.