DL Enrollment Options

Students learn best when their education is tailored to their interests, abilities, and needs. Our three design options offer a flexible approach, maintaining your educational philosophy while meeting the Provincial Learning Outcomes in ways that suit your family's methods of learning.

Individualized

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This approach allows families the freedom to pursue their learning goals while meeting the PLO's through a variety of methods.

With our program it is possible to meet the PLO's of various grades within the same school year. Our teachers are trained to identify and respect many different ways of meeting PLO's. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.


How it all Works

1. The Student Learning Plan

We start by collaborating with families to design a Student Learning Plan. This plan outlines student’s course of study for the year. Each of our students will have a unique Student Learning Plan that will reflect their individualized education. We offer planning sheets to help parents and students get their thoughts down on paper. Your teacher will work with you offering ideas, suggesting resources, and completing the SLP.

2. Communication

Our teachers stay in weekly contact with families through a variety of methods. We recognize that students learn continually – not just when they’re using curriculum. We encourage families to share the range of experiences that their children engage in during the week. We want to hear about the informal learning that occurs as well as the more formal learning. Teachers use that information to guide and assess student learning. You may be surprised by how much your child is learning by baking with you, exploring the back yard, and going on family trips.

Weekly communication:

  • Builds relationships between the teacher and family.
  • Values active learning.
  • Allows for a more accurate assessment.
  • Helps us remain flexible.

3. Assessment

Students are assessed primarily based on weekly reports, and portfolios. Portfolios are submitted three times each year. They include a rich collection of student learning samples, Quick Scales check lists, and any other information that the family feels would contribute to the portfolio. We encourage students to choose the best examples of their progress over each term to submit for assessment. Portfolios provide an opportunity to showcase student learning. We look forward to getting to know our students better through the samples of learning they submit.

Portfolios should include multiple samples from each core subject area as well as a short summary about your child’s learning in other subject areas. We welcome parental comments about the student’s samples and progress and we ask that students take part in self-evaluation of their contributions to the portfolio.

Portfolios:

  • Help us get to know our students better.
  • Give students a chance to showcase their work and share their interests.
  • Build self-assessment skills in our students as they select work that best illustrates their progress.
  • Provide our teachers with the samples of learning they need to assess student progress.

Common Questions

The Student Learning Plan is designed according to the interests and learning needs of the student. Each SLP will be unique and will reflect the family's preferred method of learning. As a parent, you are in charge of supporting your child's learning by providing a suitable environment, offering educational resources to support the SLP, and communicating with your teacher in order to provide information for assessment. Our teachers are in charge of overseeing your child's education, supporting your child as they work towards the goals in the SLP and assessing your child's progress. Thus, the teacher, student, and parent work together as a team to help each student achieve his or her goals.

We recognize parents as the primary participants in the education of their children.

In the Individualized program your role is to collaborate with your child and teacher to design a unique Student Learning Plan, work with your teacher to assist your child in accomplishing the SLP, and assist your teacher with their assessment by submitting your child's portfolio and communicating regularly with your teacher.

In the Individualized program the teacher's primary role is to guide, support and account for learning. Our teachers work with each family to help students achieve their goals as set out in the Student Learning Plan. Our teachers provide support, advice, and encouragement. They work hard to establish relationships with each home learning family. Our teachers oversee the assessment process and work together with the parent to ensure the PLO's are covered.

Our teachers are responsible for assessing your child.

In the Individualized program, we ask students to submit a rich portfolio of work three times per year. We also keep in contact with our families on a weekly basis. These online conversations are very important to our assessment process and help us to learn more about your child's actual progress. Through these conversations and the portfolio's submitted, we can track your child's progress through the Provincial Learning Outcomes (PLO's).

View our full assessment policy

Yes! You're free to use your favourite Christian curriculum.

Yes! You are free to choose from all curriculum in consultation with your Support Teacher. We also have a curriculum consultant who is available to assist and advise you regarding available resources.

Heritage Christian Online School provides its families with a generous curriculum budget. We've arranged with a number of suppliers and vendors to provide for the curriculum needs of families. Resources can be purchased using student PO#s. The result is that parents are now able to receive their curriculum without having to incur personal expenses. All students receive a purchase order number, or PO Number, that is used for resource purchases. (A full list of vendors can be found here) All curriculum purchasing must be completed before May 15th of that same school year.

For K - 9, curriculum budgets are affected by the enrollment date.

  • Students enrolling before Sept. 30th receive the full budget amount.
  • Students enrolling between Sept. 30th and February 12th receive 50% of the full budget amount.
  • Students enrolling between February 13th and May 6th receive 25% of the full budget amount.

Grade 10 - 12 courses are funded on a per-course basis, and always receive full funding.

Yes! HCOS is set up to be flexible: we want to meet your child's learning needs.

We offer online courses from grades 5 - 12 and you're welcome to choose any number of our online courses for your child. (We encourage students in grades five to seven to limit their number of online courses.) Through our Integrated Option you can use any combination of Online and Individualized courses to make this year a success for your child.

Online

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Imagine an education program that offers students a diverse selection of courses, a program tailored to fit their needs and more than enough course credits to obtain the Dogwood Diploma and the coveted Heritage Christian Online School Certificate! HCOS offers a diverse online course selection from grades 5 to 12, a variety of means to complete them and a flexible time schedule.

Our Online, Christian curriculum is comprehensive and in depth. Paired with our BC certified teachers, you get a complete Christian school delivered to your child over your home computer. Your child connects with other like-minded students worldwide to share in their learning experience. Parents are an integral part of this program and provide the home learning environment, and on-task monitoring, while we provide the instruction, marking, and accreditation.

All HCOS online courses meet Ministry of Education requirements and are uniquely written from a Christian worldview. Our staff seek new ways of delivering the best possible curriculum with innovative and fresh ideas. For a complete list of courses click here.


How it all Works

1. The Student Learning Plan

When you choose the online program there is no need for a custom SLP. Our Online courses are designed to fully cover the PLOs for their respective subject areas.

2. Communication

Our teachers are available via email and Skype, to support your child as they work through their courses. Also, your child will receive in-course feedback for work completed.

3. Assessment

With our online courses there is no need to submit portfolios. Students will submit assignments, complete quizzes, and interact with other students on our in-course forums. For grades 10 - 12 some courses will require attending a provincial exam.

Common Questions

Our courses will work with the following:

Operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Mac OSX
  • Chrome OS
  • Linux

Web Browsers:

Office Suites:

Many courses will also require a printer, and a digital camera, or scanner.

Our tech support is experienced with all the technologies mentioned above, and can offer the most help in these areas.


*Lower versions of Internet Explorer or Safari should work on most courses, but may provide a less than optimal experience. We recommend using Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.

**Note that most teachers will not be able to open .pages files. Please save in Microsoft Office compatible formats (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx)

We recognize parents as integral to the education of their children.

If your child is enrolled as an online learner it is your role to ensure that they are actively engaged in their studies, that they have access to an internet connected computer, and that they are communicating regularly with their teacher. You may also review all communication, via email, between your child and their teacher.

Our teachers are responsible for assessing your child.

In the online program your child will receive a course by course assessment based upon the assignments and work submitted to their online teacher. The teacher will administer tests, often with your supervision. You will receive abundant communication via email regarding your child's progress in each course.

View our full assessment policy

There is no charge for tuition, or textbooks, for Online courses for enrolled HCOS students.

If your child is registered with another school, and you wish to cross-enroll them in any of our online courses, please see bconlineschool.ca

Yes! HCOS is set up to be flexible: we want to meet your child's learning needs.

We offer online courses from grades 5 - 12 and you're welcome to choose any number of our online courses for your child. (We encourage students in grades five to seven to limit their number of online courses.) Through our Integrated Option you can use any combination of Online and Individualized courses to make this year a success for your child.

Integrated

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The Integrated Approach includes a combination of online and individualized courses. The teacher, or grad councillor, and the family collaborate to create the Student Learning Plan. You may have a child who would benefit from an online math class, yet still wants more parental involvement for history and language arts. With the Integrated Approach, you create the combination that will best suit your learner's needs.


How Integrated works

1. The Student Learning Plan

We start by collaborating with families to design a Student Learning Plan. This plan outlines the student’s course of study for the year. Each of our students will have a unique Student Learning Plan that will reflect their individualized education. We offer planning sheets to help parents and students get their thoughts down on paper. Your teacher will help by offering ideas, resource suggestions, and planning input.

Our Online courses are designed to fully cover the PLOs for their respective subject areas, and your teacher can help identify were they may provide overlap into other areas.

2. Communication

Our online course teachers are available via email, and Skype to support your child as they work through their courses. Also, your child will receive in-course feedback for work completed.

Our teachers stay in weekly contact with families through a variety of methods. We recognize that students learn continually – not just when they’re using curriculum. We encourage families to share the range of experiences that their children engage in during the week. We want to hear about the informal learning that occurs as well as the more formal learning. Teachers use that information to guide and assess student learning. You may be surprised by how much your child is learning by baking with you, exploring the back yard, and going on family trips.

Weekly communication:

  • Builds relationships between the teacher and family.
  • Values active learning.
  • Allows for a more accurate assessment.
  • Helps us remain flexible.

3. Assessment

For our online courses there is no need to submit portfolios. Students will submit assignments, complete quizzes, and interact with other students on our in-course forums.

For individualized courses, students are assessed primarily based on weekly reports, and portfolios. Portfolios are submitted three times each year. They include a rich collection of student learning samples, Quick Scales check lists, and any other information that the family feels would contribute to the portfolio. We encourage students to choose the best examples of their progress over each term to submit for assessment. Portfolios provide an opportunity to showcase student learning. We look forward to getting to know our students better through the samples of learning they submit.

Portfolios should include multiple samples from each core subject area as well as a short summary about your child’s learning in other subject areas. We welcome parental comments about the student’s samples and progress and we ask that students take part in self-evaluation of their contributions to the portfolio.

Portfolios:

  • Help us get to know our students better.
  • Give students a chance to showcase their work and share their interests.
  • Build self-assessment skills in our students as they select work that best illustrates their progress.
  • Provide our teachers with the samples of learning they need to assess student progress.

Required Courses

The following courses are required for each grade level:

  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • P.E.
  • Health and Career Education
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • P.E.
  • Health and Career Education
  • Second Language
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • Applied Skills**
  • P.E.
  • Health and Career Education
  • Second Language
  • Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts*
  • Applied Skills**
  • P.E.
  • Health and Career Education

DPA – Daily Physical Activity is required for ALL K-9 students province-wide in BC. Students are to be active for 30 minutes every day.
* Fine Arts – can be one of Visual Arts, Music, Drama or Dance.
** Applied Skills – we have BAA-PLO's that cover courses such as foods or computers. Participation in an online course also covers Applied Skills.

Please contact us if you have any further inquiries to the differences of our programs at: 1-877-862-2375 or 862-2376 if calling from the Kelowna Area or email us at info@onlineschool.ca.

To enroll with us, please visit our online Distributed Learning Enrollment Form.