The Home Learners' Program is a teacher-led distributed learning program that provides options for families who prefer to have their students educated in the home, or who require time-tabling flexibility. Our program is unique in that we offer more face-to-face contact then most DL programs.
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The Home Learners' Program's STEM classes offer a special focus on creating, inventing and tinkering with ideas. Students focus on inquiry and project based learning through an interdisciplinary program. Students explore real world topics that foster independent learning and critical thought. Projects completed during STEM classes count towards work that would typically be completed from home, meaning units of study covered during STEM classes will be omitted from students Moodle and paper based coursework.
Our STEM classes embrace the idea that every child is unique and learns in his or her own way. Your child will explore their passions and develop strong social, emotional, and cognitive skills to help them become highly successful adults and prepare them for success in the ever-changing local and global workplace.
The Home Learners' Program works to provide learning plans that meet the needs of the families we serve. This program is designed to allow a student in kindergarten through grade seven to work on an educational plan in the home setting, with a parent facilitating the learning. The teacher from the Home Learners' Program and the parent work together to develop the learning plan for the student. The plan includes brief descriptions of subjects, approximate timelines, and instructional methods and resources that will be used. Student work is submitted on an ongoing basis in order for the HLP teacher to complete the assessment and evaluation of the work. FreshGrade is the platform used for communication and work submission, allowing ongoing assessment. Each student therefore has an eportfolio show casing their work.
The school district provides students with copies of approved learning resources (textbooks, applicable workbooks and online materials where appropriate). The use of a computer and internet services are available if needed. All students in the Home Learners' Program have access to an array of educational activities, including optional weekly classes, monthly field trips, and a variety of music, drama, art, and sports opportunities to enhance learning in the home. Students can access up to $500/year to enhance their Fine Arts and Physical Education components of the curriculum. Parents are responsible for submitting a year-long plan/overview for how they plan on spending the money. In addition, a Program Enhancement Funding Form must be submitted prior to the commencement of the activity. Activities must be approved by teacher and administration and are required to meet learning outcomes outlined in the student's Learning Plan. ConnectEd will cover 80% of the activity costs, however, students must choose at minimum two different activities (all $500 cannot be spent on one activity). ConnectEd will not reimburse parents; rather, payment will be made directly to the service provider. Parents sign an agreement stating that in the event that a student does not submit enough work to be considered an active HLP student they will reimburse the Home Learners' Program for tuition provided by HLP for fine arts, athletics or community programs. Successful completion of the program must be provided to the teacher and will be documented as part of their assessments.