Island Discovery Learning Community

Our distributed learning program is publicly funded by New Westminster Schools (School District 40) and offers a teacher-led, flexible and family-centred program for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9.

Our Mission at IDLC

IDLC exists to nurture the unique and diverse spirit of each child, to see and appreciate every child for who they are, to support students to learn and grow in a creative, mindful environment, to support the attachment between parents and their children, and to nurture healthy relationships, strong attachments and vital connections between all members of our learning community (parents, children and teachers).

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The heart of what we do: Why choose Island Discovery?

The heart of what we do: Why choose Island Discovery?

Our learning community is built on the intuitive knowledge that it is our children who "compel us to listen and learn from them." At IDLC, we encourage and support you and your child to find your own way, not our way, because there really is no other way.  Read Island Discovery founder and principal Allan Saugstad's reflections on the heart of what we do at ILDC... more

Parent participation is a key element of our programs

Parent participation is a key element of our programs

Island Discovery Learning Community was created by parents and families inspired by their love of homeschooling, attachment parenting, and community building. That inspiration continues and is evident in the dedication of parents in all programs, the learning of our children, and the support of our teachers... more

IDLC recognized for innovation in education!

IDLC recognized for innovation in education!

We are proud to have been recognized with a national award for  our "impactful programs that embed deep learning while challenging traditional concept of schools."  That's because IDLC's founding families and staff worked tirelessly to build a model of flexible and student-centred learning embodying provincial goals of 21st century learning... more