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About Us - Program Information

Program Information

Island Discovery is a Distributed Learning program operated by New Westminster Schools. Our program is led by B.C. certified teachers who support learners who want to learn at home and in their local communities, rather than a regular school environment.

  • Students and families follow individualized learning plans which are designed and supervised by our teachers. This learning plan is highly collaborative, is created based on the needs and interests of each learner, and can be adapted throughout the year.
  • Teachers meet with students and families informally throughout the year, in order to update plans, assess progress, plan finances, and to review and set goals, as well as four formal conferences each year – one to create the learning plan and three for reporting each term, in December, March, and June.
  • Part-time classroom programs are offered on Bowen Island and other locations in the lower mainland. Classes are gently teacher-led and follow an attachment-based model. See Program Foundations for more information.
  • Some funding is available to most families, especially those who are not in our part-time classroom programs. We can purchase learning materials for you from our pre-approved vendors, or pay for classes which have been designated as part of the student’s learning plan, as long as the provider is certified and approved by the school district. We can also reimburse a portion of your internet fees. Other opportunities may include website subscriptions, memberships, field trips, and materials on loan from our library.
  • We want to establish a relationship with you which is collaborative and respectful of the diverse learning journey you are on with your child, and we promise to celebrate your child for exactly who they are.

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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