We have been receiving many calls and questions about this new program. The following FAQ may be helpful in answering some of those questions. Please feel free to email your question to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 604-936-4285.
Q: How do I apply?
A: This application form is required for each student wishing to apply to attend the Inquiry Hub in the 2012/2013 school year. We will be holding an information session on Tuesday January 22nd, and details about this event will be shared soon.
Q: Can any student come to the program? What if you live outside of SD43?
A: Yes, any student can apply to the Inquiry Hub. We will meet with every family who applies to be sure the program is the right fit for each student and family.
School Location: Millside Centre, 1432 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam.
Q: Who is this program for?
A: The Inquiry Hub is for all types of learners who share a passion for knowing and investigation, and have an interest in using technology to seek answers to their questions. The Inquiry Hub will also appeal to families who are seeking a smaller, cooperative learning environment where students can focus on their interests individually and in small teams. Ideally, students should be interested in one of our three focus areas:
• community and global issues
• environmental sustainability
• media art, design and technology
The program will appeal to students who are keen to learn but desire a less rigidly structured learning schedule. This may include students who possess one or more of these attributes:
• want a chance to apply their learning in practical ways
• have difficulty focusing in regular structured class settings
• are interested in doing deep research on a specific subject of interest
• enjoy learning with technology
• are interested in learning through social networks
• have a strong sense of direction and want to make a difference in the world
Q: Can students graduate with a regular dogwood diploma and apply for post-secondary as they would in any other school?
A: Yes students will be graduating with similar course credits to students in any other school. The program will meet ministry requirements for the core courses. The difference is the way the learning outcomes are achieved and reported.
Q: Is there a tuition cost for the program?
A: No. As the Inquiry Hub is a public school which is part of SD43, there are no tuition fees.
Q: What learning supplies are needed for the Inquiry Hub?
A: Much of the learning will be facilitated by technology and Internet access. It is strongly recommended that every student have a personal laptop as part of the program. In-school technology can be made available for students when needed.
Q: What are the school hours and is attendance mandatory?
A: The Inquiry Hub will have normal school hours and regular attendance is expected. However, there are some key differences between the Inquiry Hub and a regular school schedule. There will be far less structured in-class time, facilitating larger periods of individualized online study, group project work, and personal inquiry time in our learning commons area. It is expected that as students pursue their personal learning they may, with the support of their parents, move beyond the school setting and into the community to pursue their goals. We will accommodate participation in our community as part of our learning routines. There may also be opportunities for students to access other SD43 programs on a part-time basis.
Q: Will there be any structured class time?
A: Yes, there will be organized ‘seminars’ to cover core content and help to both form the basis for the inquiry learning and to fill in any gaps in those learning activities. This will be part of our cultural routine at the Inquiry Hub.
Q: Can parents be involved?
A: It is expected that parents will be involved in the Inquiry Hub. Successful inquiry learning will depend on four levels of learning mentorship: teacher, peer, parental and community. We will provide training to parents to help them understand how to be an effective inquiry mentor for their child and support the learning. It is hoped that all members of our learning community will act as mentors for any student when appropriate.