We would love to answer your questions, but first take a look at some of the Frequently Asked Questions below and maybe you’ll find what you are looking for.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I start the application process? And what is the process? When is the Deadline?
Students fill out this quick application form. Our Principal, Mr. Truss, will contact you and your parents/guardians and start the process below.
After the short application form is filled out, you will be contacted within 2 school days. Here are the next steps:
1. A detailed questionnaire for students. (This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete.)
2. An interview with the student and parent/guardians. (Due to Covid-19 this will be done on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. It will be booked for 45 minutes.) *Not everyone gets an interview, but there will be a Parent/Principal conversation in the cases where no interview will be held.
3. A questionnaire for current teachers. (We basically ask them questions about whether you are a student described below.)
Who is the school for?
Who are successful candidates?
Successful students are often those who share a passion for investigation, have an innate sense of curiosity, and want to use technology to learn. Inquiry Hub is for students who are seeking a cooperative learning environment where they can focus on their interests individually and in small teams – those who:
- are motivated learners with self-regulation skills
- can work independently during unstructured class time
- want a chance to apply their learning in a practical way
- are interested in research and learning with technology
- desire to work on substantive projects which make a difference
Mr. Truss on ‘The Purpose of Inquiry Hub‘:
Where can I find out more about the school?
We had a digital Open House on Dec. 1st, 2020 and you can watch it here. You can watch the entire (student led and run) presentation, but you can also skip to individual segments of interest.
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What does a typical day look like? And, what do inquiry projects look like?
No matter how we break it down, students usually end up with about 30% to 40% of their day being what we call DLC, time to Dream, Create, and Learn. DCL time is used for:
- Getting work assigned by teachers done: Yes, teachers give homework and have due dates for assignments.
- Working on teams and in groups. This includes presentations and teaching other students what you’ve learned.
- Doing inquiries and IDS – Independent Directed Studies. These are not done ‘on your own’. Teachers guide and support students all along the way.
That said, the next question is often asked…
How do students get all the work done required in other schools and still have time for inquiry projects and IDS?
Students take just as many classes as they would at a typical high school (sometimes more). These courses include Inquiry Courses and Independent Directed Studies (IDS). Students take these courses instead of a wider choice of electives offered at other schools, and they get to do some really fun, interesting and in-depth projects that they simply wouldn’t usually wouldn’t have time for in another school… Yet, at Inquiry Hub students are acquiring credits that count towards their graduation with their inquiries and IDS courses.
Our students take courses all year (we are not on the semester or quarter system) and they meet all the requirements for a BC Dogwood Diploma (like students at every other high school). Courses are provided 1-3 times per week and our teachers work hard to integrate the curriculum to help reduce the overall number of assignments. While this integration in subjects like Math is more challenging, it is more easily accomplished with English and Social Studies which are taught as Humanities. Not only do we integrate our studies, we focus on curricular outcomes and competencies that we know will help students be successful in their future schooling and in life. We are often asked if students are ‘missing out’ on academics because they have so much DCL (flex) time.. but our school is filled with content experts who fill a student’s day with projects that dig deep into the curriculum, and unlike 12-14% of the high achieving first year students that drop out of SFU and UBC every year, our grads excel in the programs they go into after Inquiry Hub.
What do Inquiry and IDS projects look like?
Thia, Grade 10, on ‘What are inquiries, and her inquiries so far‘. (Link to Thia’s food blog.)
If you haven’t already done so, check out some of the projects created by our students here.
Do you offer all of the Sciences?
We have most. Currently we don’t offer the Earth Sciences courses, but students can explore these topics with their own inquiries or IDS courses. Here is a really good video explanation of the courses we offer and the kind of Science students that come to our school:
Mr. Sarte on ‘Sciences at Inquiry Hub‘
What is the difference between Talons, IB, and Inquiry Hub?
These are three very good programs offered by SD43 – Coquitlam. However, not one of the programs is the best fit for every student.
Talons is only for students who have been identified as gifted. It is mostly a Grade 9/10 program with an emphasis on Chemistry, Biology, and Leadership in grades 11 and 12. There is also the possibility to do Independent Directed Studies.
IB – International Baccalaureate provides a rich, rigorous, and rigid program. The curriculum and expectations regarding assessments are not controlled within BC. For those students who are able to successfully complete all IB requirements, they are in a good position to meet university acceptance criteria, including postsecondary schools in other countries—a benefit for those students who wish to study out-of-province. If you can get into the program and do all the work, you will be well prepared for university.
Inquiry Hub (iHub) – By design, Inquiry Hub fits the needs of many gifted students and provides a full Grade 9-12 program. We aim to prepare students for a changing world where they have the option to do more education, informal learning, or entrepreneurship throughout their lives. In grades 9 and 10, we specifically teach leadership, collaboration, and project management skills along with the process of inquiry. We encourage and teach graphic design skills. We also emphasise communication using the Hero’s Journey and marketing concepts. We believe that students can learn to make a living sharing the work they love to do.
iHub grads have gotten into UBC Engineering, Mechatronics at Waterloo, Emily Carr University, and we even have a Loran Scholar that will be going to McGill. However, if you are thinking of something like medical school, then IB is probably a better program for you. Our current students are interested in storytelling, content creation, creativity, visual and performing arts, podcasting, journalism, history, culture, computer programming, and leadership along with the usual academics. iHub is a community that will help students make their creative ideas come to life. We develop a practice with students to take on challenging tasks and share what they learn.
Note: Like most schools in the province, we do not offer AP courses at iHub.
Mr. Sarte on ‘School and life after Inquiry Hub‘: