SelfDesign on the high seas: This learner and her sister are combining travel and adventure with their learning year

2023-05-31T12:47:30-07:00May 17th, 2023|Our Approach, Learner Stories|

Grade 8 learner Aria and her sister joined the SelfDesign® Learning Community this learning year. They live in Comox, on Vancouver Island, but this year, their family took a sabbatical to go sailing. Aria and Micah needed an alternative to [...]

For this learner, SelfDesign meant opportunities to gain real-world industry experience before he finished grade 12

2023-04-12T09:08:45-07:00April 12th, 2023|Our Approach, Learner Stories|

When John finished grade 12 with SelfDesign journey last June, the 18-year-old had already achieved considerable skill in computer programming. That he was able to do so, he says, is largely due to the encouragement he experienced as a SelfDesign [...]

Thanks to SelfDesign’s support and flexibility, this learner is setting world records in his sport

2023-03-29T09:05:06-07:00March 29th, 2023|Our Approach, Learner Stories|

On October 30, 2022, 18-year-old Nicholas set a world record in the men's 200-metre freestyle S14 swimming event at the FINA [International Swimming Federation] World Cup preliminaries in Toronto. Three months earlier, he had set a Commonwealth Games record in [...]

Personal projects allowed this learner to dive deeply into her passions and build new skills

2023-01-25T11:38:46-08:00January 25th, 2023|Our Approach, Learner Stories|

When SelfDesign learners and their families, and educators gathered in the Lower Mainland last spring for our Commencement Ceremony celebrating our Class of 2022, they were treated to a performance by one of their peers. At the ceremony, Amelia, who [...]

An open mind and a willingness to explore new interests: Interview with SelfDesign alum Mason (2020)

2023-01-10T13:45:18-08:00December 15th, 2022|Featured-Blog, Learner Stories|

As SelfDesign, we recognize that learning happens everywhere, in every moment and throughout a person’s life – not just in class or from kindergarten to grade 12. We also recognize that learning may be about Math or Language Arts or [...]

Interest-based learning led to acceptance in this learner’s university of choice with a full entrance scholarship

2023-01-10T13:43:05-08:00October 24th, 2022|Learner Stories|

Next September, Grace will leave the small farming community where she grew up in the west Kootenays to begin the four-year Bachelor of Arts theatre program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she’ll specialize in historical costume design.