“Outdoor Schools” are typically focused on outdoor education or programs that expose students to natural environments and build the ‘hard skills’ related to outdoor pursuits.
Coast Mountain Academy’s primary objective, on the other hand, is to provide a rigorous academic program that supports and promotes university preparation. Courses will meet and exceed the standards set by the internationally recognized, BC Ministry of Education endorsed, British Columbia Certificate of Graduation, also known as the “Dogwood Diploma”.
CMA’s classes are taught predominantly in classrooms, though we do believe in the power of ‘taking kids outside’ to engage their sense of discovery. As a result, we explore outdoor classrooms and work to take our curricula outside whenever appropriate.
The concept of student-designed assignments recognizes that students are able to demonstrate comprehension and deep understanding in ways other than those created by a teacher or the Ministry of Education. Such assignments are better able to take into consideration a student’s interests, abilities and specific learning styles. By having the student assist in the design of the evaluation criteria, we encourage accountability, promote engagement, and provide a means for creative expression.
CMA will review each prospective student’s current academic standing and will interview both the parents and the student to allow all parties to share their goals and expectations. As a new school, CMA’s traditions, character and reputation will be shaped by our inaugural classes. We look forward to welcoming students who will thrive in our dynamic environment and who, in turn, will contribute positively to the school’s development.
For details on each CMA faculty member, see our staff biographies.
- All core subjects satisfy the requirements of the BC Ministry of Education Dogwood Diploma.
- Where beneficial, subjects are integrated to provide a wholistic approach to learning and increased context between disciplines. In practice, this means linear (“full year”) combined-subject courses where teachers can connect closely-related knowledge which is technically part of more than one Ministry of Education course.
- Student’s academic studies are connected to application in the real world through regular instruction outside the contemporary classroom environment (see E3). Our region is rich in learning venues and we believe strongly in place-based education opportunities.
- Technology is integrated into every stream of the curricula to enable a higher level of collaboration, efficiency, and accountability than ever before.
- Daily Physical Activity (Ministry of Education DPA) is an important focus of the CMA program (see PE + Math).
Coast Mountain Academy will require a great deal of investment and ongoing commitment to accomplish our mission and fulfill our vision. If you are searching for a career path that could lead towards your life legacy, Coast Mountain Academy might just be the right place for you.
Although our contemporary indoor classroom will be the primary learning venue, other options will be explored for their ability to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Our teachers will recognize the climate of learning as extending beyond the walls of the school itself and will work to reflect this in the experiential component of the IPM and the participatory design of the CMA educational system.
Our teachers will join our education community as stakeholders in, and contributors to, a ‘climate of learning’. They will work with parents, students, administration, external assets, etc. in order to facilitate a contiguous educational system aimed at enhancing teaching and learning opportunities for other stakeholders.