CMAP – Coast Mountain Academy Parents
What grades does CMA teach?
CMA offers grades 7 – 12.
Is Coast Mountain Academy an ‘Outdoor School’?
“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.
Are students able to use the Quest cafeteria?
Yes. Students have supervised lunch blocks which have been carefully scheduled to allow enough time for the walk to and from the Quest cafeteria. As Quest has full residence facilities, their cafeteria provides a wide range of hot and cold meal options at a competitive price.
Is there transportation service from outside of Squamish?
Yes. You can read more about this topic on our Transportation page.
How does CMA meet and evaluate students with different combinations of learning styles?
The CMA faculty explore diverse ways in which components of a student’s evaluation can be differentiated and / or individualized; allowing them to demonstrate subject comprehension in a meaningful and effective way appropriate to the student themselves.
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.
On what criteria are admissions be based?
A fundamental premise of CMA’s educational philosophy holds that a student’s capacities, competencies, and potential cannot be evaluated from grades alone. Thus, our admissions policy will take a wholistic approach. In addition to past academic performance, we will include consideration of a student’s involvement in music, the arts, sports, community service, global stewardship and other extra-curricular interests. The ideal CMA student will demonstrate the personal motivation to invest him/herself fully both in the CMA community and in his/her own personal learning and development.
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.
What qualifications are required of CMA teachers?
All CMA faculty are certified BC teachers. Many hold advanced degrees in their academic field and / or in Education. Most Faculty also hold relevant professional development qualifications, advanced first aid certificates, and wilderness skills certifications.
For details on each CMA faculty member, see our staff biographies.
How is the CMA instructional programming model unique?
The CMA curricula are an ongoing and collaborative process between faculty members and the Head of School. The essential framework for all courses includes the following elements:
- 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).
What are the benefits of teaching at CMA?
Do you have a passion for education? For you, is teaching a calling, not just a job? Would you like to have direct input into how courses are taught and the opportunity to create the programs of which you have always dreamed? CMA can be a vehicle for you to exercise your educational and professional ambitions.
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.
Where do teachers get to teach?
Teachers will have the opportunity to teach in modern classrooms, on top of mountain peaks, in, (literally in) rivers, on lakes, at cultural events, in foreign countries, libraries, rock faces, university campuses, while travelling…see where this is going?
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.
What skills do CMA teachers need?
In order to be successful at CMA, faculty and staff will need to come prepared for the trials and inevitable challenges associated with developing, opening, operating, and growing a school. This teaching experience will be unlike any other you may have had in that it will require more investment, both personal and professional, and yield more reward than most other positions in education otherwise could.
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.
Work with us
Coast Mountain Academy is an independent day school located at the incredible campus of Quest University Canada, in Squamish, British Columbia. CMA promotes excellence in education through innovative and inspiring programming models for students in grades 7 to 12.
Our unique style of teaching and learning is informed by findings from current academic research and time-tested educational philosophies. CMA strives towards the application of emergent teaching innovations and dynamic learning venues, both of which are carefully applied to meet the needs of an evolving 21st-century pedagogy.
Simply stated, we at CMA endeavour to graduate inspired leaders with the exceptional academic, social, and emotional preparedness common to conscientious and successful global citizens.
Drawing on the experience of some of the most successful educational innovators across North America, we are creating highly-engaging indoor and outdoor classroom experience to support the holistic development of students. Smaller class sizes, longer class periods, and an emphasis on cross-curricular learning will take full advantage of our rich natural environment. Our priorities are to enable our students with the skills and support to earn their education and develop proficiency in written and oral communication, empathetic relationships, and critical analytical thinking — the keys to success in post-secondary education and beyond.
See our Common Questions page for more details on what a CMA teacher will bring to the school.
We encourage you to send your resume, cover letter and supporting resources to email@example.com for future consideration and for our substitute teacher list.
At Coast Mountain Academy we like to do things differently. In addition to the standard type-written CV, please feel free to express your creativity in other ways. We are seeking creative knowledge seekers to join our team, so show us how you stand out. What will make you the teacher that students talk about 20 years from now? Be innovative. Be engaged. Be inspired.
Applications should be addressed to Mike Slinger, Head of School.
For organizational purposes, please send us one file that includes all of the relevant information. Use the following file name format: “Lastname, Firstname – Application for (insert position)” (i.e. teacher, staff, driver, administration, etc.)
Thank you very much, we look forward to reading your submissions.
Thanks for your interest! Currently, we do not have any faculty opportunities.