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Hybrid Timetable

Through years of development, Coast Mountain Academy implements an exciting ‘hybrid’ timetable that brings the best of different course-lengths and a varied weekly schedule to subjects that benefit from them.

Year-long “linear”, semester, and trimester course-lengths are used in different subjects and grade levels to maximize opportunity for the learning activities that suit those subjects and ages best. At the same time, each grade levels’ weekly schedule is carefully constructed to provide diversity, novelty, and a balanced academic load.

For example, Grades 7 and 8 begin the week with an extended Math block on Monday mornings for larger group problem-solving activities. Grade 12s have the option to do classes on Friday remotely. And Grades 7-9 have “Outdoor Connections” all afternoon on Fridays.

2020-2021 Grade 7 Timetable

In the same vein, Interdisciplinary Humanities courses have a lot of material to cover while Career-Life Connections is most impactful when graduating students are preparing university applications in the Fall. Accordingly, Humanities has a daily course meeting throughout the year, while CLC meets three times a week in the first half of the year only. Meanwhile, to give all Middle School students broad exposure to several flavours of the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies courses (Woodworking, Music, Art), each ADST is a trimester long in Grades 7, 8, and 9.

Sample Gr 10 Year Plan

The hybrid timetable also supports our frequent and varied reporting to parents so that student progress is always in view.

LEAD

Coast Mountain Academy’s Leadership Expeditions for Academic Discovery has been a cornerstone of the school since its conception. Our situation in one of Canada’s outdoor recreation meccas affords us remarkable access to an incredible diversity of activities with which to create meaningful student experiences.

Widely praised by alumni as the most significant aspect of their formal education, LEAD activities and trips are designed to achieve the follow ends:

  • Unique and formative personal growth opportunities
  • Diverse and authentic leadership situations
  • Real-world environments for cross-curricular academics
    (e.g. hike to a glacier and use geometry to approximate its volume)
  • Experience of hardship, individual resilience, and the elation of success
  • Social development within CMA peer groups
  • Personal bonds with faculty that enhance classroom learning

Trips follow a scaffolded experience plan that sees destinations and activities grow “from local to global”, with the summative Senior trip being outside of North America. Activities over the course of six years at CMA include wilderness hiking and camping, sea kayaking, canoe tripping, ski touring, and potentially others.