Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Families

 

General


What are the different learning options?
What are the options within the Distributed Learning Program?
How do I enrol?
What is the teacher’s role in Distributed Learning?
What is the parent’s role in Distributed Learning?
What is the student’s role in Distributed Learning?
What type of technology will we need for Distributed Learning?
Does Anchor Academy charge tuition?
Will my student receive funding in the Distributed Learning program?
Will my child be required to take a Bible course?
How many hours a day will my child need to be working on school?

Grades K – 9


Will my child’s courses be on the computer or in traditional textbooks and workbooks?
What classes will my child be taking?

Grades 10 – 12


What courses are offered for Distributed Learning students?
Will my child’s courses be on the computer or in traditional textbooks and workbooks?
How do students write tests for the DL program?
Will my child have the same teacher for all subjects?
How many courses does a student take at one time?
What electives should my child take?
What are the requirements for graduation?
Do you offer the Adult Graduation Program?

Special Education


What is the goal of the Special Education Department?
How does Special Education funding work?
Will my student have extra support?
Who finds the support workers?
Will my child be expected to see a counsellor?
What is the chain of command if there are issues?
What if my child needs a psych-ed assessment?
Does Anchor Academy have any other specialized supports?
Are there any options besides the Dogwood Certificate?
 

 


General


What are the different learning options?

 

Option 1: Distributed Learning


DL is a method of instruction that relies primarily on indirect communication between student and teachers, including internet or other electronic-based delivery, teleconferencing or correspondence.


This program follows Learning Standards as prescribed by the B.C. Ministry of Education. This program is eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate.


Note: This program is only available to permanent residents of B.C.

 
Option 2: International Program


This program has limited funding (B.C. residents only) with Individualized or School designed resource choices designed on an International Diploma graduation path, (not a B.C. Dogwood diploma program).


Note: This program is available for students in B.C., throughout Canada, and abroad.


Option 3: BC Home School Registered


This independent program has limited funding. Parents are responsible for providing their children with an education program, however they are not required to meet the Provincial Curriculum Competencies. BC Home School Registered students are not eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate. 
 

Note: This program is only available to permanent residents of B.C.

What are the options within the Distributed Learning Program?

 

  • Teacher Designed - Courses incorporating the use of Biblical resources/assignments prepared by Anchor Academy teachers that satisfy the B.C. Ministry of Education Learning Standards.
     

  • Individualized - In consultation with Anchor Academy teacher(s), parents select preferred resources, and with the teacher create a unique Student Learning Plan while meeting B.C. Ministry of Education Learning Standards.
     

  • Special Education - Specialized teachers work with a team to support students with specific learning challenges to implement learning adaptations and modifications.
     

  • Adult Graduation - Helping those students aged 18 and older to achieve high school graduation.
     

  • Apprenticeship - A specific Student Learning Plan that is directed to trades learning.
     

  • Cross Enrollment - Students can enroll in one or more courses while attending another school.  This is only available for Grades 10-12 and with administrative approval.

 

How do I enrol?

 

  • All registration/enrolment forms can be found online at www.ark.net.
     

  • To enroll online or register, go to www.ark.net, homepage, QUICK LINKS (bottom of page), “Request for Enrollment”, complete online form. The system will email a confirmation that the school has received your request.
     

  • You may also choose to download the PDF format of the enrolment or registration forms at www.ark.net.
     

  • If you are unable to complete any of these options or have questions, please contact the office at 1.888.917.3783 for assistance.

 

What is the teacher’s role in Distributed Learning?
 

Teacher responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Planning, delivering, assessing and reporting on student learning.  This includes:

    • Preparing IEP (Individualized Education Program), SLP (Student Learning Plan)

    • Ordering materials

    • Providing learning activities

    • Assessing and providing feedback on student work

    • Reporting on student learning according to BC performance standards
       

  • Keeping established hours of availability for parents and students
     

  • Communicating at least once a week with students in an academically meaningful way using multiple methods of communication
     

  • Managing student funding in consultation with the parent

 

 

What is the parent’s role in Distributed Learning?


Parent responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Facilitating student learning under the direction of Anchor Academy’s BC certified teacher
     

  • Knowing academic expectations and deadlines, and helping the student meet them
     

  • Communicating with the teacher about concerns
     

  • Overseeing the organization and submission of student work
     

  • Supervising tests and quizzes
     

  • Submitting requests for Anchor Academy to pay for Third Party Services and working with Anchor Academy staff to ensure proper Criminal Record Checks are in place
     

  • If parents choose to hire Third Party Services to help with the educational needs of their child, parents are still responsible to communicate directly with the teacher.  Parents may then share any information with the Third Party as they deem necessary for the benefit of their child’s education.  If parents would like Anchor Academy teachers to communicate directly with the Third Party, written consent will be required.  This consent does not negate the responsibilities of the parent. Parents still need to communicate with Anchor Academy teachers to keep informed of their child’s progress and make educational decisions on behalf of their child.


What is the student’s role in Distributed Learning?


Student responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Communicating with the teacher of each course on a weekly basis (or more often if needed)

  • Completing and submitting course work in a timely fashion

  • Asking for help from the teacher when needed

  • Respecting the rights of fellow students and the teacher

What type of technology will we need for Distributed Learning?
 

It is recommended that students obtain:

 

  • A headset with microphone

  • Access to a good computer (computers may be available to borrow from the Anchor Academy library; please contact the Homeroom Teacher to determine eligibility)

  • Internet service that allows frequent use

  • Microsoft Office 365 (provided by Anchor Academy at no cost to the family; contact the Homeroom Teacher for more information)

  • Printer/scanner

Does Anchor Academy charge tuition?
 

For students enrolling on or after April 1, 2021 Anchor Academy will be implementing a $50 tuition fee per student (to a family max of $150). This fee will be payable during enrolment.  The following other fees will also be applied:

  • Cross enrolled school age students $100 per course

  • Non-graduated adult age students (born before July 1, 2002) $200 per course

  • Graduated adult age students (born before July 1, 2002) $500 per course

Will my student receive funding in the Distributed Learning Program?
 

Funding is available for learning resources in the following ways:

 

  1. Anchor Academy Credit Allocation (ACA) for learning
    Anchor Academy is committed to meeting the individual learning needs of each student.  In order to provide the necessary curricula, resources, and activities to families, the Ministry of Education has set a cap on the 3rd party services/resources allocation of up to $600 per FTE (Full Time Equivalent) in grades K-12. This equals $75 per high school course to a maximum of $600 per student.

    NOTE: Due to the course fees required to deliver Grade 10-12 academic courses (English, Math, Science, Socials, Second Language), no ACA funds are available for those courses as all necessary resources are provided by the school.  Elective courses may have ACA funds available to help pay for 3rd party services and consumable resources (for example, sport or music lessons, etc.).
     

  2. Anchor Academy’s Resource Library 
    Anchor Academy has developed a Resource Library from which non-consumable items (such as textbooks and CD’s) can be borrowed for as long as they are needed during the school year.
     

  3. Subscriptions
    Anchor Academy provides specific on-line school subscriptions for Anchor Academy students at no charge to the family.  


Will my child be required to take a Bible course?


Students in Grades K-9 will not take a specific Bible course, but Christian content is incorporated into other courses. Students graduating from Anchor Academy are required to take at least one Bible course in their Grade 10-12 years.

How many hours a day will my child need to be working on school?


While every student is different, most full-time students will need to work approximately four to six hours a day each weekday in order to complete their assignments.  Teachers will give guidance as to which assignments are due each term. Grade 10 – 12 courses should require approximately 100 – 120 hours to complete each course.

Grades K – 9


Will my child’s courses be on the computer or in traditional textbooks and workbooks?


Curricular resources are available in a variety of formats. Parents can work with the teacher to access the desired mix of resource types. Most of our Grade 8 & 9 courses are on Moodle, which is an online platform.

What classes will my child be taking?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Grades 10 – 12


What courses are offered for Distributed Learning students?

 

A list of courses with descriptions can be found on our website in the High School Corner.

 

Will my child’s courses be on the computer or in traditional textbooks and workbooks?


Most of our Grade 10-12 courses are on Moodle, which is an online platform.  Most courses will use paper resources with online submissions.  Some courses are completely online.  There may be some opportunity for students to use alternative resources and submission methods.  This decision will be made in consultation with the High School Vice Principal.

How do students write tests for the DL program?


Tests are embedded within each course.  Students can write them at home, but they will need to be supervised by an adult.  The adult must be in the same room and able to see the computer screen at all times.  The student must write the test in one sitting without aid, except what is allowed by the teacher (for example a calculator may be allowed for most math tests).  Graduation Provincial Assessments must be written at Anchor Academy or at local high schools.  Students will need to sign-up on our website for the session of their choice so our exam coordinator can work out the details with the other school.

Will my child have the same teacher for all subjects?


In grades 10 to 12, subjects are taught by specialist teachers, which means that students will have one teacher for Mathematics and Science and another who specializes in English and Social Studies.  Depending on what electives are chosen, students might have other teachers as well.  Although this might seem overwhelming at first, it really gives a chance for students to learn from specialists in their fields – teachers who really love and understand the content and are experienced in teaching those courses.  Students who request the same teacher for all subjects will need to consult with the High School Vice Principal before a decision will be made.

How many courses does a student take at one time?


High School students are encouraged to take four courses at a time (2 academic and 2 non-academic).  Our courses are self-paced, so can start and finish at any time throughout the year.  Students are encouraged to complete each course within the semester it is started but can have up to 12 months to complete each course if needed.

What electives should my child take?


This really depends on the student's interests and plans after high school.   If the student participates in extra-curricular activities, we might be able to work that into course credits either through:


It is recommended that students consult with the High School Vice Principal to discuss options and graduation requirements, and to ensure completion of prerequisites for Post-Secondary Programs.  

What are the requirements for graduation?


Required Courses (52 credits) 
Credits must be earned in the following subject areas or courses:

 

  • Language Arts 10 (4 credits)

  • Language Arts 11 (4 credits)

  • English Studies 12 (4 credits)

  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits)

  • a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)

  • a Mathematics 10 (4 credits)

  • a Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits)

  • Science 10 (4 credits)

  • a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)

  • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)

  • an Arts Education or Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)

  • Career Life Education (4 credits)

  • Career Life Connections (4 credits)

Electives (minimum of 28 credits)

Elective credits may be from:

 

Do you offer the Adult Graduation Program?


Yes, for students who are 18 or older.  The requirements for adult graduation are:

  • English Studies 12

  • A Math 11 or 12 course

  • At least three additional Grade 12 electives, or a Grade 11 Socials Studies course and two additional Grade 12 electives (these cannot be BAA, IDS, or locally developed courses)

 

Courses and credits can be counted from either or both the public secondary and post-secondary systems.


Of the five courses required for the Adult Dogwood, at least three must be completed after the adult student has entered the Adult Graduation Program, either through enrolment (instruction) or Prior Learning Assessment. This means that students can receive credit toward the Adult Dogwood for no more than two qualifying courses completed while in the B.C. (school-aged) Graduation Program. You cannot receive an Adult Dogwood using only courses completed prior to enrolling in the Adult Graduation Program.


Adult learners are not required to complete the Graduation Numeracy or Literacy Assessments to graduate with the Adult Dogwood. At the same time, adult learners should be aware that some post-secondary institutions may require that students write assessments/examinations for admission purposes.

Special Education


What is the goal of the Special Education Department?


Our goal is to support and develop each child that God brings to Anchor Academy. Each child is uniquely and wonderfully made, and Anchor Academy is honoured to work as a multidisciplinary team with each family to grow every child academically, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

How does Special Education funding work?


The Ministry of Education gives Anchor Academy funds that are used to develop and support the Special Education Department, including your child's educational program, as described in the IEP.

Will my student have extra support?


You can access CEA/EA support.  This support can be virtual using the Zoom platform or face-to-face.  The number of hours per week depends on the level of funding and the other supports that are needed for your child's program.

Who finds the support workers?


We have a list of support workers that have worked with Anchor Academy before, but we also encourage families to ask in their local areas.  Of course, we will do our very best to help find a support worker if that is the need.

Will my child be expected to see a counsellor?


If your child is designated as level 3H it is mandatory that a counsellor be in place.

Who do I contact if I have concerns?


We encourage parents to discuss all concerns with the teacher first. If the teacher cannot answer your question, please contact Anchor Academy and ask for the Special Education Department.

 

What if my child needs a psych-ed assessment?


Anchor Academy has a teacher on our team who has a Masters in Educational Psychology and can administer this assessment. If this teacher is not available, we will try to schedule an assessment in your community.

Does Anchor Academy have any other specialized supports?


If the IEP team requests, Anchor can provide special programs such as one-on-one educational supports or tutoring, TinyEye therapies, programs for struggling readers, math programs, etc.

Are there any options besides the Dogwood Certificate?


While not a graduation credential, the Evergreen Certificate recognizes the accomplishments of students who have not graduated but have met the goals of an Individualized Education Plan.