We build education around lifestyle and adventure, and students are excited to go to school each day.
Our students will not compromise their education, they can integrate back into an educational program and excel with regard to their academic abilities. As part of the program we educate students about the importance of goal setting, using their time effectively, setting priorities, gaining self-discipline and independence, working cooperatively together, all hand in hand with the importance of hard work.
BC Government Curriculum
Our curriculum is delivered through the public school system, SD #72, eBlend program (http://www.sd72.bc.ca/school/distributedlearning/Pages/default.aspx). This is the most successful on-line delivery programs in BC. Student graduate with a Dogwood diploma, just like the majority of students in BC.
Courses are administer through a combination of face-to-face and on-line delivery, with most classes being held at one of the lodges on Whistler or Blackcomb.
The 4 core courses are on-line. This allows students to access them anywhere there is internet, which encourages self-paced progress. Online courses help students learn responsibility, time-management, and accountability. They are taught how to take charge of their own learning, which is an important skill to achieve success. Another advantage of on-line courses is timely feedback, which parents and students can access at will.
Academic goals are set weekly and daily and students report on these with a weekly letter to parents. With a small group of motivated students, there is always time for one-on-one instruction.
As part to the education student experience art projects, experiments, hands on assignments, field trips, guest speakers, and other interactive projects.
Education is tailored to each student.
Students in large classes with an inflexible academic schedule often feel their needs are not being met. Podium of Life offers a flexible schedule and delivery of the academic program to help meet the various needs of students.
A strong aspect of our program is the creation of Individual Education Success Plans (IESP) focusing on the students’ strengths and addressing their challenges. The IESPs build on student strengths in order to build self-confidence and achieve academic success. A flexible course delivery schedule compliments training and competition demands.
Sample of daily schedule
8:30 load lift
8:55 writing for 15 minutes
9:10 core course work, math, socials, English, science
10:45 interactive projects
12:15 out on the slopes
Education is also hands on and interactive.
In addition to daily work on academics students have experienced:
Alpine responsibility code
Performance on Podium
Power point presentation
Guest Speaker Bob “Losing My Legs”
Information Technology A level
- Personal Development
- Healthy living through fitness and skiing
- Nutrition discussions
- Planning out the year
- Planning out a week
- Planning for a competition
- Goal setting for skiing, yearly, weekly, daily
- Safety on snow
- Career exposure through guest speaker
- Self-awareness discussions and group work
- Group process
- Mental toughness – Courage to Win
- The technique of questioning
- Self-assessment and reflection
- Individual athletic plan, Individual education plan, individual personal plan
- Communication – asking for what you want
- Self empowerment
- Self reliance
- Organizational skills
Leadership Presentation Each Student With Their Own Laptop