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Academic Studies

Overview

FVAD Academic Studies (FASt) provides specialized education options for both Canadian and international students.  The program oversees a variety of academic options for students depending on individual needs.

With the support of international programs at local private and public schools, as well as the Summit Learning Centre’s Distributed Learning (DL) Program of the Mission Public School District, FASt enables students to complete their academic schooling, leading to a high school diploma.

Academic Options

For students attending FVAD after-school programs, FASt places students in the existing international student programs of the local private or public schools.

For students participating in FVAD’s intensive Pre-Professional Academy (PPA), FASt coordinates morning academic sessions with the appropriate school to enable students to train at FVAD from 1pm daily.

For most international students, FASt places students with one of the local private or public partner schools to ensure they receive the necessary ELL support.  These students attend the academic school’s international student program for morning classroom sessions daily, with some online learning, before training with FVAD from 1pm.

For those student with advanced ELL and who are suitable for more self-directed learning, the FASt program provides Distributed Learning (DL) options.

While specifically designed for those attending the FVAD Pre-Professional Academy (PPA), other students are also welcome to participate in the FASt program.

Distributed Learning (DL)

Distributed Learning (DL) programs are funded by the BC Ministry of Education to enable flexible learning options which satisfy the BC Curriculum, leading to a Dogwood Diploma, for students outside of the regular school environment.  Using district-approved resources, students complete their coursework and BC Provincial testing, receiving ongoing assessments and report cards.

DL programs are:

  • Supervised by a BC-certified teacher
  • Required to meet provincial standards
  • Inspected by the Ministry of Education

Further Information: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/ways-to-learn/classroom-learning/distributed-learning-programs

Working with the highly successful Summit Learning Centre DL program, FASt DL students follow a teacher-directed personalized Student Learning Plan to complete their required courses under the direction of BC-certified teachers, in collaboration with parents.  Summit holds twice weekly tutorials for students in grades 8 to 12 on site at Summit.  For the international student with advanced English wishing to participate in FASt DL program, additional private tutors and ELL language sessions may be required.  (Additional fees will apply)

Online and Parent-Supported Learning

Although under the direction of Summit teachers who provide guidance, direction and support in the implementation of the DL program, students in the FASt DL program must be prepared to engage in their online learning weekday mornings and in available non-training hours.

Students must be organized and highly motivated to participate.  Their morning sessions allow students to complete their academic studies, but are not supervised by Summit staff.

For PPA students in Grades 5 to 7, Summit’s Distributed Learning Program is combination of online courses and guided paper-based study.  For this reason, it is not recommended for international students as parental support is generally an essential part of the program.

For PPA students in Grades 8 to 12, Summit’s Distributed Learning program offers a complete online learning experience which may be suitable for both Canadian students as well as international students with advanced English.

Learning Plans

The FASt Learning Plans are developed under consultation with Summit Learning Centre, or the partner private or public school, to support the demands of FVAD’s rigorous training.  Unlike a traditional academic school environment where students must work within that school’s set schedule for lesson plans, homework and tests, FASt Learning Plans are coordinated with the FVAD calendar.  During intensive rehearsal and performance periods, for example, when students will have less time available to work on academics, study requirements are reduced.  In between these periods, learning expectations are raised.

While FASt students may be able to accelerate their studies in the DL program, they are still required to meet all of the learning outcomes as designed by the B.C. Ministry of Education.

Additional Learning Experiences

As part of the FASt DL program, students attend weekly in-person tutoring sessions with the BC-certified teachers at Summit Learning Centre.

Additional group events, field trips and learning experiences with other Summit Learning Centre students are also available to all FASt students through Summit Learning Centre’s ArtSmarts program.

Further information: http://summitlearningcentre.mpsd.ca/programs/artsmarts.aspx

FASt international students may also participate in field trips and events organized by the International Student Program of their academic school, such as trips to Victoria, Seattle and Whistler.  (Additional fees will apply.)  These are a wonderful opportunity to experience more of the area’s beautiful surroundings, as well as interact with the many other international students who come to Mission each year.  FASt international students also take part in the August orientation offered by their International Student Program, designed to welcome international students to the local area and to help them adjust to living in Canada.

Further information: http://www.studyinmission.ca/

FVAD Academic Studies Summary

FVAD Academic Studies provides options for an exceptional learning experience for FVAD Pre-Professional Academy students and other highly-focussed students, providing a complete academic curriculum leading to a high school diploma, approved by the BC Ministry of Education and supported by BC-certified teachers.  Specifically designed to integrate with FVAD’s intensive training, FASt programs incorporate the very best aspects of the existing international programs at local private and public schools, as well as Summit Learning Centre’s Distributed Learning program and Mission’s International Student Program.

Additional Notes

Medical Coverage for FASt International Students

As required by the FVAD Homestay Program, all international students must hold medical insurance with GuardMe or an equivalent pre-approved agency.  Any students living in BC over 3 months will be enrolled in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) by the Mission International Student Program.

Further information: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/premiums/rates

From the Summit Learning Centre website:

Distributed Learning leads to a British Columbia Dogwood graduation diploma.  Regular submission of assignments and assessment by their Summit Learning Centre teacher ensures that students know that they are on the right track.   Their teachers ensure that the activities and assignments submitted show evidence of each student’s progress towards the Prescribed Learning Outcomes for their course or grade. 

Further information, please visit http://summitlearningcentre.mpsd.ca/

For more information or to enrol in the FVAD Academic Studies program, please Contact Us.