Welcome to our webpage, our online home! Thank you for considering South Central Interior Distance Education School (SCIDES) for your personalized education experience. Did you know that British Columbia's education system ranks 3rd in the world, following closely behind Finland and Japan? It is an exciting time to be a part of education in BC! There are many quality options to choose from, and distributed learning (primarily learning from a distance) is one we feel very passionate about at SCIDES.
With over 2 decades of experience, we proudly continue to serve students across British Columbia, offering quality education solutions for school-aged students and adult learners alike. Our school was founded in 1990, one of the first Distance Education Schools in BC. Today, there are over 70 Distributed Learning (DL) Schools, with more than 78,499 individuals enrolled in 216,839 courses (2015). SCIDES serves just over 1,700 of those students in more than 2,200 courses.
The 2016 – 2017 school year brings exciting changes to the BC Education Plan, with the goal of “increasingly personalized learning, which is enabled and supported by quality teaching and learning, flexibility and choice, and high standards”. A brand new curriculum and changes to Provincial exams are huge steps towards the future of education – and SCIDES is ready for it!
We now offer blended English and Social Studies for Grades 8 and 9, called Humanities (8/9), and portfolio-based electives will also be part of the lineup soon. Our teachers will work with you on incorporating your passions (like dance, drama, theatre, entrepreneurship, media arts, metal work, and power technology – to name a few) into personalized elective courses, to both fulfill curricular requirements and ignite the spark for deeper learning and understanding. Other new courses include French 8/9, Vet 11, Programming 11, Cosmetology 12, and Hospitality and Tourism 12, providing relevant and hands-on experience for a possible future career.
SCIDES' vision is “Success for ALL Learners ~ Today and Tomorrow.” With a focus on student wellness and on building relationships, we will work with students, their families, tutors, and their caring educational team at their bricks and mortar school (if SCIDES is not the school of record). The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is core to our values and our “village” has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a fast-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world and are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. At SCIDES we believe partnerships and supports are necessary to prepare ALL our students for success, today and tomorrow.
Here are some additional facts about SCIDES:
- We offer over 130 courses in grades 8 -12
- All of our courses are authorized by the BC Ministry of Education and taught by BC certified teachers
- We are open 12 months of the year and offer continuous enrollment
- You can call your subject specialist teacher any day, Monday through Friday
- Teachers are marker-supported, so work is marked when the teacher is on holidays – we aim for a 48 hour marking turn around
- Our elementary program has three general program options that are tailored to your family's needs and wishes
- We have a very active PAC
Thank you once again for visiting our online home. I am super excited about our school, our staff and about the education possibilities in BC. I hope you will find the answers to all your questions surrounding your education, and whether distance education is right for you, on our website. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and chat about whether joining our community for the 2016 – 2017 school year is the best choice for you. I look forward to meeting you - virtually, or in person.
Ms. Colleen Mullin
Principal since July 2014