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School Plans to Expand ENTER and E2 Programs

February 19, 2016

Navigate is excited to announce that the school is planning to expand the popular ENTER and E2 programs into double cohorts of students this fall in response to the high demand for spaces, and is hosting several community information events where families can learn more about their award winning blended learning programs.

The eCademy of New Technology Engineering and Robotics program is ideal for middle years students who are drawn to STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math), and enjoy activities like coding, tinkering, and a hands-on approach to learning. Both ENTER (Grade 6-7) and ENTER2 (Grade 8-9) programs explore and apply information from the curriculum using a wide variety of technology, programming skills, and building materials which allows students to test ideas and discover how and why things work. A new and exciting part of the program expansion is the plan to add a full cohort of girls to the 6-7 ENTER program to encourage them to pursue careers and further training in science and technology.

"Technology has changed almost every aspect of our lives including our approach to education and preparing students for rewarding careers," adds Navigate Principal Jeff Stewart. "We are proud of our innovative blended learning programs like ENTER and how we weave together project-based learning with the student's passions so that school is truly meaningful and engaging for these students and the way they learn as individuals."

Similarly, the Fine Arts eCademy (referred to as FAE) presents the provincial curriculum through the arts and appeals to K-8 learners who are naturally expressive. Students in the FAE program learn about all subjects through the experience of music, literature, art and performance. Most people would agree that it's easier to feel motivated when they're doing something they enjoy. At Navigate (Powered by NIDES), recognizing this natural motivation in students is referred to as "finding the spark" for learning. This line of thinking has led to a very dynamic learning environment.

"What we are hearing from families is that they truly appreciate knowing what their options are with these two distinct district programs. Both ENTER and FAE are moving into their fifth year of operation and are now fully established and doing great things for our students and families," Stewart adds. Navigate blended learning programs combine learning at school with learning at home, are fully supported by qualified BC teachers, and satisfy the Ministry of Education requirements. "Some are just hearing about us for the first time and are excited to see their kids engaged in the learning process and finding a sense of community that they may not have experienced in other learning environments," says Stewart. "Some families are literally moving to the Comox Valley to have their children attend these programs."

Navigate is inviting the public to attend their free information events to experience this unique approach to learning. The information sessions are intended to give parents and students a chance to learn about all of the options available to them in the Comox Valley as they consider registration options for the 2016-2017 school year.

Community Information nights are planned that will give a general overview of all Navigate programs, which also include iClass for parents who prefer their children learn primarily at home, and cross enrollment options. The next info night will be held on March 2nd from 6:30-8:00PM at Aspen Elementary located at 2250 Bolt Ave in Comox.

For those wanting more specific information about FAE, ENTER and E2 programs there are also several open house events and student showcases planned where parents can experience the learning environment for themselves. The FAE Showcase of Learning will be on Wednesday February 17th 3:30-5pm at Tsolum and the FAE Open House will be on March 3rd from 9:30-11:30am. The ENTER and E2 Open House events will both be held on Wednesday, March 2 at Aspen Elementary and at Highland Secondary in Comox from 9:30-11:30am.

Space in the FAE, ENTER, and ENTER2 programs is limited, so if you would like to learn more about the innovative learning options available at Navigate, plan to attend the free information sessions.


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