North Island Distance Education School



Below are a list of questions that are frequently asked by our new students about homeschooling in BC, and cross enrollment. Please read through these questions and see if there are any answers you may be looking for. 

What is distributed learning?

Distributed learning, as defined by BC’s Ministry of Education, takes places when a student is primarily at a distance from the teacher, whether studying at home, within another educational facility or anywhere else on the planet with an Internet connection. 

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to school-age BC residents to take courses at Navigate. Graduated adults can click here to find a list of available courses that are offered at no cost.

How much does it cost for International students to register at Navigate?

International students are charged $1000.00 to register for courses at Navigate.

What high school courses are available at Navigate?

You can find a full list of online high school courses and high school courses available in print format here.
Clicking on the course you're interested in will provide you with information about the number of credits that can be earned, an outline of the content, and the structure for each course.

Does completing a course using this program provide me with the official credits awarded by other school boards?

Yes, when you complete an online course through Navigate, full credits for the course are transferable to your current school district and are included when calculating graduation requirements. These cross enrollment protocols are approved by the BC Ministry of Education and have been successfully implemented through Navigate for many years.

Is there a way to find out what courses I need to take?

You can discuss different options with one of our Navigate counselors, or talk to the counselor of your current BC high school about cross enrollment options. Cross enrollment can provide more flexibility for your course schedule, allowing you to take advantage of locally offered electives and meet  BC graduation requirements.

What is the average completion time for courses?

Navigate courses are self-paced and so the completion time may vary from student to student. On average, the courses take 5 months to complete.

How long do I have to complete my secondary course?

Navigate courses are designed for completion in 30 weeks with extensions granted in consultation with the instructor. 

Is distributed learning the same as homeschooling?

No. Unlike homeschooling, which does not have to meet provincial education standards and puts responsibility for administering education on the parent or guardian, a Navigate education meets all provincial education outcomes and is directed by a BC-certified teacher.  Navigate  combines online distance learning with online video conferencing and virtual classrooms, as well as face-to-face classroom instruction for students in the Comox Valley as well as Nanaimo and Qualicum Beach.

What are the FAE and ENTER grade configurations?

FAE Grade Configuration:

K-2 (2 Divisions) 44 students total

3-5 (2 Divisions) 48 students total

6-8  (1 Division) 24 students total


ENTER Grade Configuration: At Aspen Park Elementary School

Grades 6/7 (1 Division) 24 students total

ENTER2  Grade Configuration: At Highland Secondary School

Grades 8/9 (1 Division) 24 students total


How do I register?

You can register directly online. Go to the registration page and select the registration form you require. Fill out all the parts of the form and choose the course you would like to register in. Click 'Submit' when you have completed the form.

NOTE: If you are registering for a language course, keep scrolling down until you reach a seperate box where all of the Rosetta Stone language courses are listed.

Once you have completed the registration form and submitted it, click on 'First Assignment'. Click on the course you are registering for. If you are registering for a language course, click on 'International Languages' at the top of the list. This will take you to a seperate page where you can click on the desired language.

Complete the first assignment and submit it when you are done. Remember, the first assignment can take a while to complete. Give yourself plenty of time to sit and work on it. Once you have completed these two forms you have registered for the course! It will take a few days for the office to process your registration.

How will I know I am registered/accepted/able to enter my course?

You will receive an email from our office staff and from your teacher.

How do I get my username?

Your username and password will be emailed to you once your registration form and first assignment have been processed. This may take a few days after you have registered. You will also receive a welcome email from your instructor.

How do I login?

If you would like to login to your D2L course, go to the login page at the following link: http://online.nides.bc.caEnter the username and password that was given to you. This will take you to the main D2L page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on your course.

Who is my teacher?

Your teacher's name will be on your course page in D2L, and your teacher will send you a welcome email. You can also look at the Contact Us page on our website. Here you will see a list of the courses we offer and the name of the instructor who teaches each course.

I cannot access my course.

First check  the suggestions here. If you have fogotten your password, please click on 'forgot password'. Enter your username and a new password will be emailed to your contact email.

If you have forgotten your username, please submit a help ticket at the following link: One of our tech personnel will contact you with a new username.