Highland School Learning Plan 2018-19
Who are we?
Nestled in the northeast woods of Comox, British Columbia, Highland Secondary School enrolls approximately 650 students in grades 8-12. Highland offers a comprehensive high school program, with a diverse range of academics and electives, as well as several specialty programs such as ENTER2, iMaker and an International Student Program. Highland engages students with a wide-ranging co-curricular program including dozens of sports teams, clubs, in-school events and after-school activities, so that all students can find a place and get involved. Moreover, the students and staff of Highland pride themselves on our motto - "Highland has Heart."
What is our focus?
Learning Opportunities – Our central concern is to continue to enhance and develop student-learning opportunities that engage, challenge and prepare students for their chosen future.
Community Connections – We believe it is vital to promote and pursue opportunities to partner and work together with our greater community to build relationships and embed authentic and long-lasting learning experiences for our students so that by the time our graduates leave Highland, they are connected and ready for the real world.
How did we decide on focus?
These are the same focus areas as 2017-18. As a staff we felt that although positive progress was made last year, these are still areas where we can grow and improve. The teaching staff discussed this at our planning retreat in August 2018 and again as a whole staff in September. Later, our Parent Advisory Council and our Student Council also, endorsed the Focus Areas.
Learning and Action
What is our plan to enhance student learning?
- Develop and offer new courses in response to student interest
- Introduction to Business 12
- Philosophy 12
- Leadership 8
- Careers 10-12
- Humanities 10 (co-teaching model)
- Embed inquiry projects into academic classes 8-10.
- Increase the number of our students taking ACE-IT, Apprenticeship and Work Experience.
- Continue to develop and support Blended-Learning opportunities in our classes.
- Use Flex Block model to support learning through tutorial, seminars, work completion.
- Use Flex Block model to provide enriching and choice-driven learning experiences.
- Introduce the Big History Project to the grade 9 Socials and Science programs.
- Increase the number of opportunities our students have to work with younger students from our feeder schools.
- Increase the opportunities for students to be placed in learning situations beyond the walls of our school
- Recognize the learning that students do outside the classroom by introducing and supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award program for all students.
- Increase student awareness of community and global humanitarian and charitable causes.