The Partners in Education (PIE) Program is a distributed learning school that allows children to be educated, in part or whole, at sites outside of regular school campuses.
For families who have chosen to follow provincial curriculum, the PIE Program offers assistance, direction, and flexibility. Program options include online and/or paper based courses (depending on grade level) and individualized programs designed by students, when appropriate, parents and teachers.
The BC Ministry of Education issues “statements of what students are expected to know and be able to do at an indicated grade”. These statements, called learning outcomes, are specific for each grade and constitute the curriculum students will follow.
Parents work together with the teacher to develop an individualized Student Learning Plan for each child based on grade-specific learning outcomes. Although the curriculum is set by the BC Ministry of Education, the PIE Program offers flexibility in the approach to the curriculum, taking into account the unique learning styles and needs of the students.
Often home educating/homeschooling families discover that enrollment in the PIE Program does not change their overall approach to educating their children. The element of change that comes with enrollment is accountability. Work samples must be presented to the teacher for assessment and report cards are issued based on these assessments.
By enrolling in the PIE Program, parents are agreeing to develop Student Learning Plans in conjunction with a BC certified teacher, to have their children follow provincial curriculum, and to provide work samples for assessment by their child’s teacher.
Because the PIE program is based on building relationships with the families and teachers, the program is most effective for students living in the Powell River and Comox Valley areas, but exceptions are often made so don't hesitate to call or email to see if the program might work for your family.
Provincial learning outcomes for grades K-9 can be found on the PIE Website in the PLO document library.
Provincial learning outcomes for all grades and subjects are available online at: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/irp.htm