The Flexible Studies Program – Program Summary

Philosophy

The Flexible Studies Program uses the acronym VOICES to summarize our educational philosophy. In providing opportunities for students to engage with content in meaningful and relevant ways, to explore ideas and questions of their determination, and to share all of this with our community, we believe that students will be engaged and engrossed with their education.

Program

There is an English option and a French Immersion option for the junior Flexible Studies Program (grades 9 & 10). Students are accepted into either the English option or the French Immersion option. When students begin the senior program, there is no distinction between the French Immersion and the English programs.

Courses and Timetables

Junior English Option

The English option offers multigrade learning opportunities. Students in the English option have flexibility to work through grade nine and ten Learning Outcomes over two years. They will complete some of their “core” courses – English, , Social Studies, and Science – in a structured inquiry-driven model of learning. (Note: Mathematics will be completed in a semestered class with a Flex teacher and cohort).

Junior French Immersion Option

The junior French Immersion option is a two-year program where French Immersion program students take a full French Immersion timetable along with English and Math courses within The Flexible Studies Program. These classes are offered in a blocked timetable and students are grouped by grade-level.

 Senior Program

There is no formal re-application process for grade 11 & 12 students. After the completion of the junior Flexible Studies program, Flexible Studies students will have the option to continue with the senior program. The senior Flexible Studies Program is a two-year program combining the English option and French Immersion option students.

There are many additional options for students at Reynolds when entering their senior years,  so we want to remain flexible to ensure students can take advantage of courses that will meet their personal needs.  With that said, we have some recommended choices for Flexible Studies students who want to continue with a similar philosophy of learning in their senior subjects. Students are not required to take any of the senior courses Flexible Studies courses listed below; these are simply recommendations should they want to continue in a Flex model. Both English and French Immersion option students can choose these classes.  To be considered “in Flex,” a student would need to enroll in at least one linear course option and take part in Flex Service.
  • Humanities 11—A full year (linear) course where students receive credit for both English 11 & Global Studies 11
  • Human Biochemistry and Physiology 11/12—A full year course where students receive credit for both Chemistry 11 & Biology 12  (could be taken in either grade 11 or 12)
  • Flex Online Planning—An outside the timetable course where students receive credit for both Planning & Environment & Sustainability.  See http://coeyplanning.weebly.com/dual-credit-course-outline–assignments.html  for more information (students can even work on this over the summer if desired)
  • Flex Pre-Calculus 11
  • Flex Service 11—if enrolled in any of the linear courses
Grade 12 options (beginning in the 2017/2018 school year) include:
  • Humanities 12—A full year (linear) course where students receive credit for both English 12 & a course yet to be determined
  • Human Biochemistry and Physiology 11/12—A full year course where students receive credit for both Chemistry 11 & Biology 12  (could be taken in either grade 11 or 12)
  • Flex Pre-Calculus 12
  • Independent Directed studies—a course where a student can pursue a personal inquiry project under the supervision of a Flex teacher and a expert in the community.  (4  or 8 credits, depending on the depth of the project)
  • Flex Service 12—if enrolled in any of the linear courses
Please note that the Humanities courses in the senior Flexible Studies program will require one elective in Grade 11 (Global Studies 11) and one elective in Grade 12 (to be determined for the 2017/2018 school year).

Application

The 2017/2018 Flexible Studies Program Application Package can be found here.

The completed application is due to Reynolds Secondary by 1pm on Friday January 27th, 2017. Applications for grades other than grade nine are accepted but acceptance is contingent on available space. The same application is used for all applicants.

Full Flexible Studies Program Information Guide

For anyone wishing further explanation about the Flexible Studies Program, a detailed information guide can be found here.