Programs

DESK Full time Kindergarten to Grade 9 Program.

DESK teachers provide a full time K-9 program for students that are residents of British Columbia.   Registration is offline.  For more information and to request a Registration Package, contact DESK at (250) 354-4311 or toll free: 1800-663-4614.

For the parent who wants to take an active, day-to-day role in the education of his or her child, the DESK Elementary program offers the support of fully certified and experienced teachers, opportunities for your child to participate in online and in-person activities, and all the benefits of a high-quality, Ministry-approved BC curriculum.

All grade K-9 courses are for full time DESK students only.  DESK does not offer K-9 summer school courses.

The Primary Program (Grades K-3) is composed of thematic units that build reading, writing and numeracy skills as well as introduce themes that will grow into knowledge about Science, Social Studies and Art (see more detailed descriptions below).

The Intermediate Program (Grades 4-7) also makes use of thematic modules, but begins to separate the streams of Math, Language Arts, Science, Socials, Fine Arts and French (see more detailed descriptions below).

The Grade 8-9 Program offers a combination of paper-based and online Math, Language Arts, Science, Socials, Physical Education and Health and Career Education materials to support the new curriculum (September 2016).

All K-9 learning programs are a partnership between the DESK teacher, student and parent or guardian to meet the learning needs of the student.

Support for learning is provided by means of:

  •  regular contact with teachers and classmates through email, phone, face-to-face meetings  and virtual classrooms (Elluminate).
  • opportunities for students to participate in local activities such as art, science, music and drama
  •  workshops and field trips (tbd)
  • all learning materials are provided
  • ongoing feedback and evaluation of student work
  • assessment of student progress through formal and informal reporting
  • individualized learning plan that best suits student needs, including a plan for those students with special needs, learning challenges and exceptional abilities
  • flexible and dynamic program to accommodate student needs, learning styles, interests and home situations
  • program for those travelling the world or temporarily living away from home
  • support for the use of technology for communication and learning
  • links to additional online resources and programs
  • financial support for approved Fine Arts, Physical Education Technology and other educational activities that support BC Prescribed Learning Outcomes in the student’s learning plan

    Grade Level Program Summary

  • KINDERGARTEN

    The Kindergarten Program consists of ten sequential modules (see descriptions below).  Every module follows the same structure—a half-day of learning that is divided into one or two sets. Each set comprises five sections of lessons.

    For students with computer access, keyboarding programs, CD’s and online activities and links are provided.

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    GRADE 1

    The Grade 1 Program consists of nine sequential modules. Each module follows the same basic structure one of two or three sets, each set containing five sections of lessons. Mathematics is a separate program consisting of eight modules.

    For students with computer access, keyboarding programs, CD’s, and online activities are available.

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    GRADE 2

    The Grade 2 Program consists of nine sequential modules. Each module follows the same basic structure of one, two or three sets, each set containing five sections of lessons. Mathematics is a separate program consisting of 30 papers.

    For students with computer access, keyboarding programs, CD’s, and online activities are available.

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    GRADE 3

    The Grade 3 Program consists of nine sequential modules. Each module follows the same basic structure—two or three sets, each set containing five sections of lessons.
    Mathematics is a separate program consisting of 30 papers.

    For students with computer access, keyboarding programs, CD’s, and online activities are available.

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    GRADE 4

    The Grade 4 Program is made up of thematic units called modules that cover all subject areas except Mathematics, which is a separate program. There are 5 core modules. Each unit includes a module guide for the parent outlining each day of learning. A variety of resources relating to the theme in each module are provided. These include textbooks, storybooks, non-fiction books, on-line resources, DVDs and CDs.

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    GRADE 5

    The Grade 5 Program is divided into subject areas. Each subject is presented in a series of modules that include daily lessons and activities. A variety of resources relating to subject areas and topics are provided with each module. These include textbooks, online resources, DVD’s and CD’s.

     

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    GRADE 6

    The Grade Six Program is divided into subject areas. Each subject is presented in a series of modules that include daily lessons and activities. A variety of resources relating to each subject area and topic are provided with each module. These include textbooks, online resources, DVD’s and CD’s.

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    GRADE 7

    The Grade Seven Program is divided into subject areas. Each subject is presented in a series of modules that include daily lessons and activities. A variety of resources relating to each subject area and topic are provided with each module. These include textbooks, online resources, DVD’s and CD’s.

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    GRADE 8

    7 Required Courses:

    •     English  8
    •     Math 8
    •     Physical Education 8
    •     Science 8
    •     Social Studies 8
    •     Health and Career Education 8
    •     A second language

    1 Elective Course (to be chosen in consultation with DESK teacher)

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    GRADE 9

    6 Required Courses:

    •     English 9
    •     Social Studies 9
    •     Mathematics 9
    •     Physical Education 9
    •     Science 9
    •     Health and Career Education 9

    2 Elective Courses (to be chosen in consultation with DESK teacher)

    All grade 8-9 courses are for full time DESK students only.

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