How We Learn

Students will have choice to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. Students develop an online portfolio throughout their learning journey.

Curriculum is covered in two ways:

  • Impacting complex social issues within the community
  • Classroom learning

Ask Good Questions About All Subjects

Teachers facilitate students to co-create robust inquiry projects, which purposefully engage with community projects that cover a wide range of learning outcomes from different subject curriculum. Throughout this process, feedback is an essential component of all three stages, which include:



Share and Reflect

  • Explore fundamental questions of a topic

  • Research: What is it? Why is it important? How does this exist in the world?

  • Expand skill bases and introduce concepts through work with field experts and field research in the community

  • Generate inquiry question

  • Build plan based on inquiry question that identifies possibilities to create positive social change in the local or global community

  • Identify cross-curricular outcomes that fit project in collaboration with teachers

  • Students build on what they have learned in the explore phase

  • Students carry out their plan by testing their thinking and create a passion project such as: research project, art, social innovation project, business plan etc.

  • Teachers, community members, innovators and experts will collaborate, provide support, feedback and guide reflection, project management, documentation, implementation, perseverance etc.

  • Building competencies

  • Students share their learning with the community and peers (eg. written, blogging, Q&A, Presentations etc.)

  • Students develop communication skills and integrate their work into their continued intellectual and social-emotional growth

  • Scheduled time for reflection, redesign and assessment

Multiple Options

We recognize that not all curricular outcomes will be covered in the Inquiry Projects. Outcomes that are not met using the inquiry process will be using a personalized approach. Where appropriate, students will engage in collaborative classroom learning opportunities, or may cover some curricular outcomes through individualized programming options. 

In all cases, students will still be given flexibility and choice to demonstrate their learning in different ways based on their strengths and interests.


The (Y)our Program is where I think I actually started to learn things that were important. Unlike most high school students, I got the chance to learn about things that were going to affect me immediately after high school. I got the chance to learn about credit scores, mortgages and how to do my taxes. I learned the things I didn't think I would need to know. I learned that it's important to challenge people's expectations of you. I learned how to actually make personal connections with people. I learned more than just what was in the curriculum. School can be enjoyable if you let it. I was lucky to be able to choose my sources for projects and make everything personal to my learning. I got to learn, but I got to do it in a way that fit me and catered to what would help me succeed. The curriculum wasn't just shoved down my throat. It was given to me and I was able to make it my own.”

- 3-Year Y(our) Student & First-Year U of A Student