What is an Independent Directed Studies course and how does it fit with high school graduation?
Independent Directed Studies courses enable students to initiate their own learning and receive credits towards graduation.
These courses are intended to:
expand course options for students
allow students to pursue curriculum in greater depth and further develop their passion
provide students with the opportunity to pursue further studies of interest.
An IDS course is an extension of one or more learning outcomes already identified in an existing Grade 10, 11 or 12 course (available for either Ministry Authorized or Board Authorized courses). The course must be rigorous, well though-out and developed through a consultative process involving the student and the teacher. The standards for IDS courses are designed to maintain a high level of quality in the work undertaken. An IDS course is taken as an additional credit outside of the students regular timetable. Following the submission of applications, successful applicants will work with their IDS teacher to identify and develop the IDS course learning outcomes.
What are the potential benefits of participating in an IDS course?
become a self-directed, independent learner
develop collaboration and networking skills
reach beyond conventional course boundaries
develop skills that will prepare you for post secondary success
develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
work with others with similar interests on a local or global basis
opportunity to work with recognized community leaders
add a unique dimension to your portfolio
How many credits are assigned?
An IDS course can be one, two, three or four credits depending upon the number of learning outcomes, depth of the proposal and the number of hours allocated for completion.
How can I register for an IDS course?
Students identify a focus area of interest and work with a teacher to develop an IDS course outline including
process for ongoing facilitation and monitoring
process for evaluation and assessment and criteria for successful completion
timeframe for completion
credit value to be assigned
Students should also identify a mentor (teacher, parent, community member) that is willing to support them through the process of completing the requirements of their IDS course. Students must be able to work independently and meet deadlines.
Download an IDS Registration form
Samples of Independent Directed Studies