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School District 5
Education Anytime, Anyplace, Your Pace
Kootenay Discovery School
About our School
 Kootenay Learning Campus and Kootenay Discovery School

KLC provides self paced instruction for learners who are looking for alternatives to the Brick and Mortar setting,  wish to complete a course for graduation, take a course for interest or work to obtain their adult graduation diploma.​ 


Alternate Delivery Models

Kootenay Learning Campus (KLC)  provides educational opportunities that may not be possible to students attending a traditional,"bricks and mortar" school.  We offer alternative, self paced educational programs to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 + â€‹Adult. 

Ownership of Learning

KLC allows the student to be in charge of their learning. They can decide on the pace at which to move through the material, when they are ready to be assessed, and in some cases, make decisions on how to be assessed.  We believe that this responsibility empowers students with the confidence to develop competencies that will serve them effectively after graduation and into adulthood.



Distributed learning​/Learning from Home

Kootenay Discovery School is our distributed learning school. Distributed learning provides the flexibility and convenience of learning in a self paced , mobile environment, and expands course options for any student across BC.  KDS offers over 60 online and paperbased courses, all of which meet BC Ministry of Education mandated curriculum guidelines and learning outcomes. We offer full time home learning programs for students grades  k-12, which are delivered in a blended model of class time and home learning time. 

 We also offer a selection of courses for graduated adults wishing to upgrade their courses for entrance into post secondary institutions. 


Cross Enrollment - how does it work?

How does cross enrollment for high school students work?

With cross enrollment, a student simply enrolls in two schools at the same time, completing in-class studies in their current BC secondary school, and enrolling with KDS or KLC for the courses they choose to take online. 

What are the benefits of cross enrollment?

Here's an example: A student has been looking forward to taking a metalwork elective, however when they meet to plan their semester with their school counselor, they learn that it's only offered at their secondary school at the same time as Social Studies 10, a course they're required to take. Cross enrollment allows the student to enroll with KDS to complete Social Studies 10 as a distributed learning course, freeing up the time on the schedule to also take the metalwork elective at their current school. The student is credited for both completed courses.

Cross enrollment provides helpful tools to school counselors throughout BC to find creative solutions that motivate students. Families can choose a learning environment that supports their child's needs and provides a positive peer experience. It's our experience at KDS/ KLC that providing this flexibility motivates learners to take a keener interest in their education.

Students who utilize a cross enrollment option can also meet their goals faster by having the option of continuing their studies throughout the year, or by taking academic courses consecutively. For example, some students find that understanding the concepts in Math 11 course is easier when it's taken in the semester immediately following completion of Math 10, rather than waiting until the next school year.

What if a student needs help?

Our staff specializes in distributed learning, and being able to provide the resources that support distance learning. Each student is assigned a BC certified teacher, and the student creates a customized work plan to help them meet their goals.

Where is KLC?

KLC is a fully funded and accredited BC school operating within School District 5 ( Southeast Kootenay)  in the East Kootenays. Our main campus is located at 802 2nd Avenue,  in Fernie, BC. KLC also has a campus in Cranbrook at  25-17th Ave North, Cranbrook, BC.  The protocols for cross enrollment are approved by the BC Ministry of Education and have been successfully implemented through KDS and KLC for many years.

Is cross enrollment with KLC right for you?

The answer is yes, if you want to:

  • Fit more electives into your course schedule
  • Work at your own pace
  • Meet goals of graduation requirements faster

KLC is for Adults too! We offer Continuing Education courses for Adults ages 16+

Adults who have not yet received their BC graduation diploma can obtain their BC Adult Graduation Diploma through KLC. 

Adults can also take courses with us at our KLC locations, whether for upgrading for post secondary or to work towards a regular high school  diploma.

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To qualify for a free education through KLC services and the Ministry of Education for British Columbia, you must:

1. Be a resident of British Columbia.

  1. 2.Check the availability of programs. Not all programs offered by KDS and KLC are subject to open enrollment.​


KDS and KLC Teachers are here to support you!

Our teachers are available Monday to Friday ( 8:30- 3:30) to support your learning in person at our campus in Fernie or Cranbrook, by phone, or online through our Moodle courses.


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