IDS Workshop

Do you have a current interest that isn’t being explored by the curriculum? Always wanted to learn about gardening? How the movie industry works or some other curiosity? Brainboost?s Independent Directed Studies POD group can help you learn more about your inner fascinations.

The Independent Directed Studies POD is an open-design, credit course that invites students to learn about a topic of their choice. Together with their Brainboost and online teachers, students will identify the specific ideas they wish to dive deeper in and collaboratively craft a curriculum that meets their learning goals. Being in the driver?s seat empowers students to custom-tailor their learning experience while also honing independent study skills like time-budgeting, teacher communication and study strategy deployment. The IDS course is a great fit for students who feel confident working independently but who also want support in getting acquainted with the the demands of post-secondary school. The POD group will meet every Tuesday night from 6-8 PM to help orient the learning outcomes of each student, with the additional component of independent work to be managed by the student in the days between classes.

Your Teacher -?Emily Cooley

One of BrainBoost?s many Alberta expats, Emily has been working with us since graduating from UBC with an honours degree in philosophy in 2011. She teaches all of the subjects she loves best: English, Social Studies, Drama, Art, and anything else that involves working creatively,thinking on your feet, and problem solving. Outgoing and very tuned-in, Emily has a knack for making strong personal connections with her students.


How much does it cost?
$2400.00 (Class + Study Space)
$1950.00 (Class Only)

When is it?
Mondays 4:15 – 6:15

What are the dates?
Term 2: February 15 – June 13

What ages is it appropriate for?
15 ? 17

What credits can be earned?


Contact us to sign up

To be eligible for credit for this class, students must be enrolled in an accredited distance learning program.
Students may withdraw up to 14 days after the start of the pod and receive a full refund for the class minus the cancellation fee of $50. After that time, the fees are non-refundable.?