Enrolment Options

Choosing Your Best Choice

Kootenay Lake ELEV8 Online Learning values providing flexible learning options for students so that they have optimal opportunities for success. Students may either enroll as an Online Learning student, or register as homeschoolers.

Enrolment as an Online Learning (OL) Student

Students may enroll as an Online Learning (OL) student K-12. 

OL students are:

  • Overseen by a BC Certified teacher
  • Required to complete BC curriculum standards
  • Issued a report card three times per year
  • Required to complete provincial exams (FSA, Literacy, Numeracy)
  • Provided required resources for the educational program
  • Provided access to additional funds for activities and services to support the educational program
  • Invited to participate in group learning activities, should they be available in their location. 

Comparison of Registered Homeschooler with Distributed Learning (DL) Student - Visit Ministry Website 

Public School
Online Learning
Independent School
Online Learning

Must meet the learning standards of the BC Curriculum

No Yes Yes
Learning must be supervised by a BC Teacher No Yes Yes
Student must use district, or school approved resources No  Yes Yes
Student progress must be evaluated by a teacher and report cards
are prepared by a teacher 3x per year
No Yes Yes
Must participate in provincial testing (provincial exams, FSAs) No Yes Yes
Religious text/resources may be used Yes No Yes
Status of student with school Registered Enrolled Enrolled

Registration as a Homeschooler

Students may register with an ELEV8 program as a homeschooler. Homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching offered outside the B.C. educational system. Typically, a family member delivers the entire educational program to children at home. Homeschooling programs are not:

  • Supervised by a BC certified teacher
  • Required to meet provincial standards
  • Inspected by the Ministry of Education

Homeschooled students may:

  1. Receive up to $125 in reimbursements for educational materials. Invoices must be submitted by May 31 of a school year. 
  2. Have access to local activities with other OL students. A fee may be required which the parent will have to pay out of pocket or from the $125 reimbursement. 
  3. Borrow educational resources from local SD8 OL curriculum libraries
  4. Enroll in an Online Learning course at the Gr. 10, 11, 12 level to receive credit on a transcript, for university entrance requirements.
  5. Write provincial exams, should they wish to, or need to, for university entrance requirements. 
  6. Access evaluation and assessment services to inform parents of the educational progress of their child in relation to students of similar age and ability. A fee may be applied. 

School Act, Section 13

School Regulation, Section 3, 2018

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Students in Grades 10-12 can be enrolled in more than one school at the same time. ELEV8 DESK Secondary accepts Grades 10-12 students from other schools to cross-enroll.

Student may cross enroll to:

  • Take a course not available at their school of record
  • Take a course outside the timetable
  • Provide more flexibility to their timetable
  • Experience a different learning format
  • Take a course tailored to their interests

Students may not be enrolled in the same course at the same time in two different schools. 

Grade 8/9 Students within district can cross-enroll at a cost of $600 per course to the School of Record. 

Adult Enrolment

Students over the age of 18 may enroll with Kootenay Lake School District 8 Online Learning to obtain credits towards the BC Adult Dogwood Diploma, or to acquire credits towards post secondary applications.

Adults who have graduated (graduated adults) may take specific courses tuition–free under certain conditions.

Non-Graduated Adult

Non-Graduated Adult (students over the age of 18) may complete courses to receive credit towards the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (the Dogwood) or the Adult Graduation Diploma (the Adult Dogwood).

To earn the British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (the Dogwood), the student must:

  1. Complete all courses required for graduation. 

To earn the Adult Graduation Diploma (Adult Dogwood), an adult student:

  1. Must obtain at least three courses after being admitted into the adult program.
  2. May carry over two eligible courses taken before they began the adult program.
  3. May take courses from either colleges or school districts, or they can use qualifying courses from both systems and combine the attained credits to satisfy the Adult Graduation Program requirements.

Graduated Adult

Adult students who have graduated may take tuition-free courses. A tuition fee may be applied to courses not covered in the list of tuition free courses. 

International Students

Students living in BC on a student visa may take SD8 OL courses leading to a graduation program. 

International students must:

  • Provide documentation of a student visa and permission to reside in BC. 
  • Pay a tuition fee of $1000 for each course enrolled
  • Write at least one supervised course exam