Island Discovery Learning Community

A publicly-funded Distributed Learning Program run by SD40 (New Westminster)

Island Discovery Supports Families Who are Interested In:

  • continuing to foster attached relationships for their children
  • growing those attachments through community connections
  • learning which happens in the context of attached relationships, at home and in the wide world
  • a child-led learning philosophy
  • a high degree of parent involvement in educational planning, with help from a certified teacher
  • flexible funding for learning materials and classes
  • working with teachers who understand and appreciate a homeschooling philosophy

Island Discovery has Two Options for Enrolling Families

  1. Participation in a part-time classroom program
  2. Full Time Homelearning (FTHL)

Classroom programs meet only part-time, and are only available in communities where we have ample enrollment. Please enquire for more information if this program interests you!

Enrollment in both programs happens throughout the year, from September to June. In order to be accepted into either program, an interview needs to take place with the family, in order to ensure that our program will work for you, and all registrations forms need to be complete, according to the registration checklist. The forms can be found under registration, or here:

Registration Form | Registration Checklist

For the part-time classroom programs, new students are only accepted if there is room in the class and if it can be determined that it is a suitable fit for your child.

As well, here is our current school calendar. The dates published in our school calendar may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact your support teacher for verification.

IDLC 2015/2016 School Calendar

Please click on the boxes below for more information about either program.

Code of Conduct

Related Links


The web portal, created by the Virtual School Society, is a single point of entry to information about distributed (online) learning in British Columbia for students, parents and educators.

Click here to access the LearnNowBC website.

Ministry of Education - Distributed Learning Satisfaction Survey

Click here to begin the survey

Island Discovery Code of Conduct

Island Discovery’s Code of Conduct has been established to maintain a safe, respectful and caring learning community.

Acceptable Behaviours

Helping make the learning centre a safe, caring place
Taking part willingly in our learning environment
Showing compassion and integrity
Being encouraging and positive
Demonstrating respect for self and others and our learning environment
Letting adults know of incidents of harassment or intimidation
Being open to change

Unacceptable Conduct

Interfering with the learning of others
Use of violence or weapons
Hurting others physically or emotionally
Behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, age, physical or mental disability, sex, or sexual orientation (from the BC Human Rights Code)

Unacceptable behaviour will be managed with a restorative, rather than punitive manner and will take into account a student’s age, maturity, and special needs, if any.

Island Discovery’s code of conduct promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law - prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, age, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation - in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service, and facility in the school environment.

Contact Us at IDLC

Island Discovery Learning Community
889 Cowan Point Drive
Bowen Island, BC

Telephone: 604-947-0700

If you wish to learn more about our program, feel free to contact our founder and Program Director Allan Saugstad at: 604-992-2370 or