Emma Hanaka

Home learners take part in public school academy

Soccer academy at Belmont draws home-schooled students

Career aspirations drove Emma Hanaka to choose distance learning after finishing Grade 9 in public school.

“I have eight more years of schooling ahead of me, I want to be an optometrist,” said the 15-year-old.

Her goal is to complete grades 10 through 12 in two years then move on to post secondary, but Hanaka didn’t want to give up  her passion of eight years – soccer. She plays on the Juan de Fuca gold girls U16 team and in the Belmont soccer academy which is open to any student living within the Sooke district.

“It helps to come out every day and be around other kids,” Hanaka said, though she doesn’t miss navigating crowded halls.

Hanaka participates in the academy five days a week for about an hour a day alongside fellow distance learner Breanna Ennis, 16, of Sooke.

“I think it’s valuable for the girls to join the academy. School is a lot about social aspects too. It’s really important for students to socialize on a regular basis,” said academy coach Troy Harris. Both girls are enrolled through distance learning. They call themselves home school students, but are technically called distributed learners.

The teens agree they miss the friendships and social lives traditional school offers, but the rewards of homeschooling are worth it.

“Homeschooling allows me to have a lot more time to do my work,” said Ennis. “I don’t feel rushed … It’s easy to balance my homework and the academy.”

Registration required for home learning

Homeschooled students in B.C. must be registered in a public, independent or distance learning school. This doesn’t mean they need to attend classes at the facility, they just need to register with the district.

In the Sooke School District there are only two students who are  homeschooled.

“They are both seven and live in Sooke,” said superintendent Jim Cambridge.

Many other children study from home but are referred to as distributed learners who are registered or enrolled in a distance learning or other program.

RELATED STORY: The unschool

 

Just Posted

SD61 to install new water fountains over lead concerns

They’re installing 350 new water fountains in local schools due to concerns over elevated levels of lead in the water system

West Shore firefighters band together to support men’s health

More than $8,200 raised for Movember campaign

Omnibus zoning bylaw sent for revisions to prevent blanket upzoning in downtown Victoria

More than 10 downtown properties identified by Downtown Residents Association

UPDATE: Four vehicle crash on Sooke Road snarls traffic in Colwood

Sooke Road reopens to traffic in both direction

Belmont students, staff reunite family with long-lost war medal

Medal belonged to Sharon Hoover’s great-great uncle

VIDEO: That’s a wrap: Be a Santa to a Senior packages ready to go out

Program hands out more than 600 gifts to Greater Victoria seniors

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

Shelbourne Community Kitchen vies for $20,000 prize

Epicure Foundation, based in North Saanich, will give five groups $20,000 each

Woman in Nanaimo accidentally hands over diamond ring with spare change

Incident happened Wednesday at about 7 p.m. at parking lot near Nanaimo’s boardwalk

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Optimistic Victoria whale watching company invests in new vessel

Banner 2017 tourist season helps Prince of Whales decide to boost service

Victoria cycling advocate makes pitch lor lower speeds on local roads

Group points to evidence suggesting 30 km/h speed limit would save money, lives

Most Read