LYNX offers Cochrane and Calgary students in ECS through 9 an exciting alternative to conventional classroom or online learning. Introduced in the fall of 2020, the LYNX program combines teacher-directed online instruction in the core subjects of Math and English Language Arts following the Alberta Program of Studies with experiential learning in all other subjects led. Every weekday morning, students attend classes online, participating in engaging lessons and discussions with their class teachers and a group of other students throughout Alberta with a maximum of 18 students per class. For the 2022-2023 school year, we are providing even more choices.
LYNX students then assemble for the afternoon in their classroom without walls and explore subjects – including Science, Social Studies, Art, and Physical Education – through a naturalistic inquiry and project based mode of learning.
Instead of studying ecology through a book, LYNX students will learn by walking through a subalpine forest. Rather than discussing water quality, they will take samples in different locations along a flowing river. They will not just learn about the political process, but instead get involved by engaging with members of their local government. They will meet and interact with local artisans to discover how tradition, knowledge, and skilled hands transform raw materials into treasured products. Rather than being taught life and social skills, they will instead develop and practice these skills with members of the broader community.
LYNX students will gain a deep appreciation and understanding of their environment and their place within in it. The lynx is known for its remarkable eyesight, giving it the ability to see what other animals cannot. LYNX students will be able to move beyond the textbook and physical classroom to visualize, experience, appreciate, and understand their place within the world. They will be prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.