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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
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Frequently Asked Questions


What type of student is most successful in Apex?

  • Successful students are eager to learn, can work independently and have a strong relationship with the parent that will be supporting their learning. See more here‚Äč.‚Äč‚Äč

How often do teachers meet with students and for how long each time?

  • Teachers meet with students one-on-one for 1 hour every two weeks. Weekly classes for students will be offered each term.

How is Apex different from traditional home-schooling? *More info below

  • The program is delivered September to June.
  • Each student's program is presented in a Student Learning Plan tailored to the needs of the student and the provincial curriculum requirements and it is under the supervision of a BC certified teacher.
  • Program planning is done by the Apex certified teacher in consultation with the parents and student.
  • On a regular basis, our certified teachers lead instruction, assess student learning, evaluate and provide feedback on student learning.
  • The students enjoy joining with other students in Apex at weekly, on-site offerings and occasional field trips (optional and home location dependent).

Does Apex provide French Immersion?

  • ‚ÄčApex does not have a full-time French Immersion program. Core French language instruction is offered for Grades 5-8 as per M‚Äčinistry curriculum‚Äč and as an elective in Gr.9.‚Äč‚Äč

Do we have to be living in Coquitlam to register for Apex?

  • ‚ÄčAny student with residency in British Columbia is welcome to register with Apex.

Do we have to be living in Canada to register for Apex?

  • Families who meet the requirements for "ordinarily residency" in British Columbia are welcome to register. ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Do you provide opportunities for my child to meet other students in Apex?

  • Our plan for 2023-24 is to have weekly classes which focus on Physical Health, Social-Emotional Health and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). 
  • Students are put in age groupings for these classes.

Which curriculum does Apex use? Can I use my own curriculum and be registered in Apex?

  • Apex is a fully funded public school which uses the British Columbia mandated curriculum‚Äč. Curriculum can be adapted to suit the needs of your child but the curricular competencies from the Ministry of Education must be met.

Are there any costs associated with Apex?

  • Just like any school, there can be small fees for things like field trips, but there are no tuition costs for the program.

Do I need to stay home?

  • The most successful students in this program are those who have a strong relationship with the parent supporting their learning. This usually means that the parent is able to stay home with the student to provide accountability to complete all assignments to the best of their ability.

Do I have to withdraw from my current neighbourhood school to enroll with Apex?

  • ‚Äč‚ÄčK-7 students are only able to register in one school at any given time. There are opportunities for students in Gr.8/9 to cross-enroll and take electives at their neighbourhood school (this applies to Gr.8 students who live within districts where high school starts in Gr.8).‚Äč In all cases, Apex is the student's primary school.‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

Can my child move back into their neighbourhood school at some point in the future?

  • Apex is a fully funded public school with fully certified public school teachers, which uses the British Columbia mandated curriculum. This means that students are able to move easily back into their neighbourhood school at any point during the program. A space in your neighbourhood school is not guaranteed when leaving Apex.

Are there any Support for Learning (S4L) or student learning resource ‚Äčfunds available for my child and how can I access them?

  • S4L guidelines are available upon registration and funds are made available for students depending on when they register during the school year. 
  • All use of S4L funds for extra-curricular activities must be approved and paid by the Apex teacher.‚Äč‚Äč
  • $600 per year is provided for registrations prior to September 30.

*Online Learning vs Homeschooling

Enrolled (online) vs Registered (homeschooled)
‚ÄčFreedom to choose your own curriculum
‚ÄčNo - follows the BC Ministry of Education curriculum
‚ÄčMeet the BC Ministry of Education Core and Curricular competencies and participate in provincial testing such as FSAs
‚ÄčEducational program is provided and guided by a certified BC teacher
‚ÄčEligible to receive credit towards a BC Dogwood Graduation Certificate
‚ÄčEligible to receive BC Ministry of Education funding



Vanier Centre, 1600 King Albert Avenue, Coquitlam BC
V3J 1Y5
(604) 945-7311 (604) 937-8062