Independent Directed Studies

What is an Independent Directed Studies course?

Independent Directed Studies courses enable students to initiate their own learning and receive credits towards graduation by developing an in depth Inquiry project. An IDS course is an extension of one or more learning outcomes already identified in an existing Grade 10, 11 or 12 course.

These courses are intended to:

  • Expand course options for students
  • Allow students to pursue curriculum in greater depth and further develop their interests.

What are the benefits to students?

  • Become a self-directed learner
  • Reach beyond conventional course boundaries
  • Opportunity to work with recognized community leaders or mentors
  • Develop skills for post-secondary success

How Does It Work?


  • Identify a focus area of interest
  • Find an IDS mentor / sponsor
  • Complete an IDS application form
  • Work with a mentor to develop your learning outcomes and evaluation processes
  • Schedule regular meeting with your IDS teacher to conference about progress and inquiry process.
  • For every documented 30 hours, students receive 1 credit.

Click here for an application form.