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SPIDER Elementary | Distributed Learning

Elementary SPIDER |Distributed Learning

Spider Elementary, is part of the larger K – 12 SPIDER (Students Participating in Distributed Education Resources) school.

SPIDER Elementary is a public distributed learning school and part of School District 46 – Sunshine Coast, serving students from kindergarten to grade 6.

SPIDER Elementary provides direct support to parents who prefer a home learning setting, and want to take the an active role in educating their children. It also provides rich opportunities for learning in community on Tuesdays at Roberts Creek Elementary School and Thursdays at Camp Byng in Roberts Creek.

Parents should contact the SPIDER Elementary Principal with regard to home school support programs for students in Kindergarten to Grade 6.

*The SPIDER Elementary program is currently full. Please contact the Elementary SPIDER Principal if you are interested in adding your child’s name to the waitlist.

**This is NOT the NEW Sunshine Coast Online Distributed Learning program. More details on this program can be found here


What is the difference between distributed learning and traditional homeschooling?

  • Distributed learning (DL) programs follow the BC curriculum learning guidelines for school subjects.
  • Distributed learning programs or courses are taught by qualified persons who are certified by the Ministry’s Teacher Regulation Branch.
  • At SD46, we offer the following DL programs: Sunshine Coast Online (NEW), SPIDER (Students Participating in Distributed Education Resources) Programs: Elementary K-6,  ProjectSPIDER 7-9, and Secondary Distributed Learning 10-12.
  • SD46 SPIDER programs provide direct support to parents who have chosen to have their children learn at home. 
  • Students register with their catchment area school and,
    • For Sunshine Coast Online, also register HERE ( *On the SD46 Online site, click the Register tab: K-Grade 9 Students Register for SC Online. Grade 10-12 Students Register for Secondary.)
    • For the SPIDER programs, contacts the Elementary or Project/Secondary SPIDER principal to discuss their interest in the program. *SPIDER programs are currently FULL. 
  • Students are eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate upon completion of their high school studies.
  • For more on distributed learning in BC, visit the Ministry of Education’s distributed learning information page
  • Traditional homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching offered outside of the BC educational system.
  • Typically, a family member delivers the entire educational program to children at home.
  • Homeschool students register with their catchment area school, but are not required to follow provincially-mandated curricula.
  • Students are not eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate, unless they transition back to a traditional classroom in time to meet the graduation requirements. 
  • For more on traditional homeschooling in BC, visit the Ministry of Education’s homeschooling information page
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