Challenge students who wish to pursue an academic interest which falls outside of courses offered at Esquimalt High School may do so through our Directed Studies Program.
Criteria for Directed Studies:
• Students are expected to pursue and area of great interest to them that is not covered in a regular course.
• Students will propose a course outline that is to be approved by a sponsor teacher or academic mentor.
• Students are expected to read widely in their area of interest and produce a minimum of three papers that draw extensively on their reading. Though the student is largely responsible for selecting texts to be studied, further readings may be suggested by the teacher or mentor in consultation with the student. Topics for these papers will be developed by the student with input from the sponsor teacher or mentor as required. Papers should be approximately 5 pages in length and accompanied by a comprehensive “Works Cited” list. Proper MLA style guide formatting of footnotes, endnotes, and the “work cited” list is expected. Students will be taught how to do this during the course. All papers should be typed and accompanied by a title page.
• Where necessary, students may be asked to complete further papers if the sponsor teacher feels the student has not demonstrated adequate depth and breadth of study, or adequate level of analysis and synthesis in their papers. Papers will be marked according to Ministry of Education appropriate criteria which the student will be given in advance.
Teacher Sponsors and Academic Mentors
Students are responsible for securing a sponsor or mentor. Mentors from outside of the school must be approved by Mr. Schwab. Mentors from outside of the school may include university or college professors or experts in the particular field or inquiry which the student wishes to pursue.
For information about the Esquimalt High School faculty who teach in the program consult the school's Faculty Profiles under the About Us menu.
Students must obtain permission from their parents to take Directed Studies Courses. They must also obtain permission from the 4C Challenge Program Coordinator. Students must also secure approval for their proposed course of study before they begin.