HOW TO APPLY

The application process is free. All parts have to be completed BEFORE March 30, 2023 at midnight PST.  For any questions about the registration process, please contact apply@cortesislandacademy.ca.

Steps to Registration:

1. Read through ‘Expectations Related to the CIA Program’ (found at bottom of this page).

2. Complete one of the following applications:

CIA APPLICATION WITH HOMESTAY *Required portal for all students needing Homestay during the week, including: island students-without-housing, non-local BC students, international/outside-BC students.  This portal is optional, but preferred, for local students as well.

LOCAL APPLICATION (for students that don’t need homestay or others with pre-approval)

3. Your application will require the following to be uploaded and sent to: apply@cortesislandacademy.ca

Reference Form
Video Submission

Once the above steps have been completed, you will be contacted by April 22, 2023 with your conditional acceptance into the program. There are only 20 student spots. If you are not accepted, you will be informed if you are on the waitlist or not a candidate for the 2023-2024 Semester. If you are conditionally accepted, there is approximately one month to complete the final steps of the process:

1. Officially register with the Campbell River School District 72 for the Cortes Island Academy (details will be provided).

2. Confirm a Homestay Placement (if applicable).

3. Apply for a Scholarship/Bursary (coming soon).

2023-2024 FEES

Program Fee
This is for Domestic Students, International/Outside of Province Applicants need to refer to the Homestay Program
Cortes Island Academy Program & Activities Fee – $3500
(Entire semester)

Homestay Fees

Homestay Registration Fee – $400
Part-time Homestay (students who go home on weekends, max 20 days a month) – $700
Full-time Homestay (students who stay most weekends and some holidays) – $1000

Fees for International/Out-of-Province Students

Scholarships/Bursaries

The Cortes Island Academy is a unique educational program that provides a level of education and engagement rare in academia today. We believe that all students should have access to such an education and because our priority is in meeting the needs of Cortes Island and other under-served, and often under-resourced, remote communities, we have a generous bursary fund to help meet financial need. This fund is available to cover the CIA activity and program fees, not the homestay costs.

Need-blind means that we accept students BEFORE asking about a student’s financial need, thus ensuring that students are evaluated entirely on their fit for the course, irrespective of their finances. Thanks to the Cortes Island Community Foundation CIA Scholarship/Bursary fund and the generosity of many caring donors, we are committed to meeting 100% of student need for the CIA program and activity fees in 2023-2024.

Upon acceptance, you will receive information about how to apply for the Scholarship and Bursary Fund and we will help you in anyway possible make the process as easy as possible.

Apply for a scholarshop here>>

 

 

Expectations related to this program

The Cortes Island Academy Semester is a dynamic program designed for students who are looking to expand their educational experience beyond the classroom and into practice as they explore the complexities of our relationship with the natural environment through experiential and project-based learning. Cortes Island is both campus and curriculum: providing thought leaders, local knowledge holders, and one of the most ecologically sound and diverse places in the world with old growth forests, endangered flora and fauna, and numerous local organizations working to steward the human community in balance with the ecological community in this rural/remote community.  The theme for the 2023/2024 semester is Forest Ecology and will feature internationally recognized scientist and author Dr. Suzanne Simard and the Mother Tree Project and Network, Hakai Institute, numerous Cortes-based social profits, including Cortes Radio, as well as our dynamic team of teachers, local workshop leaders, and facilitators.

This is not a wilderness therapy course. 

Cortes Island is a remote community, where students must be able to live semi-independently in a rural/remote setting with a host family. This program is physically and academically challenging and students are living away from home, often for the first time, on an island with no hospital, no around the clock mental health care, and no transportation off island after 5:30 p.m. If you are a learner with chronic physical or mental health conditions, think carefully about this course which, due to its remote nature and necessity of semi-independent living, may not be a good fit. 

While this course provides individualized educational opportunities to a degree that works well with many non-traditional learners, learners that need personal educational assistance or with behavioral challenges can not be safely accommodated. As well, student work in the CIA matters: it will be shared with scientists, aired on radio, and inform the work of others. This is not a course where you can ball up your final report and throw it in the garbage can for no one to see: work is shared. 

Priority enrolment 

Priority enrolment will go to Cortes Island students, those within School District 72 who do not have access to a high school in their community and Klahoose students wherever they currently live, and then to others that are currently under-served by the educational system in rural/remote communities. The goal is to balance students with approximately ⅓ from Cortes, ⅓ from other remote communities, and ⅓ international. We will be accepting Canadian and international students from grades 10, 11 and 12 into the program. A limited number of grade 9 students will be accepted with prior approval, per our priority guidelines. 

All students registered in the Cortes Island Academy semester program will need to register with the Campbell River School District 72 as their primary school. Students may cross enrol in online/DL programs or with other District brick-n-mortar schools for the second semester, but SD72 must be the primary school of record for the semester. 

Need-blind admissions and financial bursaries for BC students. 

The Cortes Island Academy is a unique educational program that provides a level of education and engagement rare in academia today. We believe that all students should have access to such an education and because our priority is in meeting the needs of Cortes Island and other under-served, and often under-resourced, remote communities, we have a generous bursary fund to help meet financial need. This fund is available to cover the CIA activity and program fees, not the homestay costs. 

Need-blind means that we accept students BEFORE asking about a student’s financial need, thus ensuring that students are evaluated entirely on their fit for the course, irrespective of their finances. Thanks to the Cortes Island Community Foundation CIA Scholarship/Bursary fund and the generosity of many committed donors, we are committed to meeting 100% of student need for the CIA program and activity fees in 2023-2024. 

Cortes Island Academy eligibility criteria: 

      You must be in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (Grade 9 with prior approval, priority to Cortes Island and non-boarding remote island students)

      Must be healthy and able to live in a rural/remote community and semi-independently (if partaking in homestay) 

      All B.C. students irrespective of address are eligible to apply

      Canadian students from other provinces and international students are eligible to apply

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