Many people have heard different rumours of the ELC but has anyone ever thought to hear a students opinion on things? For about a month my peers and I have attended the ELC and honestly none of us have a single bad word to say about the school that supposedly is only for "dumb kids", "sports player", "In-betweens". The ELC is about much more than just sports, the teachers have more of a chance to interact with students because they are all situated into a smaller learning area.
At the ELC we get to make more of our own choices for example the physical education curriculum at North Peace is chosen for the students by their P.E teachers while we have many options such as using the northern vac track, skating on the oval, fitness and conditioning in pacific sports, playing ice hockey, dancing in the classroom, yoga/Pilate's, going to the field house for indoor games, or maybe just going to tutorial to finish up so outstanding work. How many students can say that in their grade 10 year they got to make their own decisions?
Another thing that concerns me is that people are saying "you can't graduate if you go to ELC" that is highly untrue. In ELC our school year entails all four core classes (Math, English, History, and Science) are taught all year round while on the contrary at North Peace you are only taught each subject for a semester at the best of my knowledge. I am in no way putting down the high school but I am very sick of all the bad things being said about an amazing program that most of the community has no knowledge about.
The teachers get to know the students and actually interact with us at lunch, sometimes you can find them joining us at a game of Just Dance on the XBOX at lunch or you can find students having a casual conversation in a classroom. The staff is always available if you have questions about something you learned and are willing to offer you assistance during lunch hours cutting into their personal time as well.
As far as project based learning goes that is also a very good way in getting we the students to express ourselves more and think about what shapes us into who we are today. Our current projects is a mask which sounds simple enough but to get to the final product you go through a series of steps a few of those steps being answering a questionnaire to get us thinking about who we are but not about the materialistic things that we believe make up our lives, we also learn how to be kind, helpful and specific in critiquing our fellow students masks which I find is a very useful skill to have for the future.
It is believed that our electives aren't as open to us as those at north peace. True we do not have the option of Musical theater, Band, or Metal work but we do have a selection that includes Self Defense in which we learn the art of Shotokan Karate taught to us by the History teacher who has a black belt, Art taught by an actual art teacher, Super fit taught by P.E teachers, Leadership, and a few others. I agree that we do not have as wide a selection but it doesn't make our education any less sparse than those attending the high school.
I really love how my friends and I are making history just as we go to this school, this could be the way of the future. I for one think that the energetic learning campus is one of the best things to happen to the Energetic city.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter
A concerned ELC student
Fort St. John,B.C.