Independent Directed Studies

Last updated: September 30, 2020

Under teacher supervision, students can earn additional Independent Directed Study (IDS) credits by pursuing curriculum in more detail of a course they’re enrolled in or by focusing on the content of a course that they’re not taking.

To participate in this method of learning, students must demonstrate the ability to work independently. Along with their teacher, they should also develop an Independent Directed Study plan that includes:

  • A process for ongoing facilitation and assessment
  • Criteria for determining successful completion
  • A credit value (one, two, three or four credits) for the proposed IDS

Students do not need to complete the approved classroom course curriculum before they pursue an Independent Directed Study in that course. However, an IDS must be based on the content of a Ministry-Developed or Board/Authority Authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 course.