History of Argyll Centre
Argyll Centre grew out of an experiment of the mid-1990s that asked the question, “What would happen if learning opportunities were made available to students, through technology, 24 hours a day, seven days a week?” A number of Edmonton Public Schools became engaged in trying to answer this question. By 1998, Argyll Centre had been created to amalgamate the learning that had taken place about online 24/7 learning as well as to become Edmonton Public Schools' center for home education services. LearnNet, one of Argyll's online delivery options, began serving students across the province of Alberta, with teachers acting as learning facilitators available to students as and when the students required help.
Since those early days, Argyll has become a leader in teacher directed home-based and parent directed homeschooling learning opportunities. LearnNet, and our Live Online delivery option, continue to serve a wide range of students across Alberta.
In addition Argyll has introduced Blended Programs, in which students have their parents as the primary educator for part of their learning and Argyll teachers as the primary educator for other parts.
Learning Partnerships are characteristic of Argyll's relationships with parents and students where parents and teachers share the responsibility for student education.
Within the home education realm, Argyll's Natural Learning Community provides opportunities for students to engage in organic, experiential learning. Introduced in 2011-12, we now offer an online parent-directed learning community, which brings together our students, parents and teachers across this beautiful province. This online community hosts a plethora of resources to help our parent educators with their homeschooling plans for their children.
Christian Programming is available to students across parent directed Home Education, blended, and teacher directed courses of study.
As Argyll's expertise grew at facilitating unique learning opportunities, other programs and delivery methods were added to Argyll's portfolio. Earn While You Learn serves students who wish to gain work experience or who want to earn an income while learning. Through such offerings as the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), Work Experience, eTourism, Green Certificates (agricultural themes), and community health programming, Argyll has become a leader in combining the experiences of the working world with academic achievement.
Argyll is forging ahead with ideas to strengthen its approaches and to increasingly meet student needs. The classroom-based Caraway Program continues to buildi a program of excellence, focusing on student engagement and parent involvement.
Argyll learning programs engage students in using new technology and directs its application to student learning, to best practises and pedagogy. The innovative use of technology to deliver Alberta curriculum plays a crucial role in helping students develop the skills of competent life long 21st century learners: learners who use technology to learn.