About Us!

Who is Cowichan Valley Distributed Learning (CVDL)?

As the Cowichan’s DL school of choice, we offer flexible and individualized learning options for kindergarten to adult learners throughout the valley. All CVDL courses are delivered in an asynchronous manner and are self-paced. Students can work though courses in space, place and at a pace that fits their needs.

CVDL classes are ideal for students with a wide range of needs. Some of our students take one or two online courses as part of a graduation plan. Some of our students are looking to upgrade a mark or jump ahead in their studies. Some of our students are elite athletes or performers that need a flexible school schedule. Some of our students find that distributed learning, for a variety of reasons, is simply a better fit.

We offer two grade 10 to 12 program options, a full-time program where we become the school of record (SOR), and a cross enrollment option where a student who is enrolled at their current school can take a few courses with us at CVDL.

Our courses are taught by SD79 teachers.

Having a great teacher makes all the difference. All our courses are taught by skilled, Cowichan Valley School District 79 teachers who are subject specialist’s. Both options also offer the support a youth care worker, two administrators and an academic advisor

We offer a full-time schooling option leading towards a dogwood diploma.

Full time 10-12 students can enroll with CVDL at any time and choose from a full range of academic and elective courses. We offer courses that are either paper based or online (in Moodle). These courses can be completed at any time and at any pace, allowing students to develop their own schedule and meet their graduation requirements at any time during the calendar year.

Courses are approved by the BC Ministry of Education.

As part of SD79, our courses can be used toward a British Columbia Dogwood or Adult Graduation Certificate. We currently offer about 45 different courses that span all the full range of secondary studies. For a list of available course, see courses top tab above. All our CVDL students also have the opportunity to pursue post-secondary schooling, including all of the dual credit programs offered by the district.

We offer cross-enrollment options.

Cross enrollment offers the flexibility to be enrolled in more than one BC school at a time, utilizing resources from more than one school district. Cross-enrollment gives SD79 students and high school guidance counselors more options to help to optimize local opportunities, put together more flexible scheduling, and add a self-directed component to conventional high school classes.

CVDL teachers visit our local high schools on a regular basis to check in with students who cannot make it to the learning centre. We also have test site options at each of our local high schools.

Learning lab open five days a week.

CVLD is located at 1033 Nagle Street Duncan in the McKirdy building. Here we offer a learning lab that is open Mon to Thurs: 12:30 to 2:30 and Fri: 9:00 to 12:00. Student can come to work on their courses, use our computers, photocopier and printers, as well as get one on one help on their courses.

Tuition is free for school-aged BC residents.


CVDL courses are tuition-free to school age students who are Canadian citizens that reside in British Columbia.

It’s easy to sign up.

With continuous enrollment, you can sign up for most courses at any time. The process is simple and, in most cases, can be done online. For more information, visit the ENROL NOW top tab above.