Types of Learning Groups Opportunities

To see a summary of our LG opportunities including Learning Camps, Year at a Glance has tabs across the bottom for virtual and all the areas, in which events are organized by city.

Learning Groups Opportunity


Family Role

Learning Camps (LC)


(often 1 day short term events)

  • Short term group event
  • Typically single-day learning experiences i.e. Aquarium, Science World Field Trip
  • Short-term weekly class i.e. writing
  • Workshops - Camp Bob, or Rocketry
  • Share learning experiences i.e. pictures, poster, outline, handout, pre and post activities in weekly communication and/or teacher portfolio visit.
  • Parent accompaniment usually preferred

Co-ops (CP)


(Supplement to learning, does not fully complete competencies)

  • Multi-term 
  • Parent led
  • All participating families contribute in some capacity 
  • Similar in many ways to a CC
  • Generally parent remains on-site
  • Share learning experiences i.e. pictures, assignments, projects and outlines in weekly communication and/or teacher portfolio visit

Community Connection (CC)


(Significant offering, does not fully complete competencies)

  • Typically 1 half - full day/week
  • 12 -24 weeks
  • Blend of homeschool and campus flavours
  • Teacher led classes
  • Primarily certified teachers with some community/ parent instructors
  • Homework is sometimes or often assigned depending on the location
  • Although primarily drop-off, some parental involvement
  • Share learning experiences i.e. pictures, poster, outline, handout, pre and post activities in weekly communication and/or portfolio visit to support teacher.
  • Provide CC teacher’s class summaries to support teacher.

Community Connection Plus (CC+)



(Complete courses)

  • Typically one day/ week
  • 30 weeks
  • hybrid/ face to face classes
  • HCOS instructors wholly responsible for subject area taught
  • Teacher on record and listed in Encom as course teacher (like Online course) 
  • Often 3-4 courses (eg. perhaps S.S., Science, PE, Fine Arts)
  • Parents drop off students
  • HCOS teachers cover entire courses, teaching, evaluating and reporting on students.
  • Homework is often assigned and required to fully complete the course.

Joining a Learning Group Opportunity

  1. Find Learning Group Opportunities in email received from your support teacher, e-alert email from Learning Groups or at our Learning Groups website
  2. To sign up, click on the link for the application form and complete fully to the submit form.  Many events allow you to use PO funds; a credit card payment will be required as an application fee for CCs or for the full amount on lower-cost LCs.
  3. Prior to acceptance all applications are reviewed manually. Priority goes to HCOS students and where there are challenges in a group setting we wish to make sure a student is fully supported to ensure successful participation. 
  4. You’ll receive the automatic message indicating that we have received your application. For Learning Camps, this indicates acceptance to the event unless the coordinator is in touch to indicate otherwise.
  5. For Community Connections, this does not indicate acceptance to the event, as we may not be able to accommodate all applicants. The LG coordinator of the event will be in touch upon application deadline to confirm if your application is accepted. We appreciate your understanding.
  6. Mark the dates on your calendar.
  7. Please note that HCOS PO payment entries will occur in Encom around the event date. To pay from General Community PO, a parent will receive an invoice from HCOS to forward to their respective school. Credit card payments are processed upon submission (unless indicated otherwise).
  8. Your Coordinator may be in touch closer to the date with further details about the event. 
  9. If you are unable to attend the Learning Group opportunity, please note there are cancellation policies in effect. 
  10. Enjoy!


Reporting to Support Teacher for Learning Camps, Coops and CC

Save and share activities and work completed in relation to the LG event and also share photos of your child participating.

Many LG experiences, assignments, projects, and/or activities span more than one subject area. Notice and report on content/competencies outside of CC subject area i.e. social skills in group, oral presentation skills, artistic or dramatic skills, work habits in using time purposefully, etc.

Students may have been provided a term summary at CC; a few CCs have a Facebook page, a blog or send out a weekly summary email.

Reporting at CC+

The CC+ teachers are HCOS teachers who cover entire courses, teaching, evaluating and reporting on students. Students often complete homework and submit to the CC+ teacher for evaluation. PE courses at CC+ involve students also doing