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What families say
This New Westminster Schools program is centred around building supportive learning opportunities for kids and families who are looking for a different way to engage with education.
Below are some testimonials from a few parents and students that speak to why it works so well for some families.
“A unique opportunity”
The Hume Park DL Program offers a unique opportunity for students to experience blended learning environments and benefit from the direct instruction of the Hume Park Teachers as well as the opportunity to practice working in collaboration with other students.
- Karen Randall
“It is like a second home to me”
Our teachers are “master” teachers; they provide us with lots of thought provoking assignments and many fun activities. There are no bullies at this school and we are very happy here. I am getting close to graduating from Hume Park Home learners and I don’t want to leave this school, it is like a second home to me. The teachers, the location and the programs provided make it such a special place to learn and grow.
- Marta Kalmar
“My kids thrive”
We have always loved it here at Hume Park Home Learners. It’s a community of fantastic parents and teachers. My son started in grade 1 and is now in grade 6. My daughter who has been coming since she was a wee babe started Kindergarten this year. My son loves that he is able to make decisions about his learning and therefore make choices about what interests him. He values and appreciates that he can make these choices. My daughter who is very social loves everything about her days at Hume Park. My daughter has complex medical needs and this program makes me feel great that she is able to be in a school-like setting yet have the support and flexibility where needed. I need and love this program. My kids thrive in it.
- Jacqueline Jones
“Sense of extended family in the facility”
My three sons attended New West Home-Learners for a number of years with the youngest completing the program almost 10 years ago. We all have fond memories of our time there. I believe this unique program has been instrumental with guiding my now adult children to be responsible, caring, confident individuals, giving support to areas of importance to them.
The close community of teachers, parents and siblings that the space allowed fostered a natural desire to learn and explore. With the sense of extended family in the facility, special interests became a reality as clubs and field trips were arranged to further consider various subjects. Each child’s interests and personal qualities accepted and welcomed to flourish.
I am not aware of another program quite like this.
- Joanne Wong
“More than a school to my boys and myself”
Homelearners at Hume Park has become more than a school to my boys and myself. It provides a safe environment where they are allowed to learn in non-standard way and are not pressured to fit into a box. I’ve noticed a stark difference in my boys’ desire to attend classes as compared to their previous, regular school. I have seen them become more self-confident and their love to learn has grown.
It is a like-minded community that provides support for its students and just as importantly, their parents.
- Margaret Bickerton
“Supportive and diverse learning environment”
My two daughters have been attending Hume Park (New West Home learners) for 7 years. In total we have been enrolled for distributed learning for 9 years. We were so excited to find a program that would allow us to actually attend classes, to give our daughters a chance to be around children like themselves that were learning in a supportive and diverse learning environment.
My oldest daughter is now 15 and would not be the young lady she is today without this program in its entirety. From the beginning we knew she was “Shy” and had a very hard time in social situations, we started with NWHL when she was in grade 3. Immediately we knew this school would allow her to navigate her social challenges before we even really knew what we were dealing with. At age 11 she was diagnosed with “Aspergers” ASD. Once we had this information we were able to get an IEP and start her intervention. In social situations she had Selective Mutism and was not very good at making eye contact, she would shy off to be in quite corners by herself and participating in school group projects was socially painful. Over the past 4 years the support of this school, the teachers and outside intervention she has been able to grow in ways we could never dream of.
She started to come to life, to find her voice, her place in this social environment when she joined the Music Program and become part of the “Purple Banana’s”. I don’t believe in a typical school setting she would have been able to not only find out more about herself, but be fully supported, accepted and cared for by the amazing teachers. She was appreciated by and became friends with her class mates.
This child who could not make eye contact, who could not even talk in social situations, is now thriving more than we ever thought possible. Last term she sang her first solo……SHE SANG HER FIRST SOLO! I hope you can understand how absolutely incredible this program, the Music Program has been for her and this cannot exist without the use of the portable. In this 3rd term, I was so excited and in disbelief to find out that she has written her own song and is going to perform this as a solo in the 3rd term.
None of this, not one little bit of these amazing accomplishments could have been done without the support and direction and structure of Hume Park.
- Janice and Robert Blanco
“The perfect homeschooling situation”
When I considered homeschooling when my son was 5 years old, I knew that I couldn’t go it alone. Finding the New West Homelearners Program was a gift. Both our son and daughter attended the program for 4 years and have strong memories of the friends they made and the teachers they enjoyed so much. The teachers at NWHL are, in our opinion, phenomenal. They provided interesting classes and out-trips, acted as mentors and offered a secure and safe environment for kids to learn in at their own pace. The NWHL program was so unique in that it had a bricks and mortar location. Parents would share ideas, there were classrooms to accommodate the growing number of kids in the program and there was a fantastic resource library available. It really was the perfect homeschooling situation.
- Chris, Sonya and the Wilson family