Kate Maddigan (left), volunteer with the Cortes Island Academy with her mother Anne MacDonald (right). Photo by Greg Osoba.

The Cortes Island Academy is launching its inaugural semester of programs for high school students this September.

The Cortes Island School only accommodates students up until Grade 9. The Cortes Island Academy, or “CIA” as it’s known, is the creation of a number of Cortes parents, who wanted to ensure students did not have to leave the island for Grades 10, 11 and 12. The program is part of local School District 72.

Volunteer Kate Maddigan says all the courses within the curriculum are for credit within the school system. She adds that the unique programs features courses in leadership, marine and wildlife biology, radio journalism and filmmaking.

With 24 students registered for the upcoming semester, Maddigan says there are still half a dozen who need housing on Cortes Island. She adds that people who house and feed students will receive about $900 per month.

She speaks with CKTZ News about the housing need and program details in the interview below:

This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.