PSII: Truly Personalized Learning for the 21st Century

April 3, 2014 by Tessa Bousfield


One year ago, on April 1st, 2013, Jeff Hopkins quit his job as superintendent of Gulf Islands School District to launch Victoria’s newest high school. His goal: to facilitate truly personalized “21st century learning.”

Hopkins now leads the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry (PSII) at the school’s Fort Street campus in Victoria. According to Hopkins, PSII (pronounced “sigh”) is committed to helping young people “know the world in deep, connected and authentic ways.”

Students, with the help of a certified teacher, are empowered to create their own learning path, with a focus on individuality and creativity. Students are also free to blend subject areas that are often artificially segregated in more traditional schools using what Hopkins calls a “siloed, industrial model” of education delivery.

Hopkins has said that in his own experience (a school administrator by the time he was forty, he in fact briefly dropped out of school for a time), learning felt more fun and engaging and he learned a whole lot more when he followed his own interests, took his learning outside school and into the community, and pursued an inter-disciplinary learning path.

PSII has no classrooms, no subjects, and no groupings by age.

Read an example of a day in the life of a student here.

Enrollment in PSII

Registration for new PSII students for the 2014-15 school year is now open. Click here for more information.

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