Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about the COAST Program. If you have additional questions, please contact one of the COAST teachers – Ms Bogen and Ms Watt

What will be the impact on my son/daughter’s academic performance?

We find that most students maintain similar marks to what they were achieving in Grade 9. Grade 10 is a more challenging workload so some students will struggle to maintain their standard regardless of whether or not they take COAST. The increased self confidence, organizational skills, and motivation from COAST often result in improved performance in Grades 11 and 12.

Will my son/daughter be able to participate in competitive sports?

Yes, students have participated in all sports during the COAST semester. Students should, however, be prepared to miss some practices and the occassional game. Please speak with respective coaches to discuss any implications. We recommend that students not participate in more than one major sport during the COAST semester.

Will my son/daughter still be able to participate in other aspects of school life?

Yes, we encourage students to stay involved with music, drama, the arts, clubs, and other aspects of the school.

Does my son/daughter require previous outdoor experience?

While it is helpful to have past experience, we teach all skills starting with the mostbasic. Students with more advanced skills are encouraged to help teach their peers. We are more interested in a demonstrated positive attitude towards the outdoors than existing skills.

What are the costs involved in COAST?

The fee for COAST is $1150. This fee includes all instruction, certifications, transportation, group equipment, camping and park fees, and miscellaneous expenses.

What equipment is required?

Students are required to provide the following items (please also see Gear List):

  • warm non-cotton outdoor clothing
  • good rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • solid hiking boots
  • warm sleeping bag and compression sack