Project Pursuit & Exploration Learning

Propel is an interdisciplinary, project-based learning environment where students earn 3-4 credits while pursuing an individualized area of interest.  The program takes place for one semester at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate and incorporates the following credits: Transactional English 30S, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 30S, Physical Education 30S, and one other possible credit depending on the topic and depth of study.

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Through the Propel Program, students will experience

  • Flexibility in work hours—there is no set schedule of classes as the work is interdisciplinary

  • Creative work spaces—we'll find spaces on and off campus along with professional project mentors to assist in the project

  • Individualized self-directed learning, developing time-management and project management skills along the way.


Propel approaches learning through a 21st Century Lens; it provides a strong foundation in literacy and deeper learning while also preparing students to:

  • Think critically and pursue in-depth inquiry

  • Exercise choice while holding themselves accountable

  • Problem solve creatively

  • Build partnerships and collaborate with others

  • Gain meaningful employment and/or make connections in the professional world

  • Succeed in post-secondary education