Gradale Academy provides the ideal blend of academic and nature based learning, preparing students to be successful learners and citizens. Each day, students spend one-third of their day outdoors wiithin the beautiful Evergreen Brick Works, learning independence, self-confidence and a strong self worth. Our curriculum includes music, art, drama, french, phys ed/outdoor education — supporting our focus on developing confidence and self-esteem. — Visit school website
When public boards seek to trim funding, they typically first look at the arts and outdoor education. Yes, the three Rs are important, but so is the way we interact with them, with others, and understand our place in the natural world, including stewardship. Gradale, very happily, begins at that point, having developed a program that delivers the core and then some. The Brick Works property is one of two that the school operates, and supports the core of Gradale program. It’s in the heart of the city, though abuts an impressive bit of green space, allowing the school maintain a very active and porous interface with nature—they don’t travel to it, but rather live, learn, and play within it every day. The benefits are profound, and increasingly demonstrated and apparent. The student body is small, vibrant, and parental involvement is nicely apparent and welcome in a wide range of school life.