Brent Devost, Head of School
In the past decade boys have fallen behind in classroom achievement, numbers going on to post-secondary education, and numbers getting jobs out of University. The research points to an education system not ideally designed for how many boys learn and behave.
A system that once focused on math and science and encouraged good health competition, now pushes reading and writing at a much younger age and rewards students who can sit still and listen quietly. This approach is not very effective for many boys, who tend to be kinesthetic learners, making them behaviour problems in the classroom simply because they listen and learn better if they can move around and manipulate things.
Research shows that boys develop language skills later than girls, and yet the pressure to read and write begins early in kindergarten, putting boys at a disadvantage right out of the gate, often turning them off school before they can develop a love of learning.
Teachers who have experience in an all boys' environment recognize that boys arrive to school fidgety, less organized and with a fascination for exploration, adventure and building. North Point is about changing the way that boys are taught on every level, working with their strengths and appealing to their individual learning style.