"Inspiring the academic, analytical, creative and compassionate voice of students"
Our aim is to teach students to 'learn how to learn' and to 'learn for life'. It is my firm belief that learning is not something that is done to the student; rather, it is something the student does. With this philosophy in mind, our program draws from personal, local and global issues that are relevant to students and integrates these issues into a challenging, creative and innovative academic program. It has been my experience that when kids are challenged with relevant learning tasks, they 'learn for life'. When they are given the opportunities, the skills and the tools to take ownership for their learning, they 'learn how to learn'. In essence, the learning must take place in an environment that promotes a sense of belonging, strives toward high expectations, respects each child's voice, and celebrates his/her achievements. Our program provides an alternative because it is balanced as such;
â¢ It provides challenging academics in small classes.
â¢ It makes the Ontario Curriculum meaningful through the integration of personal, local and global issues.
â¢ It offers a strong sports program and an innovative performing arts curriculum.
â¢ It encompasses a balance of learner centered approaches as well as teacher directed lessons.
â¢ It provides learners with opportunities to work independently as well as cooperatively.
â¢ It enables students to develop strong skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and places importance on higher order skills such as critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, cooperation, time management and organization.
â¢ It focuses on specific subjects, (i.e., Mathematics, English, French, Spanish, Global Studies, History, Health, Science, Philosophy, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance and Music), yet facilitates the integration of curriculum to make vital connections. ...