Round Square Schools
The world is a little smaller at a Round Square school
Round Square schools in Canada are part of a worldwide association of schools that allow students to travel, experience multiple cultures, participate in community service, and simply enjoy a variety a learning environments. Many of Canada's Round Square schools are also private institutions which you can find in our listings. If your child enrolls in a Round Square school, he or she can request and receive an exchange to any other school in another country for a semester at a time. There are approximately 60 Round Square schools in the world.
Round Square defines its vision according to IDEALS: internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership, service. Round Square schools emphasize community involvement, especially through International Service Projects. Activities here might include building infrastructure in underprivileged areas, constructing fresh water systems, working in soup kitchens, and working with impoverished youth.
The name "Round Square" derives from a 17th century building at Goronstoun School in Scotland, which was one of the founding schools of the program. This educational approach bases itself on the theories of renowned educational philosopher Kurt Hahn. He argued that schools shouldn't only exist to prepare students for post-secondary institutions. Instead, Hahn saw more of an intrinsic value in education; it was a tool through which children could learn to about real human challenges. He sought to foster such values as generosity, bravery, creativity, and conflict resolution. As such, today's Round Square schools encourage growth of the whole child, not just his or her scholarly side.
Things to Consider Before Choosing a Round Square School
Prior to selecting a Round Square school think about some of these key questions:
- Is your son or daughter ready to live away from home?
- What can you do to ensure that your child adjusts to culture shocks? Have you researched what you should expect from the area where the school is located?
- Is the school suited to your son's or daughter's aptitudes, needs, and interests? Does it have a specialty? Does it come close to matching your expectations of an ideal educational institution? Could you see your child in that environment?
- What is the school's most significant strength? What are its weaknesses? What is the school's average class size?
- Does the school have a positive reputation? To best answer this question, talk to parents, students, and alumni. In addition, consult the Fraser Institute's annual school ratings and rankings (on which Round Square schools regularly score quite highly).
For much more information on Round Square Schools, click on any of the links below.
Series: Advanced Study Programs
- Advanced Placement (AP) vs. International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs: what's the difference?
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
- Advanced Study Programs: AP, IB and Round Square
- AP, IB, and gifted kids' programs
- A step ahead with IB & AP
- Exploring the global village
- Testimonials on Round Square
- Testimonials on Duke of Edinburgh
- Advanced Academic Learning