How we see Glarea Elevated Learning
How Glarea Elevated Learning sees itself
"Centrally located in the City of Surrey with K to 7, Glarea Elevated Learning has re-imagined the modern school system by utilizing Challenge Based Learning within an all-inclusive Arts and Sports environment focused on connection and development. "
"Elevated Learning drives Glareans to aspire to be self-aware, critical thinkers prepared for the future. We face challenges on a daily basis and our responses determine our future. Often, we don’t pause to consider different perspectives and design thoughtful solutions. Challenge Based Learning is a learning framework used to equip students with the skills necessary to identify challenges and develop innovative and sustainable solutions."
"Our class sizes, a maximum of 15, along with our team, unconventional facility and Challenge Based Learning programming are what families continually outline as being the key aspects of our school that galvanized their decision to become, and remain Glareans."
"Located centrally on top of an ice rink, Glarea is a multi-dimensional space encompassing a community feel. Glarea does not confine students to typical classrooms; furthermore, Glarea is a school with an open space with flexible learning"
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"1. Individualized learning
2. Small community school
3. Extended programs: Mandarin, French, and coding from K to 7
4. Integrated sports programs with access to community sports facilities
5. Expanded school hours and after-school care"
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Rita Rai, Head of School
Rita graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and a minor in Educational Psychology. While preparing to enrol in the PDP Program at SFU, she completed her Early Childhood Education certificate. She accepted an opportunity to work with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and quickly advanced to a Supervisory role. Following this, she assisted in the opening of Sunrise Discovery Centre at Sunrise Ridge Elementary School. After returning from her maternity leave she took on a Vice-Principal role at a new South Surrey early education centre. As Academics Educational Systems expanded she moved from Centre Principal, to Director of Education, to leading the corporate office Curriculum & Program team as Vice President of Education. During this time, she was also a Practicum Field Instructor for Douglas College’s Early Childhood Education Program. Most recently, Rita worked at Southridge School, where she developed, implemented, and operated the After-School Clubs Program. Rita directed the Southridge Summer Camp program that oversaw over 500 new children within a 4 week period. During this time she managed over 50 rotating staff and volunteers.
Rita specializes in Educational Program Development, Institutional Operational Policies and Procedures, as well as Staff Training.
If you’re considering a small school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Since smaller schools have smaller and less diverse student populations than big schools, it can sometimes be more challenging for your child to find a like-minded group of friends—friends with similar interests, values, etc.
“It’s important to look at the social makeup of the school,” says Ruth Rumack of Ruth Rumack's Learning Space. "Is there enough variety that your child will have a group that they feel connected with? Because you want to have friends that are like-minded and you want to be in a social situation where you feel honoured and respected. Variety can also be found in extracurriculars, leadership programs, and sports activities, which tend to have kids with a wide range of personalities.”
Also, make sure a school’s teaching and learning approach is suitable for your social child. “For instance, a school focusing on individual learning instead of group learning may not play into your child’s strengths,” say Ann and Karen Wolff, Toronto-based education consultants at Wolff Educational Services. “You want to make sure the social, emotional, and academic realities of the classroom are a match for your child’s personality.”
Smaller schools often have small classrooms and tight-knit communities, which can make it easier for your introverted child to come out of their shell, make friends, and feel like they belong. Since they’re less socially overwhelming, your child should find it easier to navigate their social environment. And since they’re conducive to group work, small classes often have plenty of interaction, which can help your child develop critical interpersonal skills.
Of course, small schools normally have a less diverse student population than big schools, which can sometimes make it more challenging to find a group of like-minded peers—peers with similar personalities, interests, values, etc. This makes it especially important to ask a school about its extracurricular programs, which can help your introverted child establish an intimate social circle.
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