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THE OUR KIDS REPORT:
North Point School

Grades K TO Gr. 12 — Calgary, AB (MAP)

North Point School:
THE OUR KIDS REPORT
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  • Grades
    K — Gr. 12
  • Gender
    Coed, All boys, All girls
  • Class Size
    13 — 18 students
  • Tuition
    $14,500 to 16,500/year
  • Language of instruction
    English
  • Associations
    AISCA, IBSC
  • Enrolment
    215 day students
  • Curriculum
    Progressive
  • EBROCHURE
    View eBrochure

School address

  • 2445 23rd Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0W3 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

North Point School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider.

The regions North Point School offers busing from are:

  • Calgary

Additional notes: North Point School offers two bus routes for 2019-20. - Route 1 - Cochrane to/from North Point School (via Crowchild Tr.) - Route 2 - SW/SE route which will start in Chapparal with stops in McKenzie Towne, Will Park, Woodlands, Chinook Park, North Glenmore and Altadore.

Our Perspective

How we see North Point School


North Point was founded in 2014 in order to address boys who are kinesthetic learners. That is, boys who are academically capable, yet learn best through tactile learning—hands on—and through physical activity, rather than sitting still and listening quietly. Not all boys are kinesthetic learners, of course, though certainly many are, and as such can be prone to not reaching their full academic potential in more traditional, passive educational settings. North Point has structured its program for them. North Point also groups students, for some portions of the day and for some programs, with boys of varying ages, not limited to those within their particular grade. The intention is to allow for mentorship/leadership relationships to develop, something that, for some boys, can be transformative. The ideal student is a boy who will thrive in a very active, close-knit setting, one in which physical activity, including athletics and physical competition, is a significant aspect of school life.

School's Perspective

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How North Point School sees itself


The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Believing that boys and girls learn differently and have unique needs, North Point Schools offers 3 distinct and exciting programs. Our SCHOOL FOR BOYS (Gr. K-9) and taps into boys’ natural curiosity and energy as a foundation for life-long learning as we TEACH BOYS the way boys LEARN. Our Gr. K-9 SCHOOL FOR GIRLS strives to build self-confidence and allow girls to develop their passions. In our co-educational HIGH SCHOOL, we LAUNCH LEADERS who can successfully navigate the adventure that awaits."

  • PERSONALIZED Learning - A combination of Adaptive Technology and Direct Instruction
  • HANDS-ON Learning - real world experience and application gives concepts purpose & understanding
  • SOCRATIC Teaching - empowered to analyze, think for themselves, express their opinions & listen
  • CHARACTER - developing boys who are Resilient, Respectful, Responsible, Relentless and Resourceful.
  • MENTORSHIP - transforming a boy’s approach to learning as they feel heard and understood
  • PHYSICAL Education - expanded PE program enhances classroom learning and a healthy lifestyle
  • OUTDOOR Education - outdoor experiences fosters courage, self reliance, cooperation & resilience
  • FINANCIAL & STEM Education -
  • COMMUNITY - providing opportunities to connect, provide service, be entrepreneurs and give back
  • ACADEMIES - Passion focused learning: Fine Arts, Sports, Business, STEM

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"North Point’s program is designed to ensure that students master core skills, while allowing them to further explore topics that they are passionate about. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage learners by focusing on their interests in practical problem-solving, hands-on learning, leadership and outdoor exploration. We understand the importance of freedom within the school structure and of developmentally appropriate education."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"This is student-driven education, designed to help each student discover and nourish their talents and passions. They will have a clear vision of who they want to become, and they will have the academic and real-world skills needed to get there. North Point is about changing the way all students are taught on every level, working with their strengths, and appealing to their distinct learning style."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Since our inception, North Point's Financial Education program has been leading the way in Canada. The Financial Education program at North Point provides students with economic and personal financial literacy and entrepreneurship lessons. This state-of-the-art program is designed to engage a student’s understanding of financial literacy as a critical life-skill. All students from K - 12 take part in this program as part of our mandatory curriculum."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Parents find the breadth of our Our Active Living program surprising. It is about enhancing education by providing fun, safe, cross-curricular activities that give practical application to concepts learned in the classroom. These activities also provide opportunity for character building, teamwork and leadership. Examples of these activities include:
· Gardening · Business Fair · Camping trips · Comedy/Drama Workshops · Team-Building Adventures – i.e. high ropes course
· Community Service"


School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities


Athletics facilities


Campus


Classrooms


Science facilities


Instructional resources


Shared spaces


Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see North Point School


Video reviews of North Point School

Parent, Fran Watson (2023)

Gr. 4 to Gr. 10 (current) — Watch our parent interview with Fran Watson to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend North Point School.

Parent, Mary Knudsen (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Mary Knudsen to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend North Point School.

Parent, Sarah Pittard (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Sarah Pittard to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend North Point School.

Written reviews of North Point School

(4.6)

Parent, Rhonda Ness (2019)

We took our son out of publicFrench immersion because of difficulties with comprehension and anxiety...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone


Message from school leadership

Brent Devost, Head of School
B. Ed.

From our teachers and staff to our students and parents, we have all come together around the common purpose of making education exciting, invigorating, challenging and enjoyable for our boys. Over 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 boys learn and behave.

An education system that once focused on math and science and which encouraged healthy 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. On occasion, this creates behaviour problems in the classroom simply because boys listen and learn better if they can move around and manipulate things. North Point provides a blended learning approach (using direct instruction and integrated technology platforms), and a daily program which integrates outdoor education and physical activity. This creates an environment where boys learn more attentively in a way that makes sense for them.

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 School is about changing the way that boys are taught on every level, working with their strengths and appealing to their individual learning style.


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