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Gain exclusive insight into life at The Mabin School from our carefully curated video reviews, including roundtable Q&As, that deliver in-depth insider info from parents, alumni and students.

Our Perspective on The Mabin School

When Geraldine Mabin founded the Mabin School in 1980 it was considered strikingly experimental. Children were taught in open environments, followed their curiosity, and learned more through guided experience than direct instruction. A teacher at the school once commented that "Our pattern is to have no pattern." Today, despite the changing educational landscape in Canada during the intervening decades, the school remains at the vanguard of alternative education. While Mabin left the school in the 1998, it still reflects the ideals on which it was based, and she remains involved with the school today. "Time in the classroom for actual learning as opposed to teaching is shrinking," Mabin said in 2011. "There's a very high expectation on academics and testing. A lot of time is spent on drumming in lessons and worrying about kids who haven't made it. Children should be given time to learn things, to not be pushed." The instruction is strong, and supported through extensive cross-curricular programming. Parental involvement in the life of the school is encouraged. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a rich, vibrant, and varied learning environment.

Video reviews

Get crucial behind-the-scenes information about The Mabin School from video interviews with probing questions that we recorded live with parents, current students, and recent alumni.

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Parent, Jody Berkes (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Jody Berkes to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The Mabin School.

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Roundtable Q&A (2020)

Watch our The Mabin School Q&A discussion with Lily (Parent), Jeffrey (Parent), Jaime (Parent) to gain fresh insight into the school’s culture, values, and strengths.

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