Project-based Learning in Upper School
Students discover new capacities for critical thinking and forming independent judgments. Students become financially literate in the Canadian system, learn to open their own business and how to use technology to their best advantage, read classic literature, and explore scientific concepts. Classes debate ethical issues in Science, History, Economics and Literature. Students write poetry, engage in a variety of mathematical reasoning skills, inquire, hypothesize and conduct hands-on lab experiments.
Our teachers present demanding, open-ended topics that encourage students to observe, compare, analyze, create, question and imagine alternatives. They then help students understand why those concepts are important and how they can be applied in the real-world. Students gain a true understanding of the world around them by combining theory and practice.
Leadership through Experiential Learning
There are many leadership opportunities for students both in the classroom and in the surrounding environment. Many of the courses provide an opportunity for students to take the lead: When students become teachers they also become independent thinkers and they practice valuable soft skills such as self-reliance, resourcefulness and decision-making. They can also volunteer to tutor the younger grades, organize fundraisers or take part in clubs such as the Model United Nations, Ecoschools, etc.
Flexible & Focused Upper School Program
There are 2 semesters a year. Students take 4 credits in each semester. If needed or desired, students can also take up to 2 credits during the summer.
Classes are 80-minute blocks. Students are able to concentrate on fewer courses at a time, resulting in less stress and more time to focus on their courses. Students get individual help and support from teachers.
This type of academic schedule, which is more aligned with the college and university system, prepares students for higher education