"FOUR WALLS AND A DESK WORKS FOR CONTROLLING LARGE NUMBERS OF CHILDREN.  IT DOES NOT WORK FOR EMPOWERING, INSPIRING, AND FOSTERING LIFE LONG LEARNERS WHO WILL BECOME THE CHANGEMAKERS THAT WE SO DESPERATELY NEED."

Jeff Barrett - founder


CORE PROGRAM

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- Fully Accredited Private School
- Small class sizes (8 to 12)
- Led by experienced and extremely talented and qualified Ontario Certified Teachers.
- In open air or well ventilated settings
- Offering a unique living curriculum
- That exceeds provincial standards and focuses on the whole child

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Wild School core competencies


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AN EDUCATION REVOLUTION....

The Wild School experience goes beyond four walls.  We go beyond mastering core competencies (E.g. mathematics and literacy) in order to develop critical and creative thinkers with an entrepreneurial mind set.   We need education to inspire students to innovate, find purpose, love learning, and make an impact now. 
 

EDUCATION IS MOTION

The world doesn't sit still.  The natural world is fluid, we are in flux and so to should be the way in which we teach.  Our curriculum is living and moves with the opportunites presented and the interests of the individual student.  We strive to ignite curiosity and empower our students to learn to learn and love doing so. We nurture the whole child, giving them control in their own lives and in their own learning, so that they can thrive with purpose in our rapidly changing world.

 

DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

Our education system has changed little in the past 100 years and yet we have learned so much about how the brain learns and retains information. Our program is designed to work with the science of children's brain development, to ensure that when students are learning subject matters they are at a peak state for optimal comprehension and retention. This lends to better longer term results.


OUR CLASSROOM IS LIFE, OUR CAMPUS IS THE NATURAL WORLD.

We foster curiosity in learning through hands on experiences.  We peel pack knowledge like an onion, exploring the many layers that go beyond initial perceptions and how they integrate and relate.  Our thinking is critical, our lessons rooted in real world problem solving and relevant examples.  This stimulates interest and self motivation to discover more.  We take the classroom outside and into the community - integrating real world projects and opportunities. Ask yourself - how much is your child actually learning in a traditional classroom? Don't you want more for your Child's development?

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learning in nature


A PLACE TO STRIVE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY.

We integrate with and go well beyond provincial curriculum standards and local school curriculums to create more experiential and inquiry based learning. Our core program focuses on "OE4": Ecological Education (EcoEd), Outdoor Education (OutEd), Experiential Education (ExEd), Leadership Education (EQ).

Ecological Education (EcoEd)

EcoEd assimilates ‘environmental education’ (EnvEd) and expands the term to embrace ecological principles while encompassing systems theory. The EcoEd component of OE4 draws heavily on holistic interpretations of the natural world by seeking and drawing out connections between varying nodes and integrating in core subject matters (E.g. mathematics).

Service Education (ServEd)

ServEd is how we connect and give back to our community. We use service projects to instill the value of community service but also as an opportunity for experiential learning. We are able to weave our curriculum into projects that make our community better, while also learning more about and connecting with local changemakers.

Outdoor Education (OutEd)

OutEd is the teaching and learning of skills for outdoor, wilderness living, travel and sport. This may include bushcraft, adventure sports, navigation, species identification, safe travel preparation and the like. OutEd embraces many traditional ways of knowing and living and is the foundation of what has developed into more formalized and academic activities.

Leadership Education (EQ)

In our layered approach to Leadership Development we focus on key elements such as self-awareness / control, grounding, empathy, advocacy, and environmental stewardship. With a focus on emotional intelligence, our multi-faceted approach focuses on supporting leadership growth from an individual, interpersonal, and communal perspective as we foster leadership development in the great future leaders of our planet!

AN ENHEIGHTENED EXPERIENCE

The Wild School experience enables participants to step away from their everyday environment and immerses them in the excitement and wonder of the natural world where they will draw on their individual strengths and work as a team to strive for success.

WHY IT WORKS

1.) Small Class Sizes - teachers are able to focus and give their attention to individual students.

2.) An Engaging Curriculum - our ‘living curriculum’ truly engages students as it forms around the students interests and the opportunities presented around us in nature and our community.

3.) Working with Our Brains Physiology - like preparing for a ski race, we get our students in a peak state of flow so that students are highly engaged and their brains are able to retain much more information.

4.) FUN! - you can’t underestimate the power of fun in children’s learning. Think about the times when you’ve learned the most. Were you bored?

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Blue Mountain Wild School building
Blue Mountain Wild School building

LOCATION: KIMBERCOTE

We are thrilled to announce our new home base location at Kimbercote near Heathcote. We will be moving into a brand new, state of that the art, custom built school. The property sits on 100 acres (+ adjacent conservation lands) of creeks, fields and forests overlooking the Beaver Valley. Also on the property is a green house, science centre (complete with Lemur Monkeys, turtles, snakes and much more), butterfly garden, amphitheatre, medicine wheel fire pit, interpretive walks and over 20kms of trails. Truly this will be an incredible classroom!
 
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BUSING FROM COLLINGWOOD IS AVAILABLE

 
We also often set up mobile outdoor classrooms in the rivers, historic and cultural sites and parks of our beloved Blue Mountains. All locations are within 25 minutes of both Collingwood and Thornbury.
 
Part of our program is dressing for the weather and we educate both students and parents on how to be comfortable in our natural environment no matter the weather.


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PROGRAM OPTIONS:

 

FULL TIME PROGRAM

Max class size - 8 to 12 students

FALL SEMESTER 2021 - September 7th to December 17th
(optional mountain biking stream)
WINTER SEMESTER 2021 - January 4th to March 11th (optional cross country ski stream)
SPRING SEMESTER 2021 - March 22nd to June 30th
(optional trail running or hiking stream)

 

Grade JK to Grade 6
Grade JK/Sk - Monday to Friday - 8:45am to 3:30pm*

Grade 1/2 - Monday to Friday - 8:45am to 3:30pm*

Grade 3/4 - Monday to Friday - 8:45am to 3:30pm*

Grade 5/6 - Monday to Friday - 8:45am to 3:30pm*

* Extra curricular programming - 3:30 to 5:15pm

 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
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COME AND SEE WHAT ALL THE BUZZ IS ABOUT!
Schedule a site visit or a back yard presentation.
EMAIL: Info@wildschool.ca

 

TUITION AND FEES

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