"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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Download our CURRICULUM OVERVIEW.

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


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We develop our core competencies by focusing on the whole student and achieving
a balance in their growth and development:

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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 mindset.   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 that is how we teach.  Our curriculum is living and moves with the opportunities presented by seasonal changes, current events, and the interests of the individual students.  We strive to ignite curiosity and empower our students to understand how they best learn and to love doing so. We nurture the whole child, giving them control in their lives and in their 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 despite us learning so much about how the brain functions. Our Wild School program is designed, using the science of children's brain development to ensure that when students are learning they are at a peak state for optimal comprehension and retention. This lends itself to better long term results.


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

We foster curiosity in learning through hands on experiences.  We peel back knowledge like an onion, exploring the many layers that go beyond initial perceptions and investigate how they integrate and relate.  Our thinking is critical, our lessons are rooted in real world problem solving using relevant examples.  This stimulates interest and 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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A PLACE TO STRIVE FOR INSPIRATION AND CREATIVITY.

How do you prepare students for a future that we cannot predict? How do you pack for an adventure that you don't know what to expect?

Wild School core competencies

You develop a set of core compete focus on developing core competencies such as: grit, perseverance, creativity,
adaptability, sustainable happiness, and learning how to learn. So that students
will thrive in any future they choose.....

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 give their full 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 to us in nature and our community.

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

4.) FUN! - you can’t underestimate the power of fun in a child’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, 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 are multiple outdoor classrooms, a green house, science centre (with Lemur Monkeys, turtles, snakes, and much more), butterfly garden, amphitheatre, medicine wheel fire pit, interpretive walks and over 20 kms of trails. Truly this is an incredible classroom!

 
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BUSING FROM COLLINGWOOD IS AVAILABLE

 
We may also 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 2022 - January 4th to March 11th (optional cross country ski stream)
SPRING SEMESTER 2022 - 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

 
APPLICATION PROCESS

- Fill out Application Form
- Schedule Tour and In-Person Assesment

BEGIN APPLICATION PROCESS

 

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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