Our junior school program focuses on developing a strong academic foundation, confidence, and learning skills to prepare students for success with the challenges of a rigorous program. An emphasis on character and community citizenship allows students to recognize their impact both as individuals and as part of a collaborative team, inspiring them to work towards their true potential. Small classes support the development of confident students who know how to stand in their strengths.
We meet and exceed the Ontario Curriculum standards through an engaging Inquiry and Project-Based Learning (PBL) program.
Our Language and Math programs are levelled to give students the extra support or enrichment they need to develop a strong foundation of core skills required for higher-level learning. Students each have an individualized
Our Inquiry and Project-Based Learning approach drives students to engage in work that has context and purpose. Our students develop a deeper understanding of content knowledge and complex concepts and become self-motived learners. Language and Literacy, Social Studies, Art, History, Geography and Media Literacy are integrated through exciting theme units of study. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are combined logically as they are in real-life, during hands-on, experiential lessons.
Medial Literacy is integrated into all aspects of our program and students have regular access to technology as tools for learning. Students develop the skills needed to be safe in the digital world and learn how to become ethical digital citizens in a technology-based society. Our students learn how to use technology as a tool for creation, research and to connect meaningfully and responsibly with others.
The digital age is quickly transforming the landscape of education to one where skills take priority over knowledge. Students must develop these skills to become successful life-long learners. We foster the skills of inquiry as well as independent learning skills so that students can become self-directed learners and begin to learn more about their own interests. We also focus on the development of the 21st Century Skills to ensure our students have a foundation for success in our ever-changing world. These skills are:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Critical Thinking
A strong character is paramount to becoming responsible and capable citizens. Our Character Skills focus for junior school students helps them to develop roles as respectful members of a community. We foster:
- Awareness of Self and Others
- Acceptance of Differences
Our junior school students have opportunities to become actively involved and connected with members of our community through Project-Based Learning. Field trips within our community and opportunities to meet with a variety of community members allow students gain valuable insight and understanding of different aspects of a community and how community members work together to meet shared goals. PBL also allows our students to contribute authentic solutions to real challenges within our community, such as when junior students helped the Baby Point BIA design community planters in front of our school that would thrive over the summer, during their unit on plants.