December 7, 2016

Bridge the Gap: Alternative School at Oak Learners

Bridge the Gap with Alternative Learning at Oak Learners

Reggio Emilia Inspired Project-Based Curriculum for students Kindergarten through Grade 6

Philosophy

Developed by teachers, families and children working together to create an ideal academic and enrichment learning environment following a holistic approach.

At Oak Learners, young people of all ages come together to create their own deep, meaningful, and enduring learning experiences. We endeavour to provide a creative and collaborative educational alternative that cultivates authentic, balanced critical thinkers who are prepared for a life of learning and community engagement.

Our mission is to inspire and create authentic curriculum to provide a balanced learning environment, nurturing children’s natural curiosity about their world with student-centered experiences. We believe every child is capable and will be successful when every family belongs to a supportive educational community.

 

Kindergarten

The Oak Learners Kindergarten program lays a strong foundation for an enriching educational journey. Children may attend once per week, or up to five days per week. Experienced educators spend time exploring literacy, numeracy, science and so much more with children through a natural and inquiry-based program.

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Grades 1-3

Each day brings new learning opportunities through an integrated and immersive approach to education in the primary grades. Ontario Curriculum content and skill achievement guidelines are covered and enriched through a holistic approach to learning in a project-based and mixed-grade inquiry learning model.

Grades 4-6

Our goal with Junior students is to inspire and create authentic curriculum to provide a balanced learning environment, nurturing children’s natural curiosity about their world with student-centered experiences. Students are encouraged to participate in real-world projects that expand their circle of influence to their community and the rest of the world.

Features

Holistic mindset / 6:1 ratio / Field Trips and experiential learning opportunities / Music / Mindfulness / Arts-Integrated / Programming / Entrepreneurship / Learning Garden / Educational Advocacy and Assessment support teams / Holistic Health Services / Home-Ec and life-skill elective classes / OCT Teachers / Learning Exceptionalities and Special Needs support, including Gifted, Autism, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, LD, etc. /

Curriculum

Progressive, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based programming in a student-driven, teacher-facilitated, alternative enrichment learning environment. Each learner goes through a cyclical process of identifying their unique strengths, needs, goals, and interests. Through collaboration with teachers, peers, parents and members of their community, they design an inquiry-based project to guide their learning over the course of a term.

There are no subject-based classes at Oak Learners, rather each day brings new learning opportunities through an integrated and immersive approach to education. Ontario Curriculum content and skill achievement guidelines are covered and enriched through a holistic approach to learning in a project-based inquiry model.

Assessment

Students work together with peers and teacher-mentors to develop their own criteria for success and assessing their progress. Teachers will keep track of each individual’s progress against Ontario curriculum standards, and at the end of each term, students, teachers and parents will meet to conference, reflect and set goals for the next term. Reporting on assessment will look different for each student and will take place primarily through formal and informal student-led portfolio conferences.

Calendar

Our school year calendar runs 11 months and consists of 214 school days.

Registration

View tuition fees, forms and registration information.

Now Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting students to our Full-Time and Part-Time Programs for the 2017-2018 school year.