- small class sizes of 15 or less
- multi-age groupings
- focus on individualized instruction
- staff of 3 teachers, plus 1 education assistant, and administration
- five day school week
- BC Curriculum
- enrichment classes in Music, Art, Theatre, and Gardening for the entire school
- Outdoor Leadership Program for all grade levels integrating communication, self-direction, organization, team-work, leadership, self-care, and environmental stewardship skill building.
Our elementary school program supports children’s learning from Kindergarten to Grade 7 assessment levels. Those students attending full time, working on curriculum from grades 1 to 7, are with us five days per week while our Kindergarten program runs two to three full days per week. Our school week consists of four days learning in the school environment and the fifth day reserved for Outdoor Leadership Program activities.
All classes at The Whole School are small, multi-aged and cultivate a non-competitive environment. These elements are felt to be crucial to ensure that our students experience a secure, nurturing environment. This safe environment enables them to become risk-takers who trust enough to make mistakes and leaders who are willing to express their own opinions openly and freely.
Our non-competitive approach, which is also non-graded, empowers the students to appreciate differences and enjoy each others’ successes. Self-evaluation and self-motivation are key to the assessment of these goals.
Our classrooms are configured so that students move through a variety of different cooperative groupings based on their individualized instruction and non-graded learning plans. Our school values the safety and compassion of continuous progress. To enable each student to experience success, teachers work one on one with the students to develop ongoing, individual, achievable goals.
Every year the students at the Whole School pick a topic about which they feel passionate and organize a fundraiser or two for that issue. These Whole School Generosity Projects bring topics about marginalized people, places and issues into the classroom and introduces concepts of goodwill and working for the good of others. Look to the News tab for more information about what the students did for this year’s project. Click here to read more about the Generosity Project.