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Programs offer unique learning experiences for elementary students

January 30, 2020

elemunique2020_news.jpgElementary school students have the opportunity to engage in unique opportunities and hands-on learning experiences with Saskatoon Public Schools.

Four programs for Grade 8 students — Creative Action, Ecoquest, ScienceTrek and Let's Lead—Nīkānētān — along with the iGen program for Grade 6, FLEX program for Grade 7-12 and the Montessori program for Grade 1-8 are holding information nights and accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.

The programs are open to any Saskatoon Public Schools' student, however students must apply to be a part of the programs. Families interested in the Montessori program do not have to be currently enrolled in a Saskatoon Public school, however an application is still required.

Information Night Schedule

  • Creative Action — Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. at North Park Wilson School
  • FLEX — Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at City Park School
  • ScienceTrek — Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m., at Montgomery School
  • Montessori — Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m., at City Park School
  • iGen — Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m., at Sherbrooke Community Centre
  • Ecoquest — Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., at City Park School
  • Let's Lead—Nīkānētān — Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. at Westmount Community School

Creative Action is a full-year program for Grade 8 students who have shown leadership potential and a desire to cultivate their passion in the arts to make a difference in their community. Students collaborate with a variety of artists/partnerships while working on curriculum in a creative and experiential classroom. Students will hone their skills in one or more strands of the arts (music, dance, drama, visual art), expand their creative expression, and develop their artistic voice.

The Ecoquest program for Grade 8 is based at City Park School, but its mobile classroom approach to education allows students to experience everyday adventures while learning in urban and wilderness settings. Learning experiences are based on seasons, student ability and the focus of study. A student and parent information night will be held Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Applications must be received at City Park School by Wednesday, April 8.

The FLEX — Flexible Schedule, Blended Learning — Program at City Park School is designed for students in Grade 7 to Grade 12 who wish to combine their education with pursuits that are often found outside school offerings. Students receive face-to-face as well as online instruction as part of a flexible learning environment. An open house will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

ScienceTrek combines hands-on science opportunities with outdoor pursuits to create an exciting learning environment. Located at Montgomery School, ScienceTrek is a field-based science program created to inspire Grade 8 students to grow academically, socially, personally and culturally. A parent student information night will be held Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at Montgomery School. Applications must be received at Montgomery School by Wednesday, April 8.

iGen, short for Intergenerational Classroom, brings Grade 6 students together to spend a full school year in a unique classroom experience at Sherbrooke Community Centre. Students learn and work with their teachers alongside Sherbrooke residents and staff. Current Saskatoon Public Schools' Grade 5 students and parents are invited to learn more about iGen during the open house Wednesday, March 18, 6 p.m., at Sherbrooke Community Centre.

The Montessori Elementary Program is offered for Grade 1-8 students. The program, located at City Park School, uses Montessori philosophy and methodology of following the child to create learning that is individualized and presented to match the stages of development.  Attendance at the information meeting on Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m., is highly recommended. The application deadline is Friday, March 27.

Based at Westmount Community School, Let's Lead—Nīkānētān is a full-year program for Grade 8 students who want to learn through hands-on, out-of-school experiences. The program is particularly geared toward students who have leadership potential but may not have been able to develop it due to financial barriers. An information evening will be held at Westmount School on Thursday, April 2, 6 p.m. Applications must be received at the school by May 1.

More information on Saskatoon Public Schools unique programs for elementary students is available on the program websites. Information on these programs and other unique learning opportunities in Saskatoon Public Schools is also available in our Unique Programs Handbook.