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Programs offer unique learning experiences for elementary students

February 19, 2019

Sciencetrek_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 — Ecoquest, ScienceTrek, Creative Action 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 accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.

The programs are open to any Saskatoon Public Schools' student beginning in September 2019, 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.

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. Interested students and families can contact City Park School for more information. There is no registration deadline.

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. Applications are due at the school by 3:45 p.m. on April 17.

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. The application deadline is Friday, March 29.

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. Applications from current Saskatoon Public Schools' Grade 5 students must be received at École College Park School by Thursday, May 2.

Creative Action is a new specialized, 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 and beyond. Students will attend North Park Wilson School and collaborate with a variety of artists/partnerships in a creative, unique, and experiential classroom. Completed application forms can be sent directly to North Park Wilson School by May 1, 2019

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.  Applications must be received at City Park School by Wednesday, April 17, at 4 p.m.

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 4, 6 p.m. Applications must be received at the school by 4 p.m. on 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.