iGen is short for Intergenerational Classroom. Grade 6 students selected from Saskatoon Public Schools spend one school year in a unique classroom experience at Sherbrooke Community Centre, a vibrant and caring community that is home to residents requiring specialized care.
Students in the iGen classroom learn and work with their teachers, Sherbrooke residents and the staff of Sherbrooke. Together, learning of the curriculum occurs along with opportunities to spend time with those of different generations and with different gifts. Students are encouraged to find their own gifts and to create relationships with peers and residents. Each day there are opportunities to engage in service learning and to receive the benefits of working with others.
Sherbrooke Community Centre is located close to École College Park School. Students are registered at College Park during their year in the program and participate in some of their programming at the school including physical education, fine arts, band and extracurricular activities.
iGen students are required to provide general school supplies. Students walk to and from College Park each day, all year, so appropriate outerwear is necessary. Students are invited to bring their devices to school each day once the class has established digital citizenship expectations. Classroom devices are available for those students who do not have access to their own. There are no extra fees or registration costs.
Students currently in Grade 5 and attending a Saskatoon Public School may apply. This life-changing experience is open to students from across the city and the classroom is made up of students from many different neighbourhoods. A program open house and information night is held in March at Sherbrooke Community Centre and application packages are available at École College Park School or online starting in March of each year for the following school year. Completed applications can be dropped off at École College Park School.
For more information about the program please visit the iGen program website at saskatoonpublicschools.ca/igen.