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Programs offer unique learning opportunities for elementary students

February 06, 2018

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

Three programs for Grade 8 students — 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 2018-19 school year.

The programs are open to any Saskatoon Public Schools' student beginning in September 2018, however students must apply to be a part of the programs. Families interested in the Montessori program do not have to be current SPS students, however an application is still required.

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 are due March 26.

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.

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 March 28.

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 are due April 10.

The Montessori Elementary Program is offered for Grade 1-8 students. Montessori philosophy and methodology is used to deliver Saskatchewan curricula. Based on the educational ideals of Maria Montessori of following the child, learning is individualized and presented to match the stages of development of children.  The application deadline is Thursday, March 29.

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 12, 6 p.m. Applications are due May 9.

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.