by Island Parent Advertisers
Source: Island Parent Magazine
Originally Published: August 2019
Arbutus Grove Children’s Centre (formerly Goosey Gander Kindergarten) has a long history of providing outstanding early learning programs to the Greater Victoria community. Our centre is a bright and engaging purpose-built preschool with a large, natural playground surrounded by urban forest. We offer half and full day programs for 3 and 4 year olds and an after school program for kindergarten/grade 1 students attending Frank Hobbs. Our educators facilitate stimulating and engaging experiences that nurture each child’s sense of wonder, curiosity and innate desire to learn through play, exploration, discovery and creative expression. UVIC/Cadboro Bay area. arbutusgrove.ca or 250-477-3731.
ArtsCalibre Academy. There’s a reason why the first years of a child’s life are considered “formative”—they truly form the person, and profoundly influence the path and quality of the rest of their life. We believe that Fine Arts are the perfect vehicle for this formative process. Through our structured but fun program of music, dance, theatre and visual arts, children not only absorb these and all academic subjects with enthusiasm and ease, but they also develop the creativity, confidence and social skills to successfully apply them throughout their future. It’s this philosophy and comprehensive program that sets us apart from every other preschool. It’s the Art of Preschool. ArtsCalibre.ca. 250-382-3533.
Victoria Montessori. Twenty-first century children are growing up in a crazy-paced world, with the stresses of busy home life and over-stimulating media and toys. At Victoria Montessori, we create harmony and the right balance. We try to cultivate self-awareness, confidence, and calm amid the “moving sea of chaos.” At Victoria Montessori, we build a strong foundation and strong values. The directoresses model respect for the environment, respect for others, and respect for oneself. These values build confidence, self-esteem and self-expression, vital for emotional and mental health. 250-380-0534. email@example.com. victoriamontessori.com.
West Shore Parks and Recreation’s licensed preschool offers a variety of programs including Kinderprep, Nature Preschool, and multi-age classes with both small and larger class sizes. With flexible registration options and a play-based curriculum, our program is designed to help little ones grow and learn in a fun and safe environment. Visit westshorerecreation.ca or call 250-478-8384 for information. Follow us on Facebook; facebook.com/westshorerecreation.
ArtsCalibre Academy. Imagine a school…where music, dance, theatre and visual arts are infused into all aspects of an outstanding curriculum. The result is a learning process in which students experience, explore, exercise, and express themselves in order to truly understand and remember. Our structured but dynamic program consistently exceeds the B.C. Ministry of Education’s Curricula for Kindergarten to Grade 9. Dedicated, highly qualified educators, excellent facilities and safe Gordon Head location, which is also home to our Junior Kindergarten. We also offer Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds within the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre’s beautiful Fine Arts wing. ArtsCalibre.ca. 250-382-3533.
Christ Church Cathedral School (CCCS) is Victoria’s Anglican JK, Elementary and Middle School, welcoming students from all backgrounds. CCCS offers before and after school care, a wide range of extra-curricular programs, high calibre learning in math, science and technology, a strong focus on fine arts, including a world-class Chorister program, and progressive athletics programs. Weekly chapel service and seasonal performances are held in Christ Church Cathedral, just a few steps away. Through focused encouragement of personal responsibility, self-discipline, community service and engaging learning opportunities, CCCS helps children realize their true potential. cathedralschool.ca. 250-383-5125.
Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Oak and Orca Pre-Primary offer BCcertified Pre-Primary and K-12 education in a child-directed, inquiry-based, and non-judgemental environment. Our ungraded programming provides students with structure, opportunities, and choice, allowing them to follow the BC curriculum at their own pace using their interests as a guide. As part of our multi-age community of learners and teachers, students are able to practice effective communication, comfortably explore leadership, and develop responsible ecological citizenship. Regular field trips encourage connections with the natural and cultural heritage of our wider community. Blended learning opportunities are available (space-permitting) to students in the Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) program. oakandorca.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-383-6609.
Pacific Christian School nurtures students in Christ-like living, critical thinking and joyful service to be faithful citizens in God’s world. PCS is a preschool through grade 12 Class 1 independent school serving the Greater Victoria region. With over 900 students, it is a dynamic learning community exploring the full provincial curriculum from a Christian worldview perspective. Students regularly excel in arts, athletics and academics. You are invited to come by our Agnes Street campus and see what it’s all about. PacificChristian.ca. 250-479-4532.
At St. Margaret’s School, we seek to empower each girl to set her own course and shape her own dreams. Tucked away on 22-acres in the Blenkinsop Valley in Victoria, SMS is an all-girls school where your daughter can be herself, build confidence, and be a leader. SMS teachers and our unique environment offer rich resources and challenges to support each girl’s development as a student, an individual and a citizen of the world. Our rigorous academic program emphasizes STEM learning and leadership at all levels from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, and is supported by experiential programs designed to engage students in learning beyond the classroom. Enjoy the benefits of a small school from high participation in athletics, to extensive extracurricular opportunities, to our tight-knit community where each girl is known and driven to achieve. stmarg.ca or 250-479-7171.
Imagine a school where students are encouraged to challenge themselves across all their abilities, where they can find their balance and push their boundaries however they choose. Westmont Montessori School is a local community minded independent school committed to academic excellence in a caring, learning environment. Our family oriented environment takes an individual approach to learning where students are challenged to be the best they can be from early primary through Grade 8. At the heart of the Montessori philosophy is the belief that each person is a unique individual with strengths to contribute to society. It is a method designed to engage a child’s natural curiosity within an environment that is specially prepared to maximize learning opportunities. Westmont is open for tours every Thursday morning. Book a visit. 4075 Metchosin Rd. 250-474-2626.
email@example.com or west-mont.ca.
Under the new BC curriculum, inquiry and personalization are key to 21st century learning. Hands-On Home-Learning at Oak and Orca (DL K-12) offers an experience-based, individualized, and student-led approach to learning at home. Families are supported in providing engaging opportunities so each student can follow their own learning path and build on their strengths and interests. All learning experiences are acknowledged and tied to BC learning standards and/or high school courses by a certified teacher. Original, multi-age, hands-on learning activities are provided to inspire inquiry. Special Education inquiries are welcome and blended learning opportunities are available (space-permitting) at Oak and Orca Bioregional School and Forest School. oakandorca.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-383-6619/1-888-383-6619.
MID-ISLAND SCHOOLS/EDUCATION SERVICES
Duncan Christian School partners with families to provide a welcoming educational environment. Here, students experience the support and guidance of caring Christian teachers, dedicated to preparing them for life beyond the school doors. Our classes start at preschool-grade 12. Excellent academic, athletic, and fine arts programs.program, Grade 7 Leadership Retreat, Grade 11 West Coast Trail Hike, Grade 12 Missions trip, extensive student support program. We welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour of our school, please contact: duncanchristianschool.ca email@example.com. 495 Beech Avenue Duncan BC V9L 3J8. 250-746-3654.
At Evergreen Independent School in Cobble Hill, we value academic excellence and individual development in an educational community that nurtures the joy of learning. We offer small class sizes, vibrant multiage groupings, and individualized learning plans. Children develop in unique ways, at different rates, and in different directions, and that development is best accomplished in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. We strive to instruct children in ways that best fit their unique learning styles. Our graduates are self-motivated, curious people engaged in their community and in life-long learning. Evergreen welcomes students from Junior Kindergarten through grade 8.
International Christian Montessori Academy (ICMA). Inayat Unissa Bergum was born in Nice, France. After obtaining comprehensive Montessori training in Paris, she started the first Montessori school in 1962 in Southern California named the Sophia Montessori of Santa Monica. In 1964, she opened the first Montessori school in Costa Mesa, California known as the Montessori Centre School. Through the years she has trained numerous teachers using Montessori methodologies and opened many Montessori schools throughout California. In 1989, she launched the International Montessori Academy (ICMA) of Canada in Duncan for the expressed purpose of having children learn to appreciate and understand the importance of tolerance of different religions with an attitude of love, harmony and beauty. Recently, she founded the International Christian Montessori Academy in Duncan, BC, whose primary function is to include pre-school and elementary academic and French immersion programs.
Kool & Child is your complete resource store for educational toys and games. We carry a wide assortment of educational games, homework helper workbooks, brain teasers, science kits, jewelry, and much more! Teachers love our Kool School House full of everything they need to outfit their classroom in style, including an amazing selection of stickers. For homeschooling families, we carry grade appropriate resources for the elementary level. Preview some of our products online at koolandchild.com or come in and explore our store for a much greater selection. We are always happy to answer questions, please call us at 1-888-390-1775.
Register your child in our school where children learn to love and love to learn. Queen of Angels is a faith based Catholic school with affordable tuition, and a safe, family atmosphere. Maximize your child’s education with specialist teachers in PE, Band and French. Our students strive for excellence in all areas. We are accepting applications for September 2019 for grades K thru Grade 9. Limited space in some grades. If your child is 3 or 4 years old, then register them in the Early Learning Centre. Visit queenofangels.ca to learn more. Queen of Angels…building our future leaders!
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES & PROGRAMS
Navigate is an award-winning school, recognized nationally and internationally for our innovative approach to blended learning. We’ve implemented the new BC curriculum and built unique, flexible learning options for every student. This allows us to meet a diverse range of student needs, abilities, and learning styles. Discover more at NavigateNIDES.com.
Oak and Orca Bioregional Forest School is an outdoor, nature-based program near Elk/Beaver Lake offering an inclusive, caring community in which students learn through respectful, hands-on exploration. Led by certified teachers and skilled nature educators, the program fosters connection to the plants and animals of our bioregion and offers students the opportunity to develop passion and care for their world. Outdoor experiences include stories and drama, wood carving and sculpting, beach art, shelter-building, investigating wild edibles, hiking, and active games. This unique program is available to all students, including those in our Hands-On Home-Learning (DL) program. Tours are available by request. oakandorca.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-383-6619.
Start the school year off strong with Sylvan Learning! Transitioning to a new grade is made easier by Sylvan’s individualized programs in reading, writing and math. Sylvan can pinpoint and develop the skills your child needs for success. Staffed entirely by teachers, we know how to motivate and empower your child to confidently tackle the demands of the new academic year. We can help your child study more effectively and be better prepared when tests and quizzes come around. Sylvan has been serving Vancouver Island families for 35 years. Let Sylvan help your child build a strong foundation and have a successful school year. 1-800-Educate.
Under The GUI Academy—Coding for Kids! is the first coding school for kids on Vancouver Island (pronounced ‘Gooey’). Kids 7-17 attend 1hr weekend classes that engage imagination and creativity—taking them from screen-time consumers to content creators. With hundreds of grads at our mainland schools, parents love Under The GUI because kids get practical 21st Century job skills. Kids love coding their own games, apps, and learning through problem solving, as they develop critical thinking in small classes. BC Labour Report: In Computer systems, 88% of jobs appear on the BC High-Demand list. We’re preparing Island kids for a bright future!
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