The 2017 - 2018 School Year is Coming to an End!
As we approach the end of 3rd Term we are also preparing for the 2018-2019 school year. Due to the high level of attention we give to each individual individual learner, and constraints around space and staffing, we are capping our in-house (physically attending our school at 1649 Brunswick Street) student enrollment at 30 for the coming year. We support our learners with Google Classroom and thus we do have the capability to enroll distance learning students who wish to study from another location (i.e., home) and physically attend KVA minimally (science labs, novel or play discussions, etc...).
We have also made a few changes to our tuition and fees policies. Tuition has increased for grades 10-12 students (last year $10,500, this coming year $11,300). Tuition for grades 7-9 students will remain at $10,300. International student tuition has also increased. Please view the Tuition and Fees documents under the Admissions tab for a complete description of our new policies and current costs.
We have started the process to become an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School with both the Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 7-10, and the Diploma Program (DP) for grades 10-12. As this is a comprehensive process, we will be pursuing the MYP first. Interesting fact passed on to us by the IB people: there are currently no schools in Nova Scotia (public or private) currently offering the MYP. There are 2 private schools and many public schools in Nova Scotia offering the DP.
We will continue to offer an educational experience to students that is based around self-direction, flexible scheduling, self-pacing, well-supported with resources, and with the ability to create custom programs that meet individual needs.
Our Next Program - Summer School
With the support provided by Google Classroom and the brilliant suite of productivity tools that Google allows us to use, we are offering a limited, first-come-first-serve distance summer school. It will be based around the suite of Google products (gmail, Classroom, drive, Hangouts, etc...) and one-on-one connections between the teacher/mentor/content expert and the student. There will be opportunities for students and teachers to meet at our Brunswick Street location (science labs, periodic one-on-one sessions, etc...) but that would be determined by the curriculum and the needs of the student.
Currently all Math and all Science are available. English and Social Studies may be available - please inquire if interested.
Lessons Learned this year at KVA
This year has been very insightful. As the first year that Dr. MacDonald has administered the school, we have learned some things about this approach, and we continually use these Lessons Learned to improve the program to better support individual learning. One lesson learned that rises above many others is that self-direction is a necessary skill in an academic environment. Some students are good at self-direction; others are excellent at it; and some students are weak at self-direction. We believe that self-direction is the key to success in our model. Basic self-direction, when there are weak goal-setting skills, and weak organizational skills, and an underdeveloped ability to assess what is expected, is the ability to ask questions. Regardless of a student's knowledge and learning abilities, each student at KVA is expected to ask questions. We can help with clarifying expectations, goal setting, learning abilities, and learning content to the level of mastery, and thus achieving a grade of 100% in all courses, but as we recognize that self-direction is an absolutely necessary academic survival skill, it all starts with students asking question, seeking guidance, clarifying, etc... We are, after all, a university preparation school, and it would be a disservice to our students if we nurtured them to become more passive learners.
About King's View Academy's regular program
If you are unfamiliar with our approach to education, please take a few moments to read through our website and find out about our approach to education. In a nutshell, students are given the freedom to choose their daily schedule and their daily academic efforts. At the same time, students are aware of the outcomes for each course they take, and they are aware of the normal progress through these outcomes across the school year to achieve 100% in each course. It requires discipline, organization, and maturity: all of the traits of a student prepared for university. The staff at King's View Academy constantly support the development of these traits, every day.
School is not only about curriculum and being exposed to the content of each course. School is a place where students grow and learn to learn, in preparation for the next stage of life. King's View Academy puts the focus of all activities, and the responsibility of all staff, first and foremost, on the learning that individual students do. Everything at King's View Academy builds upon individual student learning.
Our current staff includes Dr. Derek MacDonald as the new Principal and Mathematics teacher; Mr Paul Lenarczyk as Vice-Principal and English/Social Studies teacher; Dr. Steve Taylor as Science teacher; Mr. Patrick Burgomaster as Art and Music Teacher; Ms. Crystal MacDonald as Yoga teacher; Hannah Daltrop as Global Geography teacher; and Claire Henderson as French teacher. Ms. Rina Otero remains as Headmistress Emeritus.
We are still located at 1649 Brunswick St. suite 101 but our space has been reorganized to support different types of activities concurrently: discussion and debate, presentation, individual student work, small and medium sized group work. No matter what is going on at King's View Academy, be it Yoga or Drama or Art class, there is always a place suitable for students to work independently or in groups.
If your goal is learning, not just curricular outcomes but learning to be organized, to set and work toward goals, and to learn effectively, then perhaps King's View Academy is the place for you.
If you are intrigued, please come by to take a look at the school and talk to us about our program.