Elementary Schools / Programs of Choice

Cloverdale Traditional School

Cloverdale Traditional School is a new alternative beginning September 2007. Traditional schools are defined by their focus on the teaching of values such as respect, responsibility and citizenship. High standards and clearly defined expectations for behaviour are emphasized, and students wear uniforms. At Cloverdale, teachers offer a rich, sequential program using the most effective and innovative teaching methods to enable all learners to reach their full potential. With active parent involvement, the school and its families can work together to foster the attributes of tomorrow’s leaders today.

The Cloverdale Traditional School website is https://cloverdale.sd61.bc.ca/

For more information please call: ph. 382-7231 or email to cloverdale@sd61.bc.ca

South Park Family School

South Park Family School has been a successful parent-involved alternative (K-5) school in Victoria since 1974. Teachers and parents work closely together to provide a nurturing, stimulating, learning environment. Fine arts are an important part of our vigorous academic program. Because we emphasize cooperation over competition, we write narrative reports rather than assigning letter grades. Our fostering of self-esteem and creativity in our students prepares them to meet the challenges of future schooling.

The South Park Family School website is https://southpark.sd61.bc.ca/

For more information please call: ph. 382-5234.

Coastal Kindergarten

“Coastal Kindergarten” was piloted in two Greater Victoria schools for three years.  The program offered a total of 36 seats between South Park Family School and James Bay Community School. The pilot has now concluded and the program has ended.

The pilot program provided the Greater Victoria School District the opportunity to assess a dedicated outdoor learning program for kindergarten aged children, and a workshop for all teachers was developed to support outdoor learning programs across all schools.  A number of observations were made about the program including that outdoor-inspired learning works for many children and should continue where possible, but not all at kindergarten age children are ready for it.  The program also helped teachers and educational assistants to assess what level of support and preparation was needed by students and teacher to make outdoor learning successful.

Valuable insights into outdoor learning have been drawn from the pilot program.  With this in mind, both pilot schools, South Park and James Bay, will endeavor to provide outdoor learning more routinely within kindergarten classes at South Park and James Bay elementary schools, and the District will endeavor to increase outdoor learning opportunities across the District to provide more access to these opportunities for all students, versus a select few. The pilot program will inform how these opportunities advance in future and each year schools will assess what can be offered within their kindergarten classes.

In addition,  several Greater Victoria schools now have outdoor classrooms constructed on the school grounds to allow for traditional classes to occur outside and the new provincial K-12 education curriculum encourages hands-on learning and in areas that spark a student’s interests and passion.  This encourages greater outdoor learning for especially those kids who are interested in outdoors, or for those subjects that can learned by doing or seeing in the real-world, outdoor learning would be encouraged.  Opportunities for teacher learning is also occurring with workshops to assist teachers in planning for outdoor considerations (weather, travel, etc.)



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