A unique approach to learning that challenges students both academically and physically is the reason for the continued success of Outdoor School.
Outdoor School is based at City Park School but offers a learning experience in a collaborative environment as part of a semester-long outdoor adventure. Grade 11 students from across Saskatoon have the opportunity to develop outdoor living skills, critical thinking and confidence as they participate in six major excursions across Western Canada.
An information evening to showcase Outdoor School, along with Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. at City Park School.
Students in Outdoor School earn five academic credits in areas such as science, geography, English and physical education as they combine learning through integrated research projects with opportunities for backcountry camping, canoeing, cycling, wall climbing, snowboarding and more.
The programs provides students with an opportunity to work with many leading experts in the scientific and adventure sport community. In addition to earning five credits, students are exposed to the diversity of Saskatchewan and Western Canada. The integrated nature of the program allows students to travel Western Canada as they experience authentic learning in a meaningful way that allows them to forge a connection with the environment.
Outdoor School pushes students to ask critical questions about the environment and society and helps students grow into knowledgeable, responsible and respectful citizens. Students who welcome a challenge, or need to be challenged more, have consistently thrived in Outdoor School.
Applications for Outdoor School are due by March 24, 2017. More information is available on the Outdoor School webpage.
Media School, based at Evan Hardy Collegiate, is a chance for Grade 11 students to spend a semester concentrating on media production. The program, which is located at Evan Hardy Collegiate, takes a film- and television-centered approach to course work is fully integrated with activities drawing on all five courses and emphasizing independent work, peer teaching and learning, and group projects.
The High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program (HCAP) at Mount Royal Collegiate provides a hands-on approach to learning as students develop skills in a real-life work environment by working with a journeyperson carpenter/teacher to build a house.
More information on Outdoor School, Media School and the High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program is available on the program websites. Information on these programs and other unique learning opportunities in Saskatoon Public Schools is available in our Unique Programs Handbook.