Admissions & Tuition
We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to education. There are so many bright, creative and empathetic students that just need a school that 'thinks outside of the box' so that they can learn and grow with joy and confidence and among like-minded friends. If your family and children fit the description below, we may just be that one-of-a-kind school you have been dreaming of:
Seeking creative personalities, sensitive dreamers and busy innovators in grades K-6 for the 2020 school year (*7-8 in 2021).
We are a secular school that welcomes families from all backgrounds, family structures, orientations, faiths and belief systems who are open to learning from one another.
Students should be able and willing to spend several hours outdoors each day and in most weather conditions.
Students should be able to work well in a 1:16 teacher-student ratio.
Families must support an approach to education that is rooted in empathy, wellness, exploration, innovation and Changemaking.
We are looking for students who are kind, creative, empathetic and may already be demonstrating signs of early leadership or have a desire to make a difference in the world.
Our learning environment is best suited for:
Typical learners and advanced learners who are comfortable working close to grade level or above.
We also specialize in students with Anxiety.
We can also support students who have been assessed as Gifted and/or Twice Exceptional.
Due to limitations in our resources and funding at this time, we would not be well-suited for:
Students with behaviour challenges, a history of oppositional defiance, aggression or physical violence.
Students with moderate-severe learning disabilities.
We are unable to offer full-time classroom assistants or 1:1 aides.
Additionally, due to the significant amount of time our students will be spending outdoors, we would not be well-suited for students facing medical fragility or who might be considered a flight risk.
Please contact us prior to applying If you are unsure about suitability and would like to discuss the unique needs of your child.
In order to offer small class sizes, quality programming and to attract and retain 'best-fit' certified teaching staff, we must charge tuition and other fees, solicit donations and work hard to raise funds. It is important to understand that an accredited independent school operates under a not-for-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors and is carefully monitored and audited by Alberta Education. We do not receive any government funding or grants in our first-year of operation.
We aim to clearly communicate all costs upfront so families can budget and make a decision prior to applying. We will never surprise our families with additional costs throughout the year.
Full Time Kindergarten
Div 1 & 2
*Our Kindergarten program is 5 days per week from 8:30am-3:20pm.
**Grades 1-6 is 5 days per week from 8:30am-3:30pm.
(*ask us about our founding families program)
Tuition Payment Options:
A) Annual lump sum. Covers year in full.
B) 10 Monthly Payments (Registration deposit of one month’s tuition due at time of registration).
*If a student’s registration is cancelled or withdrawn after the school year has started, the family forfeits all non-refundable amounts as outlined above in addition to 3 months of tuition payments.
Fees (K-9) 2020-2021
$100 Application Fee (non-refundable, due when submitting online application, does not guarantee admission).
$2500 Capital & Sustainability Fee (non-refundable, one-time fee per child, for successful applicants, due with first-year registration only).
$450 Off-Site Activity and Enrichment Fee (annual fee for registered students).
Additional costs to consider include:
Uniform and appropriate outdoor clothes for all seasons.
Transportation service fees will depend on interest and demand (optional).
Before/after school care costs will depend on interest and demand (optional).
We understand that tuition and fees can be cost-prohibitive for many families. If you would like to apply for our needs-based financial aid program please fill out this FINANCIAL AID FORM and send to us with your application.
It is strongly recommended that all parents book a meeting or call us to chat before applying (403.870.2327).
Step 1: Complete the Online Application and pay the non-refundable application fee ($100).
Step 2: Family Interview (Telephone or Zoom Chat).
Step 3: Arrange a trial day for the student.
Step 4: If we believe your child and family to be a good fit, we will promptly send you a welcome letter with further instructions or provide details about our waitlist within 3 business days.