Does your child thrive in a thoughtful, challenging environment where they can stretch their curiosity and explore the world around them?
Brookes Westshore is introducing a Grade 4 and 5 program this fall, bringing more education opportunities to Southern Vancouver Island! The innovative school brings the world to the classroom, preparing students for a lifetime of success with inquiry-based, self-driven learning. Until now programming was only available for Grades 6 to 12, but in September 2020 the school is adding two new grades.
“We’ve been asked in the past if we’d ever provide education to younger grades, both from families with older siblings already in the school and from parents in the wider community looking for more education choices,” says Brookes Westshore’s Head of School, Jerry Salvador. “We’re really excited to give younger students the opportunity to experience our unique programming.”
Opening Brookes Westshore to primary grades will help students get a feel for the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and smooth the transition to the Middle Years and Diploma Programs. The IB curriculum emphasizes self-driven learning and respect for other cultures, which produces well-rounded students. In the launch year the primary program will teach the BC Ministry curriculum (integrated with Brookes Westshore’s inquiry-based education framework) with the long-term goal of transitioning to the IB Primary Years Programme.
“We firmly believe in the IB curriculum, and we’re excited to share that with more students by adding Grades 4 and 5.”
“We already have some really excellent teachers who specialize in younger grades who are excited to lead our new programming, and a great space to facilitate their education,” Salvador says.
In addition to their innovative curriculum and facilities, Brookes Westshore is developing an outdoor learning program that will support students’ physical, mental and social health.
“This growing program takes advantage of our great location with safe, easy access to the ocean, the beach and the woods to teach students leadership skills and build deeper connections to the environment. Our outdoor instructors will pilot the program with the Grade 4s and 5s and roll it out across the school in the coming months.”
Another choice in education
The Brookes Westshore primary program is open to local students, with boarding available at higher grades. Applications are welcome from all interested families. Spaces are limited and filling up fast.
“We’ll have a small number of students to start with, which will allow us to build the program and adapt as needed,” Salvador says. Brookes Westshore has a long-standing commitment to small class sizes, and the primary program will allow for an even better teacher-student ratio while giving lots of space to implement COVID-19 safety protocols with younger children.