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Our Teaching Philosophy

Summit Academy is unique. Active learning is not just a theory – it’s our practice. While we follow provincial Education and Early Childhood Development outcomes, we believe learning involves more than books. We strive to incorporate many subjects together – so Math and Art can find their way into a History class, while Physics and English can co-exist in a Science class.

This teaching philosophy mirrors Summit Academy’s vision – to produce well-rounded students who will thrive in tomorrow’s world. We encourage investigation and questioning, and we guide each child to realize their full potential, establishing them on the path to lifelong learning.

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Our teachers make it a priority to develop and nurture positive self-esteem in every student.

Active Learning

Active learning is the backbone of our academic framework at Summit Academy. We are committed to fostering healthy, engaged and active participants in their own learning. At Summit Academy, students have opportunities to exercise and cultivate their athletic abilities on a daily basis. Our educators and coaches engage students in cross-curricular learning. Think about it — hockey, soccer and dance involve geometry in action and provide kinesthetic learning opportunities!

Since active learning is at the core of what we do, we ensure it means more than just incorporating activity into the academic day. Active learning is touching, feeling, seeing, doing and ultimately understanding concepts, ideas, theories and more through experience and participation.

Active learning takes many forms and looks different depending on the grade and subject. In our Primary and Grade 1 classes, active learning uses everything from ‘Munchie Math’ to studying states of matter by making cookies and ice cream to see how matter changes states when heat is added or subtracted. In grade 3, students engage in active learning by incorporating STEM into everyday life, even to design, construct and decorate gingerbread houses during the holidays. In grades 7 & 8, students learn about ecosystems by spending a day on the open water.

These are just a few examples of active learning at Summit Academy. Our students experience active learning constantly in the curriculum, and they are stronger and more passionate learners because of it.

Teachers

Our teachers have high expectations from their students, in and out of the classroom. They are subject matter experts but with an affinity for many subjects. They are energetic and experienced, with a passion for the profession and their students.

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