Students in Beyond the Gates are engaged in a program of learning that matches the academic rigour of the traditional Grade 9 model, and which effectively prepares them for success in Grade 10 and beyond. The program uses curricular integration in the core subjects of math, science, English, and social studies to help students see the interconnection of each topic as it is brought to life in an experiential approach. While participants learn all of the same content as their peers over the course of the year, their classes, prep, and assignments may look different as material may be learned in a different order and in a more experiential context.
The cohort is out of the classroom, outdoors, and off-campus more than is customary in most educational models, and through these experiences students gain soft skills such as trust, teamwork, leadership, curiosity, and flexibility, all while seeing benefits in mental health and self-confidence. These off-campus opportunities are scheduled to have a minimal impact on a student’s ability to fully engage in all other aspects of Shawnigan academics and co-curriculars.
By participating and actively engaging in outdoor adventure, community living, and projects, students add meaning, experience, and intent to their academic journey.