Intermediate Field School Program
100% outdoor full-time learning for children grades 4-7 with monthly overnight field studies.
We are not an official “school” but a full-time program designed to work alongside schools and parents. Click here to learn more.
Our Intermediate Field School Program is an outdoor, out-of-the-box solution for families exploring education through a homeschooling lens. Our approach is flexible and adaptive to meet each individual learner and family’s needs, interests and ways of learning.
We do not require your child to be enrolled with a Distributed Learning (DL) provider. However, for your learner to meet Ministry of Education requirements, we prefer that they are connected to a DL or school. We will happily work with your education provider of choice to ensure that our Field School outdoor learning experiences sync up with your child’s educational requirements.
To learn more about Kleos, our reccommended DL partner, click here.
To emphasize connection to community, Field School is divided into local ‘Hubs’.
Each Hub has its own local VOS parent advisors who co-design learning content and lead parent support.
Each Hub has its own unique “vibe” rooted in its community’s unique learning topics, spaces and activities.
Open for September registration! Sign up in the ‘fees’ section below.
Read the Port Moody Welcome Package for more details:
If you would be interested in a Delta/South Surrey intermediate program, let us know!
For the Fall semester, learners have the attendance options to Primary Field School in Vancouver or Port Moody.
One instructor (1:6 ratio)
All learning curriculum
VOS shuttle service
Monthly overnight camps
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Tuesday to Thursday
(8:30 AM – 3:15 PM)
Sept 7 to Dec 16 (Fall semester)
(35 days in total)
Tuesday to Thursday
(8:30 AM – 3:15 PM)
Sept 7 to Dec 16 (Fall semester)
(16 days in total)
10% Sibling discount. Fees are charged per semester. If you need help with an installment plan, please contact our office.
“Field School is the village that modern-day life has lost. A place where children get to be children, where the full spectrum of their needs are met (not just the academic ones) and where parents feel fully supported and integrated into the learning process.”
Jane Stark, VOS Parent
Explore Our Content
Core Learning Competencies
Nutritional and Physical Literacy
Grade level academics
Positive Peer Relationship Building
Social-Emotional Learning and Resilience
Risk Management and Adventure Play
Bi-monthly “home building” projects
Arts, Crafts, Music and Imaginative Play
Field School Educational Pillars
We strive to provide these foundational experiences:
Land-Based Wellness and Self Care
Climate Change Education and outdoor Leadership
Opportunity for Creative Expression
Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity
Day and Overnight Experiences Each Month
Classroom Settings: Forests to Oceans to Mountains to Rivers to Parks
Field School Q&A
How does your partnership with Kleos Open Learning and Nenno Behavioural Consulting work? If I sign up with Field School, am I also signed up with them?
No. We just work closely with Kleos and Nenno so that they are familiar with our Field School model and ready to work around it. We also vouch for their services as they are in line with our overall approach to education. To access their services, you need to register with them separately.
My family is already working with a DL. Do we need to switch to Kleos?
No. We just recommend their services and collaborate with them directly to ensure that our Field School syncs up with your child’s educational requirements. They’re the best fit!
Click here to learn more about Kleos Open Learning
The Field School fee seems like a lot to me. Why does VOS charge what they do?
For those moving from the tax-based public brick-and-mortar system to a more progressive independent outdoor learning program, our pricing may initially create a lump in your throat. We get it! Below, we will outline how Field School offers unparalleled value and benefits for our fee.
- A Shared Investment Model for an Independent, Sustainable Program. Field School is a shared and reciprocal investment model where parents are investing in Field School to offer something unique and transformative for their learners. Our staff are also investing an incredible amount of resources, time and funding to support to revolutionize the field school movement. We wish we could utilize other revenue streams and funding models, but we believe that we will better provide the services our families truly need by staying financially independent and working to reduce costs fairly from there.
- Priced to cover above living wages for instructors as we believe in being fair and equitable. We strive to hire the best instructors who are committed to the Field School movement and who are professional, adaptive, responsive and responsible while offering high-quality outdoor experiential programming each and every day. We won’t settle for less, nor will we lower our standards.
- Priced per day at $85 to $100 per day or $10 to $12 per hour which falls within what most independent forest and outdoor learning programs are charging. Most of the competition offers 3-hour sessions per day – we offer full days (8:30 am – 3:30 pm) + prep time + parent follow up + staff training + more, including overnight experiences at least once per month for Intermediate learners (60 – 72 hours) and admission to field studies (i.e. swimming, archery lessons and more)
Our Fees = Unparalleled Benefits: You Get What You Pay For
- Minimum of 450 hours of outdoor instruction per semester. We track our time as we want to maximize the experience and we know there is nothing like it in Canada.
- We give our learners a minimum of 21 hours per week of outdoor experiential learning in the fields, forests, shorelines and mountains.
- Overnights each month for Intermediate learners. There are currently no elementary school-age outdoor programs taking kids out each month to build resiliency, skills and more. Again …unique in Canada.
- We cover the cost of a private van shuttle service when adventuring and exploring outside your community.
- Fees are covered for swimming, skating, tubing, guest visitors and much more.
- We provide after-hours support when things get tough at home and you need guidance.
- Top shelf staff who are present, passionate, caring and show up ready to share their wisdom and positive energy.
- Easy online registration and payment.
- Daily learning journeys, photos and videos: you will wish you were part of your learner’s adventure.
Fee Comparisons: We Did Our Math, We Want You To Do The Same
- We are not a babysitter or child care service – our fees reflect the intensity and focus we provide for your kids. That said, babysitters charge $10+ per hour – so you are getting a deal, not a steal.
- Average full-day child care services charge anywhere from $1200+ per month with a fraction of the magic we bring to the table.
- We did our competitive analysis and we put something together truly unique, personal and professional. We also priced it to be fair and reasonable.
Last But Not Least, we work hard to provide Excellent Customer Service
- Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you offer instalment options for the program fee?
Yes, but only to the full semester option. The program fee will be broken down into three installments with each payment due at the beginning of each month. We only do this with the assumption that parents will commit to the full semester.
What is your approach with Learners with identified learning and behavioural challenges?
At Field School, our instructors have years of experience in working with Learners with a variety of needs. With the small-group-sized model, Field School instructors really have the space to understand the Learner’s challenges and to provide support. Our instructors lead outdoor programming in concert with a BC Certified Kleos teacher who designs the program with each parent based on their Learner’s needs along with our outdoor programs. Please review our learner and parent Benchmark Expectations.
Will this 'unconventional' schooling make it harder for my child to transition into a more conventional university and career?
Absolutely not. In our ever-changing society, it’s impossible to predict what careers and academic options our children will choose from when they are adults. However, the skills we teach in our experiential curriculum are timeless. All of our learning is underpinned by social, emotional and life skills where our learners learn to make decisions for themselves at a young age. For those with similar questions about Distributed Learning, check out our partner Kleos’ student success stories.