Field School (Grade 1-6)

Spring Semester

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After a year of isolation, our children’s wellbeing and sense of belonging have been severely impacted by COVID-19. However, as the pandemic continues, so do safety concerns. Many parents are considering homeschooling and/or following a transitional education plan with their school.

We believe all children should have access to joyful, social, educational adventures, so we created Field School as a solution for families exploring alternative schooling. Our goal is to help each learner return to school at their own pace. When they do, they’ll be more confident, resilient, and ready to learn than ever.

Our Field School model is an ongoing project that brings together parents, community partners and educators to provide an exceptional learning experience.

What is Field School?

We offer an alternative, professional approach to outdoor learning and academic tutoring for children not ready to return to the traditional classroom.

Small cohort – One instructor to six learners.

Mobile – We go wherever the next adventure is

Inquiry Driven – Place-based, project-based, wonder-driven and experiential learning.

100% Outdoor – Rain or shine… we love them both!

Adaptive and Responsive – We build from each learner’s interests, goals and family needs

To ensure the most up-to-date COVID-19 health and safety practices, we follow the 2021 BC Outdoor Sector Led Outdoor Activity Guidelines.

Typical Day at Field School

Day: Tues – Thurs
Time
: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Metro Vancouver

8:00 am – 9 am: Pick up + driving to learning location
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome and set-up
9:30 am – 10:30 am: ‘In The Field” Tutoring (students following online or textbook curriculum provided by their home or homeschool). Wifi, mobile outdoor shelter and support will be provided.
10:30 am – 10:45 am: Snack time
10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Outdoor Skills Activity
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Lunch
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm: Outdoor Experiential Education Activities (i.e. hiking, bike tour, project based learning, paddling)
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Debrief
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm: Drop off

Spring Semester Core Learning Themes:

April B-Corp Junior Entrepreneur “Conscientious Business Ideas Turned Into Action”.

May – Eat Wild “The Edible Learning Experience”.

June – Oceans to Mountains “Embracing My Endless Backyard Classroom”.

Field School Spring Semester Information:

Grades: 1 to 6 

Number of participants: Maximum 12 per cohort (supported by two instructors)

Tier 1: Semester Fees include:
  • Tuesday – Thursday instruction (+450 hours)
  • Monthly overnight experiences (including meals, tent accommodations, supervision, transportation)
  • 45 minute – 1 hour of study time per core learning day
  • Pick up and drop off (Richmond, Delta and Vancouver only at designated locations)
  • Administration fees
  • Two instructors
  • Outdoor equipment (tents, snowshoes, canoes)
  • Learning boxes (learner field book, handouts, basic school supplies)
  • Admission to activities
  • Daily updates through WhatsApp parent group
  • Monthly learning themes
  • Parent and family support during challenging times
    *no tutoring support on adventure Friday
Tier 1 Spring Fees:
  • Returning learner $4,100.00 + GST per semester, per learner
  • New learner $4300.00 per semester, per learner

2021 Field School Fee Structure:

  • Monthly payments are accepted. If you are interested in only registering for the first month of the semester an additional fee of $399.00 will be charged to your account.
  • Siblings are given a 35% discount on their registration.

 

Registration Process:

 

Step One – Contact Megan at office@vancouveroutdoorschool.com to learn more about the field school’s winter and spring semesters. The best learning happens when we start off in building a direct and personable relationship with each other.

Step Two – Megan will arrange a home visit (as permitted by the PHO) by either Allie or Jeff for an official “meet and greet” to answer your questions and to learn more about your expectations.

Step Three – Our office will send you a link to our online registration system. You will need to register and pay for the first month. Megan is here to help you guide through the process.

Step Four – Our office will send you a welcome package, link to WhatsApp and you’ll get a call from us the evening before your learner starts the next day.

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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What we are not:

We are not a certified school that can provide direct teaching to meet ministry standards. We are also not replacing traditional schools, as we believe they are excellent places to learn.

We are not a glorified babysitting service or an extended summer day camp program.

However, we aim to work closely with parents who are homeschooling or providing distance learning and/or working directly with their child’s public school to support students staying on track with their academic needs. We noticed a gap in what the public school can offer this year and we would like to offer families an alternative to their children’s learning through an experiential learning approach.

Notice:

The locations and activities are subject to change depending on the weather and the COVID-19 situation. We kindly ask parents and children for your flexibility and understanding as we will adapt and make changes as required for the safety of your children and our staff.

Other Resources:

For more information about VOS Field School, please click here: VOS Field School Winter and Spring Semester Overview

To ensure the most up-to-date COVID-19 health and safety practices, we follow the 2021 BC Outdoor Sector Led Outdoor Activity Guidelines.

We also follow the BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings.