The King’s-Edgehill Junior School is a nurturing environment where young adolescents grow socially and emotionally while challenging themselves academically. A safe and supportive community where every student can comfortably learn with their academic brakes off, the Junior School is a place where the development and well-being of every student are priorities. Students enjoy small classes and personalized attention from a dynamic and committed team of teachers who are also their advisors and coaches. Meaningful relationships are forged and a positive and supportive climate provides the backdrop for student growth and development.
The Junior School is a cultural collage of multi-talented young minds. This year, students from as far away as South Korea, Barbados, Russia, and the Congo learn and grow side by side, and provide first-hand knowledge of world geography and culture. Our students learn about each other and the world they share, learning to respect differences while creating global bonds of friendship.
The four pillars of our KES education – academics, athletics, fine arts, and leadership development – provide a balanced framework for the Junior School programme. The focus is on developing a strong academic foundation that ensures our young students are well prepared for the rigours of our Senior School International Baccalaureate programme, while providing opportunities for leadership, co-operation and responsibility. The development of good presentation skills, critical thinking abilities, and self-directed learning are necessary elements for 21st century success. Our annual Junior School science fair is a good example of how these criteria are incorporated in our curriculum design. In addition, our Duke of Edinburgh's Young Canadian Challenge programme celebrates student leadership, providing opportunities for personal growth while teaching students the satisfaction of helping others through community service. This outdoor adventure programme is part of our Grade Nine curriculum.
On our lively, integrated campus, the Junior School is very much a part of the larger King's-Edgehill community. Junior School students enjoy technology-enhanced classrooms and a one-to-one iPad programme, a science laboratory, a spacious art room, music rooms, library, computer centres, student lounge, Chapel, dining hall, gymnasium and fitness centre, playing fields, and wooded trail. In addition to their academic and fine arts curriculum, students participate in all aspects of the King's-Edgehill programme including athletics and Cadets. Whether playing on a varsity team, snowboarding down Martock ski slopes, or swimming in our pool, there is something for everyone. In addition, a variety of Junior School clubs, including photography, robotics, debating, international language club, to name a few, are offered at the end of each day.
Students in the Junior School develop a solid base of knowledge and good study and life skills which prepare them to be life-long learners. The experience is tailored to each child and the personal care and support provided is second to none. Our vibrant and varied program allows each student to find a passion for learning and the courage and confidence to “be more”.