Everything You Need to Know
1. How is Infinity School Different?
Infinity School is fundamentally different from traditional schools. No bells ring, and there are no lectures. Students are in control of their own learning. This great article We Need To Educate Kids For The Future, Not The Past explains concepts that are being used in our school.
How our school is different:
- Student-driven, self-paced learning
- Focus on process-development like critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, communication, collaboration
- Personal support and coaching of each child’s character development (“soft” skills)
- Real-world projects and apprenticeships
- Multi-age/grade classes
- Student self-governance
- Exploration and assessment of skill levels, learning styles, aptitudes, personality traits, and interests
- Guides rather than teachers
- Socratic discussions rather than lectures
- Mastery learning and student portfolios of achievements rather than grades
- No homework
- No teaching to the test
2. How do you know that the students are learning in this model?
Although we don’t issue grades to students, their progress is measured and tracked through a variety of tools and systems. Our badge system outlines expectations for reading, writing, math, and social/emotional progress by year. Students work with a guide to differentiate their core curriculum and set daily, weekly, and/or session goals. They showcase their mastery by meeting their goals, earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions of their work.
Student goals connect to the mastery of specific curriculum objectives through our online learning tools such as NoRedInk and Khan Academy, which also provide progress snapshots. A standardized test (we us the IOWA BSID) is administered in a low-stakes format each year to provide one more measure of student learning. These evaluations and assessments are shared between parents, staff, and students in regular meetings, and parents are able to review student portfolios.
Also, our Eagles can take advantage of the incredible learning experience available through programs like Caribou (Math) Contests and Canadian Kangaroo Math Contest. These programs provide feedback on learning goals by offering rankings and scores.
3. What do you mean by a “Hero’s Journey?”
We believe that each of us has a special calling in life, and a series of trials and tests that must be faced with integrity and purpose, in order to live a satisfying and fulfilled life. Our mission is to prepare your child for his or her special journey.
The hero’s journey is inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell–please click here to read more.
4. With the use of technology at Infinity School, how much screen time do the students have?
Technology is a useful tool and we are excited for our students to learn how to use computers to access information, communicate effectively, and learn independently.
Our students use their personal Chromebooks during some of their morning core skills time and for portions of their afternoon projects, averaging two to three hours per day. A student-created Internet Use Policy ensures technology tools are used appropriately.
5. Does Infinity School serve special needs children?
Infinity’s flexible approach to learning is a great fit for many kids who need something different than the traditional school environment. Students who have trouble sitting still through a standard school day often flourish in our classroom, which provides space for breaks, comfortable and flexible seating, and room for individual self-regulation.
However, we have noticed areas that provide challenges for the special needs student. Our school curriculum relies on dynamic group projects, and the environment can be very stimulating, so students that struggle with cooperation, self-regulation, and sensory issues may have special challenges in our classroom.
We are not able to serve children with serious learning disabilities.
6. What is your school’s vaccination policy?
The first year our school doors opened all of our students had vaccinations, which provided a safe environment for some children who cannot attend larger schools that have vaccine exemption allowances. In order to continually protect these immunocompromised students who now attend our program, we follow the provincial ministry guidelines regarding vaccines. For the safety of those already with us, we are not able to accept non-vaccinated children.
6. Where is Infinity School located?
Our location is in Wortley Village (Old South) in London, Ontario. We are fortunate to have the Landon Public Library out our back door and be a few blocks away from Thames Park. We have 3,000 square feet of bright, comfortable space!
The address is 115 Askin St, which is the administration building adjacent to St. James Westminster Church. You can park on the street or come around to Bruce St behind the building to park in the lot there. Look for our door at the West end of the building off of the Bruce St parking lot. Please note that our outside doors are locked: you’ll need to arrange your arrival ahead of time.
7. Will Infinity School help me get into a post-secondary school?
Our promise at Infinity School is to have our students well prepared for any selective university or college.
Universities are changing so rapidly that it’s difficult to imagine what admission requirements will look like in ten years.
Our Infinity Eagles leave with a rich portfolio of work. For some elite schools, homeschool, and alternative school applicants with portfolios have far higher acceptance rates than traditional schools.
Even more importantly, with multiple apprenticeships, real-world experience, and excellent interpersonal skills, our Eagles will stand out from the traditional college prep crowd. We are aware of the use of standardized testing (like the SAT) and will ensure our heroes are well prepared for any exam they wish to do.
Our students will be equipped to shine in the real world, whether they choose to go to college full time, part time or not at all. You might be interested to read this post: How My Project-Based School Prepared Me For Columbia.
8. Is Infinity School accredited?
Yes, Infinity School is accredited by the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools. We are also registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education.
9. Do you have a preschool program?
10. Do you have before and after-care?
YES! We open our doors at 7:45am every day so before-care is included in the tuition price. If anyone needs care from our end time (3:15pm) to 5:30pm, there is an additional charge of $100 per month.