Blue Sky School is an innovative not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa that develops the next generation of changemakers. Our individualized education model empowers students to discover and explore their passions and includes partnerships with today’s innovative leaders in a variety of industries.
What is Blue Sky School?
Imagine if school challenged me to think of the impact I have on the world.
Imagine if I got to be independent and move my learning at my own pace.
Imagine if school inspired me to achieve my most ambitious dreams and plans.
At Blue Sky School, you don't have to imagine any more.
Blue Sky School is the experimental prototype school of tomorrow. We are opening in Ottawa, Canada in September 2017 with an amazing class of 12 Pioneer students.
We are offering a unique new type of learning experience for grade 4-12 learners.
We are a school innovation centre built by, for and as a community.
At Blue Sky School, students engage in passion projects that empower them to impact the world in a positive way.
The issue with modern day schooling is that it is under a one sized fits all category. Students are told to sit down at the same desks day after day, with kids who are the same age as them, split their learning into chunks that are divided by the sound of a bell, answer questions with only one right answer, and raise your hand to get shut down or to ask to go to the washroom.
Everyone is forced to do the same thing, regardless of interests. This is what is hurting our students of today and our leaders of tomorrow.
We’ve all been there where we’ve felt out of place. Whether it is being the only one who doesn’t raise their hand or social conflicts with classmates, we understand. School as we know it is not for everybody.
Contrary to popular belief, how you fit into school doesn’t and shouldn’t define you or your intelligence. School should be full of choice and student voice
Our solution to this problem is Blue Sky School.
We believe it’s going to transform education and change the world. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Blue Sky School will launch a new way of teaching and learning to prepare students for the challenges of the future in Canada’s capital. Students engage in passion projects the empower them to impact the world in positive ways.
We have a 12 student to one educator ratio. Educators work as pedagogical coaches to support and guide students on their personalized learning journeys. Students are in multi-age learning groups organized in houses that are consistent throughout a students’ entire schooling.
Passionate subject matter experts serve as coaches and mentors.
Students explore the community through field trips and volunteer opportunities.
Blue Sky School’s cutting edge facilities are inspired by entrepreneurial incubators and innovation centres and include coworking facilities, labs and a full kitchen to provide a variety of different learning opportunities.
This is just the beginning for Blue Sky School. We are a living blueprint of the future of education. We welcome educators, thought leaders and researchers to learn alongside our students.
If you would like to learn more about Blue Sky School, visit our website blueskyschool.ca
This debate, and politics as a whole, are serious business. But, seeing as I’m not a very serious person, I feel like it’s only fair that we get to make light of it. Now, I know that the title say that they were talking about Canada, and they sort of were, but it was really just a bunch of children that were piloting mechs shaped like business people arguing about who was the best. I’m not saying that normally, they’re not great, but the fact that Scheer and Trudeau couldn’t get over the fact that OH NO THEY WERE BOTH THERE kind of speaks for itself. I feel so sorry for the poor moderators. The day after the debate took place, we had a big discussion about it, and how each party leader carried themselves- specifically about what made each party special. Like I said before, politics are very serious, but after watching the debate recap, it was really hard to believe that those are the people in charge. It was funny, but filled me with an existential dread, and everytime
Hi. I’m Bella, I’m 14 years old, and I go to Blue Sky School. But let’s back-track a bit. I was homeschooled until I was 12, then I went to public school for grade 7, and ended up pulling out within the first semester. This was in 2017. Then I went back to being homeschooled up until October 2018, when I found Blue Sky, and I’ve been here ever since. But now that schools around the world are closed or closing due to COVID-19, I’ve been doing online school. It’s kind of full-circle. Anyway, this is what an average online school day looks like for me. My hours: On an average week, I do school through Google Meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am to 3:40pm. During these days I do what we normally do in person, because we’ve tried to translate as much of our in-person program to online. We have morning house meetings, independent work time (when we work on our goals or missions), lunch, numeracy, literacy and end-of-day house meeting. This is a pretty normal Blue Sky da
What is your brain? How does it learn? Last year I was really interested in different types of brains and how they learn so I came up with a theory for 6 different types of brains and I made a quiz to see how different people’s brains learn (this is the quiz .) Then, this year we started learning more about how the brain works and what happens when you learn. My knowledge has come a long way in understanding the brain and I have learned about neurons, neuroplasticity, the limbic system, the prefrontal cortex, and the brain stem. The brain is split into four different “lobes”: the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobe. Each lobe is associated with something different. The frontal lobe is associated with executive functions (self-control, planning, and reasoning.) The occipital lobe controls vision. The human brain contains around 100 billion neurons (brain cells.) A neurons job is to pick up stimuli (something that can trigger a reaction such