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Admissions

 Apply Now to be on our 

2024/2025 school year waitlist

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Is Kindred Spirits

Day School Right for

Your Family?

Kindred Spirits Day School is for families looking for the following:

  • An alternative education platform

  • A conscious approach to teaching

  • A Reggio-Emilia inspired learning environment

  • A curriculum that incorporates life skills into everyday learning

  • A deeper connection to nature as an extension of the classroom

  • A loving, community-focused environment

  • An adaptable approach to education

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How To Apply?

STEP 1

Complete the online application form to get your family's name on our waitlist for the 2024/2025 school year.

STEP 2

Receive a call from our administrative team to schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss your needs and application. Enrolment for the 2024/2025 school year will begin on March 1st, 2024, but we are accepting online applications now.  Families on our waitlist will be contacted first, prior to opening enrolment to the general public on May 1st, 2024.

STEP 3

After receiving your official admissions letter, complete the provided registration package and deposit payment and return to the school's administration in the provided envelope. 

Tuition

The annual tuition fee for the Kindred Spirits Day School is $12,950 per school year, for one child.

 

Families with more than one child wishing to enrol, will be charged a discounted tuition fee of $8,950 per additional child per school year. 

The school day starts at 8:45am and concludes at 3:30pm. Before and after school care is also available at an extra cost - and includes one additional snack in the afternoon.

In addition to daily lessons and experiential learning with a qualified teacher, tuition includes:

  • All school books and materials

  • Specialty guest teachers (French, Art, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness, etc.)

  • Meals - Morning Snack, Lunch and Afternoon Snack

  • Use of the gardens and greenhouse onsite

Contact us to learn more about our available payment packages. Our goal is to make private education attainable to more families.

The Skills Exchange Program

The Skills Exchange Program is an opportunity for parents or other family members to contribute to our learning community. As we aim to extend beyond academics, we strongly believe in the importance of exposing our students to as many different life skills, wellness practices and experiential learning opportunities possible.

Some of the specialty teachers we are looking for include:​

  • French

  • Music & Performing Arts 

  • Art

  • STEM

  • Building Sciences

  • Health & Wellness

  • Mindfulness

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Dance & Movement

  • Oral Communications

  • Leadership

  • Agriculture / Horticulture

  • Culinary Arts

  • Personal Development

Families interested in learning more and applying for the Exchange Program are invited to contact our Administration Team. In order to qualify, parents / guardians must apply for this program and present their skill-set offering. If a qualifying skill is matched with a need of the school community, our administration team will reach out to coordinate your families participation in the program. Applications for the Exchange Program will be accepted and reviewed on an annual basis. Note: Not all skills can be exchanged for a discount on the tuition

Skills Exchange
  • Does this school follow the Ontario Curriculum?
    Yes we follow the Ontario academic curriculum; however, we offer much more than strictly academics. Our school is focused on a providing a more wholistic approach to learning that includes exposure to everyday life skills, a connectedness to nature and a focus on personal development. We help each student reach their full potential, while nourishing their individual skills and interests. We are much more than a typical school, we are a conscious community.
  • How is the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy incorporated into everyday learning?
    The Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy is primarily fostered through our teachers, but also in our classroom set-up. We work hard to be adaptable to the independent needs of each child and create an environment that is inquiry-based, incorporates nature and promotes a true love of learning.
  • Are specialty teachers all qualified?
    In an effort to provide a well-rounded education for our students, we teach all subjects found in the Ontario curriculum, plus additional specialty subjects that teach various life skills and personal development. Specialty subjects from the Ontario Curriculum include: French, Art, Physical Education, Health and Wellness, and Performing Arts. Other specialty subjects we teach include: horticulture, culinary arts, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, building sciences and more. We encourage parents and family members to contribute to our learning environment through engagement and our Skills Exchange Program. Regardless of who we hire to teach these subjects, whether they are from the school community (through the exchange program) or otherwise, we only hire those who are qualified to teach that specific subject. We also highly value real-world experience, especially with life skills and personal development subjects, which is part of our key criteria when selecting our teaching staff.
  • Is there a separate classroom for each grade?
    We strongly believe in creating a learning enviroment that operates collectively as a community, as children of all ages can learn from one another and further along their individual learning in the process. Even though we do not seperate classrooms by grade, students will of course be provided with grade/age appropriate lessons throughout the day and assigned a homeroom teacher. In maintaining a smaller student:teacher ratio, we ensure that each student receives everything they need to take their learnings to a new level. This methodology also provides students the opportunity to engage with all of their peers in inspirational, inquiry-promoting themes.
  • If I complete the online application, is my child guaranteed placement in the school?"
    The online application is intended to let us know that you are interested in potentially enrolling, and it helps us plan for our upcoming school year. No one is guaranteed placement until a one-on-one meeting with our Administration Team is completed, and the student receives a formal Letter of Enrolment. Enrolment officially begins on March 1st of each year.
  • Is the full tuition due upon enrolment?
    For our inaugural school year, we are offering a pay-as-you-go payment plan for every family enrolled. Families wishing to pay in full prior to the start of the school year, will receive a discount on their tuition. The only amount due upon enrolment is the deposit of $1,950, per child. For those wishing to learn more about the payment plans, please contact our Administration team - administrations@kindredspirits-school.ca
  • Is food included in the cost of tuition?
    At Kindred Spirits Day School, providing a hot lunch and two snacks daily to all students is included in our tuition fee. All food is prepared and served onsite, using only organic and plant-based ingredients, and is 100% nut-free, dairy-free, and vegan. A full menu is provided at the beginning of the school year, so parents are fully aware of what their child(ren) eats, and provided with the opportunity to supplement as they feel necessary. Any additional food allergies will also be considered and addressed as requested.
  • Is before and after care provided at the school?
    Yes, we provide before and after care for an extra cost. Children are engaged in arts and crafts, reading books, doing homework and playing games during this time. Before school care hours are 8am - 8:45am and after school care hours run from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.
  • Are there any other fees in addition to the tuition?
    The tuition fee is inclusive of all materials, food and use of the onsite gardens and greenhouse. Where most private schools also charge a materials fee, we prefer to offer an all-inclusive approach. In the case that a special opportunity is presented to our school community, parents will be made aware of the opportunity and it's cost (if any), prior to the school committing to the experience.
  • How does the school engage with and share progress with parents?
    We communicate with parents and the entire school community publically via our blog and social media pages. Parents of enrolled students also receive a monthly email newsletter with opportunities to learn about what is coming up and how they can participate in the school community. Progress reports are also provided 3 times per year to parents, and followed up with either a parent-teacher meeting and/or school-wide open house. Our school year parent-teacher meetings and open houses provide a way to visually see what your child has done and the progress they've made.
  • Why is the school located on a farm?
    We are proudly located on a farm, that also boasts an industrial-sized greenhouse. The reason for this is because we strongly believe in the importance of children learning to grow their own food, pesticide and chemical free. Providing the opportunity to learn such an important life skill, empowers our youth and helps them become critical thinkers (and doers) when it comes to their own health. We are essentially setting the ground work for a lifetime of healthy choices. This also helps us further extend our classroom to the outdoors all year round, and fosters a deeper connection to the Earth and us as its inhabitants.
  • Is this a Waldorf or Montessori school?
    We carefully incorporate various elements from each of these teaching philosophies into our school's daily practices. We strongly believe that no one teaching style is right for every child, therefore, blending the most responsive elements from each of our favourite models enables us to create a unique philosophy focused on the needs of each of our students.

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