1. A month of overnight trips every year   OE3 Trips are screen-free time when students learn to budget their picture and selfie taking - because there's a limit to the number of photos on a roll of film. Overnight trips provide experiences for girls to learn leadership, build lasting friendships without texting and social media, challenge themselves, and to learn to think without Googling the answers.  Students plan, prepare, and cook all the meals on overnight trips. Senior School Learning Community students are also responsible for budgeting and shopping for meals. This gives Odyssey Heights girls opportunities to gain essential life skills that many of the iGeneration are lacking, resulting in graduates that are ready to look after themselves in post-secondary school and beyond.

1. A month of overnight trips every year

OE3 Trips are screen-free time when students learn to budget their picture and selfie taking - because there's a limit to the number of photos on a roll of film. Overnight trips provide experiences for girls to learn leadership, build lasting friendships without texting and social media, challenge themselves, and to learn to think without Googling the answers.

Students plan, prepare, and cook all the meals on overnight trips. Senior School Learning Community students are also responsible for budgeting and shopping for meals. This gives Odyssey Heights girls opportunities to gain essential life skills that many of the iGeneration are lacking, resulting in graduates that are ready to look after themselves in post-secondary school and beyond.

  2. school-wide curriculum linked equestrian program   In keeping with offering engaging, hands-on, integrated, relevant, and challenging curriculum, Odyssey Heights School for Girls has a school-wide equestrian curriculum. The equestrian curriculum is mapped to the Ontario Secondary School curriculum and some AP curriculum expectations, and forms one of the strands in the Montessori Secondary I and II Agriculture and the Environment courses. In addition to horseback riding lessons at The Royal Canadian Riding Academy, our students:  Do horse lovers math unit conversions (feet, inches, metres,  hands to centimetre s) angles and measurement Use equestrian themed activities and hands-on time with horses to cover curriculum expectations in: biology and physics history geography art English language arts Peace and conflict studies Humanities   **NOTE: students who want to focus on horses should apply to the ESES Equine Science and Equestrian Studies high school diploma program which is starting in 2019. Currently enrolled (2018-2019) students are given priority for acceptance, and will be able to participate in additional equestrian activities in spring 2019.     Click here to learn mor3e abouT the Eses Equine science & equestrian studies high school diploma option.

2. school-wide curriculum linked equestrian program

In keeping with offering engaging, hands-on, integrated, relevant, and challenging curriculum, Odyssey Heights School for Girls has a school-wide equestrian curriculum. The equestrian curriculum is mapped to the Ontario Secondary School curriculum and some AP curriculum expectations, and forms one of the strands in the Montessori Secondary I and II Agriculture and the Environment courses. In addition to horseback riding lessons at The Royal Canadian Riding Academy, our students:

Do horse lovers math unit conversions (feet, inches, metres, hands to centimetres) angles and measurement Use equestrian themed activities and hands-on time with horses to cover curriculum expectations in: biology and physics history geography art English language arts Peace and conflict studies Humanities

**NOTE: students who want to focus on horses should apply to the ESES Equine Science and Equestrian Studies high school diploma program which is starting in 2019. Currently enrolled (2018-2019) students are given priority for acceptance, and will be able to participate in additional equestrian activities in spring 2019.

Click here to learn mor3e abouT the Eses Equine science & equestrian studies high school diploma option.

  3. POGO: “PROJECT OR GOING OUT" ~DAYS AND WEEKS DEDICATED TO PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AND DAY FIELD TRIPS   “POGO” (Project Or Going Out) is the name for days and weeks where students spend the whole day or week learning about and working on one project or theme. There is one designated POGO day every week, so field trips don't conflict with regularly scheduled classes and work periods.  Over 50 days per year are dedicated to project based learning. Each POGO week and POGO Wednesdays have a single project based topic such as coding with Raspberry Pi computers and Sphero robots, or the annual “Halloween Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance and Video Production Workshop”. Having every Wednesday be a POGO day allows teachers to schedule field trips that don’t interfere with the regular class or work period schedule.

3. POGO: “PROJECT OR GOING OUT" ~DAYS AND WEEKS DEDICATED TO PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AND DAY FIELD TRIPS

“POGO” (Project Or Going Out) is the name for days and weeks where students spend the whole day or week learning about and working on one project or theme. There is one designated POGO day every week, so field trips don't conflict with regularly scheduled classes and work periods.

Over 50 days per year are dedicated to project based learning. Each POGO week and POGO Wednesdays have a single project based topic such as coding with Raspberry Pi computers and Sphero robots, or the annual “Halloween Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance and Video Production Workshop”. Having every Wednesday be a POGO day allows teachers to schedule field trips that don’t interfere with the regular class or work period schedule.

 
  4. MICRO-ECONOMY: STUDENT RUN BUSINESSES AND NONPROFIT ENTERPRISES   Montessori education fosters entrepreneurship. An essential part of every Montessori Secondary program as well as many Montessori Upper Elementary programs is the student run enterprises. Ranging in scale from monthly cafés for their friends and family, to registered charities raising tens of thousands of dollars, to the student run Hershey Farm School in Ohio, micro-economy enterprises give students experience in running their own business with their schoolmates and in making decisions with tangible outcomes.  Entrepreneurship makes academics come to life and develops problem solving, communication, teamwork, financial literacy, and leadership skills. It also gives girls the confidence and resilience they need to "break the glass ceiling” by starting their own female-run businesses.  Starting in 2018, students at Odyssey Heights School will be growing their own organic produce and seedlings indoors to sell at local farmers’ markets. Older students will also have the opportunity to run their own graphic design and social media content business(es) - using the skills they learn in technology, English, and art credit courses. As Odyssey Heights School for Girls grows, other student run enterprises will no doubt be proposed, created, and run by our students.

4. MICRO-ECONOMY: STUDENT RUN BUSINESSES AND NONPROFIT ENTERPRISES

Montessori education fosters entrepreneurship. An essential part of every Montessori Secondary program as well as many Montessori Upper Elementary programs is the student run enterprises. Ranging in scale from monthly cafés for their friends and family, to registered charities raising tens of thousands of dollars, to the student run Hershey Farm School in Ohio, micro-economy enterprises give students experience in running their own business with their schoolmates and in making decisions with tangible outcomes.

Entrepreneurship makes academics come to life and develops problem solving, communication, teamwork, financial literacy, and leadership skills. It also gives girls the confidence and resilience they need to "break the glass ceiling” by starting their own female-run businesses.

Starting in 2018, students at Odyssey Heights School will be growing their own organic produce and seedlings indoors to sell at local farmers’ markets. Older students will also have the opportunity to run their own graphic design and social media content business(es) - using the skills they learn in technology, English, and art credit courses. As Odyssey Heights School for Girls grows, other student run enterprises will no doubt be proposed, created, and run by our students.

  5. Duke of edinburgh Award   The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14–24 year olds, regardless of their background  The Award is comprised of three levels each progressively more challenging   Bronze   For those over 14 years old   Silver   For those over 15 years old   Gold   For those over 16 years old. The gold award is presented by a member of the royal family in a national ceremony  Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Voluntary Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold level, participants also complete a Gold Residential Project

5. Duke of edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14–24 year olds, regardless of their background

The Award is comprised of three levels each progressively more challenging

Bronze

For those over 14 years old

Silver

For those over 15 years old

Gold

For those over 16 years old. The gold award is presented by a member of the royal family in a national ceremony

Participants are required to complete four sections at each level: Voluntary Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. Gold level, participants also complete a Gold Residential Project

  6. Middle & SENIOR SCHOOL YEAR END TRIPS: Provincial, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL   Middle and Senior School Learning Community Year End trips provide students with opportunities to :  Demonstrate the courage to travel to, and live in an unfamiliar place.  Be ambassadors for Canada and their community.  Assume leadership roles shaped by lessons from the experience.  Opportunities to use their French language skills  To expand their knowledge of academic subjects though hands-on immersion experiences.  As Odyssey Heights School adds grades from opening in 2018/2019 to 2021/2022 the first trips will be:  2019/2020: Algonquin Park Horseback trail riding & canoeing;    2020/2021: Alberta Rockies - grades 10 & 11 - student planned!  2021/2022: Iceland & Copenhagen - student planned!  2022/23 Grade 12 Student Planned Grad Trip to France.

6. Middle & SENIOR SCHOOL YEAR END TRIPS: Provincial, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Middle and Senior School Learning Community Year End trips provide students with opportunities to :

Demonstrate the courage to travel to, and live in an unfamiliar place.

Be ambassadors for Canada and their community.

Assume leadership roles shaped by lessons from the experience.

Opportunities to use their French language skills

To expand their knowledge of academic subjects though hands-on immersion experiences.

As Odyssey Heights School adds grades from opening in 2018/2019 to 2021/2022 the first trips will be:

2019/2020: Algonquin Park Horseback trail riding & canoeing;

2020/2021: Alberta Rockies - grades 10 & 11 - student planned!

2021/2022: Iceland & Copenhagen - student planned!

2022/23 Grade 12 Student Planned Grad Trip to France.

The Ontario Secondary School Curriculum and OE3

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An OE3 focused curriculum actually meets and exceeds the Ontario Secondary School curriculum better than conventional “chalk and talk”, and textbook focused courses.

GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY

The Ontario Secondary Curriculum in Canada and World Studies (Geography, History, …) requires the inquiry process be used:

“The inquiry process consists of five components:

  • • formulating questions

  • • gathering and organizing information, evidence, and/or data

  • • interpreting and analyzing information, evidence, and/or data

  • • evaluating information, evidence, and/or data and drawing conclusions

  • • communicating findings and/or plans of action”

Participating in actual fieldwork meets the requirements far better than a textbook based approach. Real world research requires students to think deeply about their topics, and engages students in memorable experiences. Visiting historical ruins such as pioneer cabins (like the chimney photo on this page), logging camps, and WWII prisoner of war camps in Killarney Park and Algonquin Park makes history “real” for students.

MATH

Math comes alive when it is made relevant and practical. The OE3 program provides a multitude of opportunities to learn and apply math. From measuring distances hiked, canoed, snowshoed, skied, or rode and the time it took to do so, students get hands on experience calculating distance verses time. Hiking, and portaging up and down hills in Algonquin and Killarney Parks after using maps to calculate the slopes involved turns abstract algebra concepts into useful concepts. It also allows students who learn by moving to experience math with their whole body. 

In Senior School, students learn trigonometry primarily through surveying natural areas - using real methods that engineers, cartographers, foresters, and other scientists use. In fact, part of the grade 10 and 11 trigonometry tests outside applying their math knowledge to real world word problems - such as measuring heights of trees without climbing them.

TECHNOLOGY

Green and Environmental technology is one of the most important areas of the Ontario technology curriculum, is vitally important in having a sustainable planet for future generations, and is a rapidly growing career field. The OE3 program gives Odyssey Heights students experience using green and environmental technology skills - including: environmental surveying, creating solar and fuel cell powered devices.

Computer Coding, Networking, Hardware Building, and Electronics

Two POGO weeks every year are dedicated to “Totally Terrific Technology” (T3). All of the curriculum expectations for grade 9 Exploring Technologies Part I [TIJ1O Part I], and half of the expectations for: grade 11-12 University Preparation Computer Science [ICS3U/4U], grades 10-12 Communications Technology [TJG2O, TJG3O/4O], and grades 10-12 Computer Technology [TEJ2O, TEJ3M/4M] are covered during the two Totally Terrific Technology POGO Weeks, and field work focused on Green Technologies.

SCIENCE

Over 70% of the curriculum for grades 9 and 10 Academic Science (SNC1D/SNC2D)  courses is completed during OE3 overnight trip, and POGO weeks and days. As a result, grade 9 science is an excellent example of how the OE3 program at Odyssey Heights School for Girls meets and exceeds the Ontario secondary school curriculum expectations. 

[A detailed description of grade 9 academic science and OE3 will be added the week of, June 10-17th as part of our website update. This includes more content in the section below.]

SCIENCE - CONNECTING MONTESSORI SECONDARY I & II COURSES IN:

  • AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

  • PEACE EDUCATION

  • LIFE SCIENCES

  • MICRO-ECONOMY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

TO ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL SCIENCE CURRICULUM.