High School Project
"I believe in intuition and inspiration.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world,
stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research."
- Albert Einstein
Upper Year Program Description
Learning to Act in the World
Our unique program leads students from grade 9 to 12 to engage with the world and empower them to follow a true purpose. Polaris interweaves the main curriculum topics, brought by expert teachers, with project-based learning. Projects include an ongoing food growing social enterprise, a class play or other performing arts (such as eurythmy, music, etc.), and finally independent work in the form of book reports, and an annual science fair. Our class is small and students receive close individual attention.
For the 2020/21 school year we aim to grow our program both in enrolment and in our offering. We hope to nurture the seed of a high-school to become a truly unique and meaningful learning environment for students in Ottawa.
Throughout the year we bring in master teachers and experts to offer 3 to 5-week main lesson blocks. For the last two years our main lesson program ran for three days every week. On Mondays and Fridays our upper year students were able to join an all ages program, which included a community day (2019), the Earth Path program (2019), and a French immersion (2020). For the 2020/21 school year we are offering a 4-day main lesson program, with the option for a 5th day. A typical week of may look something like this (details to be confirmed):
Our First Two Years
In our first year we had blocks in
Art History (Sylvie Richard, Eurythmist and Painter),
European History (Arie van Ameringen, Master Waldorf Teacher),
English: Novel Studies (Alan Krueger, Master Waldorf Teacher),
Astronomy (Simon MacMillan, Astronomer),
Indigenous Studies & Canadian History (Greg Scott, Master Waldorf Teacher),
Soap Stone Carving (Greg Scott),
Chemistry (Gordon Kubanek, Master Waldorf Teacher),
and Theater (Peter Haworth, Actor and Director).
In our second year we had an internship on an organic farm,
Botany (Amber Westfall, herbalist),
Human Physiology (Ari van Ameringen),
Biology -Environmental Stewardship (Lee Roy, Biologist),
Poetics (Adam Barrows, Professor of Literature),
World Geography and Modern History (Alan Krueger).
Scheduled for the rest of the year we have
Mathematics and Physics (Gordon Kubanek),
Social Enterprise (Simon McMillan),
and a Performing Arts project.
Regular specialty classes include French, handwork, eurythmy, music, visual arts, sports and mathematics.
In sports our students have had the chance to explore Lacrosse, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, broomball, skating, and badminton. We were also lucky to have an arborist, Trevor Bennett, doing a set of classes on wilderness survival and wood working, and guidance with our social enterprise from Urooj Qureshi, an expert in this area.
The 2020/21 school year will feature some of these same teachers, and new ones of a similar calibre.
While we aspire to grow our upper years program into a full high-school, we do not currently offer OSSD credits.