Kindergarten to Grade 8 Core Program

Opt for education that exists outside the four walls of the classroom.


Modern Education Designed for our Future Leaders and Changemakers

education beyond four walls

Give The Best Educational Experience to Your Children

We're rebuilding education from the inside-out, based on everything science has taught us about how children learn and develop.

Small class sizes with a strong focus on practical application and development of the Whole Child

Our Ontario Certified Teachers (OCT) work in tandem with our Outdoor Education and Leadership Instructors to craft personalized Student Success Plans (SSP) for every student

Emerging research and evidence demonstrates that learning in an outdoor environment has mulitple, major benefits

Four walls and a desk works for controlling large numbers of children. It does not work for empowering, inspiring, and fostering life long learners who will become the changemakers that we so desperately need.
Jeff Barrett
Position, Profession, Details
how and why it works

Combining Wilderness, Play, Living Curriculum, & Whole Child Focus

Emerging research strongly suggests that experiences in nature not only boost academic learning, but enhance personal development, and environmental stewardship.

It's Time for a New Model

Our education system has changed little in the past 100 years despite us learning so much about how the brain functions. Our WILD School program is designed using the science of early brain development.

The Living Curriculum

The world doesn't sit still. The natural world is fluid. We are in flux. And that is how we teach.  Our curriculum is living and moves with the opportunities presented by seasonal changes, current events, and the interests of the individual students.

we can't wait to meet you!

How to Apply

The Application Process:

Fill Out Application Form

Schedule Tour

Schedule In-Person Student Assessment


Curious about Wild School and our programs? Contact us anytime and we'll be happy to walk you through our programs, our approach, and answer any questions you might have.

Does the cost of tuition also include the Wild Bus service?

The tuition does not cover the cost of our convenient Wild Bus service. This is a separate service that parents can book each semester, or if it suits your convenience, as a one-off payment at the beginning of the year.

Does The Cost Of Tuition Also Include Field Trips?

No, the cost of tuition does not include regular field trips; these are considered an additional expense. However, camping trips are included in the tuition fees, offering students valuable outdoor learning experiences and opportunities for personal growth.

How Can I Apply For Admission To Wild School?

To apply for admission to Wild School, please complete our online application form and submit the required supporting documents. Our admissions team will review your application and contact you to schedule an interview and assessment as part of the admissions process.

How Can Parents Get Involved At Wild School?

We value parent involvement and believe in fostering a strong partnership between home and school. Parents can volunteer in classrooms, participate in school events and committees, and engage in regular communication with teachers and administrators to support their child's educational journey at Wild School.

How Can I Schedule A Tour Or Learn More About Wild School?

We invite you to visit our campus, meet our educators, and experience the Wild School difference firsthand. Please contact our admissions office to schedule a tour or attend one of our open house events to learn more about our programs, philosophy, and community.

Is Financial Aid Or Scholarship Available For Tuition?

Yes, Wild School is committed to making our holistic educational experience accessible and affordable for all families. We offer financial aid and scholarship opportunities to eligible families based on demonstrated need. Please see our Wild Way Bursary for more information.

How Does Wild School Support Students With Diverse Learning Needs?

At Wild School, we prioritize inclusivity and personalized learning. Our educators are skilled in differentiating instruction to meet each student's unique needs, offering additional support, accommodations, or enrichment as required to ensure every student thrives. The small class sizes at Wild School further enhance this tailored approach, allowing for individualized attention and fostering a supportive learning environment where every student can succeed.

What Is The Class Size At Wild School?

We maintain small class sizes to ensure personalized attention and meaningful connections between students and teachers, fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment. Typical class sizes are usually around 12 and not exceeding 14.

Does Wild School Offer Any Extracurricular Activities Or Programs?

Yes, Wild School offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities and programs tailored to the interests of our students. Our offerings have included clubs such as pottery, theatre, gardening, mountain biking, and canoeing. Given the size of our school, our sports teams primarily focus on individual sports like cross-country running and Nordic skiing, providing students with opportunities to develop skills, build teamwork, and pursue their passions outside of the classroom.

What Happens After Grade 8 How Is The Transition Back To High School?

At Wild School, our focus extends beyond academics to equip our students with essential life skills such as grit, perseverance, and adaptability. A significant component of our middle school program is cultivating the ability to become autodidacts, or self-directed learners. Our graduates are well-prepared to navigate any challenges life may present. Our holistic approach to education fosters resilience, curiosity, and a love for learning, empowering students to thrive in diverse educational settings and make a positive impact in their future endeavours.

How Do You Monitor Academic Success Of Your Students? Do You Provide Report Cards?

We regularly assess and monitor student progress through ongoing formative and summative assessments, teacher observations, and student portfolios. We provide comprehensive report cards twice a year to communicate student achievement and growth in alignment with the Ontario curriculum. In addition, we create a Strategic Student Plan with our students and parents that sets out their goals and objectives for the year. We revisit this plan halfway through the year and re-evaluate its trajectory.

Do You Follow The Ontario Curriculum?

Yes, Wild School adheres to the Ontario curriculum, but we enrich this framework with our distinctive approach which we call ‘the living curriculum’ and includes experiential learning, outdoor exploration, and character development. Our curriculum is not only about meeting the standard educational requirements but also about inspiring a deeper love for learning and fostering essential life skills. What's particularly fascinating is that our students consistently surpass the baseline expectations for their grade level. This achievement is a testament to the effectiveness of our holistic educational model, which nurtures curiosity, resilience, and a passion for continuous growth in each student.

How Is Wild School's Curriculum Different From Traditional Schools?

Our curriculum at Wild School emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning, outdoor exploration, and the development of essential life skills alongside academic subjects. We focus on fostering a growth mindset, building healthy relationships, and instilling leadership qualities in our students to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

What Grades Does Wild School Serve?

Wild School offers programs from Kindergarten through Grade 8, providing a seamless educational journey from early childhood to early adolescence. We will be announcing a unique High School program in the coming months.

What Is The Philosophy Behind Wild School?

Wild School is committed to providing a holistic and experiential learning environment that fosters curiosity, resilience, and a love for learning. Our educational approach integrates academic rigor with outdoor exploration, emotional intelligence, and community engagement to nurture well-rounded individuals prepared for lifelong success

What Are Your Winter Safety Guidelines? Can They Stay Inside On Very Cold Days?

We prioritize student safety and well-being in all weather conditions, including winter. Our winter safety guidelines include dressing appropriately for the weather, staying hydrated, and taking regular indoor breaks when necessary. We closely monitor outdoor conditions and adjust activities accordingly to ensure a safe and enjoyable learning experience for all students.

What Do You Do For Safety If There Is A Thunderstorm / Lighting / Forest Fire?

We prioritize student safety and monitor weather conditions closely. In the event of severe weather or forest fires, we follow established safety protocols, including seeking shelter indoors and communicating with families as necessary.

What Is The Response Time For EMS / Fire / Police If There Is A Serious Emergency?

We have established protocols and emergency response plans in place, and emergency services can typically respond within 20 minutes in the event of a serious emergency.

How Do I Get To Wild School?

Wild School is conveniently located with easy access by car, horse 😉 or our Wild Bus service. For detailed directions and transportation options, please visit our contact page.

Is Wild School A Peanut Free Environment?

Yes, Wild School is a peanut-free environment to ensure the safety and well-being of all students with allergies or dietary restrictions.

Is There A Lunch And Snack Program Available?

We're thrilled to have Dave, our wonderful bus driver, who's an integral member of our WILD family. With Dave behind the wheel, you can rest assured that our students are in safe hands, travelling from home to school and back with ease and safety.

Are There Any Additional Costs such as Equipment, Books, Etc.?

There may be additional costs for specialized equipment, books, and optional extracurricular activities or programs. We strive to keep additional costs to a minimum and provide families with a detailed list of required and optional items at the beginning of each school year.

Does Tuition Increase Every Year? If Yes, By How Much?

Tuition might go up annually to help the school meet its financial requirements and keep improving. We want to keep our programs accessible for many families and also need to cover important costs. Expected tuition increases are usually in line with inflation and the cost of making our school better. We promise to be open about any changes and will let families know early about any tuition changes.

What If My Child Does not Adapt? What About Refunds / Cancellations?

We want all of our students to love Wild School and the overwhelming amount of our students do, however providing a positive education experience is our foremost priority. We strongly encourage a trial day or even multiple days so that your students gets a feeling for the Wild Way.

What Time Does School Start?

We would like students to arrive by 8:45 AM. This allows for their version of ‘water cooler time’. There is a lot of research surrounding the importance of transition times in students' daily routines in which they can free play, socialize and ground. It allows for students to ‘let a little air out of the tires’, which is very important for most students' concentration levels.

What Is Your Approach To Conflict Resolution?

We encourage parents to communicate with your child's teacher first, coming to the team of directors if you need further support. At WILD School we teach our students to be proactive problem solvers and not let any problems grow because they were left unattended.