A new alternative to public schools is opening its doors in Kamloops — and parents can learn more during an open house on Monday, July 22.
The program from Pivot Point Learning Centres Society is called Community Classrooms and the open house will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m at 705 Seymour St. downtown.
“It’s an alternative schooling option for kids who don’t really do well in the typical classroom environment,” said Sarah Falk, Pivot Point’s regional manager.
Falk said that many of the kids involved with the program have some form of diagnosis and may be on the autism spectrum, but she noted that is not a requirement for admission.
Potential students are assessed during an informal interview.
“We usually just meet with the families and find out a bit more about the kid and what the kids needs are,” she said.
Community Classrooms focus on small class sizes, with no more than 12 students, and a ratio of three students to one instructor or teaching assistant.
The curriculum matches that of public schools and comes from Pivot Point’s partnership with a distributed learning school. It features plenty of hands-on learning, as well as customized content to meet each child’s individual needs and interests.
Falk said the program is mostly aiming to find students between the ages of 10 and 14.
The open house is also a chance for the public to learn more about Community Classrooms and check out the facility, which has been converted from a residential space into an office.
On hand will be Crystal Thompson, assistant director of Pivot Point, Cheryl Elderton, education program manager, Sydney Lamarsh, next year’s instructor, and Falk.
“It’s a good chance for people to see the space and learn more about what we’re offering,” Falk said.
Community Classrooms are new to Kamloops, but not to B.C.
They operate in Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Cowichan, Chilliwack, Cranbrook, Nelson, Maple Ridge, Cloverdale, and Victoria, with one opening in Salmon Arm this September.