King’s View Academy provides a strong individualized pre-university program which includes education through the arts and living artfully. Nourishment of the inner person is one of its unique factors. Students have the opportunity to explore, discover and perfect their creative potentialities as the curriculum can be “custom designed” to meet individual interests, needs and abilities.
The curriculum courses are approved by the Nova Scotia Provincial School Board and are easily transferable from the provincial school system. Although the curriculum goals and objectives appear to be quite traditional, the learning environment and methodology used to attain these goals are completely unique to KVA.
A yearly developmental assessment is given to identify the student’s strengths and weaknesses with academic, physical, and social skills. An individual profile is then developed as a reference point to nourish, balance and train the intellectual, intuitive and physical faculties of each student. Learning styles are also indicated. Profiles are updated yearly, prior to the start of school during the teacher retreat. Students have the opportunity to progress at their own speed. If remediation or enrichment is required, it is provided. A teacher/student ratio of 12:1 is maintained.
To encourage the young adult to step out into the world beyond the classroom and embody what has been understood, experiential apprenticeship and mentorship programs may be integrated into every grade. Students work in “real life” situations within the community and business world that are directly related to their development. In this way, learning is presented as a ‘life-long’ process where every situation is regarded as part of the learning process.
The school’s staff are specially trained to act as facilitators and coaches guiding the learning process. Integrated thematic instruction is the preferred methodology used by a team of on-site professionals, resource staff and experts from various fields and educational institutions. As part of the In-Residence Program, acclaimed professionals, local and from abroad, present their disciplines via workshops throughout the school year. Many of these workshops are available to community members and students from other schools.