High School

A message from Co-Principals, Kyle King & Alison Harding

As a rich, vibrant and exciting learning environment, The Harbour School High School seeks to celebrate individuals through the curation of a personalised school program. Since opening in 2007, we have made it our mission for every child to feel welcomed, inspired and respectfully considered. 

At THS, learning is influenced, not regulated, by American curricula and is leveraged to shape a learning experience that balances the academics and the experiential. With this approach, our program allows students the opportunity of choice and autonomy. Our classes are not siloed by subject matter or age, but instead thoughtfully bridge the gap for cross-curricular, multi-age learning to reflect real life challenges that exist beyond a high school world. 

Students are encouraged to explore and investigate their passions and interests in a way that transponds the four walls of a classroom. At any given time during the school day, students may be located at our Grove campus in the Marine Science Centre, the Foundry, the Blackbox Theatre, or on our sailboat, The Black Dolphin. Students may be at an internship or on a school-organised field trip. With this in mind, our campus has been carefully designed to reflect a dynamic co-working space, compatible with collaboration and creativity, intended as their “home-base”.

From Grades 9 - 12, students are surrounded by a supportive team of subject experts, advisors and support staff, including a full time social-emotional counsellor, college and careers counsellor and learning support coordinator. Within our supportive environment, students are provided choice, responsibility and direction to ensure they will thrive within the 21st century.

Our high school curriculum is uniquely student-centered, offering individuals the opportunity to curate their academic program to meet their future college and career goals within a respectful and individualized community setting.

THS believes in a personalized approach to learning, where students develop skills by exploring questions that are meaningful to them as learners and citizens.This approach allows students to be invested in the projects on which they work, individually and in groups.

The school is an intentionally inclusive environment, with a demographic that encompasses a range of learners.

In addition to typically-formulated high school classes, noteworthy features of the THS academic model include: co-taught transdisciplinary courses, Project Development, Independent Study Modules (ISMs), and a robust internship program. THS courses are structured to be thematic, integrated across content areas, and focused on the real-world application of academic content. This variety of offerings invites students to become self-directed critical thinkers who are engaged in their education. The Harbour School is committed to maintaining small student to teacher ratios, a supportive community feel, and a programmatic framework that empowers students to engage authentically with their communities and commit to independent lifelong learning.

We could not have asked for more in a High School for our son and we could not have been given more by THS. Thank you for the difference you have made in his life, giving him room to express himself and never giving up on him.
Michael, Parent

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