A new option for Kindergarten to Grade 7 education in the territory will open its doors Aug. 29.
Yukon WILD School announced Aug. 3 it had achieved accreditation to operate in the territory and will open this coming school year.
The school is part of a larger network of not-for-profit schools called Canadian WILD Schools, which make it a mission to “reconnect students with the natural world and themselves.”
The school’s website notes WILD stands for Wilderness Integrated Leadership Development.
“We strive to create a model of education that focuses on outdoor and experiential learning,” officials with the school said in a statement.
The school is based out of the 10-hectare Vista Outdoor Learning Centre off the North Klondike Highway on Vista Road, about 25 minutes from downtown Whitehorse, with programming that follows the British Columbia/Yukon curriculum. All teachers are certified Yukon teachers with the school stating it offers small class sizes with a student and strength-based approach to learning.
The school offers both a full-time program that will run Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. or a WILD Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. one-day-a-week program that is aimed at complimenting other education programs students attended from Monday to Thursday. Bus service to and from Whitehorse will be available for full-time students.
Tuition costs vary with the full-time program ranging from $1,233 to $1,531 each month depending on the grade.
The WILD Fridays program ranges $650 to $975 per semester, with three semesters — fall, winter, and spring — offered.
After-school care is also available at an additional charge.
WILD summer camps have also been underway each week since June 27 and will continue until Aug. 12.
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