Progressive Programs

LEAP – Learners Engaged Actively in Projects


Project-based, inquiry learning is the foundation of our LEAP program. The learning during regularly scheduled LEAP periods is student driven, keeping the level of engagement high as they delve in to topics of their own choice.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
~ Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!


FLEX – Friendship and social skills, Learning skills, Executive Functioning

img_2643Our FLEX program combines explicit instruction and situational discovery to help students develop some of the most important skills needed in our rapidly changing 21st century. FLEX promotes social and emotional growth, while incorporating the six key learning skills outlined by the Ontario Curriculum – Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation. Through discussion, role-play, team building exercises, cooperative games and organizational tasks, students learn how to be respectful, and resilient.

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
~ Albert Einstein



Outdoor Education 


Outdoor Education takes place all year long, across the street from Junior Academy at the Canadian Film Institute. Every 2 weeks, students venture in to the park lands to study science related topics. The river, fields and forest provide the opportunity to spend time in a green space whilst learning curriculum related topics. Students emerge from classes with a better understanding, appreciation and respect for nature.

We stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant.
~ Onondaga Proverb



In the primary years, Junior Academy introduces age appropriate technology skills to the students. Using a class set of IPADS, students are taught to use reading and math programs to supplement their learning. Word processing and responsible internet awareness are added to the technology classes as the student approach grade 3 and 4.

In grades 5-8, students work on their own laptops and have technology classes in partnership with STEM Village. STEM Village develops an advanced curriculum with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Topics include coding, robotics and web design.

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions 

A key component to developing social and emotional growth as well as problem solving abilities at Junior Academy occurs through the use of Dr. Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model. The key theme of the CPS model is that “kids do well if they can.”

The model focuses on developing collaborative skills in order to find solutions to challenging situations and problems. Not only is this essential as a life skill in order to function adaptively in the real world, this is also essential for the social – emotional health and development of our students.

Another tenet of this model is that when difficulties and / or challenging behaviour occur, they are best understood as the result of lagging skills. Working together, we can identify the skills the student is lacking and the expectations he or she is having difficulty meeting. We then work together with the student – collaborating – to solve the problems. If you are interested in finding out more about CPS, please visit

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