Beyond the Classroom
The learning environment at Pretty River Academy focuses on the principle of taking young people beyond the classroom and challenging them to change their world. Since 1998, Pretty River Academy has fulfilled its mission of developing students of character by promoting academic excellence, self-confidence, leadership, and independent thinking in an enriching, supportive environment. This environment ensures our students’ success, preparing them for leadership at university and beyond. Small class sizes and a low student/teacher ratio result in a superior academic program, however Pretty River Academy is about more than academics.
We have an array of co-curricular clubs, opportunities in the arts, athletic teams in a variety of sports, and extensive community activities ensuring Pretty River Academy’s students are well-rounded individuals. Pretty River Academy believes in the importance of contributing to society and from a young age, our students learn the importance of giving back to their communities at local, national and international levels.
After School Clubs
- Drama Club- Mondays 3-4pm *Recommended for Grades 1 and up.
- Fly Fishing Club – Tuesdays 3-4pm *Recommended for Grades 1 and up.
- Chess Club – Tuesdays 3-4pm *Recommended for Grades 1 and up.
- Music Club- Wednesdays 3-4pm *Recommended for Grades 1 and up.
- Lego Club – Thursdays 3-4pm * Open to all ages.
- Mathletes- Thursdays 3-4pm *Recommended for Grades 7 and up.
- Math Clinic – Monday-Thursday 2:45-3:15pm Grades 1-12
- Clinics available in all subjects, for all grades with their teachers, for academic support as needed.
- Band -Thursdays 3-4pm
The House System at Pretty River Academy is a way to organize and energize the entire school community. All students and faculty are assigned to a house of North, East, South, or West. House competitions and events are arranged throughout the year, allowing students to meet, support, mentor, play and work with students from all grades. The House with the most points at the end of the year wins the prized House Cup!
Our robotics program is incorporated into the curriculum beginning in Pre-School, giving students the opportunity to create a working robot from conception to completion. Pretty River Academy has a competitive Robotics Team that participates in competitions across Ontario. These competitions provide a unique opportunity for the development of creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, effective communication, collaboration and teamwork.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Pretty River Academy high school students are encouraged to participate in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award. The award was founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to encourage personal development and community involvement for young people.
Camp & Trips
Students in Grade 1-12 participate in overnight camping experiences to kick off the school year, as well as end of year trips. Through team building and outdoor exercises, students learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem. All while creating a bond amongst students and teachers, that will carry them through their years.
Beginning in Grade 4, students participate in our annual Science Fair. In preparation, students find a topic, think of an experiment, and write a detailed lab report. They put together a visually appealing board for their presentation to the judges. Some students move on to the Simcoe County Regional Science and Technology Fair, in Barrie, where they have the opportunity to win money, scholarships, and prestigious awards. At the regional fair, the top seven students move on to the Canada Wide Science Fair. Pretty River Academy has had several students participate in the Canada Wide Science Fair and one student has gone on to the international level.
The outdoor environment at Pretty River Academy provides opportunities for learning which cannot be replicated inside. The wetlands, trails, native flora and fauna give students of all ages opportunities to engage in learning in a natural setting. Our outdoor classroom, structured of native stone, is utilized in all seasons. In addition, students in Grades 1-4, and Grade 7 participate in a hands-on program weekly, from September-June. All subjects including science, language, math and environmental studies are integrated into our Outdoor Education programming.
Travel is a wonderful way to teach beyond the classroom! Over the years Pretty River Academy students have been able to experience different cultures and customs of other countries. So far we have had the pleasure of visiting France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and for this 2011-2012 school year we will be visiting China. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students and has (and will continue) to create memories of a lifetime.
High School University Travel
Each year the high school students have the opportunity to visit various universities in both Canada and the United States. We have found this to be a wonderful way for the students to envision what university life would be like at the university that they are pursuing or interested in. We have explored universities within Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the East Coast Ivy schools in the United States. With having 100% of our graduating students proceed to university, these trips are invaluable!
Say good-bye to packed lunches! Pretty River Academy provides quality, nutritious hot lunches from a healthy, student-friendly, and well-balanced menu. We are able to accommodate most food allergies.
After School Program
For a nominal fee, we are pleased to offer an After School Program. This is available for students in Grades 1-8, Monday-Thursday. Children are supervised from dismissal until 4:15pm and parents can choose between having their child do homework, an activity or a combination of both. Take the stress out of Homework with our After School Program! Please contact us for further details 705-444-5376
Living & Learning Green
Living & Learning Green is a waste diversion program in partnership with Simcoe County. Pretty River Academy has been extremely successful with its waste diversion and we would like this to continue! Pretty River Academy is a ZERO WASTE school. This means that any waste brought into the school must be taken back home to be disposed of. This includes items such as plastic wrappers from snacks, broken pieces of equipment, or any items that are not on the Simcoe County recycling or composting lists. Thank you for your continued cooperation! Click here to learn more: http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm/events/green/index.htm#.UlvoZhaYVO0
Learning & Living Green How to Video
The County worked together with the green team of Hillsdale Elementary School to film a video on the Learning & Living Green Program. Learn more about recycling and organics collection, and find out why it is important to participate in these programs at school and at home too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRLctaeFS8s&feature=c4-overview&list=UUttQnNK9H8pW71JGdimfIzA