Since opening its doors in 2002, Fulford Academy has been welcoming students from around the world, initially as an English Language boarding school and now as a grade 6-12 school leading to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Responding to an opportunity to provide a private school option in the area, Fulford Academy began offering day school for local students in 2017.
In Fall, 2018, the school extended its STEM +A programming into the community with the launch of Coding Camps to support local youth with acquiring fundamental robotics and coding skills, which are fast becoming necessary life skills. Students of varying age groups are led by Google-for-Education certified teachers and learn how to create sport apps, music videos and other digital projects.
The successful inaugural Coding Camp was held over six Monday evenings in Fall, 2018 and gave students an understanding of the technology used in everyday life. Registration for a March 2019, music-themed Spring Break program is already on waitlist status and spots are already filling up for the school’s week-long, summer Tech 1.0 Day Camp in August. During this week, students will learn how video games work, how to build an app and will work on their own tech project under the guidance of a Fulford Academy teacher.
Fulford’s Coding Camps are priced very well, at $60.00 for the seasonal sessions and $250.00 for the full day summer program that includes a nutritious lunch each day in the Fulford Dining Hall. In addition to gaining new skills local students get a glimpse of learning at Fulford Academy and experience diversity through the school’s multi-cultural environment.
The 2019/2020 academic year will see Fulford Academy become a pre-Advanced Placement (AP) school that will be moving towards offering college level courses and optional exams to high school students. AP courses are highly recognized by colleges and universities in North America with first year course credits typically given for success in these demanding subjects.
Dr. Tom Steel, Head of Fulford Academy, applauds the direction the school is taking in connecting with the local community.
“Much of our mission is to provide our students with the necessary linguistic and academic skills to gain success in the Global learning environment,” says Steel. “In the past, our focus has been on international students, and going forward we will continue that commitment, as well as welcoming a greater number of local day students and engaging the community through unique short-term programs that deliver the skills needed in our digital, fast-paced world.”