Experiential Learning

At Northmount School for Boys, classroom learning is only the first step to helping develop a well-rounded young man. Trips teach our students that they are active participants in learning, experiencing and evaluating real-life examples and scenarios. Experiential learning beyond the confines of the classroom or laboratory creates personal connections grounded in authentic interactions with the real world that strengthen academic and social competencies.

Our commitment to experiential learning is demonstrated through a myriad of field trips and Outdoor Education experiences. Through these opportunities students are learning about their environment by being in it and having to deal with the realities of nature. Outdoor Education is born out of all aspects of the curriculum, with factual knowledge, but then applied by the opportunities granted to students at Northmount School.

Outdoor Education is not an add-on at Northmount, but rather a belief in its importance to the development of a young man and his overall experience at Northmount. While it might begin with day trips to explore local interests, it evolves beyond this to include excursions that instruct students in the use of a compass, canoe, wilderness survival techniques, wildlife studies, and recreation. It culminates with multi-day trips that feature portaging, canoeing, and white water rafting. Outdoor Education has a scope and sequence that ranges from kindergarten to grade eight. The Northmount student learns to respect the outdoors and enjoy the challenges it presents.

School trips may include:

  • Five day camping trip to Killarney Provincial Park (grades 7 & 8)
  • Overnight Cottage Camping to Ontario Pioneer Camp (Junior Division)
  • Chudleighs Apple Farm Day Trip (grades kindergarten to 3)
  • Shaw Festival (grade 6)
  • Community Museums (grades 5 to 8)
  • Ontario Legislature (grade 5)
  • Ontario Science Centre (Whole School)
  • Casa Loma (Primary Division)
  • Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Hamilton (grade 5)
  • Skyzone
  • Ripley’s Aquarium (Primary Division)
  • Royal Ontario Museum (Full School)
  • York University: Departments of Physics and Astronomy (grades 7 & 8)
  • Winter Camping: dog sledding and voyageur encounter (grades 7 & 8)
  • Niagara Falls History and Arts Tour: includes Great Wolf Lodge (grade 7)
  • Quebec: Mount Tremblant, Ottawa, and Montreal: visit to the House of Commons and White Water Rafting (grade 8)
  • Toronto Zoo (Primary Division)
  • Centre Island (grades 5 to 6)
  • Canada’s Wonderland (grade 6)
  • Rock Climbing (grade 3)
  • Fishing (grade 5)
  • Niagara Jet Boat (grade 4)
  • Salt and Light Television Studios (grade 8)
  • European Battlefields Tour (grades 7 & 8)