Evolve Academy is a summer school that teaches Ontario Ministry of Education high school courses in the developing world. We provide our students with a better understanding of the complexities and challenges of life in a developing country such as Kenya, and to appreciate more profoundly the differences between the developed and the developing worlds.
In July 2013, we are offering three courses, all taught from our base camp in central Kenya. These credit courses are all designated to meet university/college admission standards. Each class will have between 10 and 15 students.
The location of our base camp is an important component to meeting our educational goals. The facility is located inside the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya. Near Mt. Kenya (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and essentially right on the equator, we are about 20 minutes from the bustling market town of Nanyuki. This location, with its diverse environmental and social conditions, affords us the opportunity to address in unique and creative ways the ideas, concepts and skills that are integral to each course. Such an approach provides our students with insights and experiences that are not easily attained in a traditional classroom.
In early July, the students and staff will meet for three days in Toronto to begin their courses of study. The rest of the academic program, including all culminating activities, will be completed in Kenya. Upon completion of the program, Evolve Academy will direct the student’s “home school” to enter into his or her Ontario Student Record (or transcript) the appropriate information and grade. And, of course, parents will receive a report from Evolve Academy.
As with all private schools in Ontario that offer credits towards a student’s Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Evolve Academy is inspected regularly by the Ministry of Education to ensure that we meet the Ministry’s standards.