Praxis International Institute is in a predominately rural setting in central Canada. We take advantage of other nearby recreational facilities the local community has to offer including a beautiful green golf course, an ice skating and curling rink, and a regional park with a lake that's over 20 km long, walking trails and a lake for fishing, swimming, and water-skiing etc. in the summer, and cross-country skiing, skating, and wind boarding in the winter.
We also have belief in a strong multicultural education. Therefore; blending these philosophies into real practice means that we might try other games such as rugby or lacrosse; or go to a pow wow at a First Nation close to us; or have a cultural sharing one evening.
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We work with people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, learning style differences and countries and are well aware of the struggles that come when diversity is seen to be a barrier. We believe in the gift of diversity and as such, we work hard to help each learner see their value and their ability to learn at their own pace and in their own way.
Also, one of the things that make us special and unique even by Canadian standards is our hands-on, "learning-by-doing" practical approach and our commitment to adapt our teaching style to match the learning style of the individual student.
The short answer is "yes." Keeping in mind that we are not a traditional high school, we work with where you are coming from and help you figure out where you want to go based upon your passion and interest. We ask for your transcripts only to get an idea of what you have been doing but we do not use them as criteria for entrance. We are here to support your learning and facilitate that journey - not to dictate what path you need to be on. We will cover many topics and areas of study but our goal is to work at this in an integrated manner so that you gain the skills to do this yourself into the future.
Although Praxis International Institute is relatively new and a small school, its parent company, Global Infobrokers Inc. has been in operation since 1990. Over the years they have risen to become one of Canada's premier educational institutes specializing in business and entrepreneurial training. Their programs have extremely high success rates largely because their curriculum is based on practical application and information and concentrates on adapting the facilitation approach to match the learning style of the individual learner rather than making them, adjust to fit the facilitators.
Global Infobrokers has worked very hard to make its programs and approach available to younger and younger students. In 1995 its founder, Monica Kreuger, began offering a program through the University of Saskatchewan and did so with tremendous success for over 10 years. She then partnered with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (now called Futurepreneur) to provide access to financing and mentorship, winning the national Community Partnership award for her work in 2008. In 2005 Global Infobrokers began laying the groundwork to establish "Praxis International Institute" so they could offer their successful programs to youth of high school age.
People who are interested in learning in a small group environment where independent study is encouraged and making mistakes is part of the learning process, not a weakness; who may struggle with the standard curriculum of other schools; who are not mainstream learners; who are creative and interested in changing the world; who believe that learning cannot be reduced to numbers on a page or questions on an exam; who want to learn with other creative minds and are ready for a challenge - would find Praxis to be a great home for learning.
We can house up to 12 students. As a newer school with an alternative method of learning, we have had an average of 3-5 learners in each of the last two years. Because we are a small school, students get significant individual attention and are able to grow into their own as a learner and future leader. We anticipate housing approximately 30 students by 2020. While this is a small number, learners get to know each other as a family and provide great support and friendship to each other.
For students who wish Saskatchewan high school credits, we offer these through our partnership school. Our in house focus is on supporting the student in their learning journey which we believe is much bigger than that provided in a traditional academic curriculum.
The bottom line is that we believe in creating a great space for learners to stretch their minds, research real-world problems and find many solutions, not quit after they find one, then work to implement the BEST solution; to work in groups and on their own, dig in deep and question everything so that they learn how to make good decisions based on real information. Young people have an incredible capacity to dream and build and create a sustainable future but we need to let them do that including falling down, making mistakes, picking themselves up again and starting all over.
When you want to learn, you will pick up the math and science and English and other subject matter that you need. When it is part of an integrated approach to learning, subject matter makes much more sense and learning stays with you longer.
We do track progress and learners do well. They create a portfolio of their work should they wish to apply for post secondary or they can study for and take provincial departmental or we have an arrangement with another local private school to take Saskatchewan curriculum credit classes via distance and we will support their learning should they wish to.
Praxis International Institute is actually about the same degree north latitude as London and Warsaw and much further south then Moscow. But being in the middle of a large land mass, we don't have the ocean currents to moderate our weather. Consequently, we have what is called a continental temperate climate. This means that we have a fairly large difference between average daily summer temperatures (22 degrees Celsius) and average daily winter temperatures (-22 degrees Celsius). But it also means that it's much drier here so the hot doesn't feel as hot, and the cold doesn't feel as cold. As long as you dress for the weather, it is very comfortable. Indeed, many people who live in warmer and damper cities, like Toronto or New York often feel much colder in the winter there then they do in Saskatchewan. And remember, in our climate, our housing is designed for all four seasons as is our transportation. With central heating and cooling, our houses heat up when it is cold and cool down when it is hot.
We have four distinct seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) and we enjoy them all. And while most people find it easy to list enjoyable spring and summer activities, we enjoy hockey, curling, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, skating and wind-boarding (a cross between wind surfing and snowboarding) as popular winter activities.
So packing long pants, sweaters and a spring jacket etc. is a good idea but it is sometimes very difficult to bring appropriate outside winter clothes. If you are coming from a tropical or temperate climate, there may not be suitable warm clothes available for purchase where you are. Also, we recognize that sometimes airlines have strict regulations regarding the amount of luggage you may travel with. Because of this we recommend that you don't worry about packing winter jackets and ski-pants etc. We will organize shopping trips so you can purchase suitable clothing when you are here.
We work with learners from the beginning to help them determine what they expect from their experience and then help them to achieve it. We also make sure to review what we do and who we are prior to the application being approved. However, it may happen that someone needs to leave for a personal or medical reason and if that is the case, we will sit down and meet with them to discuss the best exit strategy. Whenever someone leaves, they will be provided with a letter stating what they did and a portolfio of work to that stage. This will help any other school determine where they fit when entering their system.
Please refer to our refund policy for details regarding fees.
We will visit post secondary programs during the year so that learners can see what range of options is available. They will work with facilitators to explore what they might want to study or if they are not interested at this time in studying, they can start to look at employment or self employment as it relates to their future. We will help them connect to people who are in the industries they have interest in and find mentors who can help them determine what they need to enter that area of work.
We host a variety of sustainability workshop such as a 3 week Permaculture certification; a weekend straw bale build; a 5 day Solar Installation certification and others. We also rent our facility for others to host their own workshops.