Unisus School in Summerland is bringing the world to the Okanagan while offering high quality educational programs to Canadian and international students.
The private school opened in September 2018 to local students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 and added Grade 7 to 10 this year. The Pre-K Saplings program which welcomes students age 2.5 to 5 is an outdoor nature-based program for younger children. The outdoor curriculum is well suited in the 17-acre campus and it allows the students to develop motor skills and improve physical abilities.
The rapidly growing school opened a new 92-bed dormitory in September which makes it the only school in the Okanagan and one of the few schools in the province to offer boarding. Nutritious dishes from around the world with emphasis on local ingredients are offered in the dinning hall.
The school is currently hosting students from eight different countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam and China, and from elsewhere in Canada.
“We are thrilled to have international students join with local learners, “said senior school principal Tosca Killoran.
There are considerable spin-offs from the school’s international work. Benefits to the Okanagan begin with introduction of the Valley and its opportunities to people in other countries.
The opportunities include easy access to nature and recreational opportunities year around for visitors and students, and a safe educational environment for students.
Parents of international students may see the Okanagan as a desirable location to invest or establish a business. Recognition of these opportunities is enhanced when families visit students and see the Okanagan firsthand.
While increasing the Okanagan’s presence on the global stage, Unisus is rapidly becoming an integral part of the local community. Various local groups use the school’s facilities.
“We look forward to developing an even stronger relationship with Unisus, “Summerland Mayor Toni Boot said at the official opening of the dormitory.
Unisus, a B.C.-accredited school, aims to become an International Baccalaureate World School. The school is currently a candidate for the Primary Years Program and Diploma Program.
The IB diploma program, considered by many educators as the “gold standard,” has a proven success rate of graduates completing their post secondary education. IB World Schools share a common philosophy to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse, inclusive and global minded community of students by delivering challenging high-quality programs.
“We like the exposure to multicultural families and nationalities and the promotion of diversity. The positive, nurturing environment is also important,” said Unisus parent Heena Nagar.
More than one million students in over 146 countries are enrolled in schools with IB programs. When affirmed, Unisus will be one of the few schools running the complete IB continuum from primary years through diploma.
In addition to IB and outdoor education, the academic program emphasizes entrepreneurship and technology and innovation.
“Our son’s passion for creating and building has flourished with tools, such as 3D printing and coding available in the innovation class. We are very fortunate to have Unisus right here in our backyard.” Nagar said.