Our 365-Acre Classroom at South Whidbey State Park
Calyx School Continues to Meet During Pandemic
Our adaptive program focuses on meeting the social/emotional needs of our children during this time while diving into interdisciplinary hands-on projects that ignite nature connection, creative problem-solving, and resilience. We launched our "Online Outdoor School" on March 23rd with great success, working closely with our families to ensure all children have access to the learning being offered. We are signing together, breathing together, creating together, and sharing our explorations of nature close-to-home. Calyx has always offered a responsive education and we are grateful that our pedagogy and infrastructure allows us to easily adapt to these times.
Now offering a special new online outdoor program for families looking to supplement their child(ren)'s at-home or conventional learning with connection, social/emotional literacy, and nature-based learning.
The Calyx Difference
Calyx's school-year program for children ages 5-11 operates as a supportive learning environment for home-schooled children and as an Approved Learning Center for Whidbey children enrolled in Orcas Island's alternative public school program (OASIS). Calyx students receive academic mentoring in the areas of literacy, science, social studies, math, fine arts, and health which often correlate with OASIS and homeschooling academic standards. Our approach in these subjects is through a social justice lens - one of inclusivity, compassion, and curiosity, and rooted in a deep connection to place. Calyx mentors and families work closely together to ensure our children experience a well-rounded education that prepares them with the knowledge and skills so deeply needed in our rapidly-changing world. Above all else, Calyx children are encouraged to develop into their authentic selves and to find their individual roots within a collaborative community. At Calyx, academic learning comes from our intentional, thoughtful, creative and responsive curriculum that engages children as active participants in learning, not passive recipients of information. That’s the Calyx difference!