Three simple words, but is there a simple answer? Not quite, but let us begin with a few highlights:
- Small class sizes
- Daily physical activity
- Outdoor education (LEAD) for all students
- Engaging and dynamic teachers
- One-on-one personal & post-secondary counselling
Experiential and place-based learning are core components of our school design and instructional philosophy. We like to describe this philosophy as ‘bringing learning to life’ by creating meaningful experiences for our students which enhance traditional theoretical learning. In practice, this looks like a hike to Wedgemont Glacier to take snowpack measurements for comparison to historical data studied in class. It also looks like riding rollercoasters to measure velocity and gravity, and it looks like a local entrepreneur visiting class to discuss their path to opening a new business in Squamish.
All CMA graduates receive the BC Ministry of Education Dogwood Diploma but their path to this end includes dynamic indoor and outdoor classroom experiences that connect concepts to application in the real world and support their holistic development as students and life-long learners.
In keeping with this holistic and practical approach to education, courses at CMA are integrated when it makes sense and is beneficial to the students. Traditionally, courses are taught in silos; students study math for an hour, then study science for an hour, then english, followed by history and so on. At CMA we offer courses like engineering and humanities which foster well-rounded learning, greater context between disciplines, and applicable skill sets for our modern world.
Our graduates will require skill sets for jobs that have yet to be created. 10 years ago many of today’s most sought after careers did not yet exist. At CMA we believe that adaptibility, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking are top amongst the transferable skills required for well-being and success in post-secondary and beyond. With that in mind, we endeavor to nurture the following qualities in our students:
- A knowledge-seeking disposition
- Desire to explore ideas of personal interest
- Critical thinking skills
- Resilience / strong work ethic
- Motivation to seek out answers or people/resources that can contribute to personal knowledge
- Empathetic relationship and communication skills (collaboration mindset)
- Desire to challenge current perspectives and expand physical and cognitive capabilities
- Affirmative attitudes and challenge/opportunity mindset
- Acceptance of a diversity of perspectives
Our very highest ambition is to create experiences that nurture students’ sense of wonder and promote the pursuit of life-long learning. If we can inspire our students to become curious and resilient knowledge-seekers then we believe we have met the objectives of our professional callings as educators and contributed to a fulfilling life for our students.
Still not sure if you should choose CMA?
Here are a few of our unique programs that set us apart from other educational options in the Sea to Sky.