Southridge Will Tap into Your Child’s Po­ten­tial

Stu­dents are ex­cited, en­er­gized in the right en­vi­ron­ment

BC Business Magazine - - Southridge -

South Sur­rey’s Southridge School was founded as much on the val­ues of trust, moral char­ac­ter and the power of com­mu­nity as it was on ex­cep­tional aca­demics.

“Our found­ing head­mas­ter, Alan Brown, de­scribed our cul­ture as ‘a light­hearted place of se­ri­ous pur­pose’ be­cause he un­der­stood that the goal was not only to pro­vide a well-rounded education, but also to de­velop peo­ple who want to make the world a bet­ter place,” says Renée Lepp, di­rec­tor of ad­mis­sions. “He be­lieved it started with trust—mean­ing that ev­ery child should feel safe and re­spected in our school. This cul­ture of trust is in our DNA and one tan­gi­ble way we demon­strate that trust is by hav­ing no locks on our lock­ers.”

Since 1995, Southridge, a co-ed, K-12 in­de­pen­dent school of 680 stu­dents, has nur­tured a com­mu­nity grounded in the be­lief that a strong moral char­ac­ter is as im­por­tant as a strong mind. Southridge prides it­self on giv­ing its stu­dents a first-rate education, as well as the in­tegrity, com­pas­sion and con­fi­dence to ap­ply it in a way that makes a dif­fer­ence in the world.

But as a par­ent, how do you know which school is the right fit for your child? Which school aligns with your fam­ily val­ues and goals? Southridge un­der­stands that one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions par­ents will make re­gard­ing their child’s fu­ture is de­cid­ing which school to en­rol them in.

“We be­lieve that Southridge is a spe­cial place, yet we also ap­pre­ci­ate we aren’t a fit for ev­ery­one. For­tu­nately, there are many ex­cel­lent schools in B.C., many of which of­fer won­der­ful pro­grams and op­por­tu­ni­ties for kids, and this is our hope for ev­ery child,” says Lepp.

“We en­cour­age par­ents and their chil­dren to at­tend our Open House to get a feel­ing for our school com­mu­nity, while meet­ing the teach­ers and stu­dents,” says Lepp. “We also en­cour­age fam­i­lies to check out other in­de­pen­dent schools, as well as their lo­cal pub­lic school.”

In the end, as no two chil­dren are ex­actly alike, nor are any two schools. Spend some time get­ting to know what schools of­fer and what your child needs to thrive and achieve their full po­ten­tial. “We rec­om­mend that fam­i­lies choose the right school for their child, which should not be done by sim­ply an­swer­ing which school has the high­est rank­ing,” says Lepp.

While Southridge of­fers a rig­or­ous aca­demic pro­gram, it is also a school that of­fers plenty of op­por­tu­nity for fun ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. “While the pace at Southridge is quick, we find most chil­dren are ex­cited and en­er­gized by the en­vi­ron­ment here,” she says, and adds: “The strong part­ner­ship be­tween par­ents and the school sup­ports our stu­dents to take risks, be bold and find joy in learn­ing.”

In terms of what Southridge looks for in an ap­pli­cant, Lepp says: “Chil­dren who love to play, care pas­sion­ately about what they do, are will­ing to give it a go, learn from and with their peers, and en­joy a good chal­lenge are tai­lor-made for our pro­gram. Sim­ply put, Southridge is a per­fect fit for those in­di­vid­u­als who never let go of that spark they had in kinder­garten…at Southridge, we love be­ing a part of that magic!”

At­tend Southridge School’s an­nual Open House on Thurs­day, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. ( Ju­nior School, Grades K-7) and 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Se­nior School, Grades 8-12). Southridge is cur­rently ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for Grades K-12 for the 20182019 school year. Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is Dec. 1, 2017. Visit southridge.bc.ca for more in­for­ma­tion. ■

Southridge stu­dents find their love of learn­ing in a school that is “a light­hearted place of se­ri­ous pur­pose”

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