The Nanaimo Free Learners was born in 2015 out of a desire of families in our community to create a place where children can learn naturally, freely, and authentically. We know that children know how, and want, to learn- and all they need is the support, encouragement, and resources to do so!
Over the past two and a half years, the Nanaimo Free Learners have worked tirelessly to create this space- the one that you know as Maple Hill. We’ve held information sessions, public education evenings, open houses, and attended countless markets, expos, and community events to help spread the word. We’ve shared so many conversations with parents that had less-than-stellar experiences in school, and are looking for something different for their child. So many of you are so very excited to hear that Maple Hill is in the works. “I have been looking for something exactly like this!” is frequently heard around here, and it makes us smile every time!
Our short-term programs in thee spring of 2016 were a great success and everyone learned so much through them. We were disappointed when we had to cancel our full time programs, but we worked hard to bring them back, and we did it! Maple Hill Free School is a developing Group 3 Independent School, and we are so excited that the dream is so close to coming true.
But now, it’s time to get real. And the time to do so is running out.
In order for our group to continue on this amazing path that we are on, we need the one thing we can’t do without… the kids! We have a number of enrolled students that are so excited to begin their free learning experience at Maple Hill this fall, but the fact is: we don’t have enough students yet. And if our numbers don’t grow quickly enough, we will be forced to withdraw our application for Independent School designation, cancel our programs for the fall, and delay our goals of making self-directed education available to the Nanaimo families that really want it.
We don’t want to see that happen!
If you’ve been looking for an alternative for your child, if you believe in children’s rights in education, and if you want to see Maple Hill Free School succeed as much as we do, it’s time to enroll! It’s quick and easy to do- the link is right here.
Registration is easier than ever! Maple Hill Free School will be a designated independent school with the BC Ministry of Education, which means your child no longer needs to be enrolled with other schools such as distributed learning schools, or registered as home learners. The time to bring self-directed, emergent learning opportunities to Nanaimo is now!