The Outdoors Provides a Unique Learning Environment

In this video, our educator Breanne Walker, shares the benefits of having time dedicated towards outdoor education. At Unisus School, students in the Saplings Pre-School Program receive at least 2 hours a day of outdoor activities. Our 17 acre campus provides a unique landscape where our students can explore, learn, and play in an unparalleled outdoor playground.

The Best Hiking Trails in the Okanagan

Welcome to the Okanagan Valley, one of the warmest regions in Canada! Home to beautiful lakes and mountain vistas, the Okanagan Valley has some of the most incredible hiking you can find. Whether you’re looking for lush forest, canyons, steep mountains, vineyard or lake views, you will find exactly what you desire for an outdoor adventure in the Okanagan.

Top Hiking Trails in the Valley Include


Knox Mountain Park – Kelowna

Image: Adam Jones via Wikipedia

Image: Adam Jones via Wikipedia

Located a short distance from Downtown Kelowna, Knox has a wide variety of trails with varying difficulty, and distances from 1-5 kilometres. Knox offers stunning views of the Okanagan Lake from trails like Paul’s Tomb as well as the many breathtaking lookouts.


Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park (Teddy Bear Loop) – Kelowna

In this vast provincial park, there are many incredible trails of varying difficulty to hike or bike. Here you can witness the regrowth of a region devastated by the fire of 2003. Teddy Bear Loop is a moderate and steady 6.29-kilometre hike with unique scenery and lookouts with breathtaking views of Kelowna.


Angel Springs – Kelowna

Via June Springs Road, Angel Springs is a beautiful 11.6-kilometre loop through the lush forest of the canyon. Angel Springs is a fantastic trail to hike, bike or run as the dense forest provides a cooler temperature and beautiful views.


Pincushion Trail – Peachland

On this moderate to hard 1.8-kilometre hike to the top of Pincushion Mountain you will witness stunning views of the Okanagan Lake and Valley. On this trail you can enjoy the local nature and wildlife and once you reach the top of the mountain pose with the Canadian flag!


Giant’s Head – Summerland

Giant’s Head, a dormant volcano, is an easy 1.6-kilometre ascent to the top and has a wide variety of views of the lake, vineyards, and farms.Hopefully this short guide to hiking in the Valley inspires you to participate in some outdoor adventure here with us in the Okanagan!


*For more information visit http://www.okanagan.com/

Benefits of an Inquiry Based Education

In this video, our educator Andrea Walker, discusses the unique aspects of Inquiry Based learning and what it means for students at Unisus. By taking an inquiry Based approach, our students are able to explore topics that combine perspectives that include math, science, art, and language. This combination enables our students to learn and apply their knowledge in a way that prepares them for real world.

Student Leadership in the Classroom

In this video, our educator Charity Sembalerus, shares her excitement for providing students with an opportunity to take leadership in a classroom setting. At Unisus, we recognize that our students have a wealth of knowledge and skills that can be shared with their classmates and our teachers. Creating an environment where students are comfortable to teach and help others, will empower them to become leaders in and out of the classroom.

How Do I Keep Track Of My Application?

After you’ve submitted your initial application to Unisus, you can keep track of your admissions status by logging into your account on Open Apply. This platform will be used to submit documents and communicate with admissions staff, as you go through the admissions process.


Keep Track of application Status and Upcoming Events on the Dashboard

Once logged in, you can track your current application status on the Dashboard. You can also review any upcoming interviews or deadlines.

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Discover Items That Need To Be Completed On The Application Checklist

Any outstanding items that are required for your application will appear on the Application Checklist that can be found when clicking the Student Details section in the column on the left.

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Review Messages and Important Notifications

Important messages and notifications sent by our Admissions Staff can be reviewed in the Alerts & Notifications tab. These messages are also sent to the Email address connected to your account.

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Have any Questions? Send Us a Message

If you have any questions regarding your application, you can contact our admissions team via the built-in Messages feature. You can also contact our Admissions Coordinator via Email at danielle.timmer@unisus.ca

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If you have any questions regarding the application process or using Open Apply, please feel free to contact us at info@unisus.ca.

What is Tuition at Unisus School?

Tuition at Unisus School can depend on a variety of factors. The primary considerations are: Grade Level and Optional Boarding Requirements for Grades 8 - 12. Pricing breakdowns are included below.


TUITION FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

LOCAL BC RESIDENTS

Pre-School

Kindergarten to Grade 7

Grade 8 - 12


TUITION FOR BOARDING STUDENTS

LOCAL BC RESIDENTS

Local Day Boarding Students

STUDENTS WITH RESIDENCY OUTSIDE OF BC

North American Boarding Students

International Boarding Students


Have any questions about tuition at Unisus School? Please contact us at info@unisus.ca or complete an online enquiry and our admissions staff will provide a tailored solution for your situation.

How to Apply to Unisus School

Applying for Admission to Unisus School can be completed in simple 3 step process:

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Submit Initial Application

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Complete Scheduled Interview

Once your initial application is received, our admissions staff will contact you to schedule an interview and assessment.

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Admission Decision

Our assessment staff will determine if there is a mutual match for your child and Unisus. Upon acceptance of admission, a $500 deposit will be required to confirm attendance for the school year. This deposit will go towards the tuition payment.


Have any questions about our admissions process? Please contact us at info@unisus.ca or complete an online enquiry and our admissions staff will provide a tailored solution for your situation.

Recess: Opportunities for Learning and Creativity

We value recess at Unisus!  On the playground at Unisus students are being kids playing while also discovering so much learning each day.  They are not afraid to take risks and challenge themselves to learn something new, find something interesting, and make a new friend. Everyday they create new games and put their imaginations and wonder to work.

It’s far more than just a break

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Recess is not only a time to get outside for fresh air. It is a time to explore and connect in different ways with one another and the world around us. Students run, play, create, and enjoy themselves no matter the weather.  They take in and appreciate the beauty of the Okanagan from our back door.


The playground encourages unique opportunities for communication and bonding

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So much valuable learning takes place on the playground.  Social and communication skills develop as they work together to collaborate and build.  Friendships and special bonds are established between students and teachers as conversations unfold.  Students develop creativity as they explore and develop games and activities together. Lifelong learning on how to be prepared no matter the weather comes in to play as the weather changes and opportunities to share with one another occur.

A fresh approach to help with mindfulness and productive learning

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At Unisus students sometimes start their day with Yoga in our multi-purpose room before class. They have 20 minutes outside mid morning and at noon they take a 25 minute recess before transitioning to 25 minutes for lunch. The research with this flipped lunch schedule shows it allows students to ease anxiety to relax and eat more while wasting less.  Students then engage in our many enriching and inquiry based classes including: music, art, PE, Spanish, outdoor education, and innovation. After school they participate in open gym, Innovation and STEM activities, or makers space and art.

Life for students at Unisus is full of engagement and fun but recess is definitely a very special, unique time each day.

Fall 2018 Newsletter


November has been another exciting and productive month for us at Unisus.  We have been solidifying and strengthening our Juniors School program by collaborating with community groups and focusing on our unique characteristics such as our foreign language and outdoor education classes for all. 

In addition, we have been preparing for our expansion in the 2019-2020 school year by submitting applications to the IB for our Diploma Program and exploring transportation opportunities across the Okanagan.  We have expanded our team with the announcement of our Senior School Principal and continue our work each day to provide an innovative, forward thinking approach to education that is grounded in best practices.

Pleased to Announce

Tosca Killoran named Senior School Principal for 2019-2020

From Gary Little, Board Member

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As a team of advisors, we are delighted with the recent announcement regarding the appointment of Ms. Tosca Killoran as Senior School Principal at UNISUS. Having had a chance to meet Tosca and learn first-hand of her background, I can say with certainty she is a highly-experienced educator whose passion for the profession, international experience and knowledge of 21st teaching and learning approaches position her to work effectively with Ms. Hannah Hartman and our outstanding UNISUS team. In addition, Tosca is a publisher, author and innovator whose grasp of the role technology plays in today’s classroom is a perfect fit with the vision and direction of UNISUS. It is in this context we are excited about the focus of her May 2019 Doctorate of Education from East Carolina University: “….supporting the creation of equitable, networked innovation communities within international schools.”

We welcome Tosca to the UNISUS family and wish her every success in her new role. To view Ms. Killoran’s full profile, please visit www.toscakilloran.com.

 

Looking forward to 2019

Preparation continues for the 2019-2020 school year! 

Bus transportation begins

Beginning September 2019, bus transportation for day school students to and from Kelowna and Okanagan Falls will be available!

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Developing global relationships

Recently, Unisus International Recruiter Anke Jenkins attended Edu Canada Education fairs in China and Vietnam, and had the opportunity to share UNISUS with many students and families. Anke is excited to plan her next recruitment trip in March 2019 to continue building our international relationships.

 

Things that make UNISUS Unique

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Outstanding Curriculum

We have amazing specialist teachers that collaborate to provide a well rounded and enriched program for our students each day. All students at Unisus participate regularly in Outdoor Education, PE, Music, Art, and Spanish. In addition, we will be offering Mandarin in our After School Program in 2019.

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Collaboration with STEM Learning Labs

We are excited to collaborate with STEM Learning Labs who join us on Wednesday afternoons. The students are fully engaged in preparing for the world of tomorrow.

 

OPEN Enrolment and Learning about UNISUS

Open Enrolment

Enrolment for the 2018/2019 school year continues and we are now also accepting applications for the 2019/2020 school year!

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Campus Tour

We would love to invite you for a Campus Tour so we can share our learning spaces and outstanding program with you!

Please contact the school office at 250.404.3232 or info@unisus.ca to book a time.

Spirit Week at Unisus

At the end of October, our school celebrated our very first Spirit Week. It was a blast to have Mr. Incredible zooming past Arthur and Harry Potter. Pint sized firefighters and first responders keenly roaming the halls with their imaginations in high gear. For Unisus, this was much more than just a week of wearing costumes for Halloween.

What is Spirit Week?

Spirit Week is a week long celebration where students and teachers wear different uniforms and costumes according to different themes that represent roles and characters that we encounter in the real world.

It’s a fun opportunity for everyone to express themselves in different ways and get to know each other better.


A different theme everyday?

Usually students at Unisus wear uniforms everyday. It is a way to show our unity however, this week we hosted a spirit week where students could dress to share and connect with one another in a different way.

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Monday

We dressed like our
favourite characters.

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Tuesday

We dressed as people with
careers that interest us.

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Wednesday

We wore costumes that
represent nature.

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Thursday

We showed our sporty side.

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Friday

We shared our favourite things.

Learning with our creativity, sharing, and imagination

Spirit Week was an amazing event where our school was able to express themselves, use their creativity, and learn more about everyone’s interests and passions. We certainly look forward to seeing what our students and teachers come up with next year!