The “Third Teacher”

There are three primary teachers of children. First, the parents. Second, the classroom teacher. And third, the child’s learning environment.
—from the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education

St. George’s flexible, dynamic, innovative, and inspiring teachers and curriculum demand learning environments that are equally flexible, dynamic, innovative, and inspiring. We have already launched the initial stages of a holistic, school-wide effort to better align our facilities with our educational philosophy and strategic vision. Some notable accomplishments from the past several years include:


Prototype and launch of new flexible furniture in several classrooms

Athletics field

New elementary field for physical education and community gatherings

Drew Bird Photo | Visual Storyteller

Public areas

Redesign and renovation of high school entry and administrative corridor

Flex space

Repurposed area of Learning Commons for flex-use reflection & collaboration space

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Zen Garden

Updated high school Student Lounge and Zen Garden


Fitness centre

New fitness centre carved out of the high school basement space. 

Outdoor learning

Addition of outdoor learning spaces on both campuses


Replacement of SMARTboards with Promethean ActivPanels.

The planned redesign of our school buildings, classrooms, and outdoor spaces will make optimal use of our limited space while creatively encompassing the myriad design requirements school leaders have identified as imperative:

To fully support this plan’s strategic priorities, the new and redesigned spaces must

  • be adaptable and re-configurable to accommodate flexible pace, programs, project types, and schedules

  • be aligned with St. George’s interdisciplinary curriculum, strategic vision, as well as established best practice for innovative teaching and sustainable design

  • foster student well-being and a healthy connection to the environment, including converting the existing parking area to outdoor learning and recreational green space

  • renovate and expand “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) classrooms and lab facilities

  • offer access to state-of-the-art technology and other learning tools

  • be optimized for generating mission-appropriate external revenue as well as potential partnership and apprenticeship opportunities

Draft schematic showing high school addition.
Draft schematic showing high school addition.

St. George’s is currently in the early stages of a capital campaign which will fund, among other strategic priorities, our school’s ability to deliver the cutting-edge, research-informed, and transformational progressive education we’re uniquely capable of providing.

We invite you to learn more about how you can invest in sustaining and growing St. George’s legacy of innovative, student-centred education.