To us, Equinox Holistic Alternative School is a special place.

Of course, anywhere that children come together to learn is bound to feel special. Our particular sort of special has something to do with the tall city Lindens under which kindergarteners learn. It’s in the delight of a child teaching their grownups the difference between a bird’s nest and a drey, or a birch leaf and an aspen. It’s in the amount of dirt that comes home under fingernails and inside boots. It’s in the fresh air “sit-spots” and the painted rally signs for eco-justice marches and the good questions asked of political campaigners who come to share their platforms.

Equinox, as we call our school, is a public school, part of the Toronto District School Board, and as such, follows the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum, but our approach to teaching it is our own, and grounded in Holistic Education and nature-based learning practices. 

Subjects are taught across disciplines and teach the whole child — head, hands, and heart. Through this holistic academic approach with a focus on nature, interconnection, and community, students are encouraged to become thoughtful, curious, just, and caring people who are environmental stewards and lifelong learners.

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The Holistic Curriculum

A holistic approach to education engages the head, hands, and heart of the child. It makes connections, develops intuition, and encourages inquiry.

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How to Apply

Families are invited to apply to Equinox between January to mid-February for the upcoming school year.

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Outdoor Kindergarten Program

Our school has attracted national and international interest, especially our outdoor kindergarten program which was one of the first of its kind in Canada.

Outdoor Kindergarten
Holistic education is an effort to cultivate the development of the whole human being. Where conventional schooling views the child as a passive receiver of information and rules, or at most as a computer-like processor of information, a holistic approach recognizes that to become a full person, a growing child needs to develop — in addition to intellectual skills — physical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal, moral and spirited potentials. The child is not merely a future citizen or employee in training, but an intricate and delicate web of vital forces and environmental influences.Jack Miller, Professor at the University of Toronto - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is an internationally recognized major contributor to the field of holistic education and one of Equinox's founding partners.
image of three students sitting together in a ravine in autumn, taken by M. Campana