Caleb Poulter conquers a rock face on annual Seven Summits climbing trip to Frenchman’s Coulee in Washington State. Submitted photo

Rossland’s Seven Summits Centre holds open house Monday

Students pursue passions while they learn — in and outside the classroom

The team at Rossland’s Seven Summits Centre for Learning is flinging the doors of its iconic red-roofed heritage building wide open for parents, elementary and high school students who want to find out what they might be missing out on for their education — and their future.

Families within the local learning community are being invited to the open house at Seven Summits on Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. for two fun-filled, informative hours.

They will have free reign to explore the award-winning educational resource that exist right on their doorstep. They will also gain insight into how fully qualified B.C. teachers and pioneers in virtual classrooms can inspire meaningful learning at every stage of a child’s development.

Teachers, mentors, and parents will be on hand alongside Seven Summits students, past and present, to chat informally to visitors and address questions. Together, they will explain the benefits of applying rigorous academic endeavour to an innovative teaching approach and providing an attentive, close-knit environment characterized by small class sizes.

They’ll also explain how face-to-face teacher time is complemented by SD 71’s distributed learning program (called Navigate) to successfully deliver flexibility, a skill set which employers value and a real world education which intellectually challenges students to achieve at high levels, at their own pace.

Targeting the whole family, younger siblings will be entertained during the event by craft and sporting activities while visitors tour the facility. There will be the opportunity to see first-hand the type of lab work that Seven Summits students regularly participate in, to observe starfish dissections being performed and to discover the wide range of courses, electives and dynamic independent studies as well as community initiatives available.

“The open house is a great opportunity for those who live, or are coming to live, train or play in our community,” says Ann Quarterman, Seven Summit’s operations manager. “They can find out what Seven Summits for Learning is really all about, what makes us unique, and whether it’s a good fit for their child and family.”

Since its inception, Seven Summits has nurtured well-rounded, future global citizens inside and outside the classroom, with critical thinkers, professional athletes, governor general award winners and Harvard-scholarship recipients among them.

“Whether your child is academically gifted, wants to graduate early, needs more attention in class to thrive, requires a flexible schedule to pursue their passions or wants it all in terms of sporting and academic success, you should check us out,” adds Quarterman.

Seven Summits Centre for Learning was established six years ago to provide greater educational choice in the region. Following the B.C Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Learning Model and supported by fully certified B.C. teachers, it continues to exceed expectations and has built a solid reputation for delivering an exceptional, personalized, creative, and forward-thinking high school education for students in Grades 8 to 12.

To arrange individual visits, explore shadowing opportunities or for more general information on 7S and/or its open house, contact Joyce at Seven Summits Centre for Learning at 250-362-7772, visit:, or follow on social media: Facebook @sevensummitslearning; Twitter @7Summitslearn.

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Seven Summits student Anika Aschbacher competes in Kimberley during the past ski season. Photo submitted

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