Life at Rundle Studio
A New Approach to Online Learning
It’s time to be innovative in education.
At Rundle Studio, we:
- Think about online learning differently;
- Know your child learns differently, and teach them accordingly;
- Shatter families’ expectations about what students with learning disabilities can achieve;
- Prioritize small classes and a personalized experience for each student; and
- Use technology such as VR and the Metaverse to aid students learning.
We’ve built the Studio on the success of our Academy program and have brought that to an interactive, online environment. Watch your child thrive in a program tailored to their needs.
Join us on November 29 at our online Open House to get all of your questions answered.
Learn about the magic of Rundle Studio as the Hope family shares their experience since joining the school in the fall of 2021.
Who is a Studio student?
While all of our students are celebrated for their individuality, they also share some common attributes.
A Studio student:
- is entering grade 7–11 in September 2024;
- has complex learning requirements that may or may not include a mild or moderate diagnosed learning disability, ADHD, ASD, anxiety, gifted learning status, or requiring a modified schedule*;
- has average to above-average intelligence; capable of achieving grade-level Alberta curriculum with accommodations, however not modified;
- is looking for an academic program focused on continued learning at the post-secondary level;
- has access to high-speed wifi; consistently greater than 15 mbps; and
- has positive character traits, showing kindness to others, and embracing a sense of community.
*Please reach out to our admissions team to clarify further if the Rundle Studio is appropriate for your child.
Rundle parents support our programs which further enrich and strengthen the Rundle community. There are various volunteer opportunities available to our parents, from supervising online activities, and volunteering for esports events, to organizing special lunches and online scholastic book fairs. As with any new school, there will be additional opportunities where parent volunteers will be needed.
Program Objectives & Pillars
Expert teachers, determined by both their subject matter and expertise working with complex learners, deliver the courses in a highly interactive online learning environment. Students are engaged on deeper levels of thinking to support the development of their future-ready thinking and skills. Various approaches include, but are not limited to, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and digital tools are leveraged to support students based on their unique needs.
The founding Rundle Studio team has 125 combined years of experience delivering a premier program for students with complex learning needs as the Academy is already a recognized national leader in education for complex learners.
At Rundle Studio, students have access to Lead Teachers that are available in both real-time and on-demand videos for revisiting concepts and lessons. Accommodations are deployed by Teacher Advisors based on a robust IPP that is reviewed regularly to ensure that it is an authentic reflection of each student’s true needs and growing skill development.
Instruction and assessment are differentiated based on the IPP and each student is afforded the opportunity to show growth through modalities that work best for them (verbal, written, multimedia, and others).
All teachers are supported through ongoing professional developments in learning disabilities and education.
The Studio provides students with the individual support needed to be successful in an online learning environment and successful in life. Students work with their Teacher Advisors to understand their schedule and all the technology tools that will support their learning. The Teacher Advisor “follows” the student; scaffolding their growing independence to understand how to self regulate their approaches to learning. This includes a strong focus on self efficacy and advocacy.
Helping students organize themselves and take control of their learning is an ongoing process of gradual release of responsibility. The Teacher Advisor considers the cognitive abilities of each student and create a personalized learning journey. The goal is to grow the student’s skills from middle school through high school supporting their unique development needs.
To ensure students are connected to their peers, their teachers, and their community in meaningful and robust ways. Rundle Studio will consciously cultivate a sense of community through deliberate character building, social interactions, as well as co-curricular offerings that are based on choices students make that reflect their passion-based interests. Students will actively engage in community service opportunities in their local areas and share their experiences as part of their expectations for learning.
Like our Academy program, the Rundle Studio community will champion the values of:
- critical thought
- Delivery of learning at a student’s own pace through synchronous and asynchronous delivery.
- Students are given a multitude of options to explore their learning passions.
- All lessons and learning resources will be posted online for students to access when and where they need it — 24/7.
- Guest speakers and thought leaders will bring greater insights to the learning environment.
- When students need flexibility in their schedule, they are easily accommodated.
- Students learn about their individual learning styles, and develop academic and executive functioning skills that will allow them to be successful in their learning today and in the future.
- Connections will be developed and nurtured with students from across Alberta and around the world.
- Offers an affordable independent school experience to students with a learning disability in most regions of Alberta.
- Delivering the Alberta Education curriculum unmodified with “Attention to Excellence” as Rundle has since its inception in 1985.
- Providing an academic program focused on continued learning at the post-secondary level.
- Learn more about our program model and a daily schedule here.
Support & Skills
Studio students gain:
- executive functioning skills and strategies including advocacy
- academic accommodations
- remediation including reading, writing, and numeracy
- communication skills
- parent support and follow up including academic reporting updates and IPPs
A Studio Overview
John Wolf, Principal of Rundle Studio, tells the story of how the school started and could be a fit for your child.