PARENTS & STUDENTS

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Below are a number of frequently asked questions by parents looking at registering for The Fuel Academy for their child.
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Attending The Fuel Academy

Each day that your child attends the academy is a full day, starting at 9am and ending at 2:30pm. There is a 15min window at the start and end of the day for drop off and pick up from the Academy. 

The Academy will close at 2:30pm with a 15min window for you to pick up your child. However, there are a number of activities close by that your child is able to attend such as Code Ninjas, located in the same build as The Fuel Academy, The Hive Rock Climbing next door, Jungle Jac’s Play Centre, as well as Dance and acting programs.

We have a small kitchen where we encourage students to learn how to prepare their own, simple meals. There is a fridge, toaster over, microwave and hotplate for them to use each day. There are also a number of food options surrounding the Academy as well. 

You are welcome to have your child only attend half of a day, however, we encourage full day participation so they have ample time to dive deep into their projects and have team meetings with the rest of the students. 

Whether a child is there half a day or full day, the price for tuition is the same. 

At the moment, The Fuel Academy is for ages 6 – 10 years. Each year that goes by, this age will increase to accommodate our students getting older. 

The maximum number of students we will have on campus at one time is 35 students.

All students of all ages are in the same class and work together on team projects, as well as individually.

When students work in multi age groups, younger students often develop their human skills more rapidly having other old youth around to model after, and old students working with younger ones nurture their leadership, patience and empathy much faster.  

The development of soft skills is much more difficult than the development of hard skills because it requires actively interacting with others on an ongoing basis and being willing to accept behavioral feedback.

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Tuition & Requirements

Everything your child needs will be supplied by the Academy, including offering each student a budget to spend, of real money, on supplies at stores for their unique projects. In the event a student spends all of their budget for the year early, it is up to the families discretion if they would like to offer them additional funds to spend on their projects. 

We ask that all students have their own laptop and set of headphones to use while at the Academy. Students will often take on projects that require research on their computers, or software, such as video editing or graphic design software, so having their own laptops will allow them to work without disruption and save their progress. 

Headphones are so they can listen to videos, courses, and other audio on their computers without disrupting other teams. 

If students have books they are reading at home, they are welcome to bring them but all other supplies that they require should be available for them at the Academy. 

Parents are welcome to pay for their full years tuition in advance in one lump sum or pay in monthly payments. It is preferred to have a credit card on file for the monthly payment option but if required, other payment methods can be discussed. 

As most families pay on a month to month basis, only 30 days notice is required to cancel your child’s place at the Academy. 

In the event that the family has paid in one lump sum, 30 days notice will still be required but a refund will be given for the remaining months that are unused. 

If you have registered your child as homeschooled with a local public school, there are funds available for families to use towards educational programs, such as The Fuel Academy. You can contact the BC Government website for more information on what is available. 

My Child's Educational Experience

The Fuel Academy is designed to challenge your child as an independent thinker, as well as a team leader and collaborator. 

The Academy is, for the most part, run by the students based on their collective decisions and goals for their learning. As such, they are each a part of “Committees” and have weekly discussions around rules and policy’s that should be put in place. For example, there might be a “Committee” in charge of the kitchen. They would discuss and implement rules around using and maintaining the kitchen, or when it is ok and not ok to use it. Event Committees, Outdoor Adventure Committees, and even People & Culture Committees are all examples of group activities the students manage on a weekly basis. 

Collectively, students also put on events for their community, family and friends in which they need to plan these events, but also develop projects to showcase. Students learn to start businesses, create prototypes and inventions, write books, paint works of art, design online courses or e-commerce stores, build robots and so much more! 

Outdoor adventures in nature, tours of businesses or other facilities, and visits to community spaces, such as the library or rec center, may also occur from time to time. 

The Fuel Academy is here to encourage students ideas and offer support in taking action on them. 

The Fuel Academy offers educational support for homeschooled and e-learning families and is not a replacement for the standard BC curriculum. We do not follow a standard curriculum nor give students tests or exams, unless they ask for them to test their own progress on a topic. 

When it comes to reading, writing, mathematics, and other traditional academic subjects, we do not specifically teach students these topics in a formal class session. Instead, we encourage students to take on projects they are passionate about, that often end up requiring reading, writing or mathematics. For example, to launch a business they must understand how to read, write and calculate money. They also require these skills to build a bridge or code a website or program a robot. 

When a students are driven to learn something new, in order to achieve a goal that is important to them, we have discovered that their ability to learn these topics comes faster, and the information is retained significantly more than when it is taught as a separate, mandated requirement. 

At The Fuel Academy, the majority of the growth your child will experience will be from relying on their own resourcefulness and ingenuity.

For this reason, parents are not allowed to remain at The Fuel Academy while it is in session, unless it is a showcase or student led event.

Parents, students and Mentors (our facilitators) will also meet on regular intervals to discuss goals, passions, progress, and any other topics families would like to discuss. 

As your child will be empowered at the Academy to take initiative and troubleshoot through tasks, we encourage parents to allow their child the space to take on these roles at home as well, for further development of the child’s human skills.

As we are not a traditional education system, we do not assign mandated work and therefore, there is no homework. That said, it is not uncommon that students leave the Academy excited about a project they are working on and want to continue diving in on their “home” days. 

AI, robotics and technology are a part of our modern world and becoming more advanced every day. The reality is that many of the skills we learn in school are able to be performed faster, for longer periods of time and more accurately by technology than a human could ever hope to keep up with. 

And while technical skills are important, technology and how we do things are evolving over time. It has been said that on average, technical skills change or become obsolete every 3-5 years at today’s rate of innovation. 

The Fuel Academy believes that the world needs better humans, not better humans trying to keep up with machines. 

There are over 70 Human “soft” skills that we encourage development within each of our students. Critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, resiliency, collaboration, leadership, self awareness, diplomacy, mediation, verbal communication, written communication, persuasion, empathy, creativity, financial literacy, technical literacy are just a few examples. 

Soft Skills are defined as “personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” But we like to call them “Human Skills”. 

Academic skills are defined as “not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest”

Technical Skills are defined as “job-specific knowledge and techniques needed to proficiently perform tasks that require particular expertise.”

 

To call someone a teacher implies that they know something and are teaching it to you. At The Fuel Academy, we believe that it is not reasonable to have one person know everything about everything that a child may want to learn.

Instead, we want to teach students how to be resourceful by seeking out their own information, sifting through multiple approaches, opinions or ideas, and then taking their own course of action on learning a new skills or piece of information. 

Our teachers are therefore more of a “Mentor”; there to support, encourage, and troubleshoot with each student to help them reach their unique goals. 

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According to MIT Management, the return on soft skill training can be as high as 250%

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of employers say that soft skills are key to business growth or success

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of employers find it challenging to hire talent with excellent soft skills