The Victoria School for Ideal Education

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2820 Belmont Ave, Victoria, British Columbia, V8R 4B1

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The “Ideal School” provides quality attention to each child from kindergarten to grade 7.  The curriculum goes well beyond the mandated BC curriculum by developing an understanding of how each subject area relates to broader life principles.  Daily meditation develops clearer thinking, creativity, happier relationships and improved self esteem.  VSIE incorporates nonviolent communication skills as a natural part of its culture.

History

The Victoria School for Ideal Education was established in 1988 by a group of parents who wanted a school that included the Transcendental Meditation program in its curriculum.  It was previously located at the corner of Higgins and Cook St. where the Oak and Orca School is currently situated.  The school spent three years operating out of the TM center on Pandora before purchasing its own property at 2820 Belmont Ave. in 2005.  The school immediately renovated the building on the property creating a lovely but small (2 classroom) school. This summer of 2012 a complete second story is being added to the school, doubling its size and enabling the program to extend to grade 7.

Services Offered

This Group 1 Independent School offers the BC curriculum from kindergarten to grade 7.  We offer before school care from 8:15am and after school care until 6 pm each school day.  Outstanding features of our programs include daily meditation, yoga, French as a second language, outdoor education, emphasis on fine arts, and individualized instruction to maximize student achievement.  The Transcendental Meditation program for teachers and students supports the development of each person’s full potential and creates a peaceful atmosphere where focused, joyful learning takes place.

Interesting Facts

The system of education offered at The Victoria School for Ideal Education (VSIE) is called Consciousness Based Education (CBE).  It is found in hundreds of schools world wide but VSIE is currently the only CBE school in Canada.  One key and highly unique feature of this system of education is student training and daily use of non-religious meditation known as Transcendental Meditation (TM).  This technique has been extensively researched and shown to provide many benefits including increased intelligence, creativity, self-esteem and reduced stress.  It has been the subject of over 600 scientific studies conducted in over 250 universities and research centers. In the United Kingdom and in Brazil schools offering this program are fully funded by the government.  There are now 150,000 students practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique in Brazilian schools.

Connection to Community

The school’s central location makes is accessible to families from all communities in the Victoria area.  Our small class sizes (maximum 12 students per class) enable us to do many field trips to museums, art galleries, etc. as well as taking nature trips to local mountains, forests, parks and beaches.

Location

The school is located in the Hillside-Shelbourne area of Victoria at the corner of Belmont and Ryan streets within walking distance of several large playing fields and playgrounds.

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