Initiated during the 1998-99 school year, Turning Point's "Families" program provides opportunities for children and adults, all of varying ages, to foster a sense of community by creating extended families that remain together throughout a student's time at Turning Point and in later years.
Each of the 17 families consists of approximately 13 children and two or three adults. As a Level 8 student graduates from Turning Point, that student will be replaced by an incoming student, in most cases a Primary child. In some cases, the new student will represent a different grade level, so the family configuration may change from time to time.
As our student body has increased in number, our families have grown in membership and in complexity. Still, family members find much to share with one another. Each family creates a family portrait, some of which you see represented here.
The Turning Point Families concept encompasses the goal of establishing a unique, multi-aged learning and sharing environment that:
- Creates continuity between Primary and Level 8 students throughout their time at Turning Point.
- Allows younger students to benefit from the interaction with the older students, while giving the older students the invaluable opportunity to practice responsible role modeling.
- Reinforces connections to curriculum and respect for diverse cultures.