| We are a small, co-ed Independent Day School located in Huntsville, Muskoka for Kindergarten through to Grade 8. Our Outdoor Kindergarten program includes children ages 3 - 5 years of age and runs all day, five days a week. Our campus spans the entire 270 acres of Camp Tawingo with full access to all its facilities. Students enjoy swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing on the beautiful shores of Lake Vernon, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing on the extensive trails as well as getting the full benefit from the sports fields and recreational courts.
The class sizes are deliberately small so that our teachers can foster the unique strengths of every single student. There are frequent activities throughout the year where the entire school participates, giving our students a true appreciation for being part of a team. All of our students, from every grade, spend time playing, working and reading together, creating natural leadership opportunities.
Outdoor Kindergarten (or Forest Kindergarten) has been in practice in Europe since the 1950's and has been steadily growing in popularity in North America. The philosophy at the core of Outdoor Kindergarten is the belief that children are happiest, healthiest, and most open to learning opportunities when they are outside interacting with nature. Children in this program spend most of every day outside! All of our students in ALL grades spend a great deal of time outside.
Our 10,000 square foot academic building, Laughton Hall, provides a warm and welcoming venue for formal academic and innovative learning. Each classroom is spacious, suffused with natural light and equipped with modern classroom facilities. The spectacular setting creates an environment of calm where learning happens naturally. Our students are held to a high academic standard in an environment where they thrive. The teachers know the students extremely well and have a precise understanding of how to deliver curriculum effectively and how much they can expect from each student. Students are expected to strive to be their best selves each and every day.
Personal devices (cell phones, iPods, etc.) are not permitted at school so our students can spend their days fully engaged in lessons while establishing strong personal relationships with the people who make up their school community - other students, teachers, support staff, and parents.
The Tawingo College faculty are certified teachers who are commitment to teaching the whole child and utilizing the wide range of both traditional and non-traditional educational resources which Tawingo College has to offer. Our teachers bring to Tawingo College so much more than qualifications. They enthusiastically share, with patience and respect, their passion for the outdoors, the arts, academic curiosity, languages, and athletics. Our teachers love teaching, cherishe children, and whole-heartedly embrace our philosophy - to educate children for life.
Welcome to Tawingo College