“As part of the Rise & Shine Program with Glarea, we want to focus on youth development, inclusion, and strong mentorship opportunities,” DeMerit said in an event advisory. “It’s incorporating all the lessons from the sport into the overall philosophy of the school; making it more fulfilling for children as they learn in this reimagined environment.”
One “stream” of the Glarea curriculum is built around “creating a balance of elite soccer training on the field and all-encompassing life-skills training, with a strong emphasis on leadership.”
To start, the school will welcome students from Kindergarten to Grade 5, as part of plans to grow the number of grade levels annually from there, up to Grade 12.
“Glarea utilizes Challenge Based Learning within an all-inclusive Arts and Sports environment,” according to school administrators. “The K to 4 Sport Stream focuses on physical literacy, basics of movement, and the opportunity for children to experience multiple athletic programs.”
Other Glarea streams include ice hockey, skating, aquatics, volleyball, martial arts, music, dance and art.