The Quintilian Way: A History


Quintilian School opened its doors in 2001 to individuals with learning and social differences such as ADHD, ADD, LD, NLD, ASD and Anxiety Disorders.

Quintilian School has slowly expanded since its inception to over 40 students and now accepts students from Grade 2 through to high school. Quintilian School specializes in providing social and learning opportunities for youth in a supportive, therapeutic and welcoming environment.

Quintilian School expanded their programming in 2008 beyond the classroom to support the families of the school as well as the community at large. The goal of Quintilian School's extracurricular programming was to teach skills, build confidence and improve self-esteem in a fun way by offering:

1. Summer Day Camp,
2. A weekly Social Club during the school year

These programs were well received and attended but in order to run these programs at the level of support required by our clients, they began to cost more than Quintilian School was able to charge in fees. After six years, Quintilian School discontinued their summer camp due to the financial stress it had placed on the operation of the school. Quintilian School does not receive regular financial support since there is no funding for education outside the public school system.

There is funding available for our clients for social, arts and athletic programming for school age students and beyond.

Most funding requires a not for profit or charity designation to access. In February 2016, The Quintilian Way was incorporated as a Not-For-Profit organization to begin to redevelop and expand programming outside the school setting.

The goal of The Quintilian Way is to run extracurricular programming for youth and programming for adults using the same philosophies and core values that Quintilian School has developed over the last 15 years. Benefits of this strategy:

1. As a Not-For-Profit organization, The Quintilian Way can continue to operate and develop programs for its clients while working towards obtaining registration as a charity.

2. The Quintilian Way can apply for grants and funding that Quintilian School does not have access to.

3. Quintilian School and The Quintilian Way have been formed to support our students and alumni, and will continue to do so.

4. Quintilian School and The Quintilian Way will also work together to support and enhance the activities of each other.

5. By separating the summer camp and social club from Quintilian School, the financial drain of running the programs which are an important part of our community will be minimized.

6. Quintilian School and The Quintilian Way will have the opportunity to continue to develop without the burden of maintaining the other entity.

Utilizing the benefits of being a Not-For-Profit organization (and soon a Charity), The Quintilian Way has established five initiatives to guide its initial operations:

1. Establish a fundraising committee Begin fundraising efforts (March 2016)
 a. Fundscrip has raised approx. $1700
 b. Bottle Drive has raised approx. $600

2. Camp Pilot Project:
 a. Ran 3 weeks of summer day camp to establish The Quintilian Way
 b. Success of camp means The Quintilian Way will have a successful pilot project to enclose in grant applications.

3. Social Club to Quintilian Way
 a. Social Club began on 22 September
 b. Will require additional fundraising to run block 2

4. Transition Not For Profit status to Charity Status
 a. In process
 b. Conservative estimate of December 2018

5. Development of post-secondary life skills programming
 a. Will not begin until Charity status is achieved.