The Knowledge Society

Foundations

Ages 11 - 13 | Toronto

Children are developing fundamentally between the ages of 11 to 13 years old. These years shape their attitudes, mindset and personality as they enter their teenage years. The TKS Foundations program has been designed to allow students to develop across a number of key areas.

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Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

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In Foundations, we focus on:

  • Developing internal and external confidence.
  • Predicting the future and thinking about how the world is evolving.
  • Providing exposure to global issues, perspectives, and innovations.
  • Building problem solving skills, communication skills, and independence.
  • Building a sense of belonging to a strong community of students in TKS.
  • Practicing gratitude, mindfulness and an increased level of thoughtfulness

Ideal students for Foundations are curious about learning, enjoy working with others and constantly crave mental stimulation. They enjoy learning about technologies and solving problems.

In Foundations, there is no typical session. Each week has a different theme that connects to a topic, skill, and mindset. Sessions are highly interactive, collaborative, and engaging. Students are given problems that don't have solutions and are constantly pushed to think creatively.

Having a growth mindset is critical for success. In Foundations, we encourage learning from failures, independence and curiosity. We work with students to build mental models that they can practice when making difficult decisions.

Throughout the year, students will work in teams to practice solving complex problems. The focus here is on the process over the outcome and to build their grit, tenacity, and ability to work through challenging situations. Through repeated application of a problem solving framework, the goal is for students to become better at navigating challenges in all areas of life.

Guest speakers are also brought in from various industries to provide students with a breadth of real-world exposure.

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Confidence

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Emotional Intelligence

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Teamwork

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Research

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Communication

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Time Management

Program Duration

TKS is a 10 month program, which runs from September 2020 to June 2021.

Session Timing

Our sessions are held on the weekend. After a student is accepted into TKS, they will be placed into a cohort, which is when they'll know the timing of their 3 hour session. If there is a conflict with the time, there will be other options to select from.

Cohort Details

There are 3 cohorts in TKS Foundations. Each cohort has between 25-30 students. Students who are accepted will be placed into a cohort based on their personalities, interests, and other factors that optimize friendships and synergies.

Age

To participate in Foundations, students must be between 11 - 13 years old.

Application Process

Before being accepted into TKS, students must apply. If their application is accepted, they will be interviewed by the program director. There is no prior knowledge of technologies, coding, or science required to join TKS. We look for students with drive, curiosity, and commitment.

Nadim Nasser
Nadim has spent 7+ years in the education and development sectors across East Africa, Central Asia and India. As part of the founding team of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Nadim was responsible in working with the Founding Dean of Arts & Sciences with Student Recruitment, Curriculum Development and Academic Operations for the first three campuses launched in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan valued at over $200M USD. Nadim has led camps and youth development programs for kids 9 - 18 years for over a decade.

TKS Foundations is hosted at Watershed Toronto.

📍65 Queen St West, Toronto, ON

Option 1: Monthly Fees

$445/Month (10 Months) + $1,000 Deposit

Option 2: One-Time Payment

$4,950 ($500 discount)

🟢 Finanicial Aid

After a student is accepted into the program, our financial services team will work with them to provide assistance. We are committed to helping high-potential students join the program, regardless of their financial situation. If you are worried about the cost, please still apply to TKS. If you get accepted you can work with our team to receive financial aid.

Application Deadline

April 30, 2020

Cohorts Finalized

July 1, 2020

Program Kick-Off

September 13, 2020

Final Session

June 6, 2020

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"I honestly don't know where I would be right now without The Knowledge Society. TKS has helped me reach my full potential, and I'm solving problems with emerging technologies that I never knew I was capable of solving. TKS has given me opportunities at places like Harvard, MIT, and GSV Labs that no other high schoolers get to go to."

 - Mikey Taylor

"TKS has changed my life. They've changed the way I see the world, the way I react to it, and the way I move forward. Joining TKS may have been the best choice I ever made."

- Amelia Settembre

"In one word: PHENOMENAL. I've gotten to meet so many new and likeminded people from all walks of life - I can't articulate how much that means to me, growing up feeling like an outcast in school because no one liked the same things as me. I've developed different skills in ways I've never thought about developing them. Everything from presentations to just talking with other people (and those two go more hand-in-hand than I thought!). Learning about new tech makes me SO happy and grateful. I get to learn about all of this amazing tech and be able to implement in a way that's going to impact billions!"

- Apurva Joshi

"I've really enjoyed diving deep into topics that I've never really learned about before. The way that I perceive the world around me is changing, and my ability to confidently make decisions is improving."

- Mukundh Murthy

"It's been great, not only did I develop a deeper understanding on a few emerging technologies, I also developed other critical skills including writing, communication, confidence."

-  Alice Liu

"I absolutely love it so much. It has completely changed my life already. My perspectives have changed, as well as my goals, my future, and everything I ever hoped for I feel like I can achieve now."

- Alyssa Gould

By September, we believe there is a high probability that the physical isolation measures will loosen. However, in case it doesn't, we have contingency measures. We’re committed to being the gold-standard of education (there’s a reason why the World Economic Forum recognized us as a “School of the Future”).
From the beginning, we’ve made large investments in our digital platforms and online infrastructure. This means that we’re 100% prepared for any situation to happen, and if physical distancing continues, we believe that we’ll still be able to deliver an incredible experience. Here’s some of the things we have in place:

  • We’ve developed our own online portal (think of it like LinkedIn meets Google Classroom). Students from all TKS cities can connect with each other here, while also learning about emerging technologies.
  • We use a communication tool called Slack, which allows students to interact throughout the week.
  • We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform that enables us to create monitored breakout rooms, as well as interactive features like whiteboards and polls.
  • We’re hosting special guest speakers from companies like Tesla and NASA, digitally.

We are fully confident that we will deliver a life-changing experience that will impact the trajectory of our student’s lives. There is much more to TKS than the once/week sessions.

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"I have loved being a part of TKS!!! Since I started, I have both grown as a person by completely changing my mindset, grown in my knowledge by being given access to new resources and inspired/motivated to learn more, and grown in socially as a part of the TKS community!!!"

- Faith Inello, TKS Boston