Education Connections

One of the wonderful parts of working at an alternative school is the connections that you make with other like-minded programs. We are so grateful to have developed relationships with universities and schools that celebrate TIDE Academy’s vision and mission.  We are very excited to be collaborating with Arizona State University, THINK Global School and Niagara College.

Arizona State University

One of those education connections is with Arizona State University.  The Global Intensive Experience program is offered to undergraduate teacher assistants pursuing careers in health care and education. This Global Intensive Experience focuses on students who are interested in sharing their knowledge in STEM subjects. They will be doing this through a mentored teaching experience at TIDE Academy.Students from Arizona State University hope to gain insight into how scientific concepts are viewed from different cultures from their own.  We look forward to hosting and collaborating with ASU students in March 2019.

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It can be integrated and includes a wide variety of subjects. The interdisciplinary approach brings in everyday concepts of the students’ lives into an active learning environment.  

THINK Global School

THINK Global School is a traveling high school where students learn and visit 4 countries in a year. Their philosophy is to make unforgettable connections between their education and the world around them, making Global Studies truly global. Students truly have no borders and connect their education to the environment they are in. THINK Global is for students who never stop asking questions, strive for learning in diverse environments. Like TIDE, students have a small teacher to student ratio and understand that school is a part of the students broader lived curriculum.

Students will be visiting TIDE Academy on the 14th and 15th of February after their time surfing in Nosara. They will be working with the Surf Academy using video analysis of the students. They will use this to provide feedback for Surf Academy students and our surfers will do the same. Students will be able to talk surfing, build some new skills, create friendships and learn more about the THINK Global program.

While here students will be attending in the CGS surf competition on February 16thwhich is run by Chelsea. Mark it in your calendar to come out and meet these dynamic students and share in the surf competition. Check out the website for more info:

Niagara College

Starting in 2020 Niagara College will be working with TIDE Academy to partner for teachers’ internships. Students attending the college will be practicing their internships here at TIDE Academy. This offers TIDE Academy foreign educators who bring with them new teaching practices and materials. Our lead teachers will be able to collaborate with other professionals and allows them to give more 1-1 attention to the students in their class. Niagara College toured multiple schools last year and we are pleased that they have chosen to collaborate with TIDE Academy in their upcoming program.


The Library

The Library


We have a library!  Mike (one of the seniors) and I have become a bit invested in the school library. Thankfully, our online library system Booksource has helped us organize and categorize all the new books. It has been a shared project among the upper years students and we are excited to improve it in the upcoming months.


It really has been a community effort with the Library. Mike and ZJ have uploaded all the new books into the library system. ZJ has rapidly divided our fiction and non-fiction books as well as our Spanish books. A variety of students have helped to label all the new books and Zoe has organized and divided all the early years leveled reading books. We now have all our middle years and elementary grade books color coded and separated from our upper years books.   


With our leveled reading books categorized, students are now able to find books that more efficiently suit their level. We have also began signing out books for students. It has been wonderful  to see the students exploring the different books in the library and using the space around the library to read.


It has also been excited to see the ownership of the library slowly evolve. Jacob has been busy going through all the teacher resource books and stacking shelves and Eloise is working on adding an artistic touch to the area.  

What can you expect next?

  •      New book shelves
  •      Reading level assessments
  •      1-1 reading with long-term students
  •      Guided reading groups grades 1-6
  •      Community Internship students reading to the younger grades.

How can you help?

We are always looking to add to our collection of books. Current areas we would like to see the library grow in are our non-fiction early years books and early year Spanish books. If you have any of these extra books around, please stop in and deliver them to the school office.

A special thank you to Mike, who has been a tremendous help with the some of the tedious tasks that can come with making a library.


A Small Insight on Sam

One of the seniors at Tide Academy is Sam. Sam joined TIDE last year from Sacramento California. As Sam’s 12th grade History teacher I am always excited to hear his perspectives and personal outlook on life. Sam is analytical, enjoys critical thinking and open in sharing his opinions on almost anything. I sat down with Sam this week to talk about what he’s learned in high school and his plans for the future.

1. What are some of the most important things that you have learned about yourself while in high school?
Not a lot of matters. In the big picture, not a whole lot of things you learn in class will be applicable for your life. But, I learned people. How people act, how people interact and how people function within a structure. I’ve learned to be able to read people and it has helped me better understand who I connect with and how to interact with people.

Connecting with people comes quite easy for Sam. He enjoys chatting with people, hanging out with his friends, and of course, chilling out.

2.Describe a skill, principle or concept learned in a class that you will use in your future career?
Humor. Adam is a funny dude and having a humorous outlook on life will better prepare you to face some of that obstacles that life will inevitably and continually throw at you.

Sam is always willing to try new things, help out around the school with laboring odd jobs and help in the pre-school. Although Sam does not know what life will look like in the distant future, he wants to travel, relax and see what opportunities open to him. Oh, and he wants to be a stuntman because he thinks he’d be awesome at it.

Sam is currently working on attaining his TEFL certificate, so he can us it to travel and possible work in Asia this upcoming year. It has been great to see Sam become a school leader and use his time in our Community Internship class to further his career development in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Machete License?

One of the electives currently offered at TIDE Academy is an Ecology/Gardening/ Scouts class. I know, that’s a lot of slashes, right? This is due the nature of the course. As the students interests and wonders have developed so has the direction of the elective. Although the same outcomes are achieved, in this popular elective, the road to reaching the outcomes has adapted along the way.  Their current mission is creating a jungle trial to explore the local ecosystem.

Speaking of slashes, how does someone get a machete license? Interest in using a machete is a natural desire for some students and let’s be honest, it’s cool! One of the earlier classes of the year involved opening the abundance of coconuts that were taken off the school’s coconut trees. This… required a machete.

Another goal of the class has been making a jungle trail through the trees to the estuary. The project will provide a walking path and sitting area, so students can explore and work outside. This will also create space for students to identify plants, animals and become more familiar with their local ecosystem. Making a trial in the jungle isn’t an easy task and like opening a coconut, requires a machete. Usually, this is a job reserved for one of our veteran teachers and ecological enthusiast, Moses.

Moses is the coordinator of the course and is always willing to explore students’ interests and personalize their learning. When one of the 4thgrade students, Sam, and one of the 8th graders, ZJ told Moses about their interest to use a machete, Moses was quick to encourage their parents to support their learning interest. Long story short, after many overseen hours they excitedly received parental approval and their machete license.

Personally, it has been great to see how Sam and ZJ have gained a skill that many others would fear. Parents, teachers and students work together to help students gain skills they are enthused about.  We are looking forward to sharing the walking path with parents once it is complete.