Sitting in class isn’t for everyone. If you’re an unconventional thinker looking for an unconventional school experience, Oasis Skateboard Factory might be for you.
At OSF, Students earn high school credits by operating a socially responsible entrepreneurial business where they learn to build skateboards, design original graphics, work with local artists, market and display their own work and receive honorarium at the same time.
The best way to learn how to run a business isn’t by sitting in a classroom… it’s by actually running a business. At OSF, our students learn by doing alongside teachers, artists, mentors, and other collaborators.
Everything our students work on is displayed, published, and sold to give them real world experience.
English & Media
English credits at OSF are earned by writing for ‘zines and skateboard mags. We teach about the history of skateboarding and teen subcultures to instill the idea that young people can change the world.
Our advanced business program teaches students everything they need to know about building a brand. With mentorship from Anomaly, students learn about branding, copywriting, and merchandising and get the chance to create their own pop-up shops.
Art & Design
Every student has the opportunity to become a professional designer and produce pro-level products. It all begins with getting comfortable with the design process: client briefs, iterations, feedback, and production – all while learning about art fundamentals.
OSF students have access to work co-op placements through community partners. They can be provided a bridge from school into dual credit college courses. We also connect students to apprenticeship programs in all trades.
Indigenous Skate Studies
OSF is invested in decolonizing education by tracing the roots of skateboarding back to surfing, an Indigenous technology. We work with Indigenous elders, artists and entrepreneurs on projects that deepen our understanding of Indigenous cultures and ways of learning outside of a traditional classroom setting.
By creating custom decks for clients and selling branded merch at pop-ups, OSF students can earn money while they earn high school credits.
Oasis Skateboard Factory is an alternative high school program of the Toronto District School Board
We acknowledge we are hosted on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wendat. We also recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit peoples.