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Challenges – at first Student achievement increases. It seems paradoxical because expectations are higher, there is a greater workload. 'Student for a day' is popular. I ask, 'did anything surprise you?' Almost always, it's how focussed the kids are in class. People don't come to parent-teacher interviews and get surprised. My honour roll is not based on achievement, it is based on effort. I would much rather have someone who's busting a gut to get 75 on the honour roll than someone who's cruising and got a 92. Who do I want to hire? Joe Seagram King's-Edgehill School The expectation and homework. My daughter came through public school. The expectation in subjects was the same. The difference might be that we follow up. If somebody doesn't get something, we won't just move on. We review 'til they understand, with things like 'power hour' for math. Billy Gilliland Principal, Edison School Okotoks, AB We require a great deal of independence, so accepting that and being able to manage it. Project-based learning takes a lot of initiative. The teacher cannot always be telling them 'this is how you're going to do it, when you're going to do it'. C-Anne Robertson Progressive Academy Some hit the ground running and never look back. But a fair few have difficulty with the lack of free time, because they're always expected to be somewhere. But I've lost count of how many kids talk about that at the end. 'I'm so glad I just hung in there for that first month'. David Robertson Shawnigan Lake School You might think there might be a challenge socially. But all the schools I know put so much resources into making sure there's a seamless transition. The first week of class is a trip of some sort; the teachers know who's new and pair them up with good mentors. They're putting the parents in touch, so they have playdates right away. Tim Peters, The Priory School Advice for helping adjust Come and have a look. You'll see by the expressions on their faces, the way they interact, that they're happy and fulfilled. Don't be deterred by the cost. Independent schools are working hard to make sure we stay accessible. We have students from modest backgrounds. It's good for all; they learn real friendship has nothing to do with material goods. It's lovely when you see a kid whose Dad works on the grounds, for example, taking home a kid that you know lives in a mansion. But they're spending the weekend with their friend, their roommate. David Robertson Shawnigan Lake School The Priory School Bilingual, enriched primary school (French, English) Académie Marie-Claire BUILDING LEADERS 1 8 1 9 0 , E l k a s b l v d , K i r k l a n d H 9 J 3 Y 4 Enroll Today! Information available regarding pre-school and kindergarten | 514-697-9995 | AMC_8.25x5.375.indd 1 7/27/17 7:12 PM

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