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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School | 2017 18 | At independent schools, peer support refers to ways students help each other. This help could be for practical, social, emotional, or academic reasons. It's mutually benefi cial – older students get a chance to build leadership skills and fulfi ll community obligations, for example, while younger students get a role model to look up to. Peer support is also an important way schools build a strong community. Peer tutoring Many schools have peer tutoring systems, in which upper school students can fulfi ll community outreach obligations, while lower school students benefi t from the academic help. Peer tutors typically help kids with reading or homework. "I received an e-mail from a parent," says Eileen Daunt, Head of School at Bayview Glen Independent School in Toronto, which offers pre-kindergarten through grade 12. "An upper school student had worked with her child. And it just turned his life upside down. The teacher was working alongside the peer tutor, to talk about where the gaps needed to be fi lled in. It was really great." STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS: PAR FOR THE COURSE AT PRIVATE SCHOOLS YOU'VE GOT A friend Bayview Glen Independent School Progressive Academy

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