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Peer support within a teacher advisory system University preparation (or 'prep') schools typically have a system in which students from different grades are grouped together and assigned a teacher advisor. The teacher meets with that same group of students every day throughout the upper (high school) grades. Grade 12 (senior) students in the group help usher in the new students, letting them know what upper school is like, and even helping with feedback during course selection time. Influencing each other through a common goal "A hundred per cent of our kids go to university, says Peter Sturrup, Headmaster of Pickering College in Pickering, Ont. "That's kind of a given all the way through. And so there is that peer encouragement. There are no kids saying 'I'm not going to university'. There's natural, organic support because that's what our focus is." If you or your child have read the Harry Potter books, remember Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff? Some private schools divide the student body into 'houses'. These divisions go vertically through the school, which means there are students from all levels in a house, whether you're grade three or 12. Houses play sports and otherwise compete against each other in a friendly way, such as through academics – or even running recycling programs. The goals are building school spirit and and a sense of community. "If you play in our badminton team, for example, you are scoring house points," says Billy Gilliland, Principal of Edison School in Okotoks, Alta. "We have, two or three times a year, a house event, an afternoon. The grade eight students are taking some of the younger kids around to different stations in the school. All community fun events." Because the houses are a way to divide a larger student body into smaller groups, kids get to know each other's names within a few months, and look out for each other. "If one of the little guys is wandering around," says Gilliland, "I would expect one of our students to say 'Are you okay? Where are you headed?' " Helping out incoming students Some private schools assign a current student as a buddy to an incoming pupil so they can come in and get to know the class even before the first day he or she attends the school. For younger kids, playdates might be arranged in the summer months by the school and parents of current and new students, making the September transition easier. King's-Edgehill School c r e s c e n t s c h o o l . o r g For more information, please contact our Enrolment and Financial Aid Office at 416-449-2556 ext. 228 or visit Crescent is a unique place for your son to learn, grow and thrive. Now in our second century, we remain one of the top independent schools for boys in Canada, built on a solid foundation of brotherhood and an unwavering focus on character. Our mission, Men of Character from Boys of Promise, recognizes that boys with curious minds and open hearts have the capacity to learn, lead and leave a legacy. Each day, your son will be immersed in an enriched learning environment. His growth will be fostered through relationships with teachers and mentors who are experts in boys' growth and development. We take great pride in our supportive network of alumni and parents; and we are dedicated to ensuring Crescent reflects Toronto's rich cultural diversity. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus and to our community. MEN OF CHARACTER FROM BOYS OF PROMISE We strive to make Crescent School accessible to all Boys of Promise. Please ask us about financial aid. Crescent School

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