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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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"A lot of (boarding) alums will tell you. I'm used to sitting down at night after dinner. I've had to learn how to manage my time'." – HEADMASTER MICHAEL WOLFE, STANSTEAD COLLEGE Shawnigan Lake School SCHOOLS WITH BOARDING AND DAY PROGRAMS Some boarding schools have day programs because of the historical evolution of their school, and many have them to provide another option to the local community. Sometimes, students start attending a school's day program and later switch to boarding. Schools may have options such as five-day boarding, so that students can go home on the weekends. And many schools have programs that let day students try boarding – for a week when their parents have to be away, for example. Schools work to maintain a whole community, regardless of which program a student attends. They do this through special co-curricular activities, social functions and trips. Some boarding schools have a house system. The student body is divided into houses which include day and boarding kids from all grades. Kids are loyal to their house and participate in friendly competitions with other houses for overall points, etc. There may be family-style meals taken together during the day, in which kids from various grades sit at large tables with their designated, multi-year study group and advisory teacher. Schools also ensure there are regular gatherings of the entire school community. Benefits for a boarding school's day students • even when day students outnumber boarding students, the culture of boarding benefits them all: a family-like atmosphere, community cohesiveness, etc. • opportunities to have friendships with the international students who attend boarding schools • access to the vast co- curricular options typically available DAY SCHOOL Choosing a private day school with your child depends on the schools available where you live, his or her maturity level – and of course, financial considerations. Benefits of day school • far less cost • parents close by in case of emergency • more time spent between parents and child(ren) • option of more extensive, regular parental involve- ment in the school • student maintains a connection to their local community • easier to maintain friendships from earlier years; parents get to know each other • as with boarding schools, teachers and parents all working toward the same goal and who share positive school values For more information, please contact our Admissions Office at 416-646-5275 or visit us: y o r k s c h o o l . c o m REAL LIFE IS CO-ED Every day at The York School, our JK to Grade 12 students connect with each other and the wider world, while embracing differences and finding common ground. "We believe that long-term social and emotional success begins with a co-ed experience. Girls and boys do not have competing learning needs – there are no pink and blue brains," says Conor Jones, Head of School. Leading educational research illustrates that every student is an individual learner with varied interests, talents and identity markers. The York School's commitment to co-education does away with gendered stereotypes and instead focuses on what the school believes to be true: that the best learning happens in extraordinary academic environments full of diverse beliefs, pursuits and backgrounds, and guided by excellent teachers. Co-education reflects an increasingly open and interconnected world that requires strength of character and citizenship. In conjunction with the International Baccalaureate programme from JK to Grade 12, our students are enthusiastically accepted for who they are and prepared to take on the world. A er all, real life is co-ed. The York School

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