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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School | 2017 8 | day schools This is the traditional model of schooling: students attend from morning until mid-afternoon, returning home at the end of each day and staying home on the weekends. Parents take a larger role in helping kids develop good school habits, such as studying for upcoming tests and completing homework thoroughly – especially with younger students. boarding schools At a boarding school, students live at school during the week within the school year calendar. At some schools – and depending how far away students' family homes are from school – they may live at school on weekends, too. Students typically go home for breaks, such as the Christmas/ New Year break, the spring break, Thanksgiving, Easter, and summer. Boarding school can start in middle school (grades six through eight) or in upper school (grades nine through 12). Schools are highly structured, with set times for classes, study, co-curricular and free times –as well as curfews. Supervision and support are provided by staff such as peer counsellors, residential dons and academic staff. Boarding school students are deeply involved in academics and extracurricular activities. This is a highly personal choice for a child and his or her family. Some kids thrive at boarding school, while others are much better suited for day school. co-educational school Often referred to as 'co-ed', this is a school in which the student body is made up of boys and girls attending classes together. It mirrors the real world, where boys and girls, men and women interact and work together all the time. Some believe that going to school together helps girls and boys benefit in several ways, such as from the other gender's learning style and in promoting cooperation. single gender school In single gender schools, the student body is all boys or all girls. Some believe that boys and girls experience less peer pressure, focus better on learning and operate differently in school without the distraction of the opposite sex. Some studies point to better grades and a higher rate of admission to four-year university programs. Single gender schools may help break down gender stereotypes – leading to more girls taking maths and sciences, for example. religious schools Schools based on the major world religions can be found in this country, depending on where you live: Bahá'í Faith, Christian (specific denominations or non- denominational), Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh. Faith- based schools offer religious instruction, as well as full academic curricula that meet or exceed required standards mandated by provincial and territorial governments. The faith's general worldview is reflected in teaching and is part of the life of the school. Parents should learn about a school's curriculum to ensure that, while it gives students a deeper knowledge of their faith, it also promotes respect for other faiths and worldviews – important for interacting in Canada's pluralistic, tolerant society. university preparatory Also known as a 'prep school'. Prep schools focus on preparing students for university and getting them into the programs they want. Academic studies are intense, but there are also extra help and other supports in place. Some courses offered later in high school are considered university-level, and can be applied as university credits. Some schools offer international curricula, such as IB (International Baccalaureate), AP (Advanced Placement), Cambridge or Round Square. Schools tend to have very high rates of university acceptance. Costs such as tuition are significant, but facilities and resources are usually outstanding, as well as included co-curricular activities. Montessori A student-centred, individualized educational approach. The method is named after Dr. Maria Montessori, who founded it in the early 1900s. Montessori became more popular in North America in the 1960s. It is based on Dr. Montessori's observations of young children IT'S YOUR choice PRIVATE SCHOOLS PROVIDE MANY OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS There is no such thing as a homogenous 'private school system'; the private/independent school world is defined by choice. There are many types of schools in many configurations. Some schools offer kindergarten through grade 12. Some are preschool or elementary only, or start at middle school grades. Still other schools are high school only. Pickering College

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