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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School - Fall 2017

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ParentsCanada Guide to Private School | 2017 10 | THE BIG move Typical reasons for switching They're looking for more. More attention, more and better chances for university entrance and scholarship, more challenge, more from themselves and from their friends. A place where teachers pay attention and care. I find we're getting more students who have been bullied. They want an emotionally safer environment, peers that are accepting. It doesn't matter whether you are First Nation, German or African Canadian, whether you're male, female, gay. It starts from the core with school culture. Where the rubber meets the road is in the dorms, the classrooms and the locker rooms, in the hallways, the student lounge. Students have to feel comfortable to be themselves, regardless of their religion, the colour of their skin, whether they're skinny or overweight. Joseph (Joe) Seagram Head of School King's-Edgehill School Windsor, NS In some cases, there's an unhappiness with a particular situation at the public school. They've heard about us from other parents. Sometimes the parent came here, and they want their children to. It's more a positive reason than negative, more of a pull than a push. They know about the small class sizes, individual attention, focus on academics, the support. Peter Sturrup Headmaster, Pickering College Pickering, ON It's hard to maintain a sense of community if you have too large a school population. Quite often it comes down to the learning style. We tend to be very experiential in our approach to education. David Eifert Headmaster, Progressive Academy Edmonton Nowadays, it's for the opportunities. Kids are voting with their feet. They can, at the press of a couple of keys, look at photos, watch videos, see the activities that are going on, and get a sense of the atmosphere. There's always a percentage that need a more formal structure, maybe held more accountable more often. David Robertson Headmaster, Shawnigan Lake School Shawnigan Lake, BC Children are known well by the staff. The onus is on teachers, administration and the whole school culture to make the child happy. Our tagline is that happy children learn best. If you have a happy child who wants to come to school, nothing is going to make a parent happier than that. Tim Peters, Headmaster The Priory School, Montreal SWITCHING FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL TO PRIVATE Virtually every private school in the country takes in new students every year who are moving there from public schools. We asked six independent school leaders to share common reasons students make the switch, what private schools offer that make it a positive decision, and the challenges they may face. More personalized care. Their child isn't being challenged or is slipping through the cracks in some way. Progressive Academy King's-Edgehill School C-ANNE ROBERTSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR , PROGRESSIVE ACADEMY

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