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Beacon of Light

   
2191 Gerrard East, Toronto, Ontario, M4E 2C6

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
1 to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$9,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 10
Enrolment:
Day: 5 (Gr. 1 - 6)

School Address
2191 Gerrard East, Toronto, Ontario, M4E 2C6

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About this school:

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Beacon of Light offers its students well-rounded academic programs and learning methodologies that give them the opportunity to grow individually and socially.

We do not know how the future will look like and yet we need to educate for it maintaining children's inner curiosity, assigning them meaningful tasks, seeing and growing their creative capacities.

We may not see the future, but our children will and our task is to help them make something of it.

(Ken Robinson)

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Principal's Message

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Mariana Oproiu, Principal, Beacon of Light Private Elementary School

As a great believer in education, I think your child needs a strong educational foundation in order to be successful in his or her future endeavors. Our school offers children like yours a strong educational foundation starting from an early age in a setting that helps develop individual learning in-put, creative capacities, and character formation.

Our creative and innovative programs offer children the individual attention and learning environment for their skills to grow in a nurturing educational setting. We have put our heart and efforts into creating the best education conditions for your child's success: small class sizes; experienced teachers with passion for teaching; an integrated curriculum cultivating discovery and exploration as children are naturally curios and inquisitive; art programs as children like to draw, dance, and sing; academic enrichment programs as some of your children are little scientists, while others little poets; sports and outdoors activities for everyone to enjoy, and keep healthy; field trips for your children to get acquainted with and learn to appreciate the diversity of today's society; contests that will make them team players and teach them leadership.

As a result, our approach to education is a complex one. We have carefully considered a balanced curriculum designed to develop creative ability and critical thinking strategies at an early age together with a wide range of skills meant to develop learning capacity. By training your child's mind to think and develop his or her creative capacities we respond to the challenges of an ever changing work force and prepare your child to make the most of increased globalization and technological advancement.

Let us give your child the tools to navigate the demands of tomorrow, today!

Sincerely,

Principal.

Mariana Oproiu B.A.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Beacon of Light says: The philosophy behind our curriculum: providing education that will equip the young with future superior management skills they will use to navigate the demands of an ever changing world. The education and work ethic students will acquire will equip them with the necessary tools to respond to and make the most of increased globalization and technological advancement. The curriculum is skill based with focus on developing creativity and problem-solving skills through thinking, analyzing, reasoning. The curriculum offers a psychological approach to child social and cognitive development through a dual stage knowledge acquisition. Stage 1, emphasizing children's exploration and discovering skills and aiming at developing self-discovery and creativity. Stage 2, cultivating problem solving skills and aiming at building capacity of developing new ideas. Both teaching methods ensure solid knowledge comprehension versus mere memorization. The programs' primary objective is superior knowledge retention and application. Great consideration is given to child personality as central factor influencing learning style. As such, learning activities have been selected to accommodate different learning styles, motivate learning, and make sense for the child.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: The traditional approach aims at developing logical and analytical thinking and is complemented by Piaget Experiential and the Socratic Inquiry methods. Students have the opportunity to self-discover knowledge that shapes our physical world. Teachers create opportunity for discovery through activities that accommodate different learning styles building confidence for problem solving ability. Students are challenged to explore and explain the world through a mathematical lens, as opposed to merely memorizing facts. In this way, students will develop critical thinking skills and solve problems using a variety of thinking strategies and taking different venues. This methodology encourages the development of a significant life skill as well: acknowledging that solutions to a problem could be multi-layered and are usually attained by looking at an issue from different angles.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading Whole Language

      Whole Language reading programs eschew sublexical (under the word-level) training, focusing instead on getting students to infer and guess at words based on their understanding of the larger meaning of the sentence (“context-clues”). Students are given ample opportunity to read actual literature (age-appropriate) along with strategies for using semantic-based clues to pronounce unrecognized words.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: The integrative method used (reading, writing, grammar, speaking/listening) allows students to build and develop their communicative skills. A careful selection of activities mirroring real-world has been created. Grammar instruction has been including beginning with Grade 1 for the purpose of clarity and depth in communication, in expressing ideas, perspectives both orally and in writing. Language activities are constantly reinforced cross-curricular (e.g., in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies curricula); in this way, students have the opportunity to develop beside language proficiency, the ability to make connections across disciplines.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Beacon of Light says: Formal testing takes place after each content cluster in logical progression (e.g., short and long vowels, consonant blends).


    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: Particularly for young grades, the writing process is viewed holistically, however individualized for each student's needs and preferences. Although terminology is not used, young students are introduced to grammatical concepts (e.g., parts of speech, tenses, sentence structure) through a wide range of activities involving the familiar environment of every day life, story telling (transition from oral to written account), events and traditions, favorite observances. Great consideration is given to understanding errors, explaining errors, peer feedback, and self correction. Students are encouraged to express their personal point of view on short texts, along with selecting main ideas from and summarizing in small paragraphs children short texts/stories/movies/theater performances. While writing is taught with due consideration to structure, it aims at developing an understanding of its process in context (e.g., writing assignment on the story Getting a Pet from own perspective.) In this way, students learn rather exploring, not maintaining strict rules.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: In Science and Technology, teachers will create opportunity for discovery through theme-based books, free play, movement, and field trips. Teachers will provide activities tailored to students’ interests and stimulate their curiosity about the natural world. Particular emphasis will be given to the environment where students will be taught deep respect for Earth’s natural resources, analysis of and critical thinking about current environmental issues.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: The integrative approach to teaching language (Speaking/Listening, Reading, Writing, and Media Literacy) will allow students to develop and practice their communicative skills; a careful selection of activities mirroring real-world will be provided. Grammar instruction will be included in the Language curriculum beginning with Grade 1 so that students will build strong communication skills, both written and oral. Grammar knowledge will allow students to express their ideas, perspectives, and points of view with clarity and depth. The components of the Language curriculum will be reinforced cross curricular (e.g., in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies curricula); in this way, the students will have the opportunity to develop concomitantly a significant life skill: making connections across disciplines.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: The Social Studies curriculum integrates historical, geographical and cross-cultural dimensions into the study of human nature. Teachers will provide activities that allow students to understand how the individual integrates in society. Students will engage in activities that are aimed at acquiring socio-moral reasoning (placing one’s self within the broad context of the world) and consequently developing perspective-taking skills. Teachers will encourage dialogue on material so that students will be able to express their opinions while discovering the advantages of listening to others’ points of view. Students will be exposed to history from a cross-cultural perspective and therefore will be able to form sensitivity to and appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and traditions. This is an important aspect of the present day education as students will be facing an increasingly diverse and challenging global community. The Social Studies curriculum develops the perspective changing life skill.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: We offer French immersion program (as per request) which allows students to develop a strong sense of the French vocabulary, grammar, and communicative aspects. The program aims to immerse students in the language through real-world, practical tasks that allow them to express their thoughts both orally and in written form. The program offers interactive tasks that focus on applying the language to real world situations. Students will also learn about French culture from a social and historical point of view.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Beacon of Light says: The focus of the Arts curriculum is the development of self expression in order to facilitate overall well being, a sense of personal satisfaction, and a positive outlook on life. In Music, students will be helped to cultivate an appreciation for various genres around the world and will also be provided singing and/or piano lessons. In Dance and Drama students will be able to express their identity through socio-dramatic activities and dance choreographies. In Visual Arts students will learn about celebrated artists throughout history and will explore their own artistic inclinations with various media (e.g. paints, pastels, collage, murals, etc).The Arts curriculum will be integrated with Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies in order to provide students with a holistic learning experience. Periodically, students will create/participate in Talent Shows where they will showcase their talents at school events for family and friends.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Beacon of Light says: Complementary to the curriculum subjects, especially Science, Mathematics, Media Literacy, we offer computer technology classes to enforce thought development, creativity, and problem solving at both theoretical and practical levels. Through the use of technology, students will become acquainted with basic design principles, programming, and robotics and will benefit from hands-on projects designed to help them understand real-life phenomena. We also offer a Robotics class as per request.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Beacon of Light says: Physical Education is an important component of the school’s approach to learning. Physical Education classes will be offered on a regular basis throughout the school year. These classes will include games/activities that aim at developing co-operative skills.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 2 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 2 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 4 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 5

    What Beacon of Light says: We follow generally the Ontario Health Education curriculum, less sex education specific issues. While we consider sex education important and necessary in a student's overall education, we do not include specific topics particularly starting at an early age. Topics such as, nutrition, hygiene of the nutritional process, human development (including gender identity), social diversity and justice (from a very general standpoint such as, understanding and acceptance of one's choices) are topics we cover. Topics such as, human development, social diversity are generally taught in the Social Studies/History sections of the curriculum. We consider ourselves neutral in our position with regards to sex education. We believe the issue rather specific to each child personality and interests in life. Even though we have assigned a great importance to child personality in designing our curriculum, we do not include the sex education as part of the overall teaching objectives.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What Beacon of Light says: We are in line with the Ontario curriculum with regards to teaching health education. We believe our students must be taught and understand the importance of leading a healthy, active life; the relevance of the overall personal health and related issues, for the general well-being including but not limited to the mental, cognitive and other aspects of the present or future society (e.g., technology advancement.) We are aware of the ethical and moral component of the sex and related issues in a student's life; however, our overall approach to education does not include this undertaking.



    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Beacon of Light says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Beacon of Light says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Beacon of Light says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Beacon of Light offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead). )

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Beacon of Light says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Beacon of Light students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 8
    Academic achievement reporting1 to 8
    Habits and behaviour reporting1 to 8
    Parent-teacher meetings1 to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 45 30
    Lunch recessAmount 15 15

    What Beacon of Light says: Generally, the recess time represents a break from a mental activity in order to prepare for the next one. For most students, morning is the best time to learn; as such, our recess does not take too much time of the overall morning schedule. As well, the most difficult subjects (e.g., language, mathematics) are taught in the first part of the day. Weather permitting, we have all recesses outside, enjoying games, fresh air, and a change of activity. We highly encourage cooperative games, regardless of age, for our students to learn to respect each other's preferences, choices, the team work (even if playing), and in this way not disrupting completely the learning process. Lunch time is also not a complete pause from learning; learning can happen even in the lunch room through activities such as, helping each other with easy tasks, learning to communicate with each other.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What Beacon of Light says: Recess has been segmented by grade and in between classes with the purpose of accommodating the following class in terms of redirecting the focus towards a different content. The daily schedule has been designed with regards to the most optimum span of focus.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Beacon of Light says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Choir
      Computer Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Robotics club

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    1
    Day$9,000
    What Beacon of Light says: Promotional Packages are available. Please contact us to discuss offered options.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 5
    Average enrollment per grade1
    Average class size8 to 10
    Gender (grades)1 to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 8
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What Beacon of Light says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student Beacon of Light is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

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