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Cedar Ridge High School

   
275 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2M 2G2

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Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$13,995/course
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 10
Enrolment:
Day: 75 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
275 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2M 2G2

About this school:

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At Cedar Ridge, we aren’t just preparing students for university; we are preparing them for life. We believe students should be engaged in their learning, and we also understand the importance of a strong academic record. Students generally see an increase of at least 10% in their overall academic average. Our program is 100% aligned with the Ontario curriculum. By personalizing education, students at Cedar Ridge immerse themselves in projects with a focus on communication, collaboration and creativity. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of Cedar Ridge High School

our takeCedar Ridge High School is a relatively new school, but was created to extend and build upon the success of the primary and elementary program at Kanata Mountain School over the past four decades. The program has been designed to support learners seeking university acceptance, and to be successful once they arrive there. The environment is small and close-knit, though very much a part of the larger community that includes Kanata Montessori. On enrollment students enter an environment of true peers, namely those who which to excel academically, and who thrive within a creative, cooperative, and challenging learning environment. A hallmark of the Cedar Ridge program is the intention to develop students’ facility with the core material, as well as confidence in an ability to communicate it and work effectively with others, encouraging them to take leadership roles within the school and beyond.





Principal's Message

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Michelle Skene, Principal

At Cedar Ridge, we recognize that the successful adults of tomorrow will require a much broader and deeper high school program than the previous generation and we are committed to providing engaging programs so that our students can find their place in a very different world. Cedar Ridge High School is committed to providing the skills, knowledge and experiences to our students to ensure they graduate as confident, compassionate and contributing adults.  At Cedar Ridge High School we know the world is changing, that's why we are changing education.

Cedar Ridge is a new high school in Kanata built on the great work of Kanata Montessori, a school with 40 years of experience in private education. Cedar Ridge was inspired by start –up culture. At Cedar Ridge we know we can't teach tomorrow's leaders in yesterday's classrooms. Our high school offers students the opportunity to learn in a one of a kind modern learning commons. Resembling a modern start-up space, our school environment is designed to facilitate communication, collaboration and creativity. The space allows students to easily work in large groups, small groups and independently. Our 21st Century learning space fuels innovation, teamwork and critical thinking.

On a personal note, I'm amazed by our students. I've watched students calmly and professionally develop school policies. I’ve seen shy students present in front of over 200 people. At Cedar Ridge students believe in themselves. They are challenged by their educators and their peers.  Our innovative learning environment helps them become independent thinkers and learners.

At Cedar Ridge we know the world is changing, that's why we're changing education. Come and see for yourself how we educate today's student in tomorrow's classroom. 

 


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Cedar Ridge College says: At Cedar Ridge, we never stop learning. We are committed to preparing students for the post-secondary program of their choice. Our program is 100% aligned with the Ontario curriculum and awards students an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. By providing students choice and voice, students at Cedar Ridge immerse themselves in projects and topics that are interesting and authentic. From mock elections, to engineering tasks, students at Cedar Ridge are engaged and challenged. Students develop strong academic skills as well as transferable skills like team work, problem solving and time management.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • 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
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 7.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 7 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 7 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 7 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 9 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 9 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 7

    What Cedar Ridge College says: We follow the Ontario Curriculum and promote all areas of physical health and well being.

    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 Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.



    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 Cedar Ridge College 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 Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

    What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Cedar Ridge College provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: We welcome all students and personalize learning to individual students working towards an OSSD.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • What Cedar Ridge College says: We welcome all students and personalize learning to individual students working towards an OSSD.


    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; 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 and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 Cedar Ridge College says: Personalized learning for every student.

    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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades78
    Non-lunch recessFrequency No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside
    Amount 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 0 0

    What Cedar Ridge College says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Cedar Ridge College says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Sailing
      Snowboarding
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    9101112
    Day$13,995 / course
    What Cedar Ridge College says: Grades 9-12: Full-Time($13,995) Grades 7&8: School day: 9:00am - 3:30pm ($14,500)

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students15%
    3rd child (sibling)all students30%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 75
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Average class size8 to 10
    Gender (grades)7 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    This information is not currently available.

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


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