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Centennial Academy
Centennial Academy
3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6
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Centennial Academy
 

Centennial Academy

3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
7 to 11 (Coed)
Tuition:
$18,265 to $18,360 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 200 (Gr. 7 - 11)

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Contact Name:
Elyse MacFadden-Murphy

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School Address
3641, avenue Prud'homme, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6

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About this school:
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Centennial Academy empowers students with challenges of learning to become autonomous, resilient, life-long learners. We don't believe in a "one-size-fits-all approach". We shape our school environment to meet our students' needs. We provide our students with different pathways to learning, which maximizes their chances of success. Over 95% of our students graduate after five years and move on to CEGEP and university.


The Our Kids review of Centennial Academy

our takeWhile there is no formal link, Centennial is very much in the tradition of the Gow School in New York State. Founded in the 1920s, Gow pioneered a concept that, thankfully, is more common today than it was all those years ago: that not all learners are created equally, and that intelligence and an ability to succeed in school are two very different things. That understanding alone accounts for much of the value that Centennial can offer. The typical student arrives after struggling within a traditional academic setting. Most often, that struggle is a result of linguistic disruption—dyslexia, dysgraphia—or executive functioning issues, as common in children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorders. For them, the approach taken at the school can feel like a breath of fresh air. Instruction is empathetic, using strategies appropriate to the students' unique needs. An environment in which students find themselves as part of a majority, rather than an academic or social minority, can also create unique opportunities for the development of a positive self concept than might previously been available to them.



Principal's Message

principal

Angela Burgos, Head of School

For over 40 years, Centennial has been true to its mission to help students with learning challenges become autonomous and resilient learners.  Too many schools are designed to fit the so-called "average" student. At Centennial, it's quite the opposite.  Everything we do, from the way our school is structured to the way our classes are taught, is designed to remove unnecessary obstacles that get in the way of learning. We make learning both meaningful and accessible.  Our results speak for themselves: 90% of our students are diagnosed with learning challenges, yet, with our help, over 90% of our students graduate on time and move on to cegep and university.

 


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Centennial Academy says: We are early adopters of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a scientifically-driven educational framework that addresses the main barrier to learning: an inflexible, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. UDL reaches all types of learners, by providing multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. We deliver the mainstream Quebec curriculum through the Universal Design for Learning framework and based on the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Included in the school day is a 45 minute period to complete homework under the supervision of teachers and learning professionals. We create optimal learning conditions for all types of learners while coaching our students to develop effective learning behaviours that help them become autonomous and resilient learners for life.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Centennial Academy 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 Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • 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 Centennial Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Centennial Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Centennial Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


    Computers and Technology
    • What Centennial Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Centennial Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Centennial Academy 's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Religious Curriculum (percentage)

      We have no compulsory religion courses
      Up to 25% of our courses are religious courses
      More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Descriptive
      Interpretive
    • What Centennial Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    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 Centennial Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Centennial Academy says: We help students with learning challenges become autonomous, resilient, life-long learners. Since we know that every child learns differently, we provide our students with many different pathways to learning, which maximizes their chances of success. Centennial is the only high school in the province that helps students with learning disabilities master their learning challenges and graduate on time.


    Developmental Priorities Emotional, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

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

    What Centennial Academy says: Our goal is to help our students develop effective learning behaviours so they become autonomous and resilient learners.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Centennial Academy 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 Centennial Academy says: Centennial welcomes students with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and autism spectrum disorders. No student should be expected to fit into a mould. We shape our school to fit our students. We are early adopters of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a scientifically-driven educational framework that addresses the main barrier to learning: an inflexible, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. UDL reaches all types of learners, by providing multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. We aim to be academically and socially inclusive and strive to make learning both accessible and meaningful. By following the principles of UDL, we can actively cause learning.

    • 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
    • Summary: We are firm believers in the Universal Design for Learning, a completely inclusive approach that meets the learning needs of the greatest number, and diversity, of students. UDL ensures that all types of learners can learn, by providing multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. At Centennial, all students are subject to the rigorous Quebec curriculum without differentiation, reducing requirements or competencies. Our curriculum is planned and delivered in a routine and predictable manner by our highly-qualified teachers making it accessible to all learners. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists works with students outside the classroom to develop and acquire successful learning and social skills required to become lifelong learners.

    • What Centennial Academy says: Centennial welcomes students with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and autism spectrum disorders. No student should be expected to fit into a mould. We shape our school to fit our students. We are early adopters of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a scientifically-driven educational framework that addresses the main barrier to learning: an inflexible, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching. UDL reaches all types of learners, by providing multiple means of representation, expression and engagement. We aim to be academically and socially inclusive and strive to make learning both accessible and meaningful. By following the principles of UDL, we can actively cause learning.


    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Centennial Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 11
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 11
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 11
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 11
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 11


    Extracurriculars

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    What Centennial Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Robotics club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 200
    Average enrollment per grade40
    Gender (grades)7 to 11 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Centennial Academy says:

    Please contact the school to set up an appointment with our Head of School.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Centennial Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 (95%)0 (95%)0 (95%)0 (95%)0 (95%)

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Grade 10 Testimonial

    “From day one, I felt the learning environment change, the smaller classes and more attentive teachers. To me, I find it wasn’t the work that became easier, but the way I was taught it became easier to understand the material. For example, math, Mr. Elbling has become one of my favorite teachers because of his way of teaching is much more comprehensible, and because of that I managed to increase my grades by just over 20%, from a 70% average to a 91% average. Mr. Elbling isn’t the only teacher who has helped me out, and I have been seeing improvements in all my grades.”

    Jesse Castelli - Grade 10

     

    ...



    Student Success Story

    At the age of 2 my son was speaking in full sentences in both English and French. Of course I thought he was gifted. I always knew he was special, different to the other children his age. Once he started grade school things changed rapidly, he struggled and by grade 2 he was unable to keep up with his classmates.

    I was told that he would need to be assessed as the school thought he had learning disabilities and likely ADD. They also mentioned that I would most likely have to find a better suited school for him. I had already been a single mother for a few years. The fact that my son needed to be in a school where they could accommodate his needs, such as a small private school, was unthinkable at the time.

    After an assessment and recommendation from a Psychologist, my son attended a new school with small class rooms and an individualized program that would let him work at his own pace...but even after a few years, many tutors, many assessments and much accumulated debt, this was still not working for him. The Psychologist had also told me that I would never see how smart my son was through his grades...well she was wrong!

    Five years ago we found Centennial Academy...when he arrived at Centennial he could barely read or write - he was at a grade 2-3 level. He had no organizational skills and his math skills were very weak...but Centennial saw his potential and they tapped into that!

    My son received his first Math Award in grade 7 and by grade 9 he was on the honour roll. Yes, this journey has been a struggle, but now I see that every sacrifice made was worth it. Thanks to a lot hard work...my son will graduate this year with honours... It's a great story and I am glad it's mine

    Lianne Lamothe, Mother of Centennial Grade 11 Student

    ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • The Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS) Associations
    • La Federation des etablissements d'enseignement prives (FEEP) Associations


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