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Crestwood School

   
411 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1N9

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
JK to 6 (Coed)
Tuition:
$17,500 to 24,900/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: 350 (Gr. JK - 6)

School Address
411 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1N9

Highlights:

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About this school:

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Located in a picturesque, wooded valley in the Bayview/Post Road area, Crestwood School provides quality education to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. At Crestwood, we practise the traditional art of teaching-challenging young minds to learn and structuring experiences that make learning possible. At the same time, we are concerned with the "whole child," striving to balance a child's physical, social and emotional development. Smaller class sizes are maintained, allowing for individual attention and the fostering of effective communication between students and teachers in a friendly, caring, nurturing environment. Crestwood strongly promotes co-operative attitudes and behaviour, and is committed to the preparation of self-confident, self-disciplined individuals who respect the feelings and rights of others. Each teacher is the key. With a well-planned program, a positive rapport with each student, a close communication between home and school, and a sense of commitment and dedication, our goals are met! — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of Crestwood School

our takeThe school was founded in 1980 with an eye to providing a strong, focused academic program for the lower grades. In the intervening decades it has very much kept with the times, including an early adoption of e-learning tools and texts, at times in partnership with national publishers. Student success is gauged through mastery of the course material, and the ideal student is one who is able to thrive within a supportive yet academically challenging environment. In 2001 the program was extended into the upper grades with the creation of the Crestwood Preparatory College.




School busing:

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Crestwood School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Toronto.

Principal's Message

principal

Dalia Eisen, Director

Parents who want their children to receive a “good education” must concern themselves with what kind of education is best for their children and how their education will directly affect their growth into adulthood. It goes without saying that children should be competent in the 3R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic) but at the same time, parents must look at long term goals for a lifetime of education.

One of the most important goals of education is to teach children how to learn. Children must be able to think critically in order to evaluate what they see, hear, and read. This is a skill which is paramount, not only to structured education, but to life in general. Another goal that must be achieved is to have children develop the necessary traits of a healthy personality. Self-assurance, self-respect, trust in others, and respect for others must be developed.

Next, we want the children to work well with others. Sharing with others, understanding the needs of others, and assuming responsibility for the well-being of others are important qualities one must have in our world today.

Finally, we want the children to work creatively in order to fully express themselves as the unique individuals they are.

I feel that when children are provided with a stimulating and nurturing environment, a positive attitude to education and to those around them results.

At Crestwood, our goal is to provide students with sound academic skills, while at the same time providing them with the framework from which they can develop the necessary lifelong skills which I feel encompass a “good education.”

Dalia Eisen


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Crestwood School says: We practise the traditional art of teaching - challenging young minds to learn and structuring experiences that make learning possible. At the same time, we are concerned with the "whole child," striving to balance a child's physical, social and emotional development. Smaller class sizes are maintained, allowing for individual attention and the fostering of effective communication between students and teachers in a friendly, caring, nurturing environment. Crestwood strongly promotes co-operative attitudes and behaviour, and is committed to the preparation of self-confident, self-disciplined individuals who respect the feelings and rights of others.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Crestwood School 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.


    Early Reading
    • What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Crestwood School says: 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 Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Crestwood School 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 Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    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 Gr. 1
    Nutrition SK Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 6 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 6 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 6 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 6 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 6 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 6 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 6 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 6 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 6 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 6 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 6 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 4 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 6 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 4

    What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Crestwood School says: Junior and Senior Kindergarten are often a child’s first introduction to “formal education.” Therefore, these years are the foundation upon which attitudes towards all subsequent education are built. The early learning curriculum involves mathematics, reading, written and oral expression, environmental studies and an introduction to French. It also includes activities that develop social, physical, and creative skills. Every child’s style of learning is identified through close observation, attention to the child’s needs, and most importantly, individual time with the teacher.


    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 Crestwood School 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 Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Crestwood School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Crestwood School 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
    • 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Crestwood School 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 20 20 20 20 20 20

    What Crestwood School says: Recess is important because students need the opportunity to move around, socialize with the peers, get some fresh air and perhaps have a snack. This enables students to return to the classroom refreshed, energized and ready to learn.

    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 Crestwood School says: We segment recesses for the older and younger kids for the simple recess of safety.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Crestwood School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Environmental Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$17,500$23,900$24,900
    What Crestwood School says: See tuition.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students5%
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%
    3rd child (sibling)all students5%
    4th child (sibling)all students5%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 350
    Average enrollment per grade39
    Average class size15 to 18
    Gender (grades)JK to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 6
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)1 - 6
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Crestwood School says:
    • completed application
    • meeting with Director
    • day visit for prospective student
    • assessment of student's abilities in reading/comprehension, math, written expression


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Crestwood School is looking for: At Crestwood our students are responsible, cooperative, respectful, honest and courteous.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    18 (100%)0000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    "Giving never made anyone poor"

    The words are inadequate to describe how wonderful the school has been for Yash and us as a family. The nurturing environment provided at Crestwood has been unparalleled. An Indian Guru once said, "Giving never made anyone poor." The kids and the teachers have given generously to Yash during his time at Crestwood. He has blossomed and become a confident young man ready to take on Upper Canada College with pride and self confidence. 

    ...



    The Seeds You Sow

    When students leave Crestwood and go on to the next phase of their academic career, what unfolds is in very large part a direct result of their Crestwood experience. The seeds you sow harvest for a lifetime beyond you school. 

    ...



    Thank you Crestwood School

    Thank you so much for the amazing support and commitment you have offered Justice over the past 7 years. Not only have you and the teachers provided her with an outstanding academic experience at Crestwood, but you have also helped her pursue her gymnastics dreams.

    It is hard to believe that she is coming to the end of a seventh year at the school and our family is so grateful for the exceptional teaching, incredible extracurricular activities, music and art enrichment, social justice and charity opportunities, as well as the integrity of the school's commitment to excellence in education. Every teacher we have had has been exceptional and you should feel proud to know that they have represented the best of what Crestwood has to offer. Justice has had nothing less than a superior experience as a student at the school and you have helped to shape her development for success in all she does going forward.

    ...



    In the News

    News

    June 23, 2016 - Crestwood Captures Title

    Cougars Capture U12 D2 Hockey Championship in Aurora after they won three straight games versus PC, TFS and SHS. ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations


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