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Delano Academy

200 Racco Parkway , Vaughan, Ontario, L4J 8X9

Liberal Arts,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 9 (Coed)
$14,995 to 16,995/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 16
Day: 140 (Gr. JK - 9)

School Address
200 Racco Parkway , Vaughan, Ontario, L4J 8X9



About this school:


If you are going to dream for your child, dream BIGGER. Delano is a 21st century IB candidate university preparatory school that values evidenced-based best practices for teaching & learning. Delano is a place of rigorous curriculum standards, globally minded education and a balance of Academics, Arts, Athletics & Character development. We support our students in harnessing resiliency & critical thinking skills as visionary makers, creators & innovators. Delano enriches learning as a S.T.E.A.M. & Tech rich school. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Delano Academy

our takeDelano was founded in 2014 with the mandate of providing a very forward looking approach to the early and elementary years. The focus is on collaboration, 21st century literacies, and allowing students to grow into an international, empathetic understanding of the world and their place within it. The core competencies are delivered, as is a sense of how they relate to who we are and what we’re able to achieve. The fact that the school also has an active cadet corps underscores the uniqueness of the offering. The ideal student is one operating toward the top of his or her peer group, and able to thrive in vibrant, active, socially engaging learning environment.

School busing:

Delano Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Vaughan.
Additional notes: Bus routes & fees available by request

Principal's Message


Mrs. Sandy Palombo, Head of School

Head of School's Welcome,

If you are going dream for your child, then dream BIGGER.

Delano Academy was created on the vision to provide an exceptional learning environment where academic rigor is met with balanced education. Delano prepares students for university and life with an intensive academic focus and  exceptional 21st teaching practices. At Delano Academy, there is an emphasis on providing students with state of the art cutting edge resources. Students access outstanding resources and facilities in all areas of their education, everyday. We are a school that values student centered learning and evidenced based practices. 

Delano is a forward thinking school that respects 21st teaching practices, administration, environmental design & curriculum focus. We have extraordinary expectations of our students and we are DREAM role-models. We want our students to achieve greatness and we provide them with a school that inspires students as visionary, creative and critical thinkers.

Delano values globally minded thinking and innovation. Imagineering students are problem solvers, makers and doers. The Delano Archetype is a collaborator, has effective communication skills, curious and confident.

Delano is a school that fosters creativity, passion, innovation, problem solving & critical thinking. We are not simply keeping up with a changing world and preparing students for University. We are preparing students for careers that are yet to be created and a future that has never been dreamed yet.



Mrs. Sandy Palombo

M.Ed (York), B.Ed (OISE), SHon. BA (YORK) 




Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What Delano Academy says: It takes an impressive school to think so forward. See why we are different than any other school. We beat to our own drum. We are trailblazers in independent education. We prepare our students for life. We model, teach and honour core values that help our students be world ready. We are champions in children's rights. We inspire the leaders of tomorrow. At the very least we follow the Ontario Ministry Curriculum Expectations as our benchmark and enrich the curriculum with opportunities and experiences and an IB philosophy. We embrace a changing world in education. Delano is a place of rigorous curriculum standards, worldly education and a place where students learn that anything is possible. We are at the forefront of education giving our students an educational advantage at an early age.  We hire and retain the most nurturing and qualified teachers as your child's first school experience. Our teachers spark learning, provoke curiosity and inspire our students.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted

  • 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 Delano 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.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    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: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • 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 Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Cantonese • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Italian • Hebrew • Russian • Spanish • ESL

    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
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Delano Academy says: Our facilities are exceptional with 6500 square foot high school gym and 6 acres of trails and athletic space for students. Our students participate in athletic competitions and events and train for intramural events.\n\nOur standard physical education program provides students with intensive training and preparation for individual, group recreational and competitive events.

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    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.


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

    What Delano Academy 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 Delano Academy says: Our kindergarten program is a fully enriched inquiry-based advanced program where students receive a rigorous academic advantage. Students learn to read competently, write, learn grammar with formal instruction, develop penmanship formally, problem solve, explore science and their world around them.\nOur students develop language, cognitive, motor, social emotional development and self-regulation & independence.\nStudents thrive in our small environment where learning is centered on their needs.\nOur class ratio is 1:7. Our objective is to prepare our students with a strong foundation for elementary education. Our students receive a varied well-rounded comprehensive curriculum that develops critical learning skills and habits.

    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 Delano Academy 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 Delano Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What Delano Academy says: We provide an environment that is balanced between academics, athletics, arts and character development. We enable every student to be a leader. We support every student in this effort and provide them the foundation for leadership in the 21st century. Every student has the opportunity to become the next CEO and training starts at Delano. \n

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Delano Academy offers no/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
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      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
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

    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 Delano Academy 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, Delano Academy students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Delano Academy 0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins0 mins15 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins
    Site Average2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesPreschool to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 8
    Academic achievement reportingPreschool to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Delano Academy says:
    • Air & Navy Cadet Core
    • Drumline Program
    • Cheerleading

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic: in province)$14,995$15,995$16,995
    What Delano Academy says: Sibling discounts are offered to the youngest child. International fees request available.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$500
    Early paymentall students$250
    2nd child (sibling)Day (Domestic: in province)5%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 140
    Average enrollment per grade12
    Average class size10 to 16
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 9 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment2024242424242424242424



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 9
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)5 - 9
    Entrance Essay5 - 9
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Delano Academy says:

    The Admission Process at Delano is an opportunity for families to learn about our academy in a personal friendly setting. Parents are invited to bring their son/daughter to the initial meeting for a tour and casual discussion. At this time parents will learn about our intake process for student candidates.

    Candidates that are applying to the school will be invited for an individual interview and assessment. All potential candidates are invited for a day visit to spend half or full day discovering their potential class and learning about the academy.

    Parents seeking student enrollment are required to complete a full interview and follow an acceptance process.

    Delano is a small school providing nurturing individualized attention and care. Families searching for a small private school that provides unparalleled teacher to pupil ratio and is designed with the programs and facilities of a large school will feel comfortable in this environment.




    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Delano Academy is looking for: The Delano student archetype is Confident. Has strong Character. Is Curious.   Is a Collaborator. We provide the milieu that fully supports our students. The Delano is a cutting edge academy with a strong vision for our students to reach limitless learning potential. We are searching for student candidates that are eager to be part of the Delano school vision.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)


    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations

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