The vision of Duke Academy is to unite a global community of faculties to provide high quality education, to foster global awareness, and to improve the conceptual, practical, and social intelligence skills of the global leaders of tomorrow. — Visit school website
Duke was founded in 2013 in order to offer an international program that is also very personalized. The academics are strong, and the curriculum challenging, and students who enroll are preparing for admittance and success at university. It’s very much a boutique school, in a sense, and the school rightly seeks to make the most of the resources available to them which, in Toronto, are varied and vast. The school enrolls students from around the world, and provides the full range of necessary supports for international learners. For those enrolling locally, the school provides a unique and intense learning experience, inclusive of the challenges and benefits of living and learning in a culturally and linguistically diverse student population.
Kathleen D'Uva, Principal
The vision of Duke Academy is to provide a high quality education, to improve the academic skills of the students and to prepare all students to enter university.
We are a coeducational school providing the important elements of education: the development of learning skills and a love of lifelong learning. We offer the best features of a traditional school: a systematic, sequenced curriculum, caring discipline, high academic standards, sound educational leadership, and thorough and consistent teaching methods. All of these features are offered in classrooms with a low student-teacher ratio.
At Duke we offer six semesters per year: each semester lasts two months. Report cards are issued half way through and at the end of each semester (mid-term report card and final report card). The school day is broken down into two, three hour classes: the morning class is from 9:00 to 12:00 and the afternoon class is from 1:00 to 4:00.
Duke Academy believes in the importance and value of completing a secondary education. Our school philosophy includes a commitment to reach every student to help him or her achieve a successful outcome from their school experience at Duke Academy.
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What Duke Academy says: Duke Academy is private high school offering quality education. At Duke Academy students receive the needed attention and help to succeed. Our top priority is student progress; all students have a starting point, but achieving their goal and how they do that is of utmost importance to us. Come experience our positive learning environment, small class sizes, and caring, knowledgeable teachers. Let us show you how Duke can help you excel in your educational journey by exploring our wide range of classes and programs. Duke Academy offers a variety of high school courses required by universities and colleges for both local and international student admission. Our main objective is to prepare students for the next step so they can achieve their academic/professional goals.
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 Duke Academy says: Our expert teachers use creative methods to make the Math classes fun for the students by
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
Learn about the different science approaches
Teaching approach: Different approaches and methods are applied within the traditional formats, including lectures, discuss sessions, laboratories, etc.in order to forge students' active thinking and help them to develop conceptual framework as well as problem solving skills.
Topics covered in curriculum:
Treatment of evolution:
|Evolution as consensus theory|
|Evolution as one of many equally viable theories|
|Evolution is not taught|
These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
Learn about the different literature approaches
What Duke Academy says: At Duke Academy, contemporary literature teaching approaches including content approach, thematic approach, holistic approach and language-based approach are implemented and blended in our teaching methods giving students comprehensive understanding of English literacy and improving students overall language skills.
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 Duke Academy says: Through discussion session, debate, practical experience, research and self-reflection, we teach students the fundamental knowledge of social sciences and humanities by developing their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
Learn about the different foreign languages approaches
What Duke Academy says: Our highly popular Language program has 14 levels and it is approved by an accredited body, Languages Canada.
Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • ESL
These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
Learn about the different fine arts approaches
Visual studio philosophy:
What Duke Academy says: At Duke Academy, teaching fine arts has been pushed beyond the traditional media-driven approach, we utilize themes and big ideas to frame students investigations through offering students a variety of options and encouraging them to think and talk more.
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 Duke Academy says: Since, students have been exposed to computers and digital media world in the 21st century, computers and technology provide students with opportunities to apply fundamental theories and technological skills to their hands-on practice, assisting them to develop comprehensive understanding of contemporary technologies.
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What Duke Academy says: This information is not currently available.Approach:
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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 style||= offered|
|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|
What Duke Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
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.
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Duke Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
|Support Type||= offered|
|Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation|
|Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties|
What Duke Academy says: This information is not currently available.
Duke Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.
In grade 12, Duke Academy students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.Nightly Homework
|Duke Academy||120 mins||120 mins||120 mins||160 mins|
|Site Average||70 mins||81 mins||97 mins||109 mins|
How assessments are delivered across the grades:
|Lettered or numbered grades||9 to 12|
|Prose (narrative)-based feedback||9 to 12|
|Academic achievement reporting||9 to 12|
|Habits and behaviour reporting||9 to 12|
|Track & Field|
|Discount Type||Enrollment Type||Amount|
|Full payment||all students||$200|
|Full payment||all students||10%|
|Full payment||all students||5%|
|Early payment||all students||10%|
|2nd child (sibling)||all students||20%|
|2nd child (sibling)||all students||15%|
This information is not currently available.
|Duke Academy Scholarshp|
|Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 12—|
Duke’s Scholarship Programs
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for Duke’s scholarship programs, a student must:
See the individual program descriptions (below) for specific exceptions.
The scholarship application must be filled-out and submitted before the deadlines. Paper copy applications are available in the high school principal’s offices.
For each excellent full time high school student entering the first year of study at Duke Academy.
For students who obtain admission by University of Toronto(SG), McGill University, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, and University of Western Ontario.
Covering four years of University tuition fee for students who obtain admission by Harvard University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Columbia University and Standford University.
|Application Details: |
To be eligible for Duke’s scholarship programs, a student must:
|For more details, visit: http://dukeacademy.ca/php/Scholarship-Toronto-North-York.php|
|SSAT||9 - 12|
|SSAT (out of province)||9 - 12|
|Entrance Exam(s)||9 - 12|
Admission to DUKE is competitive and prospective students are able to start their program at any of the six entry points throughout the year. Each semester lasts two months and students are able to begin new courses every two months.
Follow the following steps for getting admitted to DUKE:
1. Complete DUKE application.
2. Submit your official transcript from your pervious schools.
3. Pay the application fee.
Students will be notified of their application status within a week once all documents are submitted.
Talk to the Admission Counselor
Our expert multidisciplinary team spends an average of two days on a thorough evaluation of the student's English skills, so as to better prepare the student for high school courses and a successful transition to university.
"Imagine your ideal school experience because every student is different and has different expectations of what they want out of a program. Duke College is where a student can receive individual attention on campus and still have the opportunity to enjoy the culture of City of Toronto."
Type of student Duke Academy is looking for: International/Visiting Students One of the greatest features of DUKE is the diversity of our students. We have students from all over the world and we hope that you join our global educational community in Toronto, one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in the world. International admission requirements are: 1. Complete DUKE application. 2. Official transcript from your pervious schools. 3. The application fee. 4. Two copies of the biographical page of passport. 5. Two passport size photos. 6. Visa application form. 7. Essay of 300-400 words. Important Dates and Information All students should submit all the documents for admission 30 days before the start day of the classes. All students may begin the classes between the first day of class and the seventh calendar day of a semester. All students must pay the tuition fees before the deadlines. All students are required to pay a $100 non-refundable course registration deposit which will be applied towards the tuition fee. Course registration fees are nonrefundable if a student should withdraw from a course. Registration Process Once students are admitted, the office of Admission will send them an official acceptance email and a formal letter in the mail. New students can schedule either in-person or telephone appointments for registration. For the ESL classes, students must see the counselor to assess their class level. Transfer students will be advised appropriately based on the courses taken at other institutions.
Student Entry Points
|10 - 15 (100%)||10 - 15 (100%)||15 - 30 (98%)||15 - 30 (98%)|
|Average graduating class size||100|
|*Canadian "Big 6" placements||150|
*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)
What Duke Academy says:
|xiaoqing li||2015||Xiaoqing was Duke student.She is a very good student.She was admitted to the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto|
|Jiaying Zheng||2015||She admitted to the University of Waterloo.|
|Yiqiang Wu||2015||He admitted to the University of Toronto.|
|Zihao Deng||2015||He admitted to the Western University.|
Hey Everyone! My name is Anastasiya and I’m a student at Duke College. I really satisfied that I chose Duke because I stay here almost two and a half month and I can feel my English improving at first. Two month ago I couldn’t even say what comes to my mind. So now I can say for sure that I have a huge progress. I feel here free because of the great atmosphere in the class. What makes me want to be here every single day. I really suggest for everybody start from Duke College.
ESL ANASTASIYA CORRECT:
Hey everyone! My name is Anastasiya and I'm a student at Duke College. I feel really satisfied that I chose Duke because I've been here for almost two and a half months and I can already feel my English improving. Two months ago, I couldn't even express what came to my mind. So now I can say for sure that I made huge progress. I feel free and comfortable here, because of the great atmosphere in class, and it's what makes me want to be here every single day. I really suggest that everybody comes to Duke College.
After coming Canada, I have to chosed trial program the other academy classes. The Duke Academy was different other academy. All students studied hard. I failed many times when I studied English. Because Korea is learned by rote so very boring and not interested it, but I have to learned English fun from Layla and classmates. I’m shying and introverted but Layla is very friendly so I was able to adjust, also I realized it was important pronounce better than on correct grammar, of course equally important. But if I using wrong pronounce it will be difficult to have communication. Laylacorrect the pronounce and grammar me. If I mistaken I overcome phobia of English from Duke, So I happy and Thanks.
ESL KRYSTAL CORRECT:
After coming to Canada, I had to try out different trial programs at different language academies. Duke Academy was different than other academies. All the students study hard. I used to fail many times when I tried to learn English, because Korea learning is rote memorization, so it is very boring and uninteresting, but now I think English learning is fun, thanks to my teacher Layla and my classmates. I'm shy and introverted, but Layla is very friendly, so I was able to adjust. I also learned that how I pronounce words is just as important as grammar, and that it is important for communication. Layla helps me with my grammar and pronunciation. Thanks to Duke, I am happy to say that I have overcome my phobia of English.
Hello! I’m Judy. I’m from South Korea. When English is necessary for me, fortunately I met the Duke Academy with a good teacher and friendly friends. I have to learn English more time in future, but I’m not afraid because the Duke Academy. Layla! Thank you very much.
ESL JUDY CORRECT:
Hello! I'm Judy. I'm from South Korea. It is necessary for me to learn English, and so I am fortunate to come to Duke with a good teacher and friendly friends. I have to continue to learn English in the future, but now I am not afraid, thanks to my teacher, Layla, and Duke Academy. Thank you very much!
ESL KSENIA R. CORRECT:
In my opinion, the school has a good location in the heart of the city of Toronto, close to the TTC Sheppard-Yonge subway station. The quality of education is high and the team of teachers is very strong, and help each student individually. The school has a cozy atmosphere which helps me and other students to absorb information quickly. I recommend Duke Academy to all international students, both adults and children, if you want the best knowledge of English grammar, listening, speaking, and reading. Thank you, Layla! Best Regards,
ESL Ksenia R.
UNKNOWN CORRECT (I think this is Iris)
The principal and administration workers are warm-hearted and like to help students with their problems.
ENG4U CYLVIA TANG CORRECT:
Duke Academy is like a home, because there are lots of international students. We can share our opinions, and learn more culture from others. Small classes make me pay more concentration on my new lessons, and it also make it easier to communicate with my teachers. I enjoy learning here, and I’m lucky to have such a nice teacher.
ENG4U Cylvia Tang
ENG4U LEMON LUO CORRECT:
Studying in Duke Academy is easier due to its small sizes classes, which means I can communicate more with my teachers. Taking night school at Duke is convenient, as well, because the time is ideal.
ENG4U Lemon Luo
I’m a student at Duke. Duke Academy is a wonderful high school. There are nice teachers and a kind principal. Every day the teacher will bring some snack for us. When I encounter some difficult things, there are a lot of enthusiastic classmates and teachers to help me. Here's a special memory of mine: All Duke Academy’s students and teachers celebrated Chinese New Year together. We ate lunch on Chinese New Year, and we watched the spring festival. I know they care about us. They love us. I love Duke.
I’m a full time student, I have already studied at Duke Academy for one year. This school has amazing teachers. I can pay attention in class. Teachers always give us a nice free lunch or small trip. This year will be a nice memory in my mind. I hope every new student likes this school.
ENG4U IVERSON CORRECT:
I take a night class at Duke Academy. I feel good about that. There are a lot of Chinese students in my class, and this makes me feel great. Our teacher is good, and I learn a lot of things from her. I enjoy the class very much.
High School Iverson
HIGH SCHOOL MARK CORRECT:
Teachers are so kind and nice in here. It’s a lot of fun in class, such my OLC class. My OLC teacher Layla leads us into a different world. We watch films and share our ideas in the class. We also have a discussion after class.
High School Mark
HIGH SCHOOL HITO CORRECT:
I am very glad to study at Duke. Jenna is a very friendly teacher, when we are stuck on a question, she always helps us and explains how to do it until we understand it. Duke has a very good environment, which can make students pay more attention to every lesson.
High School Hito
HIGH SCHOOL KEVIN CORRECT:
Studying at Duke is very good thing. The teachers help us students every time we have difficulty with a lesson. The teachers always teach us how to deal with problems, which is very good for students.
High School Kevin
HIGH SCHOOL DENNIS GE CORRECT:
When I study at Duke, I improve my marks. My calculus teacher is Jenna. She is very kind to us and teaches very well. When we don’t understand some questions, she explains very well. My English 4U teacher is Kylie, she is very gentle to us. We all like her very much. I think all Duke’s teachers are very kind to us. I can study happily here.
High School Dennis Ge
HIGH SCHOOL FAY CORRECT:
I have four courses at Duke. I feel related to everyone here. We have about eight students in each class. It’s good for us to study. Teacher can teach us easily. The teachers are friendly, and I feel encouraged to speak English. This environment is good for me to learn English. I like it here.
High School Fay
HIGH SCHOOL MOBIUS CORRECT:
I have 3 courses at Duke Academy. I like all my teachers from my courses, because they like to talk with students, and their excellent communication makes me know them. Their good teaching skills means they can give me more help as I learn more knowledge. I like here at Duke!
High School Mobius
HIGH SCHOOL SAM CORRECT:
I have 2 courses at Duke Academy. I like the way that Duke teaches and I enjoy it. At Duke, I have a nice study time.
High School Sam
HIGH SCHOOL JERRY CORRECT:
I have 4 courses in Duke which are IB, English 4U, Calculus, and Mandarin. In Duke, I can easily to understand the information and I feel relaxed in class. I think that coming to Duke to study was a perfect decision.
High School Jerry
HIGH SCHOOL JAY CORRECT:
Classes calculus, OLC, and 4U are all my favourite classes. I enjoy class because these classes have good teachers. The teachers are friendly to us, make us feel happy, and are knowledgeable. All in all, Duke is a good school because there have many good teachers.
High School Jay
HIGH SCHOOL UNKNOWN CORRECT:
We can learn some languages from other countries. We have good teachers and class rooms with technology. We have some international students in the school. They are from many countries. We can learn other languages and make friends. We have good teachers who help me to study and learn more English.
High School Unknown
HIGH SCHOOL VICTOR CORRECT:
My favourite part of Duke is the teachers of the school. Private school teachers are different from public school teachers. The difference is that the private school teachers pay more attention to the students. Public schools have more students, and one teacher has to teach a lot of students at the same time, but this causes the teacher to not teach every student very well. Compare this to Duke, where teachers pay attention to all the students. The teachers are teaching everything to all the students, and keep reviewing information so that everyone understands. Also compared to other private schools, Duke is more structured, the students won’t walk around during the class, and students always stay in the classrooms. The school is clean and quiet.
High School Victor
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