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Fern Hill School - Oakville

3300 Ninth Line, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7A8

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$19,719 to $22,469 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 19
Day: 400 (Gr. PS - 8)

School Address
3300 Ninth Line, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 7A8
801 North Service Rd, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 5B6



About this school:


Fern Hill School Oakville is a co-educational school for students in Preschool to Grade 8. Our personalized curriculum is taught in a rotary system by qualified, subject-specific teachers. Fern Hill provides each student with teachers who are passionate about their individual subjects which is reflected in the high level of engagement students experience in the classroom. Beginning in Preschool, core subjects are supplemented with Art, Music, Athletics, Drama, French and Mandarin and Spanish in Grade 7 and 8. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Fern Hill School - Oakville

our takeAt Fern Hill, academics are important, just as they should be at any school, but culture is important too, including a desire to capitalize on the individual strengths of the staff. Cross-curricular links are a focus, as is a desire to allow students to experience things that may, for the moment at any rate, seem to reside outside their immediate areas of interest. The program is focused on the development of confidence, skill, and social engagement. The ideal student is one who can benefit from a bit more support, a bit more encouragement than they might find elsewhere, in order to reach their full potential.

Principal's Message


Wendy Derrick, Director

Each child that walks through our door is valued for whoever they are and they immediately feel comfortable. Fern Hill is a place where academics are very important, but so are music, art, drama and sports. We are a school where the whole child is developed. We achieve this through small class sizes and having engaging teachers, who have a passion for their subjects, teaching our classes.  We give our students a myriad of activities and we challenge them. Each of our schools are set on many acres of land and every aspect creates an vibrant environment that inspires learning and creativity.  Fern Hill prepares our students for life. It gives them the strength to know who they are and explore their own interests. It gives them a sense of community and teaches them the importance of giving back and being positive contributors. Our students are given confidence knowing their talents and abilities have been nurtured. Unless you do that, you never know how high they can soar.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What school says: Fern Hill School encourages independent thinking and cultivates individual talents in a supportive classroom environment. Students are encouraged to explore their unique interests and develop academic skills. We are dedicated to academic excellence and we nurture the development of self-confident and positive contributors. The enriched curriculum, taught by subject-specific teachers, stimulates and challenges students to demonstrate a sense of responsibility towards learning and to achieve their personal best. Fern Hill creates learning environments that are engaging and diverse; where talented, dedicated faculty and students are encouraged to interact in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Students are well prepared for the future in a manner that enables them to discover the joys of learning and the importance of community.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • 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

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

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

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

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

    What school 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 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 school says: Our Early Years programme has been developed to challenge the individual child in the areas of visual activities, emotional reactions, behaviours and responses, language and literacy, recognizing that children develop at different rates and different times. Our students are encouraged to work both individually and in cooperative groups in a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Fern Hill teachers understand and share the importance of all aspects of language – reading, writing, listening, and speaking – and they work with children on these essential skills and concepts that will form the foundation of their education.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 school says about flexible pacing: Students work at their individual level with subject staff supplementing and enriching the program to meet the needs of each student.

    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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Emotional

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

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

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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 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 school 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.

    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 school says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      Round Square
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    This information is not currently available.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$500

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 400
    Average enrollment per grade33
    Average class size18 to 19
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewPS - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)PS - 8
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Fern Hill School - Oakville says:

    Completed Application Form

    Photocopy of your child’s birth certificate or passport

    Non refundable $150.00 ($200 international) application fee

    Most recent school reports (if applicable)

    Immunization Record

    Confidential School Report (if applicable)

    Entrance Assessment



    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Fern Hill School - Oakville is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Ben Gulak 2003 Inventor of the Uno motorized unicycle 2006 Inventor of DTV Shredder portable all-terrain vehicle 2010 Founder and Chairman of BPG Motors 2008-present

    Stories & Testimonials


    Choir Invited to sing at Carnegie Hall

    Fern Hill School participated in the Children’s Choir Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Students in Grade Four to Eight in the Junior Intermediate Choir had the opportunity to perform at this prestigious event in June 2015. Children’s choirs from across North America collaborated and performed at the world renowned concert hall with a distinguished conductor. 
    Carnegie Hall opened in 1891 with Tchaikovsky's performance and has since hosted the world's very best musicians.  Fern Hill School is excited to have the experence of performing at this renowned venue.  Opportunities for sightseeing tours of the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the American Museum of Natural History as well as a Broadway production were a special bonus to the choristers.


    Independent Education is an Investment in Your Child's Future

    When families are considering an independent education for their children, they are searching for the school that can deliver excellence in all educational experiences. They are looking for personalized attention and solid academics, taught in a joyful, safe environment where their children can grow and flourish. 
    Fern Hill truly is a school like no other.  With top-notch facilities and an outstanding curriculum, Fern Hill is the educational choice for those looking for individual attention, customized programmes, exceptional academic standards, small classes and highly motivated and qualified subject-specific teachers.  Fern Hill’s teachers create an individualized programme that extends the boundaries of the curriculum.  Students in Grade 8 have the opportunity to take Grade 9 secondary school credit courses in French and Business Technology as well as Grade 9 or 10 credit courses in Math.  Fern Hill also believes in providing students with a well-rounded education that includes art, music, physical education, computers, French, Mandarin and drama, starting in Preschool.
    To learn more about what Fern Hill can do for your child, please contact the Admissions Office at 905-257-0022 to arrange a personal  visit.


    Now Accepting Applications for 2016-2017

    We invite you to visit us to see our classes in action!  We would love to share our core values, individualized programme and high standard of excellence with you.  Our dedicated qualified teachers have a passion for the subjects they teach and an individualized programme awaits your child at Fern Hill School.  Contact us to schedule a school day appointment.  Specializing in Early Years, Primary, Junior and Intermediate education, Fern Hill combines the best traditional learning approaches with individualized techniques that have proven to be effective in engaging young minds. Our dedication to excellence in education is the core of our philosophy.  Experience the Fern Hill difference!

    Contact our Admissions Office at 905-257-0022 or [email protected]


    Top Notch, Subject Specific Teachers Set Us Apart

    Why subject specific teaching?  Subject specific teaching is designed to deliver curriculum by highly trained teachers who have studied in the areas that they are teaching. For example, teachers who have studied Math, teach Math. Teachers, who have studied Science, teach Science. This approach works extremely well in an elementary setting and Fern Hill is top notch at delivering it.  Our teachers are experts who inspire the joy of learning because they are enthusiastic and excited to be teaching the subjects they love. 
    At Fern Hill School, we begin this in Preschool, where our students have French, Music, Library, Mandarin, Computers and Physical Education taught by specialists, as well as their three core teachers for Language, Mathematics and Culture. Science, History and Geography specialists round out the learning experience in Grade Three and Instrumental Music becomes an addition to our curriculum in Grade 5.  Grades 7 and 8 students are introduced to further Technology and Media studies.  
    We engage teachers who are passionate and highly trained because we believe they transfer their vibrant energy and expertise to our students' learning.


    Why SMARTBoards?

    As educators, our approach to teaching is always evolving, especially in the area of technology.  In our classes, SMARTBoards have become important teaching tools.   We find that students are naturally drawn to their interactive nature.  SMARTboards are able to incorporate various learning styles and allow students to get out of their seats and manipulate objects on the screen.  Through colour and sound, students are able to better visualize what is being taught.  Teachers and students are using interactive websites, videos and educational games to further enhance lessons and presentations.   At Fern Hill, we are able to connect and learn about the world around us at the touch of a fingertip!


    Fern Hill Offers Early Years Mandarin Curriculum

    A Mandarin programme was originally developed to teach our Preschool and Junior Kindergarten students.  It has been such a success that we are carrying it up through the school as they grow and is now offered from Preschool through Grade 3.
    This unique offering integrates Mandarin language study into our programme in a seamless way.  Ms. Shen has dedicated class time throughout the week to teach new words, colours and songs by using flash cards, videos, books, songs and cultural experiences to introduce our young students to the language.
    Our children go home able to sing, identify colours, numbers and follow instructions in Mandarin. The programme has been so successful, that during assembly Happy Birthday is now sung in Mandarin and a “word of the week” is taught to all students and teachers one morning a week.
    The introduction of Mandarin to our programme is just another example of how Fern Hill School strives to provide unique and rewarding learning experiences to our students.


    Fern Hill offers a World of Opportunity

    The Language programme at Fern Hill offers students an optional head start in French and a taste of other languages they may want to pursue further in high school or university. Students are first exposed to the French language and culture in Preschool. On Wednesdays, assemblies are conducted in French and primary students learn French songs throughout the year. In Grade 7, students put their skills to use as they travel to Quebec City and meet French students with whom they have corresponded throughout the term. Dependent upon their level of fluency and achievement, students have the opportunity to earn a Grade 9 secondary school credit in French by the end of their Grade 8 year. This requires students to pass both an oral presentation and a written exam in French. An expanded foreign language programme is also offered to Grade 7 students which includes Spanish study.

    Through numerous community service projects, Young Round Square activities and leadership and mentoring opportunities, our older students put into action what they've been a part of in the early years at Fern Hill. Students are encouraged to be responsible citizens who make a significant impact on the world. Our graduating students are confident, aware of their academic and personal strenghts and are positive contributors. Fern Hill is a regional member of Young Round Square of the Americas, a junior level association of Round Square International Schools. Through this innovative programme, students in Grade 7 and 8 are exposed to unique and rewarding opportunities beyond the classroom. This includes conferences, international service projects and school exchange programmes.


    In the News


    January 13, 2016 - Applications now open for 2016-2017

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    April 8, 2015 - Summer Camp @ Fern Hill

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    October 16, 2014 - Fern Hill School Choir to Carnegie Hall

    Fern Hill School has been invited to participate in the Childrens Choir Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2015. ...


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