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Fern Hill School - Ottawa
Fern Hill School - Ottawa
50 Vaughan Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1X1
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Deborah Gutierrez

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Fern Hill School - Ottawa
 

Fern Hill School - Ottawa

50 Vaughan Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1X1

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$3,250 to $14,800 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 20
Enrolment:
Day: 180 (Gr. PS - 8)

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Contact Name:
Deborah Gutierrez

Phone Number:


School Address
50 Vaughan Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1X1

About this school:

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Established in 1981, Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers an enriched curriculum for preschool, kindergarten and elementary grades 1-8, including Extended French and a variety of extracurricular activities. Fern Hill provides quality education in a warm, caring and nurturing environment, with a diverse international community. Guided by dedicated teachers, students enjoy a supportive community that instills a strong sense of self, responsibility and a lifelong love of learning. Located 10 minutes from downtown.


The Our Kids review of Fern Hill School - Ottawa

our takeFamilies typically cite academics as an important driver when considering a school, and certainly they should be. That said, in the best school settings, a strong academic program is simply the baseline for what the program offers, and Fern Hill is a great example of that. Yes, numeracy and literacy are the core components, though confidence and self-esteem are too. Students are encouraged to grow in all literacies, including those of the arts and music and social interaction. The French language program has been augmented in recent years, driven principally by the needs of students and desire of parents. Administration has worked to create an environment of discovery across all curricular areas, and they’ve succeeded in that. Yes, academics are strong, though, rightly, that’s just the beginning of what Fern Hill is able to offer. It's perhaps the things over and above that which truly give strength to the overall program and distinguish the school.  



Principal's Message

principal

Deborah Gutierrez, Principal



Welcome to another exciting year at Fern Hill School. I look forward to working with our staff to provide a learning community that is safe and secure; one that builds the young child’s self-esteem and develops confidence. I have the pleasure, on a daily basis, of working with our teachers to provide activities and opportunities that will enhance your child’s learning experience.

I couldn’t imagine a more rewarding job! Our staff work together to create an environment at Fern Hill where students can thrive and learn. Emphasis is placed on the complete development of the child during the preschool, kidergarten and elementary years. Fern Hill's preschool program is designed to provide a wide variety of opportunities for learning through play. We continue to place importance on literacy and numeracy in the preschool years in a warm and caring setting. Fern Hill's elementary school programs are integrated to provide continuous and connected experiences in Languages, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.  Specialty subjects such as Art, Music, Technology, French and Physical Education are incorporated into the curriculum.  The kindergarten and grade school programs provide an extensive program to help children reach their full potential and to develop confidence, while still retaining his/her individuality.  The emphasis of the program is not only on academics, but on the development of the whole child.  Students develop important character attributes such as respect, responsibility and positive communication which are fostered and reinforced throughout the year in a caring and nurturing environment.

Increased French education has long been an interest of our families and we are pleased to offer additional French opportunities for the kindergarten levels, as well as the Extended French program beginning in Grade One.  The Extended French program is woven into the school day and provides students with the opportunity for French Language Arts enrichment.

I welcome the input from parents and thank you all for your support – in the past and throughout the upcoming year. It is our privilege to be a part of your child’s education and we value the relationships between students, teachers, and parents – please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Our commitment is to spark a life-long love of learning by inspiring all our children to become actively involved in discovery, and I look forward to another successful year with Fern Hill students, parents and staff.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: At Fern Hill School we follow a traditional teaching approach. Our focus is on building skills needed for life-long learning, including independence, self-confidence and a strong academic foundation. The enhanced language, math and science curriculum is complemented by a strong arts and sports program. The aim of the Grade School program is to provide an extensive and enriched curriculum to help children reach their full potential while retaining their individuality.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa 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 Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa 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 Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

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

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Fern Hill School - Ottawa 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 JK Gr. 1
    Human development JK Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 1 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 7 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 7 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 7 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 3 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 5 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 5

    What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: The Ontario Sex and Health Education Curriculum is spread out over the various grades, rather than specific topics for specific grades; with topics covered by the end of the elementary years. Topics relating to nutrition, body parts,sexuality, gender identity, human development, mental illness, social justice and healthy lifestyle choices do come up within the various grades and are discussed as they occur. Basic topics, such as healthy lifestyle choices, nutrition, body parts, etc... are discussed beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1. Class discussions about many topics in the Ontario Sex and Health Education Curriculum happen on a regular basis. Children\'s experiences will also create opportunities for discussion. Professional Health practioners will also give presentations to students relating to the Ontario Sex and Health Education Curriculum in various grades throught the school year.

    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 Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

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

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    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 Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: The emphasis of the program is on the development of the whole child.Through an integrated approach, experiences and opportunities are provided for each child to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. It is recognized that children learn in different ways and at different rates, therefore a variety of learning experiences are provided to meet the needs of each child.


    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 Fern Hill School - Ottawa says about flexible pacing: Students are grouped within the classroom for work and are challenged with individual learning opportunities.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

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

    What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: The provision of a wide variety of enriched programming within a traditional setting allows the students to participate fully and share their ideas. Students are encouraged to strive for success and a high standard of work is expected from all students. The positive, nuturing environment instills a love of learning and students take pride in their accomplishments.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: The emphasis of the program is not only on academics, but on the development of the whole child. Through an integrated approach, experiences and opportunities will be provided for each child to develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. It is recognized that children learn in different ways, so a variety of learning approaches are provided to meet the needs of each child. Self-esteem and autonomy are key to development, and are fostered and reinforced in a caring and nuturing environment. Leadership opportunities are provided throughout the grade levels. Students develop into self-confident learners, with a strong sense of community.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Fern Hill School - Ottawa offers 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Fern Hill School - Ottawa 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade Preschool, Fern Hill School - Ottawa students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    PS
    Fern Hill School - Ottawa0 mins
    Site Average2 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades4 to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesPSJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Inside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 40 40 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
    Lunch recessAmount 30 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25

    What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: The recesses are segmented by grade level. There are 5 recess times - preschool, JK/SK, Grdes 1 & 2, Grades 3, 4 & 5, Grades 6, 7 & 8. This allows children of similiar ages and developmental level;s to play together and does not make the playground too crowded.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Dance Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%
    3rd 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 180
    Average enrollment per grade15
    Average class size10 to 20
    Grades (gender)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewN/A
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What Fern Hill School - Ottawa says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

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



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Scientists in School

    Today, the students in Grade 4 had a visit from the “Scientists in School” program.  They explored owl pellets as an exciting way to learn about the skeletal system.  The pellets they dissected were the end product of an owl's digestive process and the bones, including skulls, were found to be intact after being regurgitated in a furry mass.  Using magnifying lenses and microscopes, the students dissected the pellets, extracted as many bones as possible, and then identified and sorted the bones on recording sheets.  The students worked in pairs to reassemble the skeleton of a rodent and we had a chance to identify various other animal skulls.   The students were able to determine whether the skulls belonged to a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.  It was a fantastic morning!

    Mrs. Burnet, Grade 4 teacher

    ...



    My wife and I enrolled our daughter Isabel at Fern Hill in 2003 when she was two. It didn't take long to realize how right we were in our choice. The facilities are child-friendly, the atmosphere welcoming, and the teachers as mindful, as patient, and as stimulating as one can possibly expect. We've been able to follow the development of her intellectual and social skills all along and cannot but be full of praise for Fern Hill's methods.

    Our daughter leaves home every morning with a big smile on her face. She has made many little friends since her first weeks at school and still keeps them today. Incidentally, we have made very good friends at Fern Hill too!

    Valdemar Carneiro Leão
    Former Ambassador of Brazil

    ...



    Fern Hill School has been an integral part of our son's life since age two. Seven years later, he continues to delight in the school's warm but challenging environment. Fern Hill provides a solid academic education supplemented with fabulous art, music and phys ed specialties. Its small size gives children the comfort and special attention they need to soar. We are so lucky we found Fern Hill. 

    Katie Macmillan

    ...



    Arriving to a new posting is never easy. Finding a house, a school and new friends. But Ottawa has been an easy one due to many different factors, among them - deciding the right school for our children aged 3 and 6. 

    When we first visited Fern Hill we knew right away that this was the school we were looking for. Especially, due to it's highly qualified staff who, not only, take very good care of our children but also help them grow in knowledge, values and self-esteem. We highly recommend this school, hoping that our wonderful experience will be that of others to come.

    Antonio Torres-Dulce
    Former Deputy Head of Mission - Embassy of Spain

    ...



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    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations


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