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Bright Start Academy
Bright Start Academy
318-4630 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario, M3H 5S4
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Allie Offman

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Bright Start Academy

318-4630 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario, M3H 5S4

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$12,500 to 25,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
4 to 6
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. PS - 12)

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Contact Name:
Allie Offman

Phone Number:


School Address
318-4630 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario, M3H 5S4

About this school:

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At Bright Start Academy, we believe each child carries a special and unique difference that we choose to embrace. We provide a positive learning environment that helps elementary and secondary school-aged students with learning challenges to harness their learning abilities. We provide students small classrooms and one to one support to enhance them to become academically independent and successful learners. We provide credit courses for students.


The Our Kids review of Bright Start Academy

our takeThankfully, not all children are created the same, and, just as thankfully, not all schools are either. Bright Start is dedicated to providing support for some learners who, for a range of reasons, aren’t rising to their potential within other learning environments. At Bright Start, they find a community of peers, something that in itself can be transformative. They also find a faculty that is empathetic, experienced, and dedicated to their success. Academics are important, though confidence is, too. For many kids, that awareness of personal ability, and a knowledge of what they can bring to their interactions with others, is what makes all the difference. And it’s at that point—an awareness of ability, rather than deficit—that Bright Start begins.



Principal's Message

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Allie Offman, Executive Director

Children have such an amazing ability to learn. Children with learning exceptionalilites are amazing individuals with the greatest hearts! They learn, they laugh and they have such some great talents!  We learn when we are taught well and have fun!  Our students make some of the greatest gains in skill development!

Remember, children are like birthdays. Some just open their presents later than others!


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What BSA says: We teach according to the Ontario Curriculum with the added support of Social Skills and Life Skills. We teach our kids based on functionality.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs


  • 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 BSA says: Our Math programs are based on methods that include but are not limited to a hands on approach with Visual Supports to aid our students I learning the foundations of Math

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Touch Math and Jump Math

    • 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 BSA says: Our students benefit from embark, Kaufman and Direct Instruction

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

    • What BSA 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 BSA 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: Currently grade 1 to grade 10 is based on the Ontario Curriculum expectations

    • 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 Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What BSA 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 BSA says: Social Studies for our students are taught at Grade Level with the necessary accommodations required.


    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 BSA says: This information is not currently available.


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

    • Languages Offered: • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      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 BSA says: Our students enjoy learning how to use computers on a daily basis. Our students are taught how to navigate computers and use programs that include word and excel.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What BSA says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

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


    What BSA 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 BSA says: Our preschool students work on both play based and language based programming.


    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 BSA says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    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 BSA says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What BSA says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    BSA is a full-time special needs school. All students at BSA are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What BSA says: We support student's with learning exceptionalities. We provide a safe and caring environment to all of our students.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: We accommodate when necessary based on the individual needs of the student. Speech Therapy is offered as additional services.

    • What BSA says: We support student's with learning exceptionalities. We provide a safe and caring environment to all of our students.


    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    BSA does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What BSA says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What BSA says:
    • This'n'That Thursdays: Your child will enjoy fun activities with friends afterschool. This program focuses on cooking, going out and hanging out with friends and staff
    • Tutor me Tuesdays: This is an hour program for your child who needs extra support in a subject or two.
    • Life Skills: This program takes place on Wednesday afternoons. We focus on how to take the TTC, banking and the skills necessary for more independent living.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$25,000
    Day (Half day)$12,500
    What BSA says: Tuition is based on a September to June Schedule. Individual Needs are taken into consideration. You must apply in person.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students2%
    Early paymentall students$2,000


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    N/A

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What BSA says:
    • School Transcript – copy of most recent transcript

    • Report Cards – copies of two most recent report cards

    • Psychological / Educational Assessments – copies of all assessments

    • IEP – copy of most recent Individual education plan

    • Birth date / Citizenship Verification – copy of either:

    • Birth certificate, Passport OR Record of Landing

    • Recent Photograph – copy for our files 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    90%

    Type of student Bright Start Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    6 - 8 (100%)2 - 6 (100%)2 - 6 (100%)3 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)4 - 8 (100%)6 - 12 (100%)6 - 12 (80%)6 - 12 (80%)6 - 12 (80%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *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)


    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Cooking

    Whether your child is learning how to cook or go to the grocery store, they will be having fun on all their adventures.  Our students learn how to make nutritious meals and/or snacks while learning how to grocery shop for the items necessary.  Our students also learn banking, how to use the TTC and Subway as well many other necessary skills needed to be more independent.

     

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    Life Skills

    Class Structure and Size Our students start each day in their Homeroom class which can be between 4 - 6 students. Students are placed according to grades 1 through 3, grades 4 to 6 and grades 7 to 8. Our High School Classes are based on students in Grades 9 or in Grade 10.  Students will work according to their overall skill level.   Teaching of our core subjects is done in small Learning Groups. There are 3 to 6 students in this class and children are placed according to abilities within Grade Structure. Direct Instruction is taught in small groups in order to ensure students are all at the same teaching level. Individualized Instruction: Students are assessed upon entry to Finding the Way Academy and an IEP and ISP (Individual Service Plan) is prepared to outline each students goals and teaching strategies. If a student is struggling in an area, a staff member modifies the goal to ensure success is made. Schedule: Students arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 to allow students to put away lunches, snacks et. Students then go to Homeroom. Schedules are balanced to allow students to have enough teaching time along with Break Times and Nutrition Breaks. Students work through out the day on Academics, Social Skills, Life Skills as well as are provided individual support if needed. Students who require 1:1 support are able to have an additional support staff. Fees may be different for those students requiring additional support. Please contact the Director of Admission for the information regarding tuition fees at 416-514-1415 To email directly, please email Kat @ [email protected] or

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    Bright Start Academy is a Private School for students with autism and other learning exceptionalities. Founded in 1993 by a parent of children with Autism, Bright Start Academy is located in North York (Dufferin just north of Finch Ave).  We offer a full time and part time option for students that require support in the learning process.  We believe that through teaching in a positive environment, our students will reach their fullest potential.

     

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