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Fulford Preparatory College

   
118 Main Street East, PO Box 100, Merrickville, Ontario, K0G 1N0

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
10 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$52,200/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 12
Enrolment:
Boarding: 60 (Gr. 10 - 12)

School Address
118 Main Street East, PO Box 100, Merrickville, Ontario, K0G 1N0

About this school:

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Renowned for small class sizes with outstanding academic and linguistic support and 100% placement rate to first choice universities. Rigorous academics, fun co-curricular activities, and above industry standard accommodations (double beds/en suite bathrooms) makes Fulford Prep a top choice school for students from around the world. Programs offered: Grades 11 to 12, ESL foundation, and a university qualification year. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of Fulford Preparatory College

our takeFulford is a particular draw for students arriving in Canada looking for an authentic experience of the life and culture of the country. It’s located in Merrickville, a smaller town that is nevertheless proximate to some of nation’s most prominent urban centres and a wealth of notable post-secondary institutions. The school is positioned to support the needs specific to students arriving from overseas, including ESL support and university placement services. The academic program is firmly focused on preparing students for success at university in North America. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a small, close-knit, yet internationally diverse academic environment.





Principal's Message

principal

Mr. Kevin Farrell, Headmaster

Welcome to Fulford Preparatory College, located in Merrickville, Ontario - “Jewel of the Rideau.” We strive to build our traditions and sense of community, while establishing a solid academic foundation which will support our students as they prepare for the challenges of University.

With young men and women drawn from around the world, we nurture an intimate campus environment. This intimate atmosphere empowers students with the discipline to persevere in their studies, the freedom to explore new opportunities, the confidence and creativity to express themselves both in and beyond the formal classroom, and allows for an appreciation of diverse faiths and cultures. Our dedicated teachers encourage students to take calculated risks, to try something new, and to challenge themselves in academics, extra-curricular activities, and community service.

Of course, mastery of the English language is a core component of our program for international students, as is the acquisition of technological, analytical, collaborative, and problem-solving skills for all students. A byproduct of our school culture is the deep personal friendships that result from all students bonding within our small, personal, and inclusive environment.

As our global village continues to evolve, campus enhancements will transform the face of Fulford Preparatory College. What we will never compromise is the small-class ambiance and warm rapport between students and faculty which permeates the school.

Please contact our admissions office [email protected] for details of our programs and ethos. My personal goal is to ensure that a Fulford education will be a transformational experience in the lives of all of our students.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Fulford Prep says: Fulford Preparatory College follows the Ontario provincial curriculum for Grades 11 and 12. We offer a wide range of Open and University-level courses designed to assist students in gaining their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Upon graduation, our students have the necessary background to gain entrance to universities and colleges in Canada and abroad. Our students also write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test and, for those requiring additional support, we offer the Ontario Literacy Course in Grade 12.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      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 Fulford Prep says: Each chapter begins with students being presented with complex, real-world problems they have not yet been taught how to solve. During these discovery-learning sessions students are encouraged to collaborate with their classmates and to think critically and creatively to develop approaches to the problem using their current knowledge. For the remainder of the chapter learning is done more traditionally with the teacher guiding students as they build on their knowledge. Students learn increasingly advanced tools in the form of mathematical equations, algorithms and technologies which allow for greater efficiency when solving complex problems. Teachers present these tools through traditional instructional lessons. Students develop mastery using these tools through daily practice with ample teacher support. Students then revisit complex, real-world problems using their newly learned equations, algorithms and technologies to solve the problems efficiently and accurately.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: Students require a scientific calculator for all math courses. Use of scientific non-graphing calculators is allowed on most quizzes, assignments, tests and exams. Graphing calculators are not recommended as graphing calculators are not allowed during many tests and exams.


    Science Expository

      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: Science is taught in an expository capacity but is strongly supported by inquiry learning. Students learn the foundational information through direct teacher instruction to support English language learning and vocabulary acquisition. Students are then encouraged to think critically about these new ideas and demonstrate their learning through investigative and experiential learning techniques. Students are given foundational lab experience and then asked to design their own lab to answer a scientific question that they have as a summative task. These strategies are designed to support and encourage student curiosity about scientific concepts. Students are engaged in classroom activities through the use of online labs and demonstrations, as well as hands on practical lab experience.

    • 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 Fulford Prep says: An equal balance of traditional and social justice inspired programs is the focus of our literature program. Core concepts and theories are discussed and deconstructed in detail using a variety of teaching methods. These methods include, but are not limited to, instructor-centred, learner-centred, content-focused, interactive and participative, lecture, multi-subject, cross-curricular as well as differentiated learning methods. There is particular emphasis on analyses of content where students become ‘experts’ on specific literature texts. Class discussions as well as participation are a major component of teaching literature. Students will develop critical thinking and essay skills as well as social deconstruction.


    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 Fulford Prep says: Geography – As a diverse and multicultural school, Fulford Preparatory College includes a variety of teaching approaches for geography. Our focus is to ensure thorough understanding of core concepts while keeping the learning progressive and relevant. There is particular emphasis on how geography has changed over time, which requires investigation and deconstruction. Challenge and Change in Society – Throughout this course there is a strong focus on discussion, participation, debate and careful reflection of how society has changed over time. Developing critical thinking skills is an essential part of this course.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

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


    • What Fulford Prep says: Our ESL courses incorporate an audio-lingual approach in conjunction with the communicative methodology. Through imitation and daily choral repetition, the students become actively engaged in their English language learning. Immediate feedback is given to students to ensure they are correctly and efficiently using language forms until it becomes habitual. Worksheets are regularly administered with some explicit grammar instruction. Students extend their listening and speaking skills by the usage of inflection and completion drills, whilst doing authentic conversational practice within the context of a daily setting. Students are required to narrate and respond to a variety of cultural pieces and media texts in the target language. Our blend of audio-lingual and communicative styles is an effective and productive pedagogical approach to English language acquisition.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • ESL


    Fine Arts Receptive

      Receptive arts programs emphasize art history (visual, music, theatre, etc) and appreciation over creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. The goal is to give students a core body of knowledge related to the arts, while developing their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities. Studio-work is still a component of most reflective programs, but it plays less of a role than in creative programs.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Fulford Prep says: At Fulford Preparatory College, teachers provide a receptive approach to teaching drama. Teachers provide cross-curricular opportunities to discuss historical content in areas of visual, musical, theatrical arts and how they have changed over time. Students have the opportunity for hands on application of set design and costume design. Students will also develop their own monologues and plays in a learner-centered method of instruction. A major emphasis is placed on participation/involvement, response to change and application. Students will also learn from an audience perspective and reflect on the various techniques and movement used on stage.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Fulford Prep says: Fulford Preparatory College offers a high degree of technological integration in all our classrooms. Through the use of OneNote, teachers provide our students with an interactive, online learning environment where lectures can be reviewed, student work posted and assessed, and regular individual feedback provided all within an easily-accessible electronic platform. Students at Fulford Preparatory College are required to bring with them laptop/desktop devices in order to access the OneNote network.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Fulford Prep says: While FPC does not offer credits in Physical Education, it is a major part of our holistic approach to student life. Students must choose two co-curricular activities that are done after classes three days a week, for at least an hour each day. Sports offered include basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, badminton, ball and ice hockey, and others depending on interest. All of these activities have a structured educational component. Students are expected to participate fully in all the activities they select. Physical Education is encouraged by all staff in order to keep the students active, healthy, and entertained. During the winter months, students are brought to local fitness clubs to supplement physical activity. On top of the offered programs, our residential program has mandatory activities on weekends that usually have some physical component.


    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 10.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 10 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 10 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 11 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 11 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 12 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 10 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 12 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 12 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 11 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 12 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 10 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 11 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 10 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 10 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 10 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 10 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 11

    What Fulford Prep 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 Fulford Prep says: This information is not currently available.



    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 Fulford Prep says about flexible pacing: Use of OneNote online classroom platform to allow students to explore and revise topics at their on pace; study allows stronger students to delve deeper into content


    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 Fulford Prep says: Fulford Preparatory College promotes a rigorous academic culture that challenges students to reach their full personal potential within a supportive, ESL-focused learning environment. Our students’ learning extends beyond the classroom through a comprehensive residential life curriculum, as well as mandatory supervised study sessions five evenings per week. Students are also part of small-sized, teacher-led advisor groups


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Fulford Prep says: With young men and women drawn from around the world, we nurture and intimate campus environment that empowers stduents wth the discipline to persevere in their studies, the freedome to explore new opportunities, the confidence and creativity to express themselves both in and beyond the formal classroom. We aim to shape students to take calculated risks, to try something new, and to challenge themselves in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Fulford Prep can provide support for mild disablities. Fulford Prep does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Fulford Prep 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 12, Fulford Preparatory College students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    1112
    Fulford Prep160 mins160 mins
    Site Average97 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades11 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback11 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting11 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings11 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What Fulford Prep says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Badminton
      Equestrian
      Field Hockey
      Golf
      Ice Skating
      Snowboarding
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    101112
    Boarding $52,200
    What Fulford Prep says: Tuitioin is inclusive of room and board, textbooks, on campus activities, and medical insurance.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    The Fulford Preparatory College Entrance Scholarship
    Amount: $2,000
    Academic
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 11—
    1. Any international student (Canadian citizens, including those students holding dual-citizenship, and permanent residents do not qualify for these awards)
    2. Entering Fulford Preparatory College’s grade 11 credit program or ESL Foundation with the intent to stay for two years.
    3. Satisfy all admission requirements
    4. Provide a 250 word personal statement outlining their contribution to their community and how they would demonstrate leadership at Fulford Preparatory College.
    5. Successful interview conducted by Director of Admissions
    6. Have an average of 80% or higher based on their last years transcript. The transcript and academic average calculation will be assessed by the Director of Admissions
    7. Deadline to apply: March 1st prior to each fall intake.  Applicants can apply after the March 1 deadline, however, funds may be disbursed.
    Application Details:

    Provide a 250 word personal statement outlining their contribution to their community and how they would demonstrate leadership at Fulford Preparatory College.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 60
    Average enrollment per grade20
    Average class size10 to 12
    Gender (grades)10 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 10 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)100%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview11 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)11 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Fulford Prep says:

    Application Process

    Thank you for your interest in joining the Fulford Preparatory College family. We give careful consideration to every applicant. Each application is reviewed closely and considered both as a student and as a unique individual. We take into account your past achievements and look at your future potential for contribution to Fulford Preparatory College and the greater social good.

    While admission to Fulford Preparatory College is on a rolling basis, the Admissions Office encourages students to begin the process during the fall and spring of the preceding academic year. We can process applications all throughout the year but it is encouraged that students apply ahead of time to allow at least four eight weeks for the Canadian Visa and Study Permit application process.

    The following 6 steps are required to complete the application process:

    Step 1: Application and Application Fee

    Navigate to http://www.fulfordprep.com and click on the Application Form button.  Follow the detailed step-by-step instructions and complete the Application Form in its entirety.  Upon completion, submit via email to [email protected] along with the $200 non-refundable application fee. You can also contact us directly at [email protected] to request the Application Form or for additional information.

    Step 2: Student Interview

    As soon as our Admissions Office receives your application and application fee, we will be in touch with you to set up an interview in person, via Skype, Facetime, QQ, telephone or other convenient medium.  Interviews generally last 15 to 20 minutes and are informal, allowing us to get to know you.

    Step 3: Official School Transcripts

    We require a copy of the applicant’s final transcripts from their previous two academic years, in addition to any report cards from the current in-progress academic year.  A final transcript from the current academic year must be submitted once the academic year has been completed.

    Step 4: Personal Profile

    Applicants are required to submit a 300 word personal profile in their own handwriting, outlining their academic goals and interests, extracurricular activities, community involvement and areas of distinction or achievement.  The Personal Profile can be completed during the Student Interview, or the Personal Profile form can be emailed to the applicant.  Personal Profiles are to be submitted to [email protected].

    Step 5: Confidential Reference

    The Confidential Reference will be emailed to you after the application form and application fee have been submitted.  Once you receive the Confidential Reference it must be submitted to your Principal or English teacher for completion and returned to [email protected] directly from the Principal or English teacher.  Detailed instructions are provided on the Confidential Reference form.

    Step 6: Entrance Exam

    All applicants are required to complete an Entrance Exam.  The exam will be sent to you with instructions from our Admissions Office once the application form and application fee have been submitted.

    Please Note: the Steps of the Application Process may be executed in any order once the application form and application fee are received. 

    Once we receive all of the above six admissions requirements, the selection committee will review and evaluate your application.  The committee will make a decision with 24 hours of receiving the final application requirement, and within 48 hours you will be notified of the selection committee’s decision. 

    Should you have any questions, or if the Admissions Team can be of any assistance in this process, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or + 1.613.269.2064 ext. 471 or 472

    We look forward to receiving your application.

    Admissions Timeline to our Academic Programs

    While we do take applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, we have restrictions on when students can join our academic program.  

    Semester One (September to January):
    Students admitted to Fulford Preparatory College arriving after the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (typically the second full weekend in October) can join our English as a second language program, but are too late to gain credits in our Semester One academic program. 

    Semester Two (February to June):
    Student admitted to Fulford Preparatory College arriving three weeks after the start of Semester Two (typically after February 21) can join our English as a second language program, but are too late to gain credits in our Semester Two academic program.  The last day students can arrive in Semester Two for the English as a second language program is April 1; we do not allow students to join Semester Two after this date.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Fulford Preparatory College is looking for: Fulford Preparatory College is looking for students who take ownership of their education; learn to think criticallly, creatively, and globally; have an appreciation for diverse cultures, faiths, opinions, worldviews, and global perspectives; set challenging goals and work tirelessly to acquire the the necessary skills to achieve them; become effective commmunicators; strive to excel; and develop confidene to become future leaders.



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type101112
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    20 - 30 (100%)15 - 20 (100%)

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size16
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements50
    **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)


    What Fulford Preparatory College says:

  • Most popular fields of study among Fulford Preparatory graduates are business and engineering.

  • Associations

    Associations
    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations


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