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Glenn Arbour Academy

5051 Mainway, Burlington, Ontario, L7L 5H9

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 125 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
5051 Mainway, Burlington, Ontario, L7L 5H9

About this school:


School Motto - Nurturing Young Minds. Our belief is that an exciting, challenging curriculum, combined with a supportive, nurturing educational environment enhances the student's ability to develop the positive attitude "I can do it!" We encourage and support our students to achieve to their fullest potential. Our commitment is to foster the development of academic excellence, confident children, life long learners, creative analytical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Glenn Arbour Academy

our takeGlenn Arbour positions its approach to instruction within a sense of possibility, building from a student’s sense of what they’re capable of and then extending it. Students feel that they are at baseline and building from there, rather than feeling that they are below baseline and reaching up to achieve it. Perhaps it’s a fine point, but the lived experience, for many students, can be transformational. The goal is academic excellence and personal confidence, and Glenn Arbour has built its reputation on delivering students into their high school careers with both of those. Families are also drawn to an impressive roster of extracurricular activities, one that is somewhat remarkable for a school of this size. As such, students not only have access to the activities of their choice, they are also challenged to try others that they may not consider in other environments.

School busing:

GAA offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Burlington, Oakville.
Additional notes: Glenn Arbour offers before and after busing. Please inquire at the office for route and fee information.

Principal's Message


Lisa MacKinnon, Director/Owner

At Glenn Arbour Academy we believe that knowledge and understanding of the world around us enriches our lives.  We look forward to sharing this knowledge and understanding with your son/daughter.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What GAA says: Our curriculum integrates multifaceted learning opportunities with instructional technology and hands-on discovery. It is a rich curriculum program that encompasses all disciplines in ways that encourage and support student curiosity, growth and learning. Students at Glenn Arbour Academy are engaged in dynamic learning experiences throughout their school day.

  • Approach:

  • 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 GAA says: The mathematics program at Glenn Arbour Academy is challenging and already proven to be successful. Lessons are presented in a structured hands on style. Emphasis is placed on developing a strong foundation for computational skills and problem solving strategies. The concepts and skills presented are never neglected. Every component of the math program is constantly reinforced. Frequent assessments are used as important valuable diagnostic tools to measure individual progress. Daily homework sheets reinforce the skills taught during the day, and also require the student to apply previous knowledge and understanding to complete a varied collection of problems. A high level of accuracy is promoted. Each student is encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of the steps involved to arrive at his/ her solution. • Number sense and numeration • Measurement • Geometry and spatial sense • Patterning and algebra • Data management and probability

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: The core textbook materials used throughout all grades in the Math program are based on the Saxon Math Program. Supplementary materials include Jump Math resources.

    • Calculator policy: Calculators are permitted for use of students with Individual Education Plans and also during computation testing areas for the Canadian Test of Basic Skills (CTBS).

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What GAA says: The Reading program at Glenn Arbour Academy focuses on the development of reading skills, which will encourage students to become avid readers, both for knowledge and enjoyment. In the Primary Grades a very structured, strong phonetic based program is presented. Application of reading strategies to read unfamiliar words and acquiring automatic recognition of words is emphasized. Attention is given to programming to meet the individual needs of the student. As students become involved in the reading of short stories, a description of the plot, characters and settings is required.

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

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

    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What GAA says: At Glenn Arbour Academy students are challenged to think creatively and set the high standard of his or her personal best for their writing assignments. A solid foundation of the knowledge and understanding of the basic writing skills is developed through our writing program. Students become confident writers expressing their ideas and opinions in the written form. Frequent opportunities are made available to write for a variety of purposes, for example: poetry, creative stories, formal letters, postcards, and invitations. The writing process requires the students to draft, review, revise, edit and proof read their work. Teachers and peers continually monitor, provide suggestions, instructions and guidance to help students advance in their writing skills.

    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: Visit a classroom at Glenn Arbour Academy during a science inquiry and you will observe curious learners actively participating in investigations and experiments. Through group discussions students share their observations, predictions and conclusions. Students engage in the Scientific Inquiry process to observe, predict and discover exciting information and learning. Our “hands on” style of programming for science, physical science, Earth and space give the students opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Critical thinking and problem solving techniques are strengthened through the study of science.

    • 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

    Literature Equal Balance

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

    • What GAA says: In the Primary Grades a very structured, strong phonetic based program is presented. Literature studies are based on reading materials that enhance phonetic decoding skills and build reading fluency. The concepts of plot, characters and settings are introduced in exploratory and hands on formats that may involve dramatic play or cooperative learning. In the Junior Grades students are involved in progressively higher more complex reading selections. Emphasis is placed on fluency and expression. An application of a higher level of thinking skills, reflecting upon personal experiences and previous knowledge will be required to further reading comprehension skills. In the Senior Grades students have the opportunities to engage in higher level independent novel studies, both fiction and non-fiction. Answers to reading assignments involve including detail and information from the text to support their answers. For completion of research projects students become engaged in analyzing higher-level reference material to support their results.

    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 GAA says: Students begin learning about the world around them through an interactive, engaging, and comprehensive social studies program in kindergarten and continue through to grade eight. Students have an opportunity to work collaboratively and independently, to explore aspects of community, culture, history, and geography. Research skills and oral presentation skills are developed through social studies. Field trips, guest speakers, models, and audio visual presentations, enhance student learning.

    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 GAA says: In the Humanities and Social Sciences Program, Senior School students (grades 7/8) explore the deeper meanings behind important historical events and eras. Students examine primary and secondary resources in order to gain thorough understandings of historical significance and consequence and engage with material through reading, writing, debate and dialogue activities.

    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 GAA says: The core French program at Glenn Arbour Academy begins in Junior Kindergarten. The Junior and Senior Kindergarten program emphasizes oral and aural communication through listening, speaking, singing songs and interactive activities. Students in grades 1-8 continue oral and aural communication but also focus on written communication and eexpression.

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What GAA says: Our arts curriculum is made up of visual and dramatic arts. The visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpting, design as well as other fine arts components. Visual arts foster creativity and imagination. We strive to provide the ability to communicate through visual arts. Dramatic arts provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of themselves and others. Through drama, students will learn about different people, cultures, places and times.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What GAA says: At Glenn Arbour, our Computers and Technology program begins in Junior Kindergarten. Students are taught the Microsoft Office suite as well as website development, coding, keyboarding, ipad use, digital photography and the proper use and care of technology. A major component to our program is safety. In age appropriate lessons, students are taught about the possible dangers associated with online communication, online presence and how to saferguard themselves, website and research evaluation and virus/malware protection. Our senior school students (Grades 7/8) participate in a Laptop Program where their lessons and work are done entirely on a laptop.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What GAA says: Our physical education program is an integral part of the curriculum. Students are instructed and challenged to develop effective motor skills, work co-operatively with others and demonstrate good sportsmanship. Activities are age appropriate. Lessons focus on instruction to acquire co-ordination and control over their movements. As students demonstrate progress they advance to more complex movement skills. Students are engaged in activities such as basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, skating and skiing. They also will have the opportunity to participate in Varsity teams competing with other schools. Glenn Arbour offers extra-curricular athletic activities both compettive and developmental.

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

    What GAA says: The Ontario Ministry of Education has announced its new 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum, replacing the curriculum document of 1998. This revised curriculum reflects health, safety and well-being realities faced by students today, including easily accessed information found online, the widespread use of social media and smartphones. It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education to create curriculum and set curriculum expectations. We as a school share the responsibility to implement the new curriculum and work to develop instructional strategies for the attainment of curriculum outcomes. We understand some of the curriculum contains sensitive content and will require thoughtful delivery and parental support.

    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 GAA 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 GAA says: The Junior and Senior Kindergarten Curriculum is strongly based on the importance of integrating young student’s two passions, learning and play. The students work in groups, and are encouraged to problem solve collectively and learn how to be a team player. The students are actively engaged through hands on learning opportunities that integrate cross curricular authentic learning experiences. Kindergarten students are involved in all areas of the program. They begin French, Gym, Music Computers and Technology in Junior Kindergarten. Students are involved in both the Christmas and Spring Concerts, and Choir hosted throughout the year.

    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 GAA says about flexible pacing: Pacing is tailored to the unique learning profile of students in order to accelerate their comprehension and understanding. Diagnostic assessments enable teachers to quickly identify areas of enrichment and areas of need in order to appropriately pace learning in the classroom.

    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 GAA says: In Glenn Arbour Academy's supportive academic culture, the contributions of all students are valued and reflected in curriculum as well as extra curriculars. Students are supported to put forth their best efforts and maintain high standards of achievement for themselves. All are reflected and included in an academic culture that values diversity, achievement and inclusion.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What GAA says: Glenn Arbour Academy maintains a balanced approach to the development of our students, which encompasses both academic and emotional priorities. Our holistic approach is used to nurture each student's individuality, self esteem and academic competence. Our rigorous academic program enhances the intellectual development of students that are challenged and engaged in curriculum materials in order to achieve their best. In this way, the emotional and intellectual health and development of all students are prioritized.

    Special Needs Support Indirect Support

    Indirect Support

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day; the teacher receives special training in accommodating special needs and/or learning disabled students.

    • 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
    • What GAA says: At Glenn Arbour Academy, our trained teachers integrate learning needs into classroom teaching and assessment. A diagnosed student will receive the academic and emotional support needed to nurture their academic and emotional well being. Frequent parent meetings and close teacher communication ensure that learning plans are followed and adapted to meet changing learning priorities. Small class sizes and an adaptive curriculum approach ensures that students with learning difficulties experience a positive school climate and academic culture.

    • 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
    • Summary: At Glenn Arbour Academy, the learning needs of all students are prioritized. Students with learning difficulties are assessed and the appropriate modifications and accommodations are implemented to ensure that high level learning is supported.Individual Education Plans are used as a teaching tool in order to provide support across the curriculum. Frequent parent communication is a vital component of special needs support, as learning priorities are communicated to maintain a strong home and school connection.

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; 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 GAA says: Gifted learners thrive in our accelerated learning climate with customized curriculum materials and challenging subject design. Gifted learners are provided with opportunities for leadership development and academic growth through individual and peer learning pursuits based on higher level engagement and thinking.

    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 8, Glenn Arbour Academy students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    GAA 15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins
    Site Average6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 8
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade JK SK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    Size n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a


    What GAA says:
    • Green Team
    • Debate Club
    • Student Council
    • Me to We Charity Fundraising
    • Intramurals
    • Highlander Choir
    • Ensemble
    • Full School Choir
    • Boy's Choir
    • Chess Club
    • School Ambassadors
    • Model UN Team
    • Peer Tutoring
    • Instrumental
    • School Camps
    • Oratoricals
    • BRAVO Program
    • Yearbook Club
    • Highlander Debate Team
    • Yoga Club
    • Art Club - We offer Junior and Senior Art Clubs so that students can learn age appropriate skills and techniques and further their passion and creativity.
    • Fitness Club
    • Drum Line
    • Book Club

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What GAA says: Included in the tuition fees are workbooks, textbooks, some school trips and some SSAF events. Not included in the tuition fees are the milk program, lunches, uniforms, school supplies and musical instruments.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 125
    Average enrollment per grade11
    Average class size16
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment710610111415161312



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What GAA says:

    Please visit website for admission requirements


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Glenn Arbour Academy is looking for: Glenn Arbour Academy seeks students who are motivated, enthusiastic and open to new and challenging learning opportunities. We value self-discipline, respect for self and others and inclusion. Students who balance healthy social, emotional and intellectual development will add to the collaborative and inclusive culture at Glenn Arbour Academy. Strong study habits, listening skills and willingness to contribute to extra-curricular activities and clubs are highly sought after qualities. Inquisitiveness, intellectual curiosity and perseverance will ensure student success at Glenn Arbour Academy.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Andrew Estrada 2011 Andrew is currently working towards a Business Degree.
    Shawna Kerfont 2011 Shawna is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
    Evan  Attard 2011 Evan has moved onto post secondary studies in business.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Andrew Estrada (Class of 2011) has taken the #1 ranking in the world for Pokeman competition.
    • Evan Attard has returned to GAA to teach an Art Sketch Camp to enthusiastic students after school each week!

    Stories & Testimonials


    Learning made fun!

    Oratorical Competition

    Congratulations to all of our students who are moving on to the finals for our speech competition. We are proud of all of our students who participated this year. Everyone did an outstanding job!

    100th Day!!

    To celebrate our 100th day of school on February 24th, celebrated in different ways. Reason to find out what we did!

    The JK’s and SK’s displayed paper trophies sharing what they were most proud of learning for the last 100 days. They wore special crowns and brought in 100 items from home (cheerios, smarties, pasta etc) to create something unique.

    The grade 1's each completed a presentation of 100 items with poster boards, necklaces, a rhyming puzzle, an abacus, hockey card collection, just to name a few. Each student presented their 100th items in a unique way. They also wrote a piece about what they would do if they had $100 dollars.

    The grade 2/3 class engaged in 100 exercises for Health class, coloured odd and even numbers up to 100 to create a picture and filled out a sheet all about 100 (I wish I had 100..., I wouldn't want 100..., When I am 100 I will...)

    The grade 4 class participated in a writing assignment in language. They had to imagine they had a hundred dollars, but they could not keep it for themselves. They had to give it to either a person or charity. They then had to describe what they would want the person or charity to do with it.

    The grade 5’s daily math questions were all 100 based and they also created a bucket list of 5 things they wanted to do before they turned 100.

    Finally, the 7/8 class had a collaborative discussion about what the world will be like in 100 years from now.

    We are all 100 days smarter at GAA!!

    Medieval Times

    Yesterday, our grade 4 class travelled to Toronto to experience feudalism up close at Medieval Times. Student’s had front row seats for medieval combat and pageantry, sword-clashing battles, a delicious 4 course medieval feast, and witnessed beautiful horses with unique performances.
    Student’s really felt as though they were in a medieval era as they were inside a stone castle resembling Medieval Spain, while they watched six knights in authentic armour, in a jousting tournament for the title of the King’s champion! 
    We cheered on the red knight as he defeated his enemy in a thrilling battle!

    An excellent experience had by all!

    Quelle belle surprise! 
    The grade twos and threes have received international mail from the French students of Marymount International School in PARIS!
    The students from France wrote, decorated and sent lovely holiday cards telling us all about themselves en français! Our classes were so excited to read and translate them together!
    Now the real fun begins; writing back some replies to our new French friends!

    Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)!

    The Grade 4 class does some sort or DPA (Daily Physical Activity) each day with Mr. Slater. We like to change things up a little and one way was to do the workout to music. During opening ysterday the Grade 4 class decided to to do a mini flash mob to show the school what they have done! It was a big hit and was soo much fun! Poor Mr Fretz did not see it coming!


    Fireman Alert!

    The grade 4 class had the opportunity to get a first hand lesson from the Burlington Firefighters today. The lesson included kitchen safety, what to expect to hear/questions when they phone 911, and why you need an escape plane.

    A special thanks to Captain Chris and his crew, Jarrod, Tyrone, and Tony for taking the time out of their busy schedule and for dressing Mr. Slater up like a firefighter. The students asked a lot of great questions and got a lot of information... and the big highlight was having a tour of the "Tool Box" (aka the fire truck).



    Today grades 4-8 students attended the Royal Ontario Museum. The grade 4 class participated in a museum lesson and tour based on their science unit and lessons on Habitats and Communities.

    The grade 5 class engaged in a discovery workshop to explore First Nations communities in Canada, a Social Studies unit being covered this term.

    The grade 6 class explored a module on flight, as part of their Science unit. The 7/8 class explored the Pompeii exhibit to further their understanding of this important historical period.

    An educational and engaging experience was had by all!


    Glenn Arbour Student Stories


    On November 26th, GAA's grades 5-8 were treated to a performance of Footloose put on by the Innovative Musical Theatre in Milton, ON. Students were captivated by the acting, singing and dancing of the youth performers. The underlying messages of the play were the importance of creating a strong moral character while maintaining familial bonds through life's trials and hardships. These ideals resonated through the audience as it was presented by dedicated and talented actors, including 2 of our very own students. We are very proud of you Paige and Jessica!

    What our students do in their spare time!

    The weekend of September 11, 2015, Milton BMX, our home track, hosted the Provincial Finals. To qualify for Provincial Ranking, Jack had to race in 4 Qualifiers plus the final over the 2015 season. Our family raced in Chatham, Port Elgin, Ottawa and Nepean as well as a qualifier held at our own track in Milton. Jack did very well this season and earned a Ranking of #2 Intermediate 8 year old in Ontario. This is a huge accomplishment as the competition in this age group is very strong and Jack "ages up" mid season so he needs to up his speed and skill to match the new group he is racing. The points separating him and the #1 rider were just 3!

    Jack also raced at the Pan Am Canada Cup which invited from around the world to compete on the track in an event held prior to the Pan Am games---Jack earned a 4th in his class! Other races this season included The Stars and Stripes National in Pittsburgh PA, Limestone City National, Kingston ON and The Maple Leaf National in Milton ON.

    We raced just about every weekend this summer. This is very much a family sport as not only did Jack earn a provincial title but Mike (#1), Lily (#3) and even me (#3) earned titles this season.

    Our outdoor season has now come to an end so we will continue to train at places like Joyride indoor bike park in Markham, a small facility in Flamborough and travel across the border to race at some indoor tracks. Our family switches to skiing in the winter to keep active.


    Teacher Testimonial 2016

    I love being a part of the GAA community. It is a privilege to teach children and to play an important role in their education and development. The teachers at GAA are a team and we work together to make every day a successful one for our students. Whether we are planning fun events or looking for learning strategies to help a student, the faculty supports one another is always looking out for the best interests of our students. The close communication with parents is one of my favourite aspects of our school. The students know how invested we all are in their achievements and happiness and it shows. Helping our students develop skills for success now, and for their future, while helping them become confident and conscientious people is our goal at GAA. 


    Community Events

    Santa 5K

    Thousands of Santas lined the streets of Burlington on Saturday December 12, 2015. GAA students, parents and alumni excitedly awaited their start time of 10:05am.

    Congratulations to Hannah who placed 3rd in her age group and Brendan who was the first GAA student to cross the finish line, placing 8th. Students all received a medal for participating in this festive community event that supports Community Living Burlington and St. John Ambulance.

    Thank you Natalie for organizing us to attend, we all had so much fun!

    Way to go Highlanders!


    Salvation Army

    On Friday December 11, Student Council members visited the Salvation Army Burlington to sort and stock food shelves for the Christmas Food Drive. The Salvation Army helps local families access healthy foods over the holiday season and throughout the year. Student Council efforts contribute to the maintenance of a clean, safe and well stocked food bank.
    Thank you Student Council for giving back to the community over the holiday season.


    Anti-Bullying Week

    On Tuesday November 17th, Scott Graham, author, advocate and founder of Stand Up Revolution Leadership group, visited GAA for an in school assembly to address anti-bullying week from November 16-20. Scott's engaging and informative presentation addressed bullying definitions, examples of ways for students to intervene and make positive impacts in their school communities.

    Students participated in demonstrations and exercises to demonstrate their commitment to prevent bullying and harassment behaviours within and beyond the school setting.

    We are looking forward to hearing more from Student Council during opening this week.


    Stand Up Revolution Conference

    On November 3rd, the Grade 7/8 class attended the Stand Up Revolution Anti-Bullying Conference at the Meeting House in Oakville. Hosted by Kids for Kids leadership founder Scott Graham, the conference educated, inspired and motivated elementary and high school students to act as Upstanders to bullying and help prevent harassment behaviours in their schools. Keynote presenters included television personalities Nathan McLeod and Shaquan Lewis, musical guests The Spoons and Anastasia A, former Golden Glove Champion Spider Jones, Comedian Michael McCleary, motivational Free the Children speaker Moll Burke and magician and Guinness Book of World Records holder Scott Hammell, among others. Students were engaged and captivated by all of the presenters.

    Students shared their insights and ideas with the GAA community this morning during assembly. We are looking forward a follow up visit from Scott Graham next week.


    We Scare Hunger

    Millions around the world go hungry every day, even in our own backyard. Hunger affects people from all walks of life. They are your neighbours, the people you pass on the street or even friends. Most people never expect to have to go to a food bank. But when faced with unemployment, poverty or family crisis, many find themselves having to turn to their community food bank to feed their family. A food package may make the difference for a family trying to get back on their feet after a crisis. It can mean that a child doesn’t go to bed hungry. It’s time to be heroes and stop hunger in its tracks. This October, help GAA by donating your non-perishable food items.

    -GAA Student Council


    Teacher Testimonial 2014

    "I love working at GAA. Its a joy to come to work everyday and to be a part of such a great team 

    of teachers and staff. Everyone is committed to each and every student and always tries their best 

    to help students reach their highest potential. I love seeing how much the students at GAA love 

    coming to school each day. I constantly hear students saying how much they missed school if 

    they have to be away for a day or when we have school breaks. That's what makes teaching at 

    GAA so special. You can really tell that you're making a difference with each and every student."


    Teacher Testimonial 2014

    "GAA is certainly a school that offers teachers many benefits and rewards. I am pleased and proud to be 

    part of this community. Please see below my list of benefits of working at GAA.


    1. Supportive management ( Thank you :) );

    2. Friendly, dynamic and united community (management, teachers, parents and students work 

    together for creating a good living and learning environment for all);

    3. Enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable and creative staff;

    4. Respectful, knowledgeable and eager to learn  students;

    5. Spacious and well equipped classes;

    6. Safe environment for students.

    Teaching at Glenn Arbour Academy is the most rewarding teaching position I’ve had in my twenty plus 

    years of teaching.”


    Teacher Testimonial 2014

    "Where to begin!

    -Excellent working environment with positive and helpful staff

    -School culture of mutual understanding, caring and support

    -administrative support

    -Curriculum driven lessons as well as flexibility to adapt and modify according to diverse student 

    learning profiles and needs

    -Great opportunities for extra curricular involvement 

    -Technologically enhanced school with SmartBoards, Ipads and computer lab for student growth and 


    -Helpful parent support through organizations like GAAPTA and other events"


    Our Experience at GAA

    Glenn Arbour Academy is my second family.  You know everyone’s name and they all welcome you every day with a smile.  It feels like your home away from home.  The teachers always make learning fun by jazzing up the lessons.  Someone is always there to pat me on back and motivate me to keep moving forward.  Our class sizes are small so we always get a lot of individual attention.

    I feel very prepared for high school and know that I will do well in the future.  I love Glenn Arbour because I have so many wonderful memories; the concerts, the trips, the friends, the teachers and everything.  I couldn’t imagine a better place!


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    Other Highlights:

    • Physical Education 3 times a week as well as numerous opportunities to be active daily. Through seasonal sports, intramurals, and their own outdoor skating rink, students are active and develop sportsmanship and confidence.
    • Specialized French, Music and Computers and Technology classes begin as early as Junior Kindergarten.
    • Appreciation for the Arts is fostered right from the beginning with participation in music, drama and art classes.
    • Opportunities for students to develop public speaking skills through our student led daily Opening Assembly, our annual Oratorical Competition, and 2 whole school concerts.
    • Access to a variety of learning environments and technology to enhance their development
    • In addition to a stimulating academics program, we offer many different clubs, sports and after school programs.
    • Programs are tailored to the individual learner and focuses on discovery, inquiry, imagination and real-world skills.

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