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Greenwood College School
Greenwood College School
443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L8
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Greenwood College School

443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L8

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$34,750/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
17
Enrolment:
Day: 475 (Gr. 7 - 12)
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School Address
443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2L8

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About this school:

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At Greenwood, we foster each young person’s independence to venture further. We encourage our students to think independently, to persevere through obstacles, to maintain moral courage and to connect with their communities. Our small, supportive community allows students to feel positive and engaged each day, while our trailblazing approach to personalized education challenges every student to stretch.

School busing:
Greenwood offers bus transferring.
Additional notes: No busing available.

Upcoming Events Next event: October 13, 2017

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  • October 13, 2017Open House
    Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 13 from 09:30 am - 11:30 am

    Join us at our open house!


  • October 20, 2017Open House
    Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Friday, October 20 from 09:30 am - 11:30 am

    Join us at our second open house of the season!



Principal's Message

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Allan Hardy, Principal

I am delighted that you are interested in finding out more about Greenwood College School. Greenwood is one of the great success stories within Toronto’s independent school community. Since opening our doors in 2002, we have grown from 72 students to our present enrolment in 2015-2016 of 429 students in Grades 7-12. 

When our graduates leave Greenwood, they do so with a few things in common. Our alumni are confident, tell you what’s on their minds, and are eager to contribute. They’re not intimidated by uncertainty. They have a sense of adventure and of themselves. We find that families who choose Greenwood share that independent spirit, and want their child to develop the qualities they need to explore what excites them – whether that’s volunteering with Doctors Without Borders, or pursuing a graduate degree at Cambridge. 

We hope you enjoy learning more about Greenwood, and we encourage you to visit our website to book a tour of the school. You will love what you see and hear.

Allan Hardy
Principal


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Greenwood says: Greenwood is a trailblazer in Personalized Education. Personalized Education means that each student is uniquely challenged to stretch, whether that’s through our Advanced Placement curriculum or our Student Success Centre. We look at the “what, how, when and where” aspects of learning, and determine how they need to change to meet the needs of each individual student. Our teachers take time to understand each student’s unique personality, strengths and learning style, and use that knowledge to maximize that individual’s highest potential for engagement and success.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • 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 Greenwood says: Greenwood offers specialized math programs.

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

    • Calculator policy: Students are taught to use calculators in math and business classes.


    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: Science instruction includes a mix of knowledge acquisition and inquiry-based learning at all grades and course levels.

    • 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 Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Greenwood says: Students analyse literary texts from contemporary and historical periods.


    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 Greenwood says: Humanities and social sciences courses at Greenwood include Food & Culture (Grade 11), Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology (Grade 11), World Religions and Belief Traditions: Perspectives, Issues, and Challenges (Grade 11), Challenge and Change in Society (Grade 12) and Philosophy: Questions and Theories (Grade 12).


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Greenwood says: French classes are required for students in Grades 7, 8 and 9, and are offered as electives in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Greenwood says: Students apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process through drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. Students use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary and historical context.


    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 Greenwood says: Greenwood is designed for the digital native, with technology and collaboration tools fully integrated into our program. Students work on laptops throughout the day; students can purchase a laptop through the school or select their own learning device through the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Greenwood says: Exercise Science is offered as an optional course at Greenwood, while regular physical education classes are paired with Outdoor Education experiences throughout the year.


    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 Greenwood says: This information is not currently available.


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP French Language
    • AP Microeconomics

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

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


    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    What Greenwood 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 Greenwood says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Greenwood offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Greenwood 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, Greenwood College School students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average54 mins59 mins71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).


    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades78
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day
    Location Inside Inside
    Amount 45 45
    Lunch recessAmount 15 15

    What Greenwood says: There is a 15-minute free break in the morning, a lunch break (where students are encouraged to socialize and attend club meetings) and a 10-minute walking break in the afternoon to get from class to class.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    Extracurriculars

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    What Greenwood says:
    • Outdoor education is an unforgettable part of every student's Greenwood career. Our outdoor education program helps students step out of their comfort zone in a way that feels like fun, not work. Twice a year, at start of term, the grades spend a week together off-campus: first at Kilcoo Camp, then on progressively more challenging outings such as canoeing in Temagami or kayaking in B.C. Students step outside their comfort zones in a way that feels like fun, not work. They learn, first-hand, the values of intelligent risk-taking, perseverance and resilience - and bring this knowledge home to apply to other aspects of their lives. Contributing to the development of minds, bodies and character, our outdoor education program teaches students about themselves as it forges strong interpersonal relationships.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Mountain biking
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Field Hockey
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$34,750
    What Greenwood says: When comparing tuition at independent schools, it is important to consider what is and is not included in your fees. Unlike many schools, Greenwood’s tuition fees cover the majority of a student's activities, including all fees associated with the school's comprehensive outdoor education program from Grades 7 through 12.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 475
    Average enrollment per grade79
    Gender (grades)7 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    789101112
    Day Enrollment587397788286

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2017


    What Greenwood says:

    To complete your application, the following documents (in addition to your application) must be submitted:

    • recent photograph
    • copy of birth certificate or passport
    • student supplement (completed by hand)
    • final (June) report cards from the previous two years
    • most recent report cards (as they are received)
    • if the student has been the subject of a psychological/educational assessment or Individual Education Plan (IEP), a copy of the most recent assessment or IEP
    • two Teacher Recommendation Forms (postmarked no later than January 15, 2016)


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    36%

    Type of student Greenwood College School is looking for: Applicants to the school will be asked to complete a Character Skills Assessment. Character is an integral value at Greenwood, and our students learn to develop the four pillars of character: Intellectual Character (curiosity, creativity, independence and reflection); Moral Character (inclusion, empathy, integrity and gratitude); Performance Character (initiative, perseverance, accountability and resilience) and Civic Character (generosity, collaboration, leadership and responsibility).



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    60 - 65 (36%)042 (36%)000

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size76
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements29
    **Ivy+ placements6

    *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 Greenwood College School says:

  • When our graduates leave Greenwood, they do so with a few things in common. Our alumni are confident, tell you what’s on their minds, and are eager to contribute. They’re not intimidated by uncertainty. They have a sense of adventure and of themselves, and they're ready to explore what excites them – whether that’s volunteering with Doctors Without Borders, or pursuing a graduate degree at Cambridge.
  • Most popular university destinations include Queen's, Dalhousie, Western and McGill.

  • Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Tom Ramshaw 2009 Tom Ramshaw (2009) is a Canadian sailor in the finn class. Ramshaw has qualified to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Greenwood alumni news is shared via the annual publication Evergreen.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    From Our Parents...

    Hear from our past and current parents how a Greenwood education has positively impacted their children, from the leadership opportunities and academic challenges Greenwood offers, to our positive school environment.

    ...



    Portrait of a Graduate

    The outcome of a Greenwood education is character. Our graduates aren’t simply well prepared for university or college; they’re well prepared for life.

    Find out where life has taken some of our alumni since graduation, and how their time at Greenwood set them up for success, in Portrait of a Graduate.
     

    ...



    In the News

    News

    June 30, 2017 - The Results of Change

    A transformative year in Greenwood’s history is coming to a close. ...


    November 18, 2014 - Engaging Students Outside the Classroom

    Greenwood students are engaging in many areas outside the classroom, from community service, to business competitions, to the arts. ...


    November 18, 2014 - Survey Results Show a High Level of Engagement in Greenwood Students

    In May during the past school year, all students in Grades 9 to 12 participated in the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE). ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations


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