Our Kids
Request a package from: Guiding Light Academy

I am a:
required
Student Info:
  • required
  • required

Contact me by:
required
required
required
required
Special request:

Our Kids

This contact form is brought to you by Our Kids – The Trusted Source for thousands of families since 1998.

×
Guiding Light Academy
Guiding Light Academy
225 Broadway Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 1J1
Call
Contact name:
Deanne Jackson

Phone number:
(647) 779-9199×
Request a package Website
Guiding Light Academy
 

Guiding Light Academy

225 Broadway Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 1J1

Curriculum:
Traditional,  Montessori
Grades (Gender):
JK to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$9,500/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
5 to 16
Enrolment:
Day: 100 (Gr. JK - 8)

Get more information

Contact Name:
Deanne Jackson

Phone Number:


School Address
225 Broadway Street, Mississauga, Ontario, L5M 1J1

About this school:

highlights

Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK & Grades 1 to 8 that far exceeds the Ontario standard. We focus on spiritual development, academic excellence & an extensive co-curricular program that includes music, gymnastics, sport, drama, elocution & dance. The Spiritual Guidance is under the full responsibility of The Heralds of the Gospel & Lumen Veritatis Academy. Each school day begins with Daily Mass at our local Parish.


The Our Kids review of Guiding Light Academy

our takeOne of the reasons that private school is attractive is because there is no assumption that one size fits all, and Guiding Light is a great example of that. It presents both traditional and Montessori instruction in consort with the values and lessons of the Catholic church. It’s not for everyone, though for some, it provides a strikingly tailored fit. The ideal family is one that is active within the Catholic faith and looking for a school that will support that spiritual life. Families who enroll are drawn by the strength of the academic program, as well as by the breadth of extra-curricular offerings, all offered within a very close-knit school community. There is no other school like it, and for the families that enrol, that's perhaps Guiding Light's greatest strength. 



Principal's Message

principal

Deanne Jackson, Principal

We at Guiding Light Academy are blessed to share the integral role of guiding our children during the formative years of their lives.

Through outstanding learning and teaching, with constant reinforcement of core values, we strive to prepare our children for the tapestry of life.

On a personal note, I have founded and managed School of Knowledge, Sharjah, U.A.E., for the last twenty-five years. My gratification is when my students, now young adults, feel that the best years of their lives were the ones spent in our care! This sense of achievement is what I endevour  to bring to the feild of education in Toronto as well.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional, Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: Montessori

Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Lessons are highly decentralized: children typically work individually (though sometimes with others) on specialized "Montessori materials" -- without interference from the teacher. The materials are self-correcting and teach the student something about the subject at hand. The method's goal is to develop children's innate desire to learn, while freeing up time for teachers to help children individually, as needed.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


What Guiding Light Academy says: The Enriched Curriculum at Guiding Light Academy provides your child with the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally through creative learning.At Guiding Light Academy, we focus on three key Elements including Spiritual Guidance, Academic Excellence, and Co-curricular Activities. We combine traditional methods of academic learning with aspects of social interactive learning.\nOur main goal is to provide a learning environment that inspires learning, encourages strong self -development, and instills deep spiritual values.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based Religious-based
    Academic French immersion Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • 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 Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading 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 Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Latin


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


    Computers and Technology
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

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

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What Guiding Light Academy 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.

    69 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education

    Progressive

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


    What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori Approach

    CLASSROOM PRACTICES
    SCHOOL POLICIES: This information is not currently available.

    Whole-class lectures
    • Orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.

    • Non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.



    Special education
    • Orthodox

      External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

    • Moderately orthodox

      External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.

    • Non-orthodox

      External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.



    Specialist classes
    • Orthodox

      We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

    • Moderately orthodox

      We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

    • Non-orthodox

      We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.



    Modern-day technology
    • Orthodox

      Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.

    • Non-orthodox

      Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.



    Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
    • Orthodox
      42% of schools

      Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

    • Moderately Orthodox
      34% of schools

      Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Moderately Non-Orthodox
      11% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Non-orthodox
      14% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.


    Teaching Assistants:

    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 Guiding Light Academy says: The Enriched Curriculum at Guiding Light Academy provides your child with the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally through creative learning. At Guiding Light Academy, we focus on three key Elements including Spiritual Guidance, Academic Excellence, and Co-curricular Activities. We combine traditional methods of academic learning with aspects of social interactive learning.\nOur main goal is to provide a learning environment that inspires learning, encourages strong self -development, and instills deep spiritual values.


    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 Guiding Light Academy says about flexible pacing: Our small class sizes allow us to spend one on one time with every child ensuring that the course material and pacing is customized to each child.


    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 Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Guiding Light Academy 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 Accelerated curriculum

    Accelerated curriculum

    All students enrolled at Guiding Light Academy are on an accelerated curriculum -- whether they are classified as gifted or not. This means they perform the work of older peers in the provincial system..

    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 Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    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 6, Guiding Light Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    JKSK123456
    Guiding Light Academy 30 mins30 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins30 mins34 mins41 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 6
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 6
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 6
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 6
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 6

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What Guiding Light Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Guiding Light Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cricket
      Football
      Gymnastics
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Scouting
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    JKSK12345678
    Day$9,500
    What Guiding Light Academy says: GLA offers a flat tuition rate of $9500 per year per child. The tuition can be paid monthly on a ten month basis. The monthly tuition fee is $950 per month for 10 months.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students50%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 100
    Average enrollment per grade9
    Gender (grades)JK to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Guiding Light Academy says:

    As part of the application requirement, we ask that the parents along with the child meet with the school's admission team to discuss the child and the school's curriculum. 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    90%

    Type of student Guiding Light Academy is looking for: Guiding Light Academy aims to develop all around students with a focus on Catholic values, an intensive academic program and an extensive co-curricular program. We expect a student of Guiding Light Academy to have a deep understanding of the Catholic faith, a strong focus on academics and have the ability to sing and dance on stage as part of a performance.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)1 - 5 (100%)

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    ...



    Guiding Light Remembers!

    On Tuesday November 11, the staff and students of Guiding Light Academy gathered in an intimate and solemn ceremony for Remembrance Day. The school was informed on the background of Remembrance Day and the history of the poppy and how it came to be a symbol of remembrance. We gathered in prayer to pray for the souls of all those who lost their lives in war and for those who are still suffering the effects of war today. Together we experienced the 2 minutes of silence in honour of all these men and women who fought for our freedom in the past and for those who are currently trying to maintain peace in other parts of the world. We also brought our Canada flag to half-mast as a symbol of remembrance. The older grades were able to experience the Streetsville ceremony at the new cenotaph in the square. Students were able to see up close men and women of the armed forces and hear inspirational words from our mayor, Hazel McCallion. Guiding Light Academy was thrilled to participate in the community event and have our students experience the solemnity that is Remembrance Day.

    ...



    Field Trip to the Canadian Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland

    On Friday September 26th 2014, our school went on its first field trip of the year. Staff and students were blessed with a beautiful day at the Canadian Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland. As a school we were able to celebrate our first mass together and receive a special blessing with the relics of the Canadian martyrs. The visit and the homily called us to reflect on our duty as Christians and the participation in the carrying of our own cross in our daily life. 

    The trip was a wonderful way to begin our school excursions as we participated in mass and prayer together as a school. All enjoyed eating our lunch outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful days we have been having. We are all thankful for the experience we were able to share with our students and are looking forward to more opportunities like this.

    ...



    Guiding Light Academy Inauguration

    During the first few weeks of the school year, the staff and students worked extremely hard in preparing for the first of many major events occurring at the Academy. Staff, students, families and friends gathered together on Saturday September 20th, 2014 to celebrate the official inauguration of Guiding Light Academy. 

    Students did an excellent job in representing the school in the best way possible. They were in charge of welcoming guests of honor, leading the assembly in prayer, singing the National Anthem and even conducting the event as masters of ceremony. Our staff could not be prouder of our students!

    Mayor Hazel McCallion’s efforts to attend the inauguration ceremony and her words of wisdom were greatly appreciated and will serve as an encouragement for all of those in attendance. We would like to thank our other guests of honour, Lisa Macleod, George Carlson and Father José David for their presence, well wishes and prayers. The support we received from all our friends, families and the Streetsville community did not go unnoticed and we are so grateful for all the blessings we have received. We are looking forward to the growth of our school community and are thrilled with all that has been accomplished thus far.

    Guiding Light Academy

    ...



    Guiding Light Academy's Enriched Curriculum

    Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 6. At Guiding Light Academy, our forte is our enriched curriculum that far exceeds the Ontario standard curriculum. Our Catholic spiritual guidance program is managed by Lumen Veritatis and the brothers of the Heralds of the Gospel. Our 21st century teaching places a focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Moreover, each and every child participates in various activities as a part of their daily schedule. These include physical education, music, dance, gymnastics, drama and elocution. 

    ...



    Spiritual Formation at Guiding Light Academy

    At Guiding Light Academy, the students are encouraged to develop an informed conscience and a strong spiritual life based on St John Bosco's Preventive system, based on kindness, reason and Religion. 

    The Spiritual development is under the guidance of Lumen Veritatis and religious brothers of the Heralds of the Gospel, working in the Archdiocese of Toronto. 

    By encouraging the practice of virtues from an early age, our children are guided to grow a sound and caring relationship with God, their family as well as their spiritual life. 

    In this way, Academics and spiritual formation walk hand in hand developing our student's body and soul, mind and spirit, knowledge and academics in a wholistic and integral approach, following Jesus' teachings: 'Be perfect, therefore, as your celestial Father is perfect" (Mt. 5, 48)

    Towards tomorrow, Today!

    ...



    In the News

    News

    March 10, 2015 - Guiding Light Academy's favorite event of last term!

    Guiding Light Academy fondly remembers our inauguration ceremony that Mayor Hazel McCallion attended and was covered by Snapd Mississauga! ...



    Social Feeds






    Get more info

    Contact Name
    Deanne Jackson

    Phone Number:
    click to view number


    logo Get more information on Guiding Light Academy     Request a package   Website