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Hitherfield School

2439 Tenth Sideroad, Milton-Campbellville, Ontario, L0P 1B0

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$11,250 to 14,250/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 14
Day: 100 (Gr. PS - 8)

School Address
2439 Tenth Sideroad, Milton-Campbellville, Ontario, L0P 1B0

About this school:


Hitherfield is a co-ed, independent school for children in pre-school to grade 8. Students thrive on a very challenging academic program that is supported by one-on-one teaching. Situated on 82 acres of pristine rolling countryside, 10 minutes from downtown Milton, Hitherfield School offers a multitude of outdoor activities including cross-country skiing, pond study and space to play. Respect and integrity are the norm and our parents are an integral part of the school community. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Hitherfield School

our takeAnn Scott founded Hitherfield in 1991 after a career within the Halton school board, and she remains at the head of the school today, giving a nice continuity to the development of the programs. The intention throughout has been to offer something that wasn’t offered in the public board, principally a more individualized, caring approach to learning. The school is small, and the size is one of its strengths. While it’s not a country school in name, the feel is comparable to schools that situate themselves within that movement—namely a learning environment that very much reflects the community that supports it. Parents are important to the life of the school, and are encouraged to take a role that will express their skills and interests. The ideal student is one looking for something more personal approach, one more attentive to the abilities, experience, and passion that students bring into the classroom.

School busing:

Hitherfield School offers bus transferring. The regions it offers busing from are Milton, Georgetown.

Principal's Message


Ann Scott, Principal

Hitherfield students are happy, eager to learn, and proud of what they are able to accomplish. Our teachers are dedicated, willing to listen, and determined to help your child reach potential. I encourage you to participate in your child’s learning experience by communicating with teachers frequently, helping in the classroom or at special events, and by consistently nurturing a positive attitude toward the learning process and your child’s successes.
The interaction between parents, staff and students at Hitherfield is very important. Parent help, expertise and interest enable us to provide a broader scope of experiences than would otherwise be possible.
We are looking forward to the year ahead, to new as well as familiar faces, and to helping the children meet challenges and achieve excellence in whatever they do, according to their individual abilities.
Thank you for choosing Hitherfield for your children!

Ann Scott, Principal


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Hitherfield School says: Our curriculum is based on the belief that every child has ability and that given the right environment, each child will achieve his or her potential. We have high academic expectations of our students. Our aim is to prepare all students for high school, and for life. Hitherfield School offers a unique experience where your child can learn inside and outside the classroom. Class sizes average 14 students from JK-Grade 3 and 14 from grade 4-8. Small class sizes allow more intimate interaction between teacher and student so that more effective learning can occur.

  • Approach:

  • 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 Hitherfield School says: Students all learn at different rates, have their own learning styles and come to us with vastly differing experiences and knowledge base. Fundamental to our approach is that all are given the opportunity to succeed, be confident in math and achieve optimum potential. An initial assessment on entry to the school allows us to understand the strengths and needs of each child and to program effectively for him or her. Individualized programing is a major component of math at Hitherfield.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: We use a variety of textbooks as well as computer programs throughout the school

    • Calculator policy: Students are allowed to use calculators in grades 7/8, for repetitive work where understanding of process is more important than taking time to do lengthy calculations. Students need to be able to calculate mentally, estimate proficiently and truly understand the relationships between decimals, fractions, money, per cent etc.

    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Hitherfield School says: Children are all very different and will learn to read at different rates. We introduce phonics skills, word families, interest or them-based sentences and small reading books in Junior Kindergarten. Our teachers utilize two reading programs as well as RAZ in our computer lab. We nurture a love of reading through ongoing individual help and encouragement. Many of our SK children are reading fluently before they enter Grade One.

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

    • What Hitherfield School 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 Hitherfield School says: Our younger children are excited about learning to write! Again, our program is considerably individualized. As spelling is integral to being able to write, our students are introduced to lists of very basic words in SK. These lists, very much individualized, continue up to Grade 8. Students are encouraged to share their work; they are given feedback by their peers and their teachers. They gain in confidence and find satisfaction in expressing themselves in written form. Grammar skills, vocabulary development, and reading quality literature all contribute to their skill in writing poems, stories and a solid 5- paragraph essay by Grade 8.

    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: All children are naturally inquisitive and eager to understand the wonders of the world around them. Wherever and whenever possible, a class commences with an experiment, a presentation of something tangible, or a video that is stimulating and raises questions. As our class sizes are small, every student is included and feels included in what is going on; no-one is afraid to offer his/her opinions, to seek further clarity or to challenge something that someone else is saying. All students in Grade 4-8 are required to participate in our Science Fair held in Term 2 of each year.

    • 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 Hitherfield School says: The world is changing rapidly, and with it the type of literature everyone is reading. Literature from the past as well as the present enables us to appreciate and understand the world we live in- to see changing societal values, to understand historical and present day influences and to experience the richness of language in classical literature as well as the imaginative/fantasy ideas of many contemporary works. Each year we consider anew the works to use throughout the school.

    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 Hitherfield School says: At Hitherfield, we are interested in helping students to learn and providing them an opportunity to be thoughtful inquirers. We focus on effective teaching that brings the principles to life in social sciences subjects. This pedagogy includes an understanding of important social studies concepts or ideas, an awareness of and an understanding of personal identity and its multi-layered nature, skilled use of methods and techniques necessary for the development and expression of an understanding of the social studies, the ability to participate, interact, engage in dialogue and contribute, the disposition to learn, the ability to explore and analyse their own and other people’s values, and commitment to values such as social justice and equity.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Hitherfield School says: Students experience a strong core foundation in history and geography and are also very much involved in present day events, conflicts, and problems through our weekly "Around the World" discussions, projects and essays. They sit exams 3 times each year,in all subject areas, so that understanding can be measured.

    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 Hitherfield School says: Much of our program is focused on students acting out different scenarios so that they feel the language and come to terms with it as a means of expression. Students learn the vocabulary needed for these presentations, they listen to and react to each other, they perform for parents. Additionally, students do have set times for learning how to conjugate verbs, write sentences and short paragraphs, and respond to questions -according to ability.

    • 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 Hitherfield School says: We believe that all students should have the opportunity to express themselves in as many ways as possible. Building self-confidence is an integral component of our program and encouraging each child to do his/her best, especially in our May Plays, has had significant impact on our student population over the years. The"Plays" are the #1 highlight of our school year, according to a recent parent survey. For Visual Arts, the emphasis is on doing one's best. In Music, students are exposed to theory, history and playing of the instrument. We have two teachers with Art Specialist Qualifications.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

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

    • What Hitherfield School says: Our computer lab is equipped with 16 I-Macs, as well as a mobile cabinet that houses 16 I-Pads. Additionally, we have one Smart Board that can be moved from class-to -class. Teachers use the lab according to their own programs, interests and student initiatives. Our Kindergarten teacher uses the lab for the RAZ reading program and basic numeracy skill development. Our Grade 7/8 teacher uses the lab for individual math programs, research and writing assignments.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Hitherfield School says: The emphasis is on trying one's best, developing skills, and sportsmanship. We have two teachers in the school with Phys Ed Specialist Qualifications.

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

    What Hitherfield School says: This information is not currently available.

    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 Hitherfield School says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    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 Hitherfield School says: Children learn and are ready to learn at different stages. Our program looks at the individual child- readiness, maturity and happiness in the class environment. When children are ready, they are introduced to math and reading skills. Art, community awareness, circle time, play and social skills are integral components of this class.

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

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Hitherfield School says: We believe that all students have ability and that it is our job to determine how to work with each one so that he/she is able to reach potential. When students are able, we push them beyond grade level expectations; when they need support, we find weaker areas and offer support and individual help. Many of our students have gone on to be accepted at prestigious, private high schools.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Hitherfield School says: We aim to shape our students into kind, caring individuals with high moral standards, who are willing and able to apply themselves to be the best possible adults in every way - hard working, determined, able to face adversity, ready to meet challenge, and accepting of others.

    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 Hitherfield School says: We have children with ADHD in the school. For some of these, their difficulties are less pronounced because they are able to receive the attention they require in our small classes. The best way for us to determine if a child will benefit from being in our school is for the parents to bring him/her to the school for a "try out" day.

    • 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: All additional support programs are offered through CCAC.

    Gifted Learner Support 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: This information is not currently available.

    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 Hitherfield School says: Every year we have a few students attend Hitherfield who are exceptionally gifted. We allow them to progress at their own speed under the direction of the teacher. We also offer them specific tasks such as leading a group of inquiry, producing a special project of interest to themselves and presenting to their peers, compiling a study unit that others can follow and giving extended work on areas of student interest.

    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, Hitherfield School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Hitherfield School0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average2 mins6 mins7 mins6 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackPreschool to 8
    Academic achievement reporting1 to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingPreschool to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsPreschool to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Hitherfield School says:
    • The school boasts its own large pond which is used by students of all ages for exploration, examining tadpoles, catching frogs and understanding life cycles and the inter-dependence of all creatures.
    • The school has its own forest which is used for cross-country skiing during the winter and running in the spring-summer months.
    • We have a full-sized gymnasium with a large stage at one end. The stage is equipped with hidden microphones, and sound and lighting systems that enable us to produce very professional shows.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Mountain biking
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students4%
    Early paymentall students$150
    3rd child (sibling)all students50%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 100
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size10 to 14
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment12888141081331



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Hitherfield School says:

    1) Parents are invited for a tour. Child is welcome to attend as well. Time for questions is given.

    2)Child comes for a try out day(1/2 day for child in pre-school -SK) Parents are allotted time to talk with teacher at end of day.

    3) Deposit is required


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Hitherfield School is looking for: We are lookin for students, and their parents, who are willing and able to adhere to the school's phiolosophies regarding respect for self, one's peers, teachers and belongings; who have high academic expectations and who are determined to promote these, with the help of the teacher, in all ways possible.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSKK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • Each year, we participate in the Terry Fox run. To date, we have raised over $50, 000 for cancer research.

    Stories & Testimonials


    "passion for learning"

    "We joined Hitherfield School four years ago when our children were starting pre-school and Grade 1. From our first visit to the school we knew that our children had found a home away from home. The  warmth and kindness of the teachers and staff made us feel immediately welcome and established the basis for a strong partnership between family and school. The joyful atmosphere that permeates the school is absolutely wonderful. It is reflected in the way the students greet one another and how the teachers interact with the students as well as all parents. We are truly grateful for Hitherfields excellent academic instruction and teachers who continuously foster a passion for learning. However, it is genuine mutual respect, kindness and consideration between students of all grades that we truly cherish because it is consistent with our desire to raise two responsible, thoughtful, independent, and fun kids. We are very grateful that our children have been able to begin their education in the warm and talented Hitherfield community." ...

    "home away from home"

    "From the very first moment of our initial visit to Hitherfield, it has felt a lot like home to our son, TJ. The teachers and staff show a sincere and constant effort to help each child develop a strong sense of self , and of citizenship in a supportive and inclusive school community. Academically, our son began to progress immediately and his whole outlook on learning changed for the better . The lessons and assignments are designed to be of relevance to the students lives and interests. Each child's strengths are highlighted and their challenges supported on an ongoing basis. Our son truly believes that all the efforts made by the teachers are in his long term best interest. In turn, his efforts are strong and he is continually rewarded for that. The results of this "learning cycle" have far exceeded our hopes of what a" school" could achieve for a child. The school's creed is to " develop confident and independent learners, eager to achieve their personal best in a rapidly changing world." This goal is achieved not only in academics, but in school trips, the annual school production, a growing sports and physical activity program and many social and charity events at the school and throughout the community. It seems cliche to say that Hitherfield is like a big family. They have created a family oriented, yet extremely professional, educational environment.. Hitherfield has become a home away from home for our son, where there are expectations to be met, contributions to be made and loving support of the results. For that we are truly grateful."  ...

    "I love Hitherfield"

    "Our son has been fortunate to be in the care of this amazing school since he was 4 years old. We believe that the teachers and staff at Hitherfield truly know our son. He is provided with academic opportunities in all areas. We appreciate the time they spend tailoring the curriculum to address his interests, strengths and needs. Small classes have provided our son with ample teacher time; he is able to ask questions and participate in discussions. He says he truly feels important to the teachers and that they want him to share his ideas. His teachers lead their classes by example as they promote kindness, inclusion and generosity. The May Plays each year are an absolute highlight as they allow all students to showcase their talents, develop confidence and try something new. There is nothing sweeter than to see one of the older students leading the young ones in song and dance. Our son says "I love it at Hitherfield!" We echo this statement and feel that the education, happiness and well-being of the students at Hitherfield are truly the driving force of the wonderful school." ...

    In the News


    January 20, 2016 - Hitherfield's 25th Anniversary!

    Every student that is given a nurturing & challenging environment will reach their potential. Now we celebrate 25 years of doing just that! ...


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