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Holy Trinity School
Holy Trinity School
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4
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Holy Trinity School

11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$26,725/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 730 (Gr. JK - 12)
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School Address
11300 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4S 1L4

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About this school:

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Holy Trinity School (HTS) is a co-educational, JK-Grade 12, independent day school that provides a safe, structured, and supportive environment for students to develop character and values such as respect, integrity, leadership and confidence.
We are leaders in learning. Our mission is rooted in academic excellence and our commitment to our students continues to inspire us to pursue innovative teaching practices and programs to support the development of all our learners. Our program develops students’ passions, skills, and knowledge which will enable them to thrive. This is complemented by extensive sports, music, drama, art and co-curricular programs that provide a rich and well-rounded school experience for students of every age. At HTS, every student matters!
Our partnership with other organizations and educational institutions provide a flexible program meeting the needs of our student body. Our Apple 1:1 Program creates a dynamic learning environment that meets the diverse needs of our learners, while also engaging the community. It has fostered a creative, global and connected classroom experience. Come and visit us - we can't wait to meet you.


The Our Kids review of Holy Trinity School

our takeThe school was founded in a church basement in 1981 which, together with its name, suggests a religious focus. And, yes, there is one, though not perhaps in the way that we might initially assume. The school seeks to promote values over belief, building from the concepts—respect for self and others, strength of character, encouragement, and insight—that are expressed by the Anglican tradition. Chapel is an important part of student life, though used as a spring-board to a development of those values rather than a strict religious observance. It's perhaps a fine line, though one that the school navigates well, as reflected in a culturally and religiously diverse student body. It's a point of pride—as indeed it should be—that the current campus was officially opened in 1985 by two important cultural leaders, one secular and the other religious: the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, and L. S. Garnsworthy, then Archbishop of Toronto. (Alexander was the first black member of parliament and first black federal cabinet minister, throughout his long career providing profound political and cultural leadership. Garnsworthy championed the ordination of women within the Anglican church, gay clergy, inclusion of the LGBT community in all aspects of church life, and insisted in 1987, despite challenges, that the church provide pastoral care to those suffering with AIDS.) That both men were chosen to open the campus is telling of the intentions for the school at the time of its creation, as well as those that continue to inform the life of the school today. The ideal student is one who will thrive within an academically challenging environment, as well as one that is intellectually, culturally, and philosophically diverse.


School busing:
HTS offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider. The regions it offers busing from are Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Aurora, Newmarket.
Additional notes: e currently have nine convenient bus routes to serve HTS students travelling from Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Markham, Unionville, Stouffville, Oakridges, Aurora and Newmarket. Routes are determined on ridership and we cannot guarantee every location will be serviced until we know who our riders are.

Principal's Message

principal

Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School

HTS is an exceptional community; a vibrant, caring home to students from JK to Grade 12, whose talents are developed by committed and caring teachers using innovative and creative approaches to learning.

Our outstanding academic program enables students to thrive and thoroughly prepares them for success at university and beyond. This is complemented by extensive sports, music, drama and art programs that provide a rich and well-rounded school experience for students of every age.  What truly sets HTS apart is our focus on character and values – respect, integrity, leadership and confidence – to help our young people develop exceptional capabilities and a strong moral compass.

Life at HTS is multi-dimensional and no website or prospectus can fully capture the spirit of this wonderful school. The only way to get a genuine feel for what we believe in and what we do is to visit and meet the people who are the beating heart of the school – our students. Happy and confident, and characterized by their open and welcoming manner, our students will offer sincere words of welcome when they greet you. They are proud of their school.

Please take the next step and contact our Admissions Office to arrange a tour of the school. I know you will be struck by the happy, purposeful, and friendly atmosphere. HTS is no ordinary school and I am confident you will like what you see.

I look forward to meeting you.

 

Helen Pereira-Raso

Head of School


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What HTS says: At Holy Trinity School, our goal is to help students find and develop their interests and then provide them opportunities to build a rich portfolio of experiences in the classroom, on the field and in their community. Our remarkable faculty and staff encourage and motivate our students to be the best they can, and then to work with them through successes and challenges to achieve their goals. We welcome you to visit our campus, feel the positive spirit and atmosphere here that truly makes Holy Trinity School a place where students and their families feel right at home.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Anglican)

    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.


  • 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 HTS 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 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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.

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

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


    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: 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 Equal Balance

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


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


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


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


    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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What HTS says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum


    • 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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Music Theory
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chinese Language and Culture
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP French Language
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • 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 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 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 Gr. 4

    What HTS says: At Holy Trinity School, the Ontario curriculum forms the foundation for our academic program. We ensure that we teach our curriculum in a manner that is developmentally appropriate for the young people in the classroom.

    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 HTS says: At Holy Trinity School, we are an inclusive school community that values a diversity of faiths of our school population. We ground our teachings and educational experience on our Anglican roots.



    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 HTS says: Our Kindergarten classrooms are physically located at the heart of our school. This allows every member of our community an opportunity to engage and be role models for our youngest learners. Students in our Lower School, including Kindergarten, work with specialist teachers that offer a rich and engaging experience that allows children to explore, create and discover.


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


    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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.


    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 HTS says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    HTS 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

    HTS 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, Holy Trinity School students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    HTS 15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins160 mins160 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins30 mins34 mins41 mins54 mins59 mins71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesK to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 12
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

    What HTS 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.


    Extracurriculars

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    What HTS says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Squash
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    JKSK123456789101112
    Day$26,725
    What HTS says: The HTS tuition for 2017-2018 is $26,725 - $28,720 and can be paid in one or multiple installments. Please visit hts.on.ca/tuition for the most up-to-date information.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    January 31, 2018

    More information:
    www.hts.on.ca/bursariesandscholarships

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    HTS is pleased to provide bursary assistance to eligible families that have been enrolled at the school for at least one full year. To determine eligibility, applications must be submitted online to Apple Financial Services. Apply Financial Services will complete a financial assessment and provide a recommendation to the HTS Financial Aid Committee for consideration. Bursaries are intended to be for short-term assistance and are available for up to 50 per cent of tuition costs.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 730
    Average enrollment per grade49
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What HTS says:

    Applications are welcome at any time. It is recommended that parents apply in the fall before the entry year. Please contact the Admissions Office when you are ready to begin the process.

    Initial offers of acceptance will be provided during the last week of January 2017.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    45%

    Type of student Holy Trinity School is looking for: At HTS, we value and develop the whole child. While our commitment to academics is our number one priority, students are not selected based on their academic results alone. We are looking for students who are also passionate and curious about the arts, athletics, leadership, and service to the community. The interviews and teacher recommendations are also of great value. Ours is an incredible learning community and we want students to flourish and grow to their greatest capacity.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    10 - 18 (50%)0 - 4 (50%)14 - 18 (50%)0 - 4 (10%)0 - 2 (10%)8 - 12 (60%)0 - 3 (10%)0 - 2 (10%)20 - 25 (60%)0 - 5 (10%)20 - 30 (40%)0 - 5 (10%)0 - 5 (5%)0 - 5 (5%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size100
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    What Holy Trinity School says:

  • In 2016, HTS had a QuARMS Scholar
  • In 2016, HTS had a Loran Scholar

  • Associations

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


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