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I Am Smart S-Cool

   
5 - 9174 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 7A1

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Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
SK to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$14,500/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
5 to 7
Enrolment:
Day: 15

School Address
5 - 9174 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 7A1

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About this school:

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We foster a collaborative community of learning focusing on discovering, developing and drawing out the hidden endowments of our students. Our school commit to provide a safe and stimulating environment to educate the children of the world to take their productive members in the global community. We acknowledge that each child is unique and we encourage them to do, and be the best they can. 

 

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Upcoming Events Next event: April 07, 2018

upcoming events
  • April 07, 2018Open Doors
    I Am Smart S-Cool, 5 - 9174 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, April 07 from 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Welcome to our Open Doors event!

    You will learn more about our school while your child will enjoy fun activities!


  • April 07, 2018Open Doors
    I Am Smart S-Cool, 5 - 9174 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, April 07 from 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Welcome to our Open Doors event!

    You will learn more about our school while your child will enjoy fun activities!



Principal's Message

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Shohreh Pirouznia, School Principal

Thank you for considering our school as the school of choice for your child. This year is an exciting first year for our school as an official Ontario Private School.   

I am passionate about my role as a principal to foster a collaborative community of learning focusing on discovering, developing and drawing out the hidden endowments of our students. Our school commit to provide a safe and stimulating environment to educate the children of the world to take their productive members in the global community. We acknowledge that each child is unique and we encourage them to do, and be the best they can. 

My very competent team of teachers and ABA therapists strive to focus on each and every child, monitor and mentor them, recognize their accomplishments and inspire them to overcome shortcomings. We understand the significance of using evidence based practices in incorporating modified Ontario curriculum with direct instruction and individual learning plan when teaching our children from grades K-8. Each child has an individual learning plan generated based on their initial assessment, parent’s contributions, therapists input, etc. The curriculum highlights the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities for all students attending our school. The curriculum will continue to be regularly reviewed to ensure that it remains suitable for the needs of our students to promote their achievements and well-being. 

We encourage and welcome parent’s involvement as we strongly believe in the importance of teachers, parents and administrators collaborating and communicating openly and freely. We encourage you do not hesitate to ask any question.Please contact me if I can ever be of any assistance. I can be reached at [email protected] or (416)836-2727.

Sincerely, 

Shohreh Pirouznia
Principal

 

 


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What I Am Smart S-Cool says: We understand the significance of using evidence based practices in incorporating modified Ontario curriculum with direct instruction and individual learning plan when teaching our children from grades K-8. Each child has an individual learning plan generated based on their initial assessment, parent’s contributions, therapists input, etc. The curriculum highlights the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities for all students attending our school. The curriculum will continue to be regularly reviewed to ensure that it remains suitable for the needs of our students to promote their achievements and well-being.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs , Gifted, Troubled Teens


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What I Am Smart S-Cool says: At I AM SMART S-COOL! Children learn mathematics through exploration of materials and their experiences. Children are encouraged to use different materials such as language, sensorial and practical life to learn about the logical sequence of events, coordination, and concentration to build on their continued development of place value; estimation; addition and subtraction; introductory multiplication and division; introduction to fractions and decimals; money; properties of numbers; units of measurement; identification and classification of 2-D and 3-D shapes; sorting, ordering and classifying; probability and statistics; number patterns and time.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Singapore Math, Jump Math

    • 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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What I Am Smart S-Cool 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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: In our school children are encouraged to represent their experiences and express their thoughts, using words to effectively communicate with each other. Children absorb and learn language spontaneously from their environment. With the aid of different materials children focus on phonemic awareness, phonics and sight word reading; non-fiction and fiction, and for guided reading; listening and reading comprehension; spelling regular and irregular words; analytical and creative writing.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What I Am Smart S-Cool says: Children learn about nature and how it affects their everyday life. They are further introduced to animals and their needs, characteristics and habits. They explore and learn about the world around them with the aid of puzzle maps, atlas' and globes.


    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 I Am Smart S-Cool 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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • ESL


    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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What I Am Smart S-Cool says: We encourage children to use technology to further develop their resources and facilitate their learning experiences.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.


    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
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

    What I Am Smart S-Cool 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 I Am Smart S-Cool 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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.


    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    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 I Am Smart S-Cool 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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    I Am Smart S-Cool is a full-time special needs school. All students at I Am Smart S-Cool are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What I Am Smart S-Cool says: We strive to focus on each and every child, monitor and mentor them, recognize their accomplishments and inspire them to overcome shortcomings.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: We understand the significance of using evidence based practices in incorporating modified Ontario curriculum with direct instruction and individual learning plan when teaching our children from grades K-8. Each child has an individual learning plan generated based on their initial assessment, parent’s contributions, therapists input, etc. The curriculum highlights the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities for all students attending our school. The curriculum will continue to be regularly reviewed to ensure that it remains suitable for the needs of our students to promote their achievements and well-being.

    • What I Am Smart S-Cool says: We strive to focus on each and every child, monitor and mentor them, recognize their accomplishments and inspire them to overcome shortcomings.


    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 I Am Smart S-Cool 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 3, I Am Smart S-Cool students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    SK123
    I Am Smart S-Cool 0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins
    Site Average7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Habits and behaviour reportingSK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsSK to 8

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade SK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    Size 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 9 10

    Recess Policy

     GradesSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What I Am Smart S-Cool 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 I Am Smart S-Cool says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What I Am Smart S-Cool says:
    • Allows students to explore interests.
    • Gives creative and emotional outlet.
    • Inspires sense of teamwork.
    • Better student behaviours.
    • Helps young children discover and share talents.
    • Develop character and competence.
    • Provide experiences that are not included in formal courses of study.
    • Give opportunity to expand and apply knowledge that they have learned in classes to real world setting.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Dance Club
      Math Club
      Science Club
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    SK12345678
    Day$14,500
    What I Am Smart S-Cool says: Students are at the school 9:00-3:00 They learn Ontario Curriculum subjects: Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, The Art. Every day group ABA programming is included in the tuition.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day (Domestic)10%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 15
    Average enrollment per grade2
    Average class size5 to 7
    Gender (grades)SK to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    SK12
    Day Enrollment635

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    July 01, 2018


    What I Am Smart S-Cool says:

    We accept the new students upon the interview with the family.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student I Am Smart S-Cool is looking for: We teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Gifted with ASD, Gifted and ADHD, students with Language Delay and other exceptionalities.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000

    Notable Alumni

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    Alumni Highlights

    • I AM SMART S-COOL is a brand new Private School. We are sure that are students will be known by the world in future.

    Stories & Testimonials

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    D.S.

    I was devastated when my child was diagnosed with ASD, but then found I AM SMART S-COOL Autism treatment agency. We traveled across the city to have sessions at I AM SMART. Now my child can participate in all learning and fun activities with his regularly developing friends. I am so happy that I AM SMART S-COOL became an accredited private school. It means this excellent staff will help more kids and their families. I will be happy to contact any family to share my story personally. 

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    November 13, 2017 - I AM SMART S-COOL accepts new students!

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