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Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc

   
2221 Elmira Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H3

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Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
JK to 8 (Girls)
Tuition:
$14,825/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 19
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
2221 Elmira Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H3

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About this school:

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Since 1954, Joan of Arc Academy has provided a truly bilingual environment and a balanced offering to allow your daughter to reach her personal best. With excellent French and English language skills, an advanced understanding of math and science, well-entrenched study habits and confidence in both her leadership skills and academic prowess will set the Joan of Arc Academy student apart from others. Remarkable in her composure, respectful behaviour and bright-eyed desire to learn - come and see the JOA difference! — Visit school website




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our takeJoan of Arc was founded by the Congregation of the Sisters of Joan of Arc in 1954, the intention being to provide support for girls living away from home. The school, quite obviously, has changed considerably over the years, bringing the focus to education, and moving to an ecumenical curriculum. Many of the changes were driven by parents of the school, including a revisioning of the core mandate in 1991. The school moved to its current location in 2002, and has continued to grow its programs and enrolment since then. Academics are taught through the lens of bilingualism and global education. The girls-only environment helps build a foundation of empowerment, something that graduates take with them into their high school careers and beyond. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, diverse, community-based educational environment.





Principal's Message

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Brian Lamb, Head of School

We, at Joan of Arc Academy, are very proud of our heritage, our strong commitment to academic excellence and our environment in which all aspects of our students’ development – intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, moral and cultural – are nurtured.

The Academy believes that:

  • Students rise to the academic and behavioural standards that the educational environment sets;
  • Students gain confidence when rising to standards that challenge them;
  • As students develop this self-confidence, their desire to learn grows;
  • Students learn by example;
  • Physical activities are an integral part of a balanced, academically-enriched program; and
  • Students flourish in a caring and secure atmosphere.



Fundamental to the philosophy of Joan of Arc Academy is the belief that education is not solely the Academy’s responsibility; it is shared with parents and guardians, who are encouraged to participate in school events and in their daughters’ educations. Parents have become well integrated into the fabric of our school, whether they are involved in coaching sports teams, leading the chess club, building our ice rink, growing our pumpkin patch, or participating on committees.The benefits derived from a Joan of Arc education are numerous. The girls-only environment, small class sizes, nurturing setting, accelerated and enriched programming, and seamless after-school program are just some of the many features our students enjoy. The quality of the Joan of Arc education is highlighted year after year as our graduating grade eight students are accepted to the high schools of their choice and offered significant scholarships.

Joan of Arc Academy will give your daughter a “passport to the world” because it is bilingual, multi-cultural and ecumenical.  Joan of Arc’s Catholic history has evolved as Canada has evolved. Today in religion class, students learn about world religions, the meaning of friendship and good citizenship, anti-bullying strategies, self-image and constructive problem solving.

I hope that while navigating our website, you will note the warm and purposeful atmosphere that characterizes our school and makes it so special.

I look forward to meeting you and your daughter and welcoming you to our unique school.                     

Brian Lamb
Head of School


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What JOA says: With excellent French and English language skills, an advanced understanding of math and science, well-entrenched study habits and confidence in both her leadership skills and academic prowess will set the Joan of Arc Academy student apart from others.

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based Special needs
    Academic French immersion Gifted


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

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

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


    Foreign Languages
    • What JOA says: This information is not currently available.

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

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What JOA 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 JOA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts JK Gr. 1
    Nutrition JK Gr. 1
    Human development JK Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 8 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 1 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 5 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 7 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 5 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 7 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 1

    What JOA 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 JOA 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 JOA says: Our kindergarten program is offered entirely in French to allow our students to be exposed at a young age to the language. Our different stations in the classroom allow them to progress in their skills at their own pace whilst the use of technology combined with standard teaching approaches develop their love of education.


    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 JOA 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 JOA 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 JOA says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    JOA 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 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 JOA says: Gifted learners are supported through individualized learning plans by the entire staffing community.

    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, Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    JKSK12345678
    JOA 0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins58 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8

    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 3/day 3/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 JOA 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 JOA says:
    • We offer Traditional Native Sewing classes where students learn how to make mitts and mocassins using hide and fur.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$14,825


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students20%
    3rd child (sibling)all students25%


    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:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size8 to 19
    Gender (grades)JK to 8 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    12345678
    Day Enrollment13131491012199

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 8
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)3 - 8
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What JOA says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000000000

    Associations

    Associations
    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations


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