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King Heights Academy

   
28 Roytec Road, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 8E4

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Curriculum:
Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$12,598 to 12,998/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 150 (Gr. NS - 8)

School Address
28 Roytec Road, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 8E4

About this school:

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In the city of Vaughan, King Heights Academy pioneers the approach to interweave the provincial and the IB PYP curriculum by providing a safe and nurturing environment where children are given every opportunity to develop a range of cognitive, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and social skills. Our academic program is enriched with extra-curricular activities that create a broad range of opportunities to be stimulated, challenged and inspired. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of King Heights Academy

our takeParents are drawn to King Heights principally by its reputation for delivering high-quality academics. Not all schools perhaps have the same working definition for quality, though King Heights, in many ways, presents the most sound: challenging, collaborative, creative, and active. While not all students are required to enroll within it, the IB program provides a foundation for the life of the school that is inclusive of the values of global, linguistic, and cultural diversity. Also notable is a willingness to continually evaluate best practices, combining elements of traditional curriculum delivery with innovative tools and approaches. The culture of the school is one based in an empathetic world view, with parents and extended family welcome to participate actively in the school community.





Academics


Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy is a fully authorized IB World School. The IB Program nurtures independent learning skills, developing students' academic, social and emotional well being, focusing on international mindedness and strong personal values. King Heights Academy offers a transdisciplinary program that interweaves the Ontario curriculum and IB program and includes specialty programs such as Art, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education and daily French.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • 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 King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy's Math curriculum approaches numeracy skills and concepts in a balanced way. It engages students in a cycle of constructing, transferring and applying meaning as they develop understanding of mathematical concepts in order to provide them with a base for further learning. Specific instruction and exploration in mathematics occurs as both a part of our mathematics program and through the program of inquiry.

    • 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 King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy's Early Reading program begins with reading readiness including concepts of print, phonics, sight words and frequent exposure to literature.

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

    • What King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

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


    • What King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy's students are encouraged to communicate their experiences, knowledge and understanding through 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: At King Heights Academy Science is taught through the IB Units of Inquiry. Our program views science as the exploration of behaviour and the interrelationship among the natural, physical and material worlds using the process of scientific inquiry; technology is viewed as the application of the principles of science. The inclusion of science and technology within the curriculum leads students to an appreciation and awareness of the world through the eyes of the scientist. The science and technology process, by encouraging hands-on experience and inquiry based learning, enables the students to make informed and responsible decisions, not only in science and technology but also in other areas of life.

    • 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 King Heights Academy says: Students engage daily in meaningful and developmentally appropriate literacy experiences that support their growth in reading, writing, listening and oral communication. Language experiences are also built into the Units and Inquiry and literacy experiences support the development of strong communication skills.


    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 King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy views Social Studies as the study of people in relation to their environment and their society. Social studies helps students to develop their personal, family, ethnic and cultural identities; to make informed and reasoned decisions about their classroom, the school and the world; and to understand themselves in relation to the past, the environment and society. Social Studies in an IB school is international. It teaches tolerance of diversity, social diversity and diversity of gender. It actively values all cultures and people. Emphasis is placed on the reduction of discrimination and prejudice within the classroom, the school and the world. Social Studies in an IB school is grounded in a strong strand for human rights, justice and equality. Social Studies is integrated into the IB Units of Inquiry.


    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 King Heights Academy 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 King Heights Academy says: Students participate in daily French language classes which are stimulating and engaging. It encompasses oral communication skills, writing and reading skills and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Students also learn functional vocabulary to support their Units of Inquiry as well as meaningful and spontaneous language interaction.

    • 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 King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy's Fine Arts programs are taught by Specialist Teachers. The Arts program at King Heights Academy offers students opportunities to express themselves through creation and response. Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being. The Arts nourish and stimulate the imagination, and provide students with an expanded range of tools, techniques, and skills to help them gain insights into the world around them and to represent their understandings in various ways. The Arts are also integrated into the IB Units of Inquiry.


    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What King Heights Academy says: Students use technology appropriately and effectively to enhance inquiry and learning experiences. Students explore ways to investigate, create, communicate, organize, and collaborate using technology. Digital citizenship and academic honesty are taught explicitly as students become increasingly proficient in their use of technology.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What King Heights Academy says: The health and physical education curriculum helps students develop an understanding of what they need in order to make a commitment to lifelong healthy, active living and develop the capacity to live satisfying, productive lives. Students will learn the skills needed to be successful in life as active, socially responsible citizens.


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

    What King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

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


    What King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    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 King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy offers a holistic, nurturing child-centered kindergarten curriculum in a friendly and nurturing environment. We introduce children to the world of wondering and wandering, exploring and enjoying, observing and understanding that comes naturally to them. We offer a well balanced and engaging curriculum which addresses practical life skills, sensorial and language development, logical reasoning, artistic pursuits and physical and social education. Activities are designed keeping in mind the distinct learning styles and individualized to the students' pace so that each student progresses through the elementary grades with assurance, ease and confidence.


    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 King Heights Academy 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 King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What King Heights Academy says: As an IB World School we focus on developing a well rounded and balanced student.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    King Heights Academy can provide support for mild disablities. King Heights Academy does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • 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 King Heights Academy says: King Heights Academy addresses differentiation within the written, taught and assessed curriculum. This is demonstrated in the unit planner and in the teaching environment, both of which are reviewed during program authorization and evaluation. King Heights Academy has created and implemented an inclusion/special educational needs (SEN) policy that explains assessment access arrangements, classroom accommodations and curriculum modification that meet individual student learning needs.


    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 King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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

    What King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What King Heights Academy says:
    • King Heights Academy is a member of the SSAF.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$12,598$12,998


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade12
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What King Heights Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student King Heights Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Parent of Grade 2 student

    Since my son joined King Heights Academy he has been a different child. He now loves going to school and best of all shares his day and his knowledge with us at home.  I love the IB program because it has taught my son great character traits and keeps him engaged and interested in his learning. The teachers at King Heights Academy are warm and inviting and always take the time to let me know how
    he is doing and what we can work on at home. Most importantly my son is happy, confident and loves to learn, what more can a parent ask for?
    Steve

    ...



    Parents of Grade 3 student

    My husband and I faced a very hard decision in choosing the right IB school for our daughter. Even though our daughter has been at King Heights for a short time, we have noticed a huge difference in all areas of development. Our daughter has been taught to be confident, a risk taker and a leader. We are at complete ease when our daughter wakes up every morning wanting to go to school which shows us as parents that she is in a loving, caring and nurturing environment. I believe King Heights will give our daughter a great start to life!!!

     

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    Parents of Pre Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten students

    King Heights Academy is a special school.  The students are stimulated, happy and incessantly curious about the world and life itself.  The teachers are kind and energetic.  The overall environment is warm and welcoming. There can be little more that pleases a parent than seeing his or her son or daughter eagerly look forward to every school day, and then passionately report, at day's end, all that he or she has learned in a busy, breathless day at King Heights Academy.
     

    ...



    Parents of Senior Kindergarten and Grade 4 students

    Discipline, Integrity and Quality Education are the words that define King Heights Academy.  Moving our sons from PS to King Heights Academy was one of the best decisions we had made for them. Thanks to the administration and faculty who put their efforts on Students and make King Heights Academy one of the best schools in Vaughan.

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    Grade 8 student

    It is a great honor and privilege for me to write a testimonial for my school. I feel lucky to be a graduate of King Heights Academy. I have had a wonderful experience at this school and  feel that it is because of this school, that I have become the person I am today. I have grown as a student at King Heights Academy and I have learned to come out of my shell. It was a wonderful part of my life and the best educational experience I have ever had.

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    Parents of Grade 5 & 6 students

    We feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful IB World School in our area that offers such a high standard of education.  It encourages children to learn and makes it very exciting and fun!  The teachers and staff are wonderful, we are extremely happy with what the boys are learning  and how they are learning it.  The communication between parents and staffs is outstanding.  School's newsletter and
    calendars keep us up to date with the latest activities and events.  The program has exceeded our expectations and we can't thank the teachers enough for their caring and thoughtful ways with the children.  We would highly recommend King Height Academy to everyone!
    John & Linda

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    Parents of Pre Kindergarten student

    Being first time parents, my husband and I did a lot of research when deciding what type of education would be best for our daughter.  We decided on the IB program at King Heights Academy because we believe it encourages students to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own learning, and helps students to establish personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish. We could not be happier with our decision.  At the age of 3, our daughter is learning to think about and analyse what she is learning, rather than simply memorizing and regurgitating facts.  The small class sizes allow for individualized attention, and the ability for her to progress at her own pace.  She participates in science, math, English, French, computer, gym classes and more weekly.  Extra-circular activities are also offered right on site, allowing her the opportunity to attend piano and dance classes
    without having to leave the school.  We truly believe that King Heights has created a transdisciplinary curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging.
    Deepah

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    Associations
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations




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