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Mentor College

   
40 Forest Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 1L1

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$15,100 to 21,200/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: 1,500 (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
40 Forest Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 1L1
56 Cayuga Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 3S9

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About this school:

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Mentor College provides a strong academic program for its students. A caring environment that is rich in personal attention has been established, and this positive atmosphere both allows and encourages students to think and reason for themselves. Daily communication between the teacher and parents takes place through the use of homework books, there is a weekly e-mail update of general school news and parents are contacted by the homeroom teacher on a monthly basis as well. Located in Port Credit, Mississauga, the High School (Grades 9 to 12) and Intermediate (Grades 5 to 8) levels are housed at the Main Campus. An adjacent Primary Campus is home to the JK to Grade 4 students. Co-curricular trips to the school's Outdoor Education Centre in Muskoka enhance in-class learning in the upper grades. Extracurricular activities abound, and include learning opportunities in sports, music, drama and special-interest clubs. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of Mentor College

our takeMentor College and the TEAM schools are closely associated, something that brings unique strengths to all. They are overseen by a single administrative body, and they share some facilities, services, and extracurricular programs. The benefits are in a shared infrastructure and organizational efficiency. The facilities are modern and robust, as are student services and transportation. There is a robust, rich program of extra-curricular activity, something that, again, is a benefit of not only the school's size, but also the intra-school associations and programs. That said, the division of the campuses gives each—high school, intermediate, and primary—its own sense of propriety and identity. It's a unique model, one that gains both the benefits of a large student population, as well as those of smaller communities of students. In numbers, this is one of the largest schools in Canada, though the lived experience of the families that attend doesn't bear that out. Frequent and casual communication between parents and teachers, as well, underscores a personal, student and family-centered approach.




School busing:

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Mentor College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only. The regions it offers busing from are Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, Oakville.

Principal's Message

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Chuck Macdonald, Director, Mentor College/TEAM School

Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit the Mentor College page at the Our Kids website. I am sure you will like what you see when you read about our school. Mentor College has been offering excellence in education since the school's founding in 1982. With our high standard of academics, extensive extracurricular programme, and superb teaching staff, we are able to prepare students for success in post-secondary education and beyond! If you would like to know more about the school, I kindly invite you to our next open house. Please click on the "Events" link for the next open house date. If you cannot make it on that day, one of our principals will be more than happy to meet with you and your child on a more convenient date.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Mentor College says: Academic

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Mentor College 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
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • 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
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


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

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP United States History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • 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

    What Mentor College 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 Mentor College 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 Mentor College says: All-day JK & SK.


    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 Mentor College 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 Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Mentor College 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

    Mentor College 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 1/day 1/day No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 20 20 20 20 25 25 25 25
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 15 15

    What Mentor College 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 Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Mentor College says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cricket
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
      Wrestling
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (International)
     
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    Day$15,100$15,700$17,200
    Day (International)$18,700


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 1,500
    Average enrollment per grade100
    Average class size16 to 18
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What Mentor College says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Mentor College is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000000000

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size180
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements46
    **Ivy+ placements5

    *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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Guelph University, Queen's University, McGill University, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Brock University, York University, OCAD, Dalhousie University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Meredith Manor Equestrian College, Lakehead University, University of Maryland, Trent University, University of Sydney, University of British Columbia, University of Minnesota, Colorado School of Mines, University of Leicester, University of Greenwich, Bowdoin College, Case Western Reserve University

    What Mentor College says:

  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • Queen's University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Mentor College Charity Fashion Show

    The 2016 Fashion Show raised $50,000! All proceeds benefitted the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, Cancer Research, and Cystic Fibrosis Research at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). With mental health and wellness as the focus, the student committee that organized this show wanted to ensure that the funds raised benefitted teens and their families who struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

    We were honoured to donate to The Family Therapy Treatment Seminar (FTTS) at SickKids Hospital, which treats the family, not just the patient.

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    Celebration of Cultural Diversity

    For two days in February, students from all divisions of Mentor and TEAM join together in one of the schools’ largest school-wide events: The Celebration of Cultural Diversity! The NS Gym at the Main Campus is transformed into a multicultural extravaganza – including music, dance, food, and celebration! Led by the students in the high school division, all students in the school partake in the event, either as performers, pavilion guides, executive members, or visitors.

    The event started in 2004 with twelve countries sharing their cultures and traditions with students, teachers, and parents. In the following years, the show quickly gained popularity with students – so much that the 2014 show featured 44 pavilions – with three spectacular concerts taking place throughout the day.

    As much as we would like to see even more students get involved, there doesn’t seem to any more space in the gyms for even one more pavilion!

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    Life At The Primary Campus!

    Mentor College has developed a primary programme which builds on the enthusiasm and involvement which children feel when learning.

    Students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 are immersed in a stimulating curriculum and provided with a wealth of support, and encouragement. Staff members foster the development of good work habits and a sense of responsibility which provide a solid foundation for the challenges that lie ahead.

    Students in the Primary Division are challenged by Mentor’s curriculum, as it is more advanced than those in public, separate and most private school programmes. Homeroom teachers instruct in math, reading, grammar, spelling and social studies, and specialty teachers teach music, computers, science, French and physical education.

    In addition to the curriculum, there are a host of school clubs, teams, and activities that students are welcome to join. The highlight of the school year occurs when the entire school puts on the year-end musical in June!

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    International Travel Experiences For HS Students

    Students in the High School Division are provided with opportunities to participate in extended excursions. These include supervised trips to Canadian and international destinations. In recent years students in various grades have traveled to New Zealand, Europe, Cuba, and Japan. These trips combine recreational activities and unique opportunities to learn more about the world around us.

    Outreach: For the past several years, groups of dedicated students and teachers have gone on trips to less-fortunate areas of the world. The trips allow students not only to take educational side trips and to sight-see, but half of the trip is spent working and living in a local community:

    Kenya, India: Free The Children
    Ecuador: Adopt-A-Village project
    Zambia, Nepal, Iqaluit: Building homes and schools
    Cambodia: Delivering much-needed funds for landmine relief

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    Intermediate Division: Amazing Outdoor Experience

    Each year, our grade 5-8 students (and various high school students as well) have the opportunity to enjoy a four-day visit to our Outdoor Education Centre. Located on 135 acres of land near Gravenhurst, the property hosts a variety of habitats, including lakefront, field, stream, marshland, old growth forest and Canadian Shield. The cost of the trip is included in the annual tuition. Our hands-on approach allows learning through education and recreation. Educational activities include vegetation identification, animal habitat study, geology/soil study and meteorological graphing, while recreational opportunities include cross-country skiing, orienteering, canoeing, native games, winter survival, campfires and night hikes. A 5000-square foot cabin hosts up to 40 students, and is staffed by two full-time outdoor education teachers and a chef.

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