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Newton’s Grove School
Newton’s Grove School
1 City View Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 5A5
Contact name:
Gabrielle Bush

Phone number:
(416) 745-1328×
Newton’s Grove School

Newton’s Grove School

1 City View Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 5A5

Grades (Gender):
K to 12 (Coed)
$12,800 to $14,800 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 18
Day: 300 (Gr. K - 12)

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Contact Name:
Gabrielle Bush

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School Address
1 City View Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 5A5

About this school:

Newton's Grove School is much more than your average public school for much less than your typical private school. For 35 years, as Mississauga Private School and MPS Etobicoke, we've delivered an excellent education to every student in our care. Now as Newton's Grove School, we continue to embrace the best in traditional and cutting-edge education in a partnership between student, parent and teacher. Students achieve individual excellence through traditional values: self-discipline, hard work, accountability and perseverance, learned in a dynamic, interactive, progressive environment. A challenging, structured, skill-based academic program stresses written and oral communication, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, and mastery of the fundamentals. A high engagement program of arts, music, drama, computers, physical and extra-curricular activity, provides a holistic education. Our new, custom-designed campus will have a bigger school library & resource centre, science and computer labs, a full size double gym/training facility, soccer field, music room/studio with individual practice rooms and a multi-use eat-in cafeteria-theatre. Language of instruction: English. Uniforms required. Class size: 12–18 students.

Principal's Message


Gabrielle Bush, Director

I believe academic achievement begins with a love of learning. Different children love different academic disciplines, and if you offer them a well-rounded curriculum they will find something they can really excel with and grow in confidence. Success in one subject area trickles down to other academic disciplines, and school life in general. We help students shine as individuals through athletics, music, drama, visual arts and computer technology while also remaining committed to the highest academic standards.




Primary Curriculum:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

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

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    • Topics covered in curriculum:

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    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

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    Social Studies
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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts
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      Visual Arts
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    Computers and Technology
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    • Program covers:

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      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    Religious Education
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    Preschool/K Curriculum

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

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    Curriculum Pace

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

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    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

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    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

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    Developmental Priorities

    Primary Developmental Priority:

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    Special Needs Support Limited


    Newton’s Grove School offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Newton’s Grove School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


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    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



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    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentall students5%
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%
    3rd child (sibling)all students5%
    4th child (sibling)all students5%

    Need-based financial aid

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    Merit based Scholarships

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    Total enrollment 300
    Average enrollment per grade23
    Gender (grades)K to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

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    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A

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    Student Entry Points

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    University Placement

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    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

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

    **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)

    Stories & Testimonials


    A Musical Update

    Our Impressive Alumni

    Jordan Zero is now in his third year at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. This year he has been moved up to Second Trumpet in the Wind Symphony, after an extensive audition process. Congratulations, Jordan; this is certainly a testament to your talent! The band's first concert will be streamed live on October 14th - more news to follow on the time of the concert.  Jordan also will take part in recording a CD with the band for public release! We are so proud of the successes Jordan has had studying music in Montreal, and look forward to more updates.

    Caleb Michalski has begun his studies at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto in Performance. Caleb took AP Music Theory at the school last year, and after completing a grueling exam, achieved a Level 5 (extremely well qualified). You can't get a higher grade than that! Due to his abilities, he has already been exempted from some of his classes at U of T, and after his professors heard him play some of his compositions, he has been recommended to the Composition Department. This is something that is usually strictly reserved for second year students! Caleb is playing euphonium in the Wind Symphony and also has been accepted again this year into the Hannaford Youth Band. Congratulations!

    Our Amazing Kids

    Allison Lusty is an amazing Grade 6 music student. She is part of the Etobicoke Youth Choir, and was recently promoted to the Senior Choir, although she is significantly younger than the other choir members.  This is an amazing choir that has performed in England, Greece and Carnegie Hall in mass choir productions. We look forward to hearing about upcoming concerts. We are very proud of you, Allison!

    Rea Dhillon is an amazing Grade 6 music student. She has been admitted into the Canadian Children's Opera Company. This group was founded specifically to provide a stable source of child singers for productions of the Canadian Opera Company. The CCOC remains the only permanent children's opera company in Canada that commissions and produces operas for children on a regular basis. The company regularly collaborates and performs with other leading arts organizations, such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Soundstreams Canada, and the Luminato Festival. Rea will be performing in Alice in Wonderland from May 4th to May10th, as well as travelling to Switzerland to perform with the group! Rea, we are so proud of you, and wish you so much success with this adventure!

    Julian Santos (Grade 9) , Teah Florio (Grade 8) , Rayhan Srivastav (Grade 10), and Anisa Moisson (Grade 9) have all been accepted into the Etobicoke Youth Band . Founded in 1982, the EYB is a huge band with over 100 members from different schools all over the GTA. Their concert tours have included Ottawa, Boston , Chicago, California, and Carnegie Hall. Congratulations to all of you! You have made us very proud!

    Grade 8 student Emily Yeung and grade 10 student, Grace Hwang were both accepted into the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (Symphonic Winds) . TYWO is a multi level wind orchestra , and, is one of the finest in  Ontario. Having members from all over the GTA, they are renown for the high calibre of performance and artistry. They recently travelled to Shanghai for a performance tour.

    Mackenzie Knowlton (Grade 10) was accepted into the The Hannaford Youth Band  (Community Band) , operated under the auspices of the Hannaford Silver Street Band ,  a world renowned, award winning, professional brass band that has been active in the Toronto community since 1983. The Hannaford Youth Program is a fantastic opportunity for brass and percussion players. As part of this band, Mackenzie will be participating in rehearsals, concerts, clinics, competitions, and  recordings. We are so proud to announce that Mackenzie has been placed in the solo co


    Finding Your Voice

    His name was Amandeep. He was starting grade seven and he had just filled out his three choices of musical instrument, in order of preference. His first choice was trumpet. I knew a little about him from his Junior division teachers: he rarely spoke and tried very hard to blend into the background. I remember him as he sat in his chair, trumpet case on his lap, looking quite anxious. I walked over and showed him the mouthpiece, demonstrating how to make a sound through it. He placed it against his lips and made that distinct buzzing noise that a trumpet mouth piece makes. Most kids find it hilarious. Not Amandeep. He was fascinated. He continued to buzz away, oblivious to the squawks, squeaks and laughter of his classmates. He then put the mouthpiece onto the trumpet, blew his first note, and magic happened. Amandeep was hooked.

    That first year with Amandeep progressed so quickly, as a few notes became short pieces which grew into a repertoire. I watched him realize not only that he was very good, but that the more he played, the better he became. By the end of the school year, he soloed with his band. For a boy who wanted to be invisible, this was transformational.

    In a short time, Amandeep quietly began to mentor those around him. Before long, he was recognized as the go-to person for help and advice on how to play. Amandeep began to take responsibility and ownership for his talent. He saw the big picture of playing in a band. In the same manner as sports, a band is a collective team effort that requires focus, determination and responsibility from all. And like a sports team, music requires leadership. We have a co-op music program at our school where older student musicians act as T.A.s with me, working with younger bands and choirs. Amandeep embraced this opportunity, and I was amazed at the presence he began to have. He began to teach full lessons to the class, working with younger trumpet players as a group and individually. He would often come into the music room at lunch times to practice, and quickly he had an army of trumpet players joining him.  I can confidently say that many of our trumpet players today are playing because of Amandeep.

    This sense of responsibility and new found confidence spilled over into every aspect of Amandeep’s life. He had sometimes struggled academically in other subjects. But, his music experience gave him permission to try, to realize he was better than he thought, and it taught him the value of hard work. Amandeep's marks climbed in all subjects and he became a prefect, a model for the rest of the school. Looking at him now, it is hard to see that shy little boy who tried to slip unnoticed into my class. He is still quiet, but he exudes a calm confidence and has garnered unbelievable respect from his peers and teachers.  Amandeep’s example shows the power of music to transform and enrich a young life. Amandeep found his voice. He found something that empowered him, allowed him to shine, and made him feel like an important part of something bigger than himself.

    Amandeep is in my grade twelve music class now, and he is just a few weeks away from graduation. I know that I will miss him, but so will our entire music program. He is heading off to university next fall, having been accepted into a prestigious business school. Although he will try to maintain his current mastery of the trumpet, it is likely that his studies and all the diversions of post-secondary life get in the way. I know Amandeep dreams of someday starting his own business, and I doubt that will afford him either the time or opportunity to practice the trumpet. These realizations often come with the bitter-sweet moment of having to say good-bye. Like for so many previous students, the end of high school seems to presage a diminishing of the importance of music in Amandeep’s life. In the long run, will the trumpet simply fade into a warm high school memory? Will he have spent countless hours of repetition to develop a skill set that has little relevance to his future? On the contrary, what I know and, more importantly, what Amandeep knows is that music has and will continue to shape his future. Wherever his life takes him, he will face that future with the skills and confidence that he has earned through his dedication to music over the past six years. Music is a part of him: it is a legacy that will enrich all that he does and all that he will become.

    Ali walked into my Summer Band Camp the year before she began Grade 4. She was carrying an alto saxophone case. Actually, I should say she was dragging the case, as it was almost bigger than her! Here was a very feisty little girl with an incredibly competitive spark, a willingness to take on the world and show that she could be the best. I remember she seemed a little nervous, but there was a look of sheer determination on her face. One of my camp volunteers was able to take Ali and show her the ropes on how to play the sax while I worked with other students. She walked in the next day with a big grin and played five notes!

    Already an accomplished athlete, I was not sure how much Ali would want to give to music. I was to be very pleasantly surprised. Like Amandeep, she rose quickly through the ranks of school and jazz bands. An oddity at times, since she was so tiny amongst a sea of older kids, it was clear that she was there for business. What was so delightful to discover, however, was where she put all of her energy. So many driven individuals, even as children, seem to need the spotlight: they need to be recognised as the best. (It is no coincidence that the music industry has given us the word “diva”.) Ali developed an unstoppable need to round up the troops, educate them, and build team spirit. Before long she was assistant sectional leader and eventually sectional leader. Her involvement in music gave her an opportunity, not only to develop an incredible talent in music (she taught herself to play the clarinet and flute) but to develop outstanding leadership skills.

    I watched as Ali took her saxophone section and the whole band to new levels. She was able to use her powerful energy to guide and inspire. Ali made music fun for the others, yet pushed them to go above and beyond, and to play with heart. She also was able to benefit from mentoring and participating in Music Co-op.  Like Amandeep, Ali found her voice, and it was unselfish, encouraging and enthusiastic. I believe Ali's leadership skills and her drive were always there. Music gave her a platform to use that voice, to develop her passion and skills, to discover herself.

    Ali is also graduating this year, and she is heading into a kinesiology program and varsity soccer. She will try to fit music into her incredibly busy schedule. And, I know that whatever she does, she will lift the performances of those around her. Music has helped channel the energy of this remarkable young woman, and shaped her into the kind of leader we all seek to follow.

    Caleb is the third member of this year’s graduating class whose story I wish to share. He came into his first music class very quietly, and like Amandeep, tried to blend into the background.  He had taken about a year of piano classes when he was younger and hated them. He quit music. Clearly, this was not going to be an easy sell. Caleb’s academic work was exceptional, however he found it difficult to string a few sentences together. Expressing himself was extremely difficult as his mind seemed to surge with so much thought and emotion. I could sense an underlying frustration and a marked impatience about him, and these are not traits that lead to great success in music.

    Caleb first picked up a trumpet, and as he tried to make the first few sounds with the mouthpiece, I could see his heart sink. He could not make a sound. He tried again and again and still nothing. His defences went up immediately, and he began to joke around with his friends. A second failed attempt with music had clearly happened, and Caleb was already writing off the whole experience. I walked over and quickly handed him a mouthpiece for the euphonium (which resembles a baby tuba). With a sarcastic look, he took the mouthpiece and buzzed. A sound came out. It was clear, it was pure. He froze, then did it again and again. He quickly inserted the mouthpiece into the euphonium and blew, and lo and behold a solid single note came out. Caleb was fascinated. Over the next few days he came into the music room and played more and more. I would walk into the class, and hear that he was already figuring out pieces of music.

    Once Caleb's ear for music was discovered, he explored all the possibilities that his new instrument had. I would sometimes be leaving school after work, and see Caleb walking home playing his euphonium. He had found a passion and, to my joy, it led to him rediscovering the piano. The result was a boy whose talent in music was astonishing. With limited piano training he began to play and play. His playing turned into improvisations and then into full scale compositions written for piano. His euphonium playing improved exponentially. By Grade 8, he soloed with the school's high school Senior Band. Caleb had a gift that went beyond words. His performances and his compositions were astounding and moving. Caleb never really grew to speak very well, but his voice and his thoughts and his emotions became music.

    Not every child or teenager in my music program rises to exceptional levels of playing. But, what music gives all of them is a voice, one that is distinctly their own. They learn to express themselves, to band together collectively, to convey emotion, to understand responsibility, and to demonstrate leadership. We all know the statistics of students who play music and how they do in schools. They score on average 19% higher in English and 17% higher in mathematics than those who do not take music. I am certain these figures are correct. My music students unequivocally make up the majority of top academic students at our school. They are leaders in council after council, and excellent role models.

    The philosophy in my music program is to teach kids to love music, feel good about themselves, and to NEVER underestimate their potential. I have found that one of the best ways for students to learn, is to teach. One of the best ways for kids to mature is to give them responsibility and put them in a position of leadership. Year after year, I have seen students like Amandeep, Ali and Caleb give back to the very program that began their musical education and love for music, and we have all been made richer for that.

    By the way, where is Caleb, the boy who thought music was a joke, heading next year? After having been a two time Provincial Honour Band member, a Canadian National Youth Band member, a member of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and this year a member of the prestigious Hannaford Youth Band, Caleb has been accepted to the University of Toronto to study Music Performance. I feel so proud of Caleb, and also of Amandeep, Ali and all of this year’s graduates. And, does it ever make it hard to say good-bye.


    Specialized Learning

    “[Newton’s Grove School] truly understands that every child is an individual with his or her own learning style and learning needs. Every staff member at [Newton’s Grove School] strives to give our children a positive and enriched education."


    Our Cultural Exchange to Havana, Cuba

    We just returned from an amazing cultural exchange in Havana, Cuba with 28 of Newton's Grove finest student musicians.

    I cannot begin to say how proud and happy I am with each and every student who came with us. We had unbelievable experiences; we saw breath taking scenery; our kids played incredible music, and we all connected with so many wonderful people. We played a total of 8 concerts: in incredible music schools, at our hotel, outside on the streets of Havana. We jammed with some of the finest of Cuba's musicians, and saw amazing shows. Some of our performances were under very challenging circumstances, with music and stands blowing away, heat, sun in our eyes, car horns blowing and broken pianos. But time after time, our kids rose above and beyond the challenges, and presented themselves as seasoned, focused, and gifted musicians.

    Our trip wasn't all music-related: we got a chance to soak in the Cuban landscape when we visited a breathtaking rain forest. We climbed to a waterfall, swam under it and through a cave. We even took a boat through an underground river!

    We visited an orphanage. Without a doubt, this was one of the most moving and touching experiences of my entire life. Our students connected, reached out and shared themselves with kids from the orphanage, aged 7 - 15. They performed for them, and I saw the power of music go beyond the language barrier and unite the cultures. I have to say that this was one of the most profound moments I have ever experienced. Our students were just being themselves; no prompting, no instructions. They just reached out and connected. They are beautiful human beings, with huge hearts, big talent and wonderful spirits.

    Thank you to the wonderful assistance and support of the teachers and administrators who came, Mrs Chachel, Mr. Roberts, Ms. Hart, Mr Little and Mrs. Bush.

    Mr. Alonso


    The Ingredients for Success

    “Everything we do somehow benefits us. There are so many different components and when you put it all together, [Newton’s Grove School] makes the ideal school.


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