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North Point School For Boys
North Point School For Boys
2445 23rd Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0W3
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North Point School For Boys
 

North Point School For Boys

2445 23rd Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0W3

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
K to 9 (Boys)
Tuition:
$7,000 to 12,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 60 (Gr. K - 9)

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Contact Name:
Brent Devost

Phone Number:


School Address
2445 23rd Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0W3

About this school:
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North Point School for Boys taps into boys’ natural curiosity and energy as a foundation for life-long learning. A strong academic program is just the beginning – we fuel motivation through real-life learning, digital platforms, and outdoor adventure developing well rounded, self-motivated, independent learners. The North Point program is a fundamental re-thinking of how a classroom operates. We design environments and experiences that are specifically geared to challenge and engage boys.


The Our Kids review of North Point School For Boys

our takeNorth Point was founded in 2014 in order to address boys who are kinesthetic learners. That is, boys who are academically capable, yet learn best through tactile learning—hands on—and through physical activity, rather than sitting still and listening quietly. Not all boys are kinesthetic learners, of course, though certainly many are, and as such can be prone to not reaching their full academic potential in more traditional, passive educational settings. North Point has structured its program for them. North Point also groups students, for some portions of the day and for some programs, with boys of varying ages, not limited to those within their particular grade. The intention is to allow for mentorship/leadership relationships to develop, something that, for some boys, can be transformative. The ideal student is a boy who will thrive in a very active, close-knit setting, one in which physical activity, including athletics and physical competition, is a significant aspect of school life.



Principal's Message

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Brent Devost, Head of School

In the past decade boys have fallen behind in classroom achievement, numbers going on to post-secondary education, and numbers getting jobs out of University.  The research points to an education system not ideally designed for how many boys learn and behave.

A system that once focused on math and science and encouraged good health competition, now pushes reading and writing at a much younger age and rewards students who can sit still and listen quietly.  This approach is not very effective for many boys, who tend to be kinesthetic learners, making them behaviour problems in the classroom simply because they listen and learn better if they can move around and manipulate things. 

Research shows that boys develop language skills later than girls, and yet the pressure to read and write begins early in kindergarten, putting boys at a disadvantage right out of the gate, often turning them off school before they can develop a love of learning.

Teachers who have experience in an all boys' environment recognize that boys arrive to school fidgety, less organized and with a fascination for exploration, adventure and building.  North Point is about changing the way that boys are taught on every level, working with their strengths and appealing to their individual learning style.  


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What North Point School says: We value self-reliance, creativity, leadership, individuality, respect for self and others, a strong sense of curiosity, and an appreciation of the outdoors. Through an integrated approach, our program at North Point will focus on Academics, Outdoor Exploration, Technology, Athletics, the Arts, Leadership and Community Service. We strive to motivate our boys to accomplish whatever they set out to do, in their own unique way. Ultimately, our goal is to unlock their desire to learn, while at North Point and throughout their lives.

  • 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 North Point School 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 North Point School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What North Point School says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What North Point School says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

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


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What North Point School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Expanding Communities

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


    • What North Point School 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 North Point School says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Audio-Lingual

      The audio-lingual method of teaching foreign languages emphasizes the use of repetition and a system of immediate reinforcement and feedback. The method makes particular use of oral drills where students are expected to correctly imitate (or intentionally alter) an utterance made by the teacher in the target language. Quizzes and worksheets are also used extensively.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What North Point School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

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

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What North Point School says: This information is not currently available.


    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 North Point School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What North Point School says: North Point has a dedicated and substantial athletic and outdoor adventure component that is embedded into daily aspects of the curriculum. We believe that experience in the wilderness fosters courage, self-reliance, cooperation and resilience, while instilling a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Whether it is a challenging hike in the mountains, a river rafting journey or a ropes course, as students’ mature, risk and achievement are necessities in forming their identity and confidence.\n\nThe Athletics program at North Point is designed to improve our boys’ overall physical fitness levels and provide them with an opportunity to try a wide variety of individual and team sports. Daily physical activity is a core component of the North Point School model. We understand the importance that rigorous physical activity plays for the mind, body and spirit.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What North Point School 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 North Point School says: Our program includes music, games that focus age-appropriate skill development, building structures to develop fine motor skills, lots of physical activity, and fostering the development of social skills. Most studies show that boys are not ready for language development until the age of 6. Kindergarten at North Point will be about developing a love of learning through experience. By touching, moving, listening, and observing, children will start to direct their own learning. The same philosophy of educating through hands on exploration in the older grades will be utilized in our kindergarten.


    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 North Point School says about flexible pacing: Mastery Learning is ensuring that a student has a complete understanding of a concept before moving on to a more complex concept. An incomplete understanding early on can have disastrous results later, especially in math.


    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 North Point School says: North Point is focused on helping boys achieve their highest academic standard possible to open options for them as they move to high school and on to post-secondary pursuits. Everything we do academically is in the pursuit of that opportunity for ALL of our students.


    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 North Point School says: We value self-reliance, creativity, leadership, individuality, respect for self and others, a strong sense of curiosity, and an appreciation of the outdoors. Through an integrated approach, our program at North Point will focus on Academics, Outdoor Exploration, Technology, Athletics, the Arts, Leadership and Community Service. We strive to motivate our boys to accomplish whatever they set out to do, in their own unique way. Ultimately, our goal is to unlock their desire to learn, while at North Point and throughout their lives.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    North Point School can provide support for mild disablities. North Point School 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
    • Summary: There is no single perfect type of student for North Point. North Point School welcomes all boys who are curious, enthusiastic, and would benefit from an active learning environment. We recognize that each student comes with their own unique gifts and interests and that a diverse school community benefits everyone. We look for boys with a combination of skills, talents, interests and learning styles. We consider all of these elements when making our admissions decisions. Because we provide personalized learning experiences, we are an ideal educational environment for a wide range of personality types and learner profiles.

    • What North Point School says: North Point School welcomes all Boys who are curious, enthusiastic, and would benefit from an active learning environment. It is for students who want to achieve their personal best academically, while exploring and interacting with the world around them. We recognize that each student comes with their own unique gifts and interests and that a diverse school community benefits everyone. We are not equipped to serve children with serious learning disabilities or extreme behaviour problems.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    North Point School offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    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 North Point School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    Homework Policy

    In grade 7, North Point School For Boys students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average6 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins41 mins54 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackK to 9
    Academic achievement reportingK to 9
    Habits and behaviour reportingK to 9
    Parent-teacher meetingsK to 9


    Extracurriculars

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    What North Point School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Canoeing/Kayaking
      Downhill skiing
      Sailing
      Snowboarding
    • Clubs Offered
      Robotics club
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (Half day)
     
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    Day$12,000
    Day (Half day)$7,000
    What North Point School says: Tuition fees quoted include day time field trips, off-campus learning, textbooks and workbooks. Basic school supplies are not included. Additional fees may be incurred for extended field trips, Academies, travel studies, or extra-curricular team/club activities. At the time of application, a deposit of $200 per student is required. Of this fee, $100 is a processing fee.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day15%
    3rd child (sibling)Day20%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: K to 9
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$6,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    northpoint.school/admissions

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    In order to be considered for financial assistance, all families must complete an assistance application form. All completed forms must be submitted to North Point’s Business Manager in confidence. Your application will be reviewed by our Assistance Assessment Committee within 5-10 business days of submission. This small committee consists of the Head of School, Business Manager and Board Chairperson. All information submitted is protected under absolute confidentiality. Immediately after assessment, the results will be communicated to the families by phone and a follow-up letter. Due to the subject nature, electronic communication will be avoided.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 60
    Average enrollment per grade6
    Gender (grades)K to 9 (Boys)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 9
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What North Point School says:

    Application Process

    If you would like to attend North Point, the application process is as follows:
    1. APPLICATION: Please complete the application package in its entirety and submit to the school with appropriate deposits, fees and required documentation.

    2. STUDENT ASSESSMENT: Once we have received your application and deposit, a student assessment is scheduled. Students applying for Grades 3-9 can attend one of scheduled testing sessions. We book individual sessions for students entering Kindergarten to Grade 2.

    3. PERSONAL INTERVIEW: Students meeting entrance requirements will be contacted to schedule a personal interview with our Head of School. Parent(s) and the prospective student are interviewed.

    4. ACCEPTANCE: Parents are notified by phone and in writing of acceptance. Upon acceptance, the fee deposit becomes non-refundable and the remaining tuition fees are due in accordance with the fee schedule.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student North Point School For Boys is looking for: There is no single perfect type of student for North Point. North Point School welcomes all boys who are curious, enthusiastic, and would benefit from an active learning environment. We recognize that each student comes with their own unique gifts and interests and that a diverse school community benefits everyone. We look for boys with a combination of skills, talents, interests and learning styles. We consider all of these elements when making our admissions decisions.



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    Associations

    Associations
    • Association of Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA) Associations
    • International Boys Schools Coalition (IBSC) Associations


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