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North Toronto Christian School

   
255 Yorkland Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M2J 1S3

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$8,856/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
20 to 25
Enrolment:
Day: 380 (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
255 Yorkland Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M2J 1S3

About this school:

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North Toronto Christian School was founded in 1981 to offer a co-ed, advanced, university preparation program to all parents who desire a strong academic program for their child with a Christian emphasis based on Biblical principles. A family focus, strong teacher direction and a positive, disciplined environment are promoted. The school partners with parents to uphold Christian values and to encourage and assist students to prepare for a fulfilling and successful future in all areas of their lives. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of North Toronto Christian School

our takeThe program at NTCS has been developed to extend the lived experience of Christianity of home and church into an academic setting. The values expressed there, as well as Biblical teaching, provide a foundation for the delivery of the curriculum across all instructional areas. For the families that enroll, that’s a primary draw, as is the opportunity for the learner to enter a student population of true peers in terms of academic ability and worldview. The extracurricular offerings are broad, and supported by the size of the student body, which is 400 annually. An emphasis on athletics and active lifestyles is also a draw. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging yet supportive setting, and preparing for university studies.





Principal's Message

principal

Allen Schenk, Principal

I am glad that you are considering Christian education for your child.  The decision to enrol your child in a Christian school will be one of the most important decisions that you make.

North Toronto Christian School (NTCS) was founded in 1981 to provide a quality academic education integrated with a Christian view of God and the world, and that continues to be our purpose today.  Our goal is to educate students in the light of Biblical truth so that they are prepared to serve God and be active Christian believers in their future academic endeavours, their family lives and their careers.

NTCS currently has a student population of 400 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.  NTCS provides an education that will prepare students for the demands of university studies.  We take a traditional approach to education with a strong focus on English, Math and Science, while still offering a diverse selection of courses in the Arts, Physical Education, Social Sciences and Humanities.  Our students have a proven track record of success in their university studies.

If your desire is to provide a quality Christ-centred education for your child, where the school and the family work closely together, then I invite you to consider North Toronto Christian School as your partner.  It would be our privilege to serve you and to support you in the education and development of your child.  Please call our school office to inquire further or to book a visit at any time of the year.

In Christ,

Mr. Allen Schenk


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What NTCS says: The mission of North Toronto Christian School is to prepare young minds for the demands of a university education within the framework of a Christian worldview. In our elementary program, there is a significant emphasis on mastering the basics of reading, writing and mathematics. In our high school program, courses are only offered at the academic or university preparation level. We offer a diverse liberal arts style program that gives students a wide variety of educational experiences so that they can more effectively choose a university program that will allow them to utilize the gifts that God has given them. In order to provide a comprehensive educational experience, students in grades 3-10 participate in a fall and winter, three-day outdoor education trip to our school camping facility located in the Kawarthas.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Non-denominational)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What NTCS 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 Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


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

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

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


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


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Cantonese • Chinese-Mandarin • French • ESL


    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 NTCS says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Religious Education More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • 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 NTCS says: At North Toronto Christian School, the study of Protestant Christianity, other branches of the Christian church, other religions, and the Holy Bible, is not confined to Biblical Studies classes, but is integrated into everything that we do. We believe that the Holy Bible is the infallible Word of God. In all subject areas and courses, we look at content and curriculum through the lens of a Christian world view. For example, in a science class, we will discuss how God has perfectly designed the world and put in place a creative order. In a history class, we will reflect on how God has been, and is currently, at work in the world and how we can fulfill a God-given cultural mandate. Life, learning and the Christian faith are woven together at NTCS to prepare our students to serve God and be active Christian believers in their future academic endeavours, their family lives, and their careers.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 2 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 2 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 5 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 9 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 9 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 9 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 9 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 9 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 9 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 9 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 9 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 9 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 5 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 9 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 9

    What NTCS 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.

    69 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education

    Progressive

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


    What NTCS 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 NTCS says: At North Toronto Christian School, our desire is to begin educating students academically, spiritually, socially and physically, from the moment they walk through our doors. Our kindergarten program is a challenging academic program, focusing on the basics, which provides a solid foundation for continued study and academic success at NTCS.


    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 NTCS says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What NTCS says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

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

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

    What NTCS says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    NTCS can provide support for mild disablities. NTCS 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

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    NTCS 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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades3 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 2
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 45 45
    Lunch recessAmount 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25

    What NTCS says: This information is not currently available.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    Extracurriculars

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    What NTCS says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Squash
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    JKSK123456789101112
    Day (Domestic)$8,856
    What NTCS says: Method of Payment of Tuition: twelve (12) installments, due the first of each month (July 2016 - June 2017). North Toronto Christian School's tuition is made as affordable as possible for as many families as possible. The rate quoted here is for the first child in the family. A discount of 40% is given for the second child, and a discount of 60% for the third child.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students40%
    3rd child (sibling)all students60%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 380
    Average enrollment per grade25
    Average class size20 to 25
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    JKSK123456789101112
    Day Enrollment1212182721272634284141404343

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What NTCS says:

    Overall, admission is based on availability of space, a personal interview, an admissions test (if necessary), analysis of the previous report card, written indication of parental support for our program, and a verbal indication of interest by the student. When the application has been approved and the registration fee and capital deposit have been received, a letter of acceptance will be issued to reserve a place in class.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    75%

    Type of student North Toronto Christian School is looking for: Students should be serious about academic achievement, interested in fully participating in the varied activities of school life, and comfortable with the Christian emphasis in all aspects of the school program. A wide range of opportunities are given to each student. Those who have success are active, disciplined, and intent on making a positive contribution to school life.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 - 20 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 10 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 5 (75%)0 - 10 (75%)0 - 10 (75%)0 - 10 (75%)0 - 10 (75%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size40
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements12
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *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): Brock University, Capernwray Hall, Centennial College, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, McMaster University, Moody Bible Institute, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Redeemer University College, Ryerson University, Trinity Western University, University of Guelph, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University

    What North Toronto Christian School says:

  • 95% of our students move on to a university program with the other 5% going into college or military service. Our students are often offered scholarships and recognized for their academic achievement.

  • Associations

    Associations
    • The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Associations



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