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Northmount School
Northmount School
26 Mallard Road
Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1S3
Contact name:
Chris Ruch

Phone number:
(416) 449-8823×
Northmount School

Northmount School

26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1S3

Language-based,  Faith-based
Grades (Gender):
JK to 8 (Boys)
$10,000 to 23,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 15
Day: 128 (Gr. JK - 8)

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Contact Name:
Chris Ruch

Phone Number:

School Address
26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 1S3

About this school:

The road to honourable manhood begins here. Northmount School for Boys (JK-8) develops young men who use their academic prowess with discernment and wisdom. Our students enjoy a program of study that is designed for boys. The incorporation of experiential learning that engages all of a young man's senses is critical for the delivery of our curriculum. Our lessons provide numerous opportunities for movement, expression, experimentation, presentation, and the building of core skills in order to achieve extraordinary results. Our enriched curriculum has a proven track record with remarkable CAT3 and EQAO standings, enabling parents and students access to their school of choice beyond the eighth grade. We ensure that all of the doors of opportunity for participation in the arts, maths, sciences, languages, athletics, theatre, and community service are always open to each student. We believe that close, personal home-and-school communications reinforce our exceptional Catholic character education program. The road to future excellence begins with our elementary school, mirroring your high home standards, and jointly mapping a path of joyful learning for the growth of your son.

Upcoming Events Next event: October 15, 2015

upcoming events
  • October 17, 2015: Visit this school at the Toronto Private School Expo: booth #51
    Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2J5
    Join us Saturday, October 17 from 11:00 am - 03:00 pm

    The Toronto Private School Expo is the largest event of its kind. Exhibiting schools include both day and boarding traditional, arts, Montessori, Waldorf and special needs schools from across the GTA and as far away as Switzerland or Hawaii. Attend the Expo on October 17th, 2015 to learn more!

  • October 15, 2015Open Houses
    Northmount School, 26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, October 15 from 09:30 am - 11:00 am

    Come and explore a dynamic, welcoming, and caring environment suited to the learning styles of boys. Witness the beginnings of the honourable road to manhood! See why a boys' school might make that extraordinary moment of change your son needs to build an unshakeable foundation grounded in character and bolstered by wisdom.

  • November 19, 2015Open House
    Northmount School, 26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, November 19 from 09:30 am - 11:00 am

    Come and explore a dynamic, welcoming, and caring environment suited to the learning styles of boys. Witness the beginnings of the honourable road to manhood! See why a boys' school might make that extraordinary moment of change your son needs to build an unshakeable foundation grounded in character and bolstered by wisdom.

  • November 25, 2015Movember at Northmount School Movember at Northmount School
    Northmount School, 26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, November 25 from 09:00 am - 04:00 am

    Northmount students and faculty had a special MOVEMBER fundraiser today. Students could dress down and wear a moustache! Several teachers have also been on a MOVEMBER team and raised close to $1,500, plus today’s efforts. Prostate Cancer, being male oriented was a wonderful cause for this all-boys school to support.

  • December 05, 201516 Years of Hope at Christmas: Christmas Baskets 12 Years of Hope at Christmas: Christmas Baskets
    Northmount School, 26 Mallard Road, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, December 05 from 08:30 am - 09:00 am

    Since 1999, Northmount students have supported over 141 families in the Toronto area, which accounted for over 1,004 people. Our Christmas baskets are organized through the Catholic Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and through the fraternal order of the Knights of Columbus, Council 11813. Northmount boys and members of the Knights deliver the baskets in teams directly to the homes of the people who have applied for them. This teaches the boys appreciation and empathy. Statistics: Program Commenced: December 1999 Number of Families Assisted Since 1999: 141 Families Individual People Helped: 1,004 Number of Boxes Making up a Basket: 846 with each family receiving an average of 6 boxes Amount of Baby Formula Collected: 700 tins and boxes Highest Year of Need: 2010, we supported 29 families

Principal's Message


Mr. Glenn C. Domina, Headmaster

I am delighted to welcome you to Northmount’s Website on the Our Kids Network and I hope that you will soon visit the school if you have not done so already. Northmount is a unique place where boys are encouraged to learn and grow in a character-driven context that places a premium on our stated goal of bringing the boys along the road to honourable manhood. As parents you are your son’s first, and, most important teachers. Each boy is respected for the individual he is and his parents are very involved partners in his “school life.” The preparation for his future started at home but Northmount will continue and enhance the work you are doing as parents in an academically supportive environment. Your son will be known and mentored by his teachers and advisors. He will be understood and embraced in this community that understands and loves boys for what they really are. As a school we take great pride in our Catholic heritage. This continues to be the fundamental base in Northmount’s Character Education Program. Our student population is representative of many faith backgrounds coming from a community of families that endorse and advance the values that define Northmount School. The face of Northmount is the face of Toronto. We have tried to strike an appropriate balance for each boy in the three “A’s” of his education: academics, athletics and the arts. Boys learn best in a single sex environment. The evidence on this is overwhelming and incontrovertible. The heavy emphasis placed on girl’s education since the late 70’s has not been kind to boy’s education in general and has given rise to the myth that boys will get along regardless of curriculum and pedagogy. This is demonstrably wrong. In Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan, high-school drop out rates for boys age 16 and over is higher than 40%. We have seen women’s enrollment in university significantly surpass men’s university enrollment across the western world. If current trends continue, one source calculates, the last boy will graduate from “a” North American University in 2076. Some co-educational schools admit, candidly, that they have not had a boy qualify as valedictorian for a graduating class over the past ten years. At Northmount we consider this a very serious state of affairs. We at Northmount base the character and education of the boys on firm ground born of the rock of ages making us much less inclined to faddism or novelty. Your son’s education is too important to be a trial case study in the latest educational ”experiment.” As I watch the boys at play each day I am struck by how quickly they become physically strong but restrain themselves as they play with, or near, the younger ones. These emerging young men can also turn around and play a song or paint a picture that, on occasion, will make one stop in his tracks. Their work can belie an emotional depth that the boy’s verbal communication does not. Competitive, active boys will be drawn to academics if put in an environment that champions the challenge of academics balanced with the athletic and artistic prowess as it springs from these young men of virtue. Years after the Duke of Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo he was asked how this great victory was possible. He harkened back to the virtues and values his men had taken to heart while boys at school. He stated flatly, “The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton.” Northmount is such a school. We look forward to welcoming you and your son. Glenn C. Domina Headmaster



Curriculum Language-based, Faith-based

Primary Curriculum: Language-based
Language immersion schools teach students a full academic curriculum but in a different language than English (or French in parts of Quebec). By the time students graduate from an immersion program, they should be fully bilingual in both their mother tongue (English/French) and in the language of instruction. Immersion schools are appropriate for bright students who welcome the extra cognitive and academic challenge.

Secondary Curriculum: Faith-based
Faith-based schools ground their curriculum and culture in religious teachings and traditions. With all subjects areas, schools infuse the faith perspective and the cultural background into everything students do. Faith-based schools aren't about indoctrination, however. At many schools, different theories, worldviews, and ideologies are introduced and framed next to the student's belief system.

What Northmount School says: Northmount School is an independent boys preparatory school (JK-8) grounded in the Catholic tradition. It helps students achieve their greatest academic potential in a supportive environment which emphasizes character development, values and service, leading to a meaningful, balanced and fulfilling life.

  • Faith-based offered:

    Program = offered
    Roman Catholic

  • 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 Northmount School says: Northmount School for Boys uses the Saxon Math program that works on building, reviewing and learning new challenging math skills in a modern context that is focused on boys learning.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Saxon Math

    • Calculator policy: Scientific calculators are introduced to boys in grades seven and eight.

    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 Northmount School says: Reading is taught from the K level through the primary program. Focused is on engendering a love of reading. Phonics decoding and comprehension skills are the focus of the primary division. Literature studies are central to the rest of the grades.

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

    • What Northmount School says: [Northmount School has not provided this information]

    Writing Equal balance

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

    • What Northmount School says: Students are taught to write by the exposure to good literature, the scaffolded structure of assignments and the exposure to age appropriate exemplars.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: The boy scientific education is taught through both the teaching of theory and the inquiry based hands-on experimentation in a lab setting.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Northmount School says: The boys are exposed to a wide variety of literature from a wide variety of sources. We offer a wide variety of sources that is boy- centric. Our literature program is cross curricular integrated with our social studies program.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Northmount School says: The basis of our program is a core knowledge but is organized with themes running through it that is co-ordinated with our literature program. Social justice is a key focus of the school and is not relegated to our social studies program.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Northmount School says: Northmount students enjoy learning about the history and geography of the world around them. In the Senior Division, students will learn about exciting and important world issues, politics, and economics. They will learn about the important events that shaped modern day Canada, from First contact with European settlers through to New France, British North America and then Confederation. This journey is filled with inquiry, discovery, and interactive learning experiences. With the study of important and relevant historical events, as well as of current economic and political issues, students begin to learn valuable lessons and skills of how to be positive contributors of Canadian society. Field trips also form an integral part of the course – boys get to explore the real world as they learn the theory in the classroom.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Northmount School says: Our French program emphasis listening, interpreting, writing, and producing original French works.

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Northmount School says: Our visual arts begins on the expressive scale and develops into a more disciplined approach as the student matures.

    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 Northmount School says: Technology is scene as a tool to enhance learning in the curriculum rather than a discipline rather than itself.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Northmount School says: We believe strongly that the boys have daily physical education classes, with skill development, co-operative play and personal fitness as highlights.

    • Northmount School's approach to sex-ed: We deliver the Theology of the Body curriculum.

    Religious Education
    • What Northmount School says: We deliver our school program through the Images of God Series( K-5), Faith and Life Series (6&7), Pure Manhood (Gr. 8) and Theology of the Body. We reinforce our values and religious traditions through daily assemblies and weekly mass, a school wide mentoring program.

    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.

    What Northmount School says: At Northmount School, we believe the development of a boy’s love of learning is paramount to this goal. Our staff is well versed in using the best practices for boys’ learning.Through the use of ongoing professional development, tried and true in-house practice, and individualized instruction tailored to meet each boy’s specific needs, a Northmount boy is engaged, challenged, and well-known by his teachers.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    What Northmount School says: Northmount School provides a curriculum that is beyond a standard public board offering. Text books topics and assessments are commensurate with the enriched level of instruction. All students are prepared to accomplish enriched work and each boy has work tailored to his learning style and tempo.

    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 Northmount School says about flexible pacing: Students who are able to move through the curriculum more quickly are encouraged to do so and upon successful completion are offered regular guided independent study opportunities.

    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 Northmount School says: The school offers a program of challenge to each boy of his particular level, in an environment that gives him all the supports necessary to succeed.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What Northmount School says: We offer an advanced curriculum rooted in the Catholic tradition. Our students will become boys who are competent confident leaders; strong in both mind and body. They develop into contributing citizens with a moral conscience.

    Special Needs Support High


    Northmount School provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • 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
      Extra support
    • What Northmount School says: The school make every effort to support a boy through his journey at Northmount School. Moderate individualization of instruction allows us to make some accommodation. The school is interested in making the right match for the the student and makes every effort to match the support available from the school to the needs of the student.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:

      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:

      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
    • Summary: We hava program that supports students that is partial withdrawal and partial in-class support.

    • What Northmount School says: The school make every effort to support a boy through his journey at Northmount School. Moderate individualization of instruction allows us to make some accommodation. The school is interested in making the right match for the the student and makes every effort to match the support available from the school to the needs of the student.

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Accelerated curriculum

    All students enrolled at Northmount School are on an accelerated curriculum -- whether they are classified as gifted or not. This means they perform the work of older peers in the provincial system..

    Segregated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted school
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Inclusive practices:

    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)

    What Northmount School says: [Northmount School has not provided this information]

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Northmount School students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Northmount School15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average5 mins6 mins17 mins18 mins28 mins34 mins40 mins45 mins62 mins68 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8


    What Northmount School says:
    • Every boy, beginning at any age, who wishes to be on a school team may do so. Varsity sports begin at grade 1 and because we are a small school the boys have lots of opportunity to earn a spot on a team.
    • Club offerings follow the interest of the boys. We have a wide array and boys are free to include their own suggestions. Interest clubs are so important that we actually build school time in for them.
    • Service to our community encompasses all grades. It is diverse in its opportunities from providing Christmas hampers for families in need to painting a fence at a local women's shelter.

    • Sports OfferedRecreationalCompetitive
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Astronomy Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Day Day (International)
    Day (International)$23,000


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    3rd child (sibling)all students25%
    4th child (sibling)all students25%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid5%
    Average aid package size$10,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid5%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    April 30, 2015 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    1. Please complete and return the online application together with a copy of the applicant’s two most recent report cards. Upon receipt of the completed application and the application fee of $200.00, a date will be scheduled for your son’s educational assessment and family interview with the Director of Admissions

    Merit based Scholarships

    Northmount School has not provided this information.


    Total enrollment 128
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Gender (grades)JK to 8 (Boys)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment551515151518151515




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Northmount School says:



    1.Please complete and return the on line application together with a copy of the applicant’s two most recent report cards.

    2.Upon receipt of the completed application and the application fee of $200.00, a date will be scheduled for your son’s educational assessment and family interview with the Director of Admissions. 


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Northmount School is looking for: Boys of promise, strong in character, academics, and athletics. Students who are willing to learn and give of their time to others.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    5 (100%)5 (100%)5 (100%)5 (100%)2 - 5 (100%)2 - 5 (100%)2 - 5 (100%)2 - 5 (100%)2 - 5 (100%)2 - 5 (100%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Knighting Ceremony

    When older cousin Max G. was knighted into Banting House, three years ago he said, "This is one of the best days of my life." Here he is pictured with younger cousin Jack G. as Jack was just knighted into his same house. Proud Max holds up the House Cup, which Banting has the highest amount of wins in its grand history. Our knighting ceremony welcomes a young man and his family into the community and specifically, into a band of brothers. Belonging and feeling part of something special is so critical for young boys! They are knighted by the House Master who charges them with, "May you be strong in deeds, a saint in God's service, and a worthy brother and competitor." ...

    The Road Begins, Kindergarten

    Your child is beginning a wonderful journey filled with laughter and learning. He is exploring the world around him and discovering new things. Kindergarten must be a place of security and utter warmth. Our program is an excellent transition from both home care and pre-school. You have taken the time to ensure that your child's first experiences with education are positive, formative, and moral, let us assist you further with this most honourable task. Our JK-SK Program combines the loving care and attention your son would receive at home, with the early foundations of socialization, routines, reading, and Mathematics. Both JK and SK are full-time day programs, but this class operates on an entirely different timetable than the rest of Northmount. Our classes are small and no child is without his teacher's kind direction. Our JK/SK teacher is the mother of three boys and a specialist in Primary Level education. Come and spend some time in the class and discover the special experience that awaits your son. ...

    Rocket Boys

    There is an excitement in air at the beginning of each new term. That is right, it is clubs time. During each of our three terms, Northmount takes the last period on Wednesday to conduct clubs. These clubs give the children and teachers the opportunity to experiment with a new area of interest or hobby. Term One clubs included, model rocketry, robotics, LEGO, bowling, junior soccer, and board games. Chris Ruch who pioneered the rocket program at Northmount stated, "It is just brilliant that we can teach the lads a new skill and have them patiently go through a process realizing a terrific ending." ...

    A Seasoned Volleyball Team

    A few years of development truly paid off for the volleyball team. Students who had entered the sport in much younger grades were now seasoned players and more importantly, taller. A series of home wins cheered on by an enthusiastic audience of parents, teachers, and students propelled the team to great finals. Even on the road, the Knights produced some incredible wins in many different sport venues. While they did not go to the final game, their performance in the playoffs was equally impressive. Coach Mansey commented that, "Student leadership and sportsmanship propelled this team forward."€The volleyball team is a terrific starting point for young men to learn cooperation and a sense of apprenticeship in competitive sports. While older players receive more time on the court, younger and less experienced athletes learn from their peers. The volleyball team had a great deal of parody with the traditionally stronger teams in the league and should challenge for another S.S.A.F. title in 2008. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this very long season and a thank you to all of the parents who took time out of their day to watch and drive the team. ...

    Chrismtas Concert Delights All

    Parents, Grandparents, and friends marvelled at the performance of the students at the Christmas concert held on Friday, November 30, 2007. While each grade played individually, the evening culminated in a performance of Little Drummer Boy, in which the entire student body performed together under the masterful direction of the conductor and music teacher, Mr. James Taylor. ...

    Alumni: A Knight Returns

    Ten years removed from Northmount as a student, I found myself back here as a teacher. Although the school has grown from an institution that had no gymnasium in an office building to a proper building with a science lab and larger classrooms, I am pleased to see that the community that holds Northmount up has not changed. Dedicated administrators are always ready to help me become a better teacher, as they were when they helped me become a better student. Parents are always giving of their time with field trips, lunches for the boys and for keeping their sons on track academically. It was an excellent place for me to grow up, and I find now that it is an awesome place to have a career. Michael Nonato Alumni Grade 3 Teacher, 2009 ...

    Choosing a Single Gender School

    Choosing a new school is truly a daunting task. The right atmosphere, academics, athletics, and community connection is critical to a family's selection. The decision is an immense one that involves the student's emotions and the appreciation of a moral parallel to the home environment. Central to this process is the question of how well the child will learn and under what circumstances will this occur? Recent studies have suggested that the learning patterns for male and female students differ. Single gender schools address this issue straight on by adapting the curriculum and teaching methods to suit the individual genders. Northmount School recognizes that male students are at a disadvantage in a mixed gender setting, which will tend to favor female learning styles and patterns. Our pedagogy is grounded in three diverse learning methods: visual demonstration, direct impact of theory, and the commencement of proficiency (practicing the lesson immediately.) Northmount addresses the need that elementary school is to be a time for young men to know that all of their doors are open and the possibilities of the world are theirs. Due to our small class sizes, opportunities to play on the hockey team to being in the annual school play are there for the taking. Our students are educated in an enriched curriculum with programs such as Saxon Mathematics and Reading Mastery, which provide them with superior preparation for secondary school. Northmount students gain access to the schools of their choice and rank amongst the highest results in SSAT testing. Central to our ethos is that the Northmount environment be a moral and nurturing mirror to the values of the home and this we compliment with our Character Education and Advisory Program. While we are a Catholic school that has Mass twice per week and religious instruction for all grade levels; we openly welcome all Faiths to share in the universal truths of morality, knowledge, and service to the community. ...

    Archbishop of Toronto Visits

    His Grace, The Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins visited Northmount on December 17, 2007. He addressed Northmount students, parents, faculty and members of the Board in the chapel. The Archbishop brought with him the message of hope and the love of Christ and how this can be found in every human being. He also explained how the Church operates within a hierarchy and was questioned by students with a wide variety of inquiries ranging from his time in Alberta, to what inspired him to become a priest and then an Archbishop. His Grace was pleasantly surprised by both the sophistication of our students and their extraordinary listening skills and manners. Following the presentation in the chapel, His Grace met with faculty, administration, and parents in a reception held in our library. The executive of our student council (pictured right) also had the opportunity to further meet with the Archbishop. His Grace was welcomed by Monsieur Breen and his brother Father Breen, the two members of the clergy who say Holy Mass twice per week at Northmount. We thanked His Grace for the time he took to come to our school and for his message to all of us. We wish His Grace, The Archbishop of Toronto, Thomas Collins all the best in his mandate and will continue to pray for him. ...

    Christmas Basket Program

    One of our founding directors once said, "You become an adult when you are able to take care of yourself, you become a man when you can take care of others." Every year the Northmount Knights enter into a partnership with the fraternal order of the Knights of Columbus (11813), in keeping with one the core principles of the school, charity and service to humanity. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Bartholomew's Church provides the Knights of Columbus with the names of families who need assistance at Christmas time. These names are then forwarded to Northmount's Deputy Headmaster and former two-term Grand Knight, Manfred J. von Vulte. Since 2001, Northmount has supported 84 families in the Toronto area. ...


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