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Odyssey Heights School for Girls

   
3080 Yonge Street, Suite 6060, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3N1

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Curriculum:
Progressive,  Montessori
Grades (Gender):
3 to 12 (Girls)
Tuition:
$7,995 to 31,775/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. 3 - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 3 - 12)

School Address
3080 Yonge Street, Suite 6060, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3N1

About this school:

highlights

Odyssey Heights School for Girls meets the challenges of girls in the 21st Century by applying current cognitive neuroscience research, kindness, and a healthy dose of common sense to develop: Resilience, Empowerment, Academics, Creativity, & Health in all our students. Odyssey Heights girls R.E.A.C.H. higher, and have the skills, confidence, compassion, tenacity, and bravery to succeed in life. OHS offers 3 programs: Core Comprehensive, Equine Science & Equestrian Studies, and Pre-Professional Dance. — Visit school website




The Our Kids review of Odyssey Heights School for Girls

our takeEvery private or independent school has its own identity, and its own profile, and Odyssey Heights is great reminder of that. It offers opportunities for girls to focus on equestrian science or dance. Every day begins with yoga, Pilates, dance, or fitness. The students grow and sell organic produce, take part in a robust outdoor education program, and there’s a no-homework policy in part to ensure that home time is family time. And on it goes, all of it fantastic. Whether girls choose one of those streams or, alternatively, to enter the Core Comprehensive program, the main goal is to empower girls to engage with others, to take a role, and to fill it. And they do. It’s not your typical school, which is precisely the source of Odyssey Heights’ strength.


School busing:
Odyssey Heights offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Toronto.
Additional notes: Personalized, professionally trained and insured kids chauffeur service managed by the teacher/parent association. The association may also arrange regular school bus routes if there are sufficient requests for a more conventional bussing option.

Principal's Message

principal

Ms. Elizabeth McCready, Director & Founding Principal

Please note that as this is the first year for admissions to Odyssey Heights School for Girls, the following will be available/live by September 1st 2017:

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  • Full, multi-page school website
  • Applications package
  • PDF brochure


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, Montessori

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: Montessori

Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Lessons are highly decentralized: children typically work individually (though sometimes with others) on specialized "Montessori materials" -- without interference from the teacher. The materials are self-correcting and teach the student something about the subject at hand. The method's goal is to develop children's innate desire to learn, while freeing up time for teachers to help children individually, as needed.

If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


What Odyssey Heights says: At Odyssey Heights School we firmly believe that girls need to have a healthy start to each day, and that school should be a happy, inspiring, kind, and enjoyable second home for families and students. Every day starts at 9:55am with an hour of dance, yoga, Pilates, or fitness. This is followed by a break for Second Breakfast and student-lead Morning Meetings. OHS girls start their academic day having had a good sleep, energized, and well fed. Our "No Homework Ever!" policy where similar schoolwork is done in teacher supervised work periods, leaves after school free for family time. OHS is a 1:1 Apple iPad & iPod, electronics, and robotics school. Our school-wide, for credit, equestrian, dance, and extensive Outdoor Ecological & Experiential Education (20-30+ day on overnight OEEE trips) programs, plus POGO days & weeks (Project or Going Out) are included in tuition, and allow students to be engaged in hands-on, real world learning. Thus, astronomy is learned at an observatory, biology during field studies, and physics from hand spinning yarn & making electronics.

  • Montessori offered:
    Program = offered
    Montessori toddler
    Casa
    Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Arts Gifted


  • 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 Odyssey Heights says: All Learning Communities: Students use math in the OEEE and equestrian programs for projects such as surveying animal tracks and vegetation (trigonometry & measurement), understanding trail gradients (y=mx+b) and ratios (km/hour), and doing unit conversions (hands, to inches, meters, strides). Students practice arithmetic and mental math running a small organic produce business. Junior School Learning Community (grades 3-6): Students follow the research proven Montessori math curriculum using beautiful hands-on materials. Topics are introduced in individual and small group lessons once students are ready. Girls have four years to complete four years of curriculum. The Horse Lovers Math program is also used. Middle School Learning Community (grades 7-10): Grade 9 and 10 math courses are 50% self-paced and offered as two half courses.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Junior School LC: Montessori materials, occasionally teacher or student created iBooks, and Horse Lovers Math Grades 9-12 credit courses: Ministry approved textbooks, Montessori materials, and teacher or student created iBooks. Grades 7-8: May use all of these materials

    • Calculator policy: Junior School LC: Montessori math materials work much better than and are more engaging for students than calculators. Middle & Senior School LCs: While calculators are allowed on many tests, teachers guide students to use hands on materials, while they master topics. Graphing calculators are used project work.


    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 Odyssey Heights says: As Odyssey Heights School starts with grade 3 we do not have many early readers. We have a rich literacy program that includes both small group and individual phonics-intensive lessons, and fiction and non-fiction literature guided reading and book clubs. Phonics is taught using Montessori curriculum and materials, and Logic of English program. For students who are still not reading well we offer in school occupational therapy and speech pathology. Every year each Learning Community publishes an iBook of their writing and visual arts work.

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

    • What Odyssey Heights says: Screening is done by occupational therapists, and where indicated students are referred for psychoeducational testing


    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 Odyssey Heights 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: Our science labs are outside during our OEEE trips, where students can be engaged, immersed in fun real life science. Odyssey Heights girls learn astronomy outside, at night, using a 16 inch telescope at the Long Point Observatory (not from a textbook, sitting inside at a desk). Biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences are learned doing real field work, and during the equestrian program. Girls learn physics by painting their own circuits, and creating projects during the electronics and electricity POGO week; and by experimenting with force and motion in both the dance studio and learning to hand spin yarn. Care of Our Environment is a subject and core value at OHS. All our graduates, no matter what their career path will be science literate. Between 2022 and 2026 OHS will purchase a 100+ acre farm near Sudbury to be our northern campus and Outdoor Ecological & Experiential Education centre.

    • 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 Equal Balance

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


    • What Odyssey Heights says: This information is not currently available.


    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 Odyssey Heights 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 Odyssey Heights says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Odyssey Heights says: Students at Odyssey Heights School for Girls will be functionally fluent in French by grade 12 - in time for the graduating class trips to France. All students participate in small group Or semi-private AIM French lessons at least once a week, and complete work on Rosetta Stone and iTunes U on their iPad Pros during Afternoon Work Periods. After grade nine, Odyssey Heights girls can choose to continue taking French lessons as credit courses, or opting into the Co-Curricular Club de Francais (mandatory). Either the French teacher, or a bilingual assistant is team teaching in our Junior School Learning Community (JSLC) approximately 25-50% of the time. The JSLC has diverse range of Montessori French materials and a selection of Montessori materials from other languages. Short introductory language lessons are integrated in the Geography and History curriculum. In addition students learn French vocabulary in their ballet classes

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • Italian • Spanish • 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
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Odyssey Heights 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 Odyssey Heights says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Odyssey Heights says: OHS girls participate in a minimum of 330 physical education and dance hours per year. Every day starts with dance, yoga, Pilates, or fitness. Girls in our Middle School Learning Community have hour long morning classes taught by speciality teachers. On on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays the Junior School Learning Community Girls have hour long fitness, yoga, or kids Pilates classes, On Tuesdays and Thursdays Junior School LC girl start with half hour morning yoga class & an hour of ballet or comprehensive dance before lunch taught by specialists. All students participate in the equestrian program including English riding lessons, trail riding, and horse care. The Outdoor Experiential Education program includes both 20-30+ days of overnight trips, and school day field trips.


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP French Language

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 3.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 3 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 3 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 3 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 9 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 9 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 3 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 3 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 3

    What Odyssey Heights says: Health is wholistic concept that integrates the intellectual, mental, physical, emotional, and social. We are pro-active against body shaming and bullying, and foster a supportive, inspiring community where all our students, parents, and staff feel safe to R.E.A.C.H. for a healthy lifestyle at their own pace, and in their own way. With the guidance of their teachers OHS girls plan and cook all the meals on the over 30 nights of overnight Outdoor Experiential Education trips that are included in tuition. Sex and health education is taught by members of OHS\'sHealth & Wellness team that includes our Registered Nurse, certified yoga instructor, Stott certified Pilates instructor, and our dance and physical education teachers. As a Ministry inspected Ontario Secondary School OHS follows the Ontario curriculum for all high school credit courses. Odyssey Heights is a LBGTQ Positive Space. We offer priority/emergency rolling admission for girls who are being bullied.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

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


    What Odyssey Heights says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori ApproachModerately Non-Orthodox

    CLASSROOM PRACTICES

    Orthodox     Moderate Orthodox     Moderately Non-Orthodox     Non-Orthodox

      Lower Elementary Upper Elementary Middle High
    Age groupings 8 to 12 12 to 14 14 to 18
    Uninterrupted work periods 3 hours 3 hours 3 hours
    Tests and assignments Occasionally Semi-regularly Semi-regularly
    Graded work Occasionally Regularly Regularly
    Arts and crafts 20% 20% 20%


    Whole-class lectures Moderately orthodox
    • Orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.

    • Non-orthodox

      Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.

    What Odyssey Heights says: Junior School Learning Community (8-12): Whole-class lectures are rare and are usually by guest speakers, or on field trips. Middle School Learning Community (12-14): Mornings from 11:30-1:30 are subject specific seminars held in seminar rooms or the lounge. With the guidance of their teachers, students are often the lesson leaders. Talks by guest speakers are welcome. Whole class discussions are common.



    Special education Moderately orthodox
    • Orthodox

      External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

    • Moderately orthodox

      External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.

    • Non-orthodox

      External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.

    What Odyssey Heights says: In school OT, speech-language pathology, audiology, and counselling are available during afternoon work periods. All teachers have Mental Health First Aid. Junior School Learning Community (8-12): Our JSLC teachers have Ontario College of Teachers specializations in special education. Middle School Learning Community (12-14): Our JSLC teachers have Ontario College of Teachers specializations and/or courses in special education.



    Specialist classes Moderately non-orthodox
    • Orthodox

      We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

    • Moderately orthodox

      We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

    • Non-orthodox

      We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.

    What Odyssey Heights says: Junior School LC (8-12yrs): Specialist are used for ballet, dance, Pilates, equestrian program, French/francais, music, and some art projects (ie wheel thrown & fired pottery). The JSLC has a full range of Montessori elementary materials. Middle School LC (12-14yrs): The Learning Community is team taught by Ontario certified specialist teachers with Montessori training. Almost all dance classes are taught by current or former professional dancers.



    Modern-day technology Non-orthodox
    • Orthodox

      Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

    • Moderately orthodox

      Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

    • Moderately non-orthodox

      Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.

    • Non-orthodox

      Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.

    What Odyssey Heights says: To achieve our mission in guiding girls to "R.E.A.C.H. Higher", and to advocate for more girls and women in STEM fields, OHS is a 1:1 school for: iPads, iPods, robots, electronics, and RaspberryPi. In keeping with Montessori philosophy technology is introduced in POGO (Project Or Going Out) weeks in an inquiry project based format and teachers prepare traditional hands-on Montessori materials (ie timelines of internet history, card materials).



    Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
    • Orthodox
      38% of schools

      Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

    • Moderately Orthodox
      34% of schools

      Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Moderately Non-Orthodox
      12% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

    • Non-orthodox
      16% of schools

      Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.


    Teaching Assistants: This school uses teaching assistants.

    What Odyssey Heights says: All Learning Communities are team taught by 2 or more teachers. Teaching assistants are used: to assist ESL students integrate into the classroom, to help prepare Montessori materials, and to be an extra adult guide in the Learning Communities. They may also act as supply teachers co-teaching with at least one regular teacher. As Odyssey Heights is a new school, new teachers may spend their first months or their first year at OHS as a teaching assistant, the year before they start as full-time permanent teachers.


    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 Odyssey Heights says about flexible pacing: Flexible Pacing at OHS: *Multi-age Learning Communities guided by a team of teachers. *Reach Ahead credits for grade 8s. *Pre-Professional Dance students graduate in grade 11. *1:1 iPad with Apple Classroom, and iTunesU. *Teacher guided Afternoon Work Periods & Individualized Weekly Work Plans. *Flexible seating options.


    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 Odyssey Heights says: Our approach to learning: make it inspiring, make it engaging, make it relevant, and make it worthwhile.\nOur approach to assessment: measure what really matters, and use this to inform open and honest discussion of individual progress. At Odyssey Heights girls learn how to study, learn, and organize themselves. The September POGO (\"Project Or Going Out\") week is dedicated to Learning Strategies, including using technology safely, appropriately, and responsibly.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Odyssey Heights says: Odyssey Heights strives to develop Resilience, Empowerment, Academics, Creativity, & Health (R.E.A.C.H.) in all our students. OHS girls R.E.A.C.H. higher, and are highly engaged in their learning, their health & fitness, and in their communities. They are knowledgeable, confident, compassionate, tenacious, brave, kind, and resourceful. Our Pre-Professional Dance program is designed to support dancers in achieving a professional career in dance, as well as to support their post-secondary academic success. The Equine Science & Equestrian Studies (ESES) program prepares girls for careers in veterinary sciences, biological and environmental sciences, business, and equestrian fields.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Odyssey Heights 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What Odyssey Heights says: Odyssey Heights School for Girls strongly encourages students with ADHD, anxiety, leaning disabilities, depression, and giftedness to apply. In fact, our founding principal Ms. Elizabeth has personal experience overcoming anxiety; she overcame panic disorder over 11 years ago. She designed OHS to support girls in managing their health and learning. Our 1:1 Apple iPad and iPod, and school-wide learning strageties programs mean that all students have access to and learn to effectively use educational technology (ie text-to-speech, and speech-to-text in Apple iOS). We have on campus occupational and speech therapy, and counselling.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      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)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      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
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: Odyssey Heights School has Speech Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists available on campus so our students don't have to miss school to get specialized professional therapy. Services and programs include: Orton-Gillingham based approach to literacy, Spalding Writing Road to Reading, school-wide screening tests for new students, fine motor skills (eg. handwriting), treatment room for health practitioners, one-on-one support during Afternoon Work Periods. All teachers have Standard First Aid, CPR, AED, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, and Mental Health First Aid certifications, and specific training on educational technology and girls mental health. Some services and programs (such as initial screening, and Spalding Education) are included in tuition while others (such as psychoeducational assessments, and therapists) are charged to the student's account. Every multi-aged, team taught, Learning Community has one or more private study pods, small group study rooms, and seminar rooms, plus home-like flexible seating.

    • What Odyssey Heights says: Odyssey Heights School for Girls strongly encourages students with ADHD, anxiety, leaning disabilities, depression, and giftedness to apply. In fact, our founding principal Ms. Elizabeth has personal experience overcoming anxiety; she overcame panic disorder over 11 years ago. She designed OHS to support girls in managing their health and learning. Our 1:1 Apple iPad and iPod, and school-wide learning strageties programs mean that all students have access to and learn to effectively use educational technology (ie text-to-speech, and speech-to-text in Apple iOS). We have on campus occupational and speech therapy, and counselling.


    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 Odyssey Heights says: Odyssey Heights School has an enriched, project based curriculum, with ReachAhead for grade 8s. Team-taught multi-aged Learning Communities provide opportunities to be challenged, and to be mentors and big sisters for younger girls. Honours Pre-Professional Dance program provides gifted dancers with a challenging and relevant dance themed curriculum - including 21stC skills including digital video production, and social media management. Equine Science and Equestrian Studies offers an enriched program unique in Ontario.

    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 12, Odyssey Heights School for Girls students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback3 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting3 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting3 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings3 to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
    Size n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

    Recess Policy

     Grades345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount 60 60 60 60 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 35 35 35 35 35 35

    What Odyssey Heights says: All students and staff eat a wonderful catered lunch together family style - just like at overnight summer camp. At Odyssey Heights School for Girls we firmly believe that meal times are one of the most important parts of the school day, and are not “break time” for teachers and staff. Meals are a time for us to get to know your daughter, support her socially, and to make sure that she’s getting the nutrition she needs to learn and grow. Staff breaks and teacher’s prep times are scheduled around meals, and morning fitness -not during them. Our No Homework Ever! Policy leaves out of school time free for family, recreation, and play time.

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


    Extracurriculars

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    What Odyssey Heights says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Equestrian
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Canoeing/Kayaking
      Cycling
      Figure Skating
      Ice Skating
      Mountain biking
      Running
      Sailing
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Astronomy Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga
      Ballet and Classical Ballet

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$26,500$29,775$31,125$31,775$7,995 / program
    What Odyssey Heights says: Fees include overnight Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education trips (20+ days grades 3-6, 30+days grades 6-10); equestrian program, ballet, dance, small group French & music classes. Visit: www.odysseyheights.ca/oe3 for trip list, & a link to our equestrian program. Additional program fees: extended care, Friday Club, & Pre-professional dance supplementary tuition.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Early paymentall students5%
    2nd child (sibling)Day5%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 6 to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid5%
    Average aid package size$4,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid2%
    Total aid available$10,000

    Application Deadline:
    November 01, 2016

    More information:

    Application Details:

    25-75% of the supplementary program tuition for the Honours PreProfessional Dance students and/or a credit for pointe shoes and dancewear or costumes. This is a combination of financial and merit. The amount of needs based scholarships will increase over the years as Odyssey Heights School grows. Please contact OHS for full details.



    Merit based Scholarships

    JSLC Montessori Graduate Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Academic
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 6—

    Awarded to an incoming Junior School Learning Community student with at least two years of Montessori schooling. Preference is given to girls with three or more years, and those that finished Casa. Students must demonstrate peace, grace, and courtesy, as well as a love of learning and a desire to challenge themselves.

    Amount of the award may vary.

    Application Details:
    • Montessori school transcripts, portfolios, and/or report cards.
    • Letters of reference from Montessori teachers. 
    • For full details please email mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca
    Je Parle Français Bien!
    Amount: $500
    Academic
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 10—

    Awarded to new students who are either transferring from a French Immersion or Extended French program, or are from a Francophone family (speaks French at home as the primary language).

    The focus is on speaking and listening in French, as well as reading and writing.

    Application Details:
    • Transcripts
    • Letters of recommendation
    She's Got That Crazy Horse Sense Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Sports
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 10—

    Awarded to a new student with a passion for horses. An essay, narrated video, art project, or another item of the applicant's choice is required. Girls should demonstrate a love for animals and the environment, as well as kindness and the desire to challenge themselves.

    Amount of the award varies somewhat depending on grade. 

    • 75% of the award is a credited toward tuition
    • 25% is for horse related items (including books, arts & crafts, and swag) at the school store.
    Application Details:

    Please contact mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca for full details.

    Jack Rabbit Johannsen XC Ski Award
    Amount: $500
    Sports
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 12—

    Awarded to a new student who shows a love of and experience in cross country skiing - especially long distance marathons and loppets. Preference is given to students who have completed one or more 10 mile/16km sections of the Canadian Ski Marathon. Award value may vary with age and xc ski experience. Girls aged 9 and younger who have completed 2 or more CSM sections may receive more than the award amount. The award may be given as a combination of winter outdoor gear from the school store and a tuition credit.

    Application Details:

    This award is named in honour of Herman "Jack Rabbit" Smith-Johannsen - one of the first people to introduce cross-country skiing to Canada.

    Outstanding Dance Audition Entrance Award
    Amount: 50%
    Other
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 10—

    Awarded to a dancer with outstanding artistry, musicality, technique, and professional attitude during the audition process. The award is for 50% of the extended Honours Dance Major supplementary tuition. This award and amount may be shared by up to two incoming students. Please contact the principal Ms. Elizabeth for more details. 

    Application Details:

    Students must attend an admissions audition day. Student submitting their completed application materials after November 1st will only be considered for half of the award's value.

    Pointe Shoe Entrance Award
    Amount: $1,000
    Other
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 10—

    Renewable Entrance award for Honours Pre-Professional Dance students entering the extended program showing both outstanding technique en pointe in the audition process, and a positive professional attitude in both dance and academics.

    Application Details:

    Audition (both pointe class, and a prepared solo variation en pointe), and letters of recommendation from both ballet and academic teachers.

    Paul Von Bulow Outdoor Ecological & Experiential Education Positive Attitude Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 12—

    Awarded to up to three students who have attended any overnight summer camp, or an Outward Bound or similar type program, not affiliated with their current or past school. Students must show a positive attitude, a willingness to help others and to challenge themselves.

    For exceptional applicants this award may be combined with a maximum of one other award.

    The award is named after Ms. Elizabeth's high school geography and OEEE Earth Odyssey teacher Mr. Paul Von Bulow.

    Application Details:

    Selection is based on letters of reference, and (where possible) telephone calls with camp directors or camp staff, plus an interview and questionnaire. 

    Please contact the director and founding principal at: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca for details and an application package.

    Middle School Learning Community Visual Art Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 10—

    Awarded to talented visual artists entering our Middle School Learning Community. This includes students in the Honours Preprofessional Dance Program in grade 6. As with all awards, girls must demonstrate a positive attitude. Girls experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, ADHD, other health or personal challenges are encouraged to apply, and may also receive a credit on their student account for additional academic support services (amount TBD).

    Application Details:

    A portfolio and an interview is required. A psychoeduational assessment and/or an IEP are required for students experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, ADHD, other health or personal challenges.

    • 50% of this award is credited towards tuition.
    • 50% of the value is a credit towards the regular price of additional arts and crafts supplies at the school store

    Please contact the director and founding principal Ms. Elizabeth McCready at: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca

    Junior School Learning Community Visual Art Entrance Award
    Amount: $350
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 6—

    Awarded to talented visual artists entering our Junior School Learning Community. This does not include students in the Honours Preprofessional Dance Program in grade 6 as they are in an accelerated program. As with all awards, girls must demonstrate a positive attitude. Girls experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, ADHD, other health or personal challenges are encouraged to apply, and may also receive a credit on their student account for additional academic support services (amount TBD).

    Application Details:

    A portfolio and an interview is required. A psyhoeduational assessment and/or an IEP are required for students experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, ADHD, other health or personal challenges.

    Please contact the director and founding principal Ms. Elizabeth McCready at: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca

    Application Details:

    A portfolio and an interview is required. A psyhoeduational assessment and/or an IEP are required for students experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, ADHD, other health or personal challenges.

    • 50% of this award is credited towards tuition.
    • 50% of the value is a credit towards the regular price of additional arts and crafts supplies at the school store

    Please contact the director and founding principal Ms. Elizabeth McCready at: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca

    Aspiring & Inspiring Choreographer Award
    Amount: $1,000
    Other
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    Even though there are more females in dance than males, female choreographers are rare - especially at major companies. Awarded to one or more Odyssey Heights School students who show promise and interest in pursuing a career in choreography. The amount of the award can vary at the discretion of the dance department and the administration. The Aspiring & Inspiring Choreographer Award is a combination of private coaching and mentoring, credit for dance wear and costumes, and other services and materials that will support the young choreographer.

     

    Application Details:

    Open to current students only. Application details will be available in the student and family handbook.

    Robot Girl Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 12—

    Awarded to a girl in any grade with a demonstrated passion for robotics and electronic engineering. Amount of the award varies somewhat depending on the grade and program.

    Application Details:

    Please contact mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca for full details.

    Frank Sambells Outdoor Ecological & Experiential Education Leadership Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 7 to 12—

    Awarded to up to three students who have attended any overnight summer camp, or an Outward Bound or similar type program, not affiliated with their current or past school. In addition to leadership skills and experience, students must show a positive attitude, a willingness to help others, and a desire to challenge themselves.

    For exceptional applicants this award may be combined with a maximum of one other award.

    The award is named after Ms. Elizabeth's high school geography and and Outers Club teacher Mr. Frank Sambells.

    Application Details:

    Selection is based on:

    • letters of reference, and (where possible) telephone calls with camp directors or camp staff,
    • interview
    • An essay, narrated video, art project, or another item of the applicant's choice is required.

    Please contact the director and founding principal at: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca for details and an application package.

    Maker Girl Entrance Award
    Amount: $500
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 10—

    Awarded to a new student in grades 3-10 with a demonstrated passion for physical sciences and engineering. Amount of the award varies somewhat depending on the grade and program. The award may repeat annually if the recipient continues to show initiative and a passion for problem solving with physical sciences and engineering.

    Application Details:
    • Girls must submit an original STEM project (not from a kit) that they designed to solve a problem.
    • An essay, narrated video, comic, or other story telling tool explaining:
      • the problem,
      • the design process,
      • materials used and why she chose them
      • how the end product works to solve that problem
      • how the product might be improved in the future
    • Parents are highly advised to provide as little assistance as possible with this project.
    • Odyssey Heights School is more interested in the problem solving process, and in girls taking risks and challenging themselves, than having a perfect final product.
    You Can't Pull the Wool Over Her Eyes Award
    Amount: $250
    Other
    Deadline: 11/01/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 3 to 10—

    Awarded to a new student with an ongoing passion for knitting and/or other fibre arts. The award is given as a credit towards the regular price of additional arts and crafts supplies at the school store - including yarn, weaving looms, tools, and spinning fibre.

     

    Application Details:

    Girls should submit examples of their work and demonstrate their skills during the admissions interview.

    Rational for offering this unique award: While some yarn, spinning fibre, tools, and arts & crafts supplies are included with the Technology, Health, Wellness, & School Supplies fee, the administration knows that passionate knitters and fibre artists will likely use more yarn than other students. We want to encourage girls in their passions, and be kind to our students' families and friends. (Hopefully one of the results of this award will be warm slippers, hats, mittens, blankets, and more for the recipient's family and friends.)

    The award may repeat annually at 50% of the amount provided the student is in good academic standing, and is a positive member of our community.

    Please email: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca for more details.

     


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size8 to 18
    Gender (grades)3 to 12 (Girls)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview3 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay6 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    December 01, 2017

    Homestay students:
    January 02, 2018


    What Odyssey Heights says:

    Please note that as this is the first year for admissions to Odyssey Heights School for Girls, the following will be available/live by September 1st 2017:

    • The school office phone number
    • Full, multi-page school website
    • Applications package
    • PDF brochure
    • Completed OurKids.net profile

    Prospective families are encouraged to email the principal and director Ms. Elizabeth at: mselizabeth@odysseyheights.ca, or (just until September 1st 2017) text message her personal cell at: 647-966-5648 to request an in person or telephone meeting or conversation.

    We look forward to meeting you and your daughter, and potentially welcoming her into the Odyssey Heights School for Girls community. Have a lovely end of summer, and a safe and enjoyable Labour Day Weekend!

    • All programs and years:
      • application fee ($125 for applications completed by November 1st, $175 for applications completed by December 1st)
      • letters of reference
    • Honours PreProfessional Dance program additional requirments:
      • Audition (audition fee $125 for applications completed by, $150 for applications completed by December 1st)), 
      • Dance photographs (a list and instructions will be provided in the application package)
      • Additional letters of reference

     

     



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Odyssey Heights School for Girls is looking for: Odyssey Heights School for Girls admits girls who are kind, challenge themselves, and are committed to building a wonderful community as our first cohort of students. Honours PreProfessional Dance students must have a balance between an ability and passion for dance, and a demonstrated strong academic work ethic as this is an accelerated program allowing girls the option to graduate by the end of grade 11 with their OSSD and 1-2 AP credits. Girls who's academic achievement is below average due to anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, or ADHD must demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the OHS community, a desire to over come their challenges, and a passion for one or more non-academic areas.



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type3456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    2 - 4 (95%)4 - 8 (95%)4 - 8 (95%)6 - 12 (95%)8 - 12 (95%)8 - 12 (95%)8 - 12 (95%)8 - 12 (95%)00

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size50
    *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, 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): Odyssey Heights School for Girls is a new, independent, university preparatory school opening in 2018. Our first graduating classes will be in 2022
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Odyssey Heights School for Girls is a new, independent, university preparatory school opening in 2018. Our first graduating classes will be in 2022

    Notable Alumni

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    Alumni Highlights

    • Odyssey Heights School for Girls is a new, independent, university preparatory school opening in 2018. Our first graduating classes will be in 2022

    In the News

    News

    August 26, 2017 - OHS Now Offers Homestay for International Students in All Grades

    Odyssey Heights School for Girls now offers homestay and a customized ESL program for international students from grades 3-10! ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations




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