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Somerset Academy
Somerset Academy
7700 Brimley Road, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0E5
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Somerset Academy

7700 Brimley Road, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0E5

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
JK to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$13,200/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
13 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. JK - 8)
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School Address
7700 Brimley Road, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0E5

About this school:

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Established in 1974, Somerset Academy is an independent, not-for-profit private school that provides education to students in Grades 1 to 8. By providing an enriched, accelerated curriculum and a variety of extra curricular activities, we enhance your child's self esteem, physical abilities, and encourage team building skills. We offer classes in French and Mandarin, as well as Reach Ahead programme which enables our Grade Eight students the opportunity to gain Highschool credits.


The Our Kids review of Somerset Academy

our takeSomerset has established its reputation in offering a challenging, supportive academic program to prepare students for success in high school and beyond. The school is small, something that is a primary draw for families looking for a more personal approach to instruction. The core curriculum is augmented by an overt attention to fostering communication and interpersonal engagement. The offering of French and Mandarin language instruction is also a notable draw. The ideal student is one operating toward the top of his or her peer group, who will thrive in a very close-knit, community oriented educational environment, and is able to work effectively through an accelerated curriculum.



Principal's Message

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CATHY BAROGIANIS, PRINCIPAL

"Success comes from working together"

When people ask what makes Somerset special, I always say that we are members of a "family" that help guide each other to be the best. Somerset education sets the foundation for a successful future. Our students atrive for excellence and our educators do a remarkable job in preparing them.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Somerset Academy says: At Somerset Academy, we promote intellectual curiosity. We encourage students from Grade 1 to 8 to interpret, evaluate and communicate ideas in a knowledgeable and confident manner within a framework of high academic, artistic and athletic standards. Working one year ahead of their chronological grade level, our students experience an enriched academic program with a balance of Visual Arts, Physical Education, Music, and Computer Study, as well as many diverse extra curricular activities. Somerset Academy in conjunction with Yips Collegiate, offer a number of credits towards your child’s high school Diploma. The Reach Ahead programme is designed to allow your child to participate in one (if not all) of the following high school courses: English – ENG1D, Mathematics – MPM1D, Chinese (Mandarin) – LKAAD. Somerset Academy also offers a Gifted Programme for students in the Grades Three to Seven. This programme will be designed to challenge the students who meet the criteria in the following areas: Language, Mathematics and Science and History.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


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


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

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

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

    Literature
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


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


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

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


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

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

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts SK Gr. 1
    Nutrition JK Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 6 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 5 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 6 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 7 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 7

    What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

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


    Fairly value-based

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

    Traditional

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

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

    Progressive

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


    What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Montessori Approach

    CLASSROOM PRACTICES
    SCHOOL POLICIES: This information is not currently available.

    Whole-class lectures
    • 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.



    Special education
    • 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.



    Specialist classes
    • 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.



    Modern-day technology
    • 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.



    Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
    • Orthodox
      42% 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
      11% 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
      14% 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:

    Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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

    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    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.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Somerset Academy says: In Pursuit of excellence in Academic, Language and Performing Arts Education


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Somerset Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    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 Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Physical

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Physical
    Strong, flexible-bodied, and active individuals, in tune the joys of movement, sport, and wellness.

    What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Somerset Academy can provide support for mild disablities. Somerset Academy does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support Moderate

    Moderate

    Somerset Academy offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    Dedicated gifted programs:

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

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 0 0 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
    Lunch recessAmount 60 60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What Somerset Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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


    Extracurriculars

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    What Somerset Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Science Club
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$13,200


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Day$600
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students15%
    4th child (sibling)all students20%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 1 to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid5%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid5%
    Total aid available$30,000

    Application Deadline:
    N/A

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)JK to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 8
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)2 - 8
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Somerset Academy says:

    Acceptance into Somerset is determined by means of an academic screening, and the completion of the following preliminary steps:

    • Parent and Student interview

    • Submission of a deposit

    • A completed and original application form

    • Birth certificate/passport (photocopy)

    • Health insurance card (photocopy)

    • Immunization record (photocopy)

    • Medic alert card, if applicable (photocopy)

    • Custody agreements, if applicable (photocopy)

    • 3 Copies of the June report card from the previous year and all report cards from the current year (if applicable)

    • A completed and original transportation permission form

    • A completed and original media release form

    • A completed and original release of information form/OSR request (if applicable)

    Completion of these steps does not necessarily guarantee acceptance into Somerset Academy.

    For further information, please call the school at (905) 940-8990.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Somerset Academy is looking for: Students are welcome to apply for entry to any level from Grade 1 to Grade 8.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Student Testimonial

    I started the Grade 9 program this past September. Thanks to great preparation from Somerset, I found it to be a relatively easy transition. 

    I entered Somerset in Grade 5, coming from the public school system. Since Somerset’s curriculum was at the Grade 6 level, I had a year to make up and learn the new curriculum at the same time. Thanks to the small class size that allowed for me one-on-one interaction between the teacher and the student as well as tutoring, this allowed me to quickly get up to speed and move ahead in Grades 6 to 8 without any additional tutoring.

    The demanding academic program at Somerset required me to develop good organizational skills and study habits. At times, homework assignments and tests were very overwhelming, but my ability to handle it improved over the years as my time management and organizational skills improved. Sports were a big part of your life while at Somerset, both within and outside the school, which again required me to be very organized and use my class time effectively. 

    Exams were introduced at the end of Grade 6. While I was extremely nervous about this first set of exams, I’m very thankful that exams are not new to me in Grade 9. The biggest lessons I have learned from exams are to lay out a study plan and start studying well in advance of the exams, leaving enough time to work on each subject. Study notes are very important, a skill I learned at Somerset and continue to use today. I can’t say I enjoy exams, but at least I know what to expect! 

    The teachers at Somerset have been great. They were always available to help me when I didn’t understand something both before and after school. An added bonus was that they were 

    also available by email and responded to my notes both during the evening and over the weekend. They take a personal interest in all their students to help them reach their full potential and I very much appreciated their dedication, ongoing encouragement, and guidance. 

    Extracurricular activities were also a special part of my Somerset experience. I participated in numerous sports teams as well as the intramurals. As a more senior student, I had the opportunity to referee intramural play at lunch hour, which helped me develop some leadership skills by ensuring safe and fair play. 

    The music program at Somerset was great and has provided many lasting memories from Christmas concerts and Celebrations Night. The music teachers put a great deal of effort into their program to develop both our individual musical talents as well as to learn to listen and play together. For many of us, this was our first opportunity to play a musical instrument and read a musical score. The music teachers were very patient! 

    The annual Somerset play was another great opportunity to get involved. I participated as both a cast member and a “behind the scenes” person and thoroughly enjoyed these experiences. The great thing about the plays was that so many of the students at Somerset were involved. 

    All of this including the academics, the extracurricular activities, and the dedication of both the staff and the parent volunteers made for a very rewarding and fulfilling experience at Somerset. Furthermore, it prepared me well for high school life and made for a smooth transition academically and socially. While academically, much of the Grade 9 program is a repeat, I enjoyed my good first term marks. This has also allowed me to spend time developing some new relationships as most of the Somerset classmates have have dispersed to many different schools.

    ...



    Parent Testimonial

    This is our family’s seventh year at Somerset. I am often asked why we send our children here, and not to one of the bigger private schools. The answer for me is very simple - the Somerset difference. 

    Like most private schools, Somerset offers small class sizes, excellent academics and committed teachers. Students learn in a supportive environment where the teacher has more time for each student and more awareness of what is happening in the classroom. 

    Unlike most private schools, Somerset views this learning process as a joint effort involving the school, the student, and the family. Learning is seen as something which happens not just in the classroom, but as an ongoing process involving the school, the home, and the community at large. Parental involvement is not merely tolerated, it is actually encouraged, and parents can take an active role in many school activities. There is a warm family atmosphere within the school, where even the most shy and reserved child can feel safe, and blossom. 

    But there’s still more to it than that, and here’s where the real difference lies. At Somerset, children learn not just how to be good students, but how to be wonderful people. They learn to value themselves and each other, and that trying your hardest is just as important as being the best. They learn to be independent and to help themselves, but also to take the time to help others. They learn the importance of sportsmanship and fair play, and of teamwork and community. Come along to a Scorpions game and you will never see our students—whether they be athletes or spectators—booing the opposition or arguing with the officials. Win or lose, Somerset students act with class. Take a look at our students on a field trip or at any outdoor event. They are well-behaved and polite, and you will never see any litter left behind. At all times, Somerset students’ behaviour reflects the ethos of the school. If you had to sum it up in one word, that word would be Respect. Respect for themselves, for other people, for their community, and for the environment. 

    Academics are important, but they are not everything. Success in life comes not just from what you know, but how you present yourself and how others view you. The lessons that children learn at Somerset will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives - academically, personally, and socially. 

     

    ...



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    April 27, 2016 - Somerset's Gifted Program

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