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St. Jude's Academy

   
2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6

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Curriculum:
Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$7,500 to 10,500/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
16 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: 400 (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6

About this school:

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St. Jude’s strives to prepare each child for high school, university and for life. Our core character values are responsibility and achievement balanced by caring and respect for one's self and for others. St. Jude’s is committed to small classes and small overall size, which allows for discovery and development of each student's unique talents and passions, while providing more opportunities for individual participation. St. Jude's is an IB World school. — Visit school website




Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of St. Jude's Academy

our takeSt. Jude’s is, notably, an IB world school which, as of September 2018, will be offering the entire continuum, from the primary years through the high school grades. That’s a draw for the families that enroll here, principally because of the strength of the academic program and the international focus that it allows. The IB was developed to educate toward a facility with the core curriculum—language and numeracy—as well as interpersonal communication, creative engagement with others, and an empathetic view toward the diversity within the global setting. St. Jude’s does all of that, including the values piece, which often isn’t perhaps stressed as much whenever people discuss the IB. The school promotes an understanding of our place in the world, as citizens, in the awareness that other people, of course, are citizens, too, just like us. The culture of the school is close-knit, with small class sizes and an very safe, family feeling throughout. It’s also a very vibrant, active school community--the entire school meets every day for a morning assembly, something that solidifies the sense of place and belonging, something further enhanced by the house system. There’s a lot going on, and every point within the school affords a front-row seat. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, challenging, socially engaged academic atmosphere.





Principal's Message

principal

Aaron Sawatsky, Head of School

St. Jude's Academy is distinctive due to the weight we place on achieving fluency in language, and effectiveness in numeracy; we instil in all our students a firm practical, cultural and artistic framework, which reinforces all academic studies. Our students have confidence to express themselves effectively in both their public and private lives.
I encourage parents to come check out our school, and see the difference a small caring atmosphere can make.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What St. Jude's Academy says: The aim of all International Baccalaureate programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What St. Jude's Academy says: At SJA, we believe that the best learning in mathematics comes from creative exploration. However, we still see the value in some traditional approaches in math. We ensure that the most useful traditional methods are carried forward into our discovery model. With this blended model, we have seen the greatest increase in mathematical ability and retention.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    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 St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

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


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

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

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

    Literature Equal Balance

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


    • What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Expanding Communities

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


    • What St. Jude's Academy 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 St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    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 St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts Creative

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


    • Program offers:

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

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Business and Management SL
    • Business and Management HL
    • Economics SL
    • Geography SL
    • History SL
    • History HL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society SL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society HL
    • Philosophy SL
    • Philosophy HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Design Technology SL
    • Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL
    • Further Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Theatre SL
    • Visual Arts SL

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What St. Jude's Academy says: The human reproductive system is outlined in the Gr. 5 curriculum which covers the organs, systems, and interactions between humans.

    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 St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

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

    What St. Jude's Academy says: SJA’s kindergarten provides the foundation. From an early age, SJA students begin to discover that the world is a fascinating place. Field trips, performances, and community service are creatively integrated into the academic curriculum at every level.


    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 St. Jude's 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 St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    St. Jude's Academy 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 St. Jude's Academy says: SJA has partnered with Oakwood Academy, an individualized education school, to offer private school for students who have learning difficulties. Please see Oakwood Academy for further information.

    • 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
    • What St. Jude's Academy says: SJA has partnered with Oakwood Academy, an individualized education school, to offer private school for students who have learning difficulties. Please see Oakwood Academy for further information.


    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

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

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What St. Jude's 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, St. Jude's Academy students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    St. Jude's Academy15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins54 mins58 mins71 mins81 mins97 mins109 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 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 12
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 12
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 0 0

    What St. Jude's 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. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What St. Jude's Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What St. Jude's Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Racquet Ball
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Squash
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$7,500$10,500


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day30%
    3rd child (sibling)Day30%
    4th child (sibling)Day30%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 400
    Average enrollment per grade27
    Average class size16 to 18
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    JKSK123456789101112
    Day Enrollment3232363636363636404020202020

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)1 - 12
    Entrance Essay7 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What St. Jude's Academy says:
    • STEP 1: THE APPLICATION

      The Application Form is to be completed by the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the applicant. Once the form has been completed and submitted you will be contacted by our admissions office about your inquires or to set up a school tour.

    • STEP 2: THE INTERVIEW

      Once the application has been received, we will be in touch to set up an interview and tour. Both the applicant and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to attend the interview. St. Jude’s Academy feels that it is of the utmost importance for the applicant to visit the school and be interviewed in person.

    • STEP 3: ASSESSMENT AND REFERENCES

      Assessment Day:


      Your child(ren) will join us for one full day to complete assessments in reading, writing, and math. This will give us a better understanding of your child’s academic strengths and opportunities.


      Academic References (two completed Academic references are required):

      1. English, Science or Social Studies Teacher Reference
        This Academic Reference Form is to be completed by the student's current English, Science or Social Studies teacher.
         
      2. Math Teacher Reference
        This Math Reference Form is to be completed by the student's current Math teacher.


      Note: The Reference Forms are to be completed by current academic personnel. Reference forms are given at the interview. Please use the forms provided by St. Jude’s Academy.


      Please return your supporting documents by scanning/emailing to: [email protected]

    • STEP 4: THE DECISION

      Decisions are made after a thorough assessment of the applicant. We stress that this assessment is based on academic performance and potential, extra-curricular skills and accomplishments, integrity, and suitability for the SJA experience.

    • STEP 5: THE FINAL STEP - REGISTRATION FORMS

      Upon acceptance, you will receive registration forms to be completed.


      THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION:
       
      • $300 Application Fee (applied to the tuition total)
      • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport 
      • A copy of the applicant’s most recent immunization records
      • Post-dated cheques (please refer to Fees for tuition breakdown)
      • Please note that international student fees may be applicable


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    75%

    Type of student St. Jude's Academy is looking for: Welcome! We are delighted that you are considering St. Jude’s Academy. This application package is an integral part of our admissions process. Please be assured that none of the questions are intended to prevent students from being invited to attend our school. We are trying to gain as much information about students and their families as possible so that all parties involved have a solid foundation for a rich and engaging personal interview. We admit students for the following September on a continuous basis throughout the year. Admission to St. Jude’s Academy is competitive; thus, to avoid disappointment, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    5 - 10 (25%)5 - 10 (25%)1 - 5 (25%)1 - 5 (25%)1 - 5 (25%)5 - 10 (25%)5 - 10 (25%)5 - 10 (25%)5 - 10 (40%)5 - 10 (40%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size18
    *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): U of T McMasters Western Queens York

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonials

    “Motivational environment.”

    - Farah, Grade 12

    “Enhanced sense of responsibility.”

    - Leo, Grade 11

    “Social skill devlopment.”

    - Lucas, Grade 8

    “Attention to detail.”

    - Linda, Grade 9

    “Sense of direction.”

    - Neil, Grade 11

    “Peaceful community.”

    - Li, Grade 12 

    ...



    In the News

    News

    May 1, 2017 - Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for 100% University Acceptance

    St. Jude's Academy students demonstrated a 100% acceptance rate at Ontario universities ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations


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