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Tapply Binet College

245 Garner Road West, Ancaster, Ontario, L9G 3K9

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
1 to 6
Day: Varies (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
245 Garner Road West, Ancaster, Ontario, L9G 3K9

About this school:


Flexibility best describes our approach to learning. We pride ourselves on accommodating student and parent needs. In consultation with students and their parents, TBC provides a program to suit the needs of the individual with full and part-time options with class sizes ranging from 1 to 6 students. Empowerment and responsibility given to students provide ownership and their personal sense of success and recognition as a member of their school and community. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Tapply Binet College

our take

Private schools are created in order to address different kinds of learners, and different learning styles, and Tapply Binet is a great example of that. It’s a small school, which for the students who attend, is its great strength. The average class size is just 3 students, with none exceeding 6. As such, the program is very much student focused, and student led, in something akin to a tutorial approach to learning. Instructors engage closely with students, allowing them to interact with the material and with each other around the concepts being presented. Lessons are built to address the specific curiosities and perspectives that the students bring with them into the classroom. The goal of the program is to reward personal curiosity, and grow students’ ability to access and process information through that lens. The expertise of the staff is also a draw for the families that enroll—all instructors have doctorates and are specialists in the areas in which they teach. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, one who longs for an environment that will nurture their academic instincts, and who is preparing to continue to university.  

Upcoming Events Next event: June 21, 2018

upcoming events
  • June 21, 2018Graduation
    Tapply Binet College, 245 Garner Rd.W, Ancaster, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, June 21 from 07:00 pm

    We will celebrate graduation at a place of the students choice with dinner and awards. The TBC staff are thrilled to attend and pay respect to our grads and wish them success in their future endeavours.

Principal's Message


Sue Davidson, Principal

I love what I do for a living! Empowering young people to be active, engaging and responsible citizens is incredibly rewarding. 


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What TBC says: Tapply Binet College delivers the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and meets the requirements as it passes the Ministry inspections.

  • Approach:

  • 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 TBC says: Students too often have a fear or reluctance in mathematics. Our staff encourage a love for the subject with confidence building as well as a sense of humour.

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

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

    • Teaching approach: We encourage students to study science as an essential component of the way the world works. Everyone should take Physics.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Equal Balance

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

    • What TBC says: Developing process work skills is the focus in the English department. Proficiency in literacy is encouraged by honing reading and writing skills.

    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 TBC says: both perennialism and pragmatism are important in the teachings of these disciplines

    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 TBC says: students are encouraged to use only the foreign language during class therefore optimizing language fluency

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • 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
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What TBC says: We encourage students to express their creativity in fine arts

    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 TBC says: In a tech-savvy world, students need to be efficient on the keyboard and confident with their personal electronic devices. All aspects of computers are encouraged

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What TBC says: At Tapply Binet College, we believe all students need a healthy balanced lifestyle. With a Goodlife gym nearby and numerous outdoor activities in the area, students in elementary school take part in regular exercise. The high school students will take Grade 9 gym as a compulsory course and encouraged to continue this routine throughout their school life and beyond.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What TBC says: This information is not currently available.

    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.


    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.


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

    33 % of Our Kids' schools use a progressive approach for sex and health education

    What TBC says: This information is not currently available.

    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 TBC 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 TBC 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 TBC says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    TBC offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    TBC does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

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

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Tapply Binet College students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    TBC 30 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins160 mins
    Site Average53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What TBC says:
    • With such as small student body, students are encouraged to get involved in activities outside of school.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What TBC says: Different rates available for part-time students

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size1 to 6
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment333236



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What TBC says:

    All students are welcome to attend Tapply Binet College.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Tapply Binet College is looking for: Students at Tapply Binet College are as varied as at any school. All academic levels and learning styles are accommodated in our small familial setting.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 6 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)1 - 6 (100%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size6
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
    **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): Graduating students enter University and College across Canada. With ongoing career counselling, students make it to their schools of choice.
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): McMaster University is most popular - a great school in our neighbourhood. Others include University of Guelph, Waterloo, Western and P.E.I. on a hockey scholarship.

    What Tapply Binet College says:

  • 100% of our graduating students gain entry to their post-secondary school of choice

  • Stories & Testimonials


    Parent testimonial

    Tapply Binet College is an amazing school that understands how to motivate and instill a love of learning in a young person. My wife and I are grateful for the time that our son spent at Tapply. This school was instrumental in helping him to focus his life in such a positive direction. Tapply Binet College was worth every penny! I highly recommend Tapply Binet to parents and youth who want to discover a love of learning and be successful in their academic pursuits.


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