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Dunblaine School
The Dunblaine School
21 Deloraine Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2A8
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The Dunblaine School

21 Deloraine Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2A8

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
1 to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$20,900/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
5 to 7
Enrolment:
Day: 40 (Gr. 1 - 8)

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Contact Name:
Charleen Pryke

Phone Number:


School Address
21 Deloraine Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2A8

About this school:

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At The Dunblaine School, we have over 40 years of experience in empowering students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. Our specialized approach and methodology optimizes learning, strengthens self-esteem and self-confidence, and promotes meta-cognition. Individualized programs, enriched with SRA Direct Instruction, Music, Drama, Speech/Language and Occupational Therapy, Social Skills, and partnership among teachers, students, parents and professionals are integral to our success.


The Our Kids review of The Dunblaine School

our takeDunblaine was founded in 1969 by concerned parents of children with needs that weren’t being met within the public school system. They wanted a safe environment, run by staff that understood, clearly, the needs of the students; one that offered an opportunity for them to grow academic skills, life skills, confidence, respect, and self-advocacy. And, for almost 50 years, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing. The current location is also the one that best represents what Dunblaine is all about: it’s a house in a quiet residential neighbourhood. The faculty maintain close communication with parents on all aspects of the students’ experience within the school. The staff represents the full range of all the right expertise, instructional and therapeutic. Frankly, this is what it’s all about. It’s a great school as well as a great example of what education should be about. If you have a chance to speak with a parent of a student of the school, by all means, do it. If you don’t, ask the staff to put you in touch. It will be the best introduction to the school, and its successes, you could hope to have.



Principal's Message

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Charleen Pryke, Principal

Charleen Pryke is a dedicated and caring leader of the multi-talented team of expert and experienced staff members. Charleen has always been interested in discovering new teaching techniques and methodologies to complement each student’s learning potential. She is also involved in professional organizations, such as Ontario Federation of Independent Schools(OFIS), and Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario(LDAO). Charleen is pleased by the integral involvement of students, parents and staff who make a difference to education, and proud to be a part of the many successes experienced at Dunblaine.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Dunblaine School says: Our specialized approach and methodology optimizes learning, strengthens self-esteem and self-confidence, and promotes meta-cognition.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Dunblaine School says: The Dunblaine School uses the innovative Jump Math Program. It was introduced to Dunblaine staff and students by founder and mathematician, John Mighton. This program has promoted math confidence, reinforced basic numeracy, and utilized grade specific materials and workbooks that enable students to learn skills and concepts through step-by-step instruction. With consistent practice and preparation in daily math activities, achievement and success is possible for all students.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: The JUMP Math student Assessment & Practice Books are used in conjunction with the extensive Teacher Resources to enable students to practice and explore subtle variations on the lessons and to enable teachers to rapidly assess progress.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    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 Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Dunblaine School 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 Dunblaine School says: 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: 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 Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Dunblaine School 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 Dunblaine School 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 Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    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 Dunblaine School 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 Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Dunblaine School 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 Dunblaine School 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 Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 3 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 4 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 4 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 5 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 1 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 1 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 4 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 6 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 4 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 4 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 2 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 4 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 6

    What Dunblaine School says: Given the diverse needs and capabilities of the students, health and sex curricula are normally customised by teachers in individual classes on a sessional basis, in consultation with the rest of the staff. Materials and topics are selected from the Ontario curriculum.

    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 Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.



    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 Dunblaine School 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 Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Dunblaine School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    Dunblaine School is a full-time special needs school. All students at Dunblaine School are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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 Dunblaine School says: During the interview process, we discuss existing and potential clinical diagnoses to determine whether a child will be a good fit. Once a student is enrolled, we endeavour to work closely with the students\' established support professionals and incorporate ongoing clinical identifications and strategies. We specialize in learning, rather than developmental and physical disabilities, and these students tend to present the best fit for our programs.

    • 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
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: Students are placed in flexible cohorts according to their academic, social, and emotional needs and strengths, which are then loosely organized by age. All classroom teachers are trained and experienced special educators, who work closely with our support staff of speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and social workers to provide in-school remediation, arrange for extra-curricular support, and train parents and caregivers to supplement these strategies at home. Social, emotional, and academic development are pursued equally, according to individual need, and our family of parents, staff, and students collaborate to build an amazingly nurturing community.

    • What Dunblaine School says: During the interview process, we discuss existing and potential clinical diagnoses to determine whether a child will be a good fit. Once a student is enrolled, we endeavour to work closely with the students\' established support professionals and incorporate ongoing clinical identifications and strategies. We specialize in learning, rather than developmental and physical disabilities, and these students tend to present the best fit for our programs.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    Dunblaine School offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    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 Dunblaine School says: While our focus is on learning difficulties, it is clear that while some students experience extreme challenges in particular areas, they can be exceptionally talented and motivated in others. Wherever possible, through course customization and individual enrichment with support staff, we endeavour to help develop those strengths (and the confidence that goes with it).

    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 8, The Dunblaine School students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Dunblaine School 15 mins15 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average16 mins18 mins24 mins30 mins34 mins41 mins54 mins59 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Academic achievement reporting1 to 8
    Habits and behaviour reporting1 to 8
    Parent-teacher meetings1 to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

    What Dunblaine School says: Recess is a school-wide event during which students are actively encouraged to socialise across classroom boundaries, exercise and play in organised/free activities, and (where beneficial) practice decisions about appropriate outdoor apparel.

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


    Extracurriculars

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    What Dunblaine School says:
    • All students at The Dunblaine School have the opportunity to participate in the school's rich heritage of the annual school production. Dunblaine also offers a variety of clubs including a Hiking Club, Cooking Club, Drama Club and more. Students also participate in specialized programs offered outside the school including yoga, art classes and gymnastics.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Club
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$20,900


    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 1 to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid15%
    Average aid package size$6,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid15%
    Total aid available$40,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    Complete on line application which requests full disclosure of income and expenditures. All applicants are reviewed by the Principal and tuition assistance committee, and presented to the board for final approval.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 40
    Average enrollment per grade5
    Gender (grades)1 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)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Dunblaine School says:

    For information and discussion about admission to The Dunblaine School, please contact the principal, Charleen Pryke, at 416-483- 9215 or at [email protected]. Generally, applications are made for the following school year. However, admissions from September to June are accepted if space is available and placement of your child has been approved following interviews with the parents and student.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    80%

    Type of student The Dunblaine School is looking for: The Dunblaine School accepts students on an individualized basis, taking into account the programs being offered, the student’s abilities, and the opportunity for progress in our school setting.



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonials

    Dunblaine has been instrumental in developing our son's academic, emotional, and social skills, in a way that would never have been possible at another school. The caring of everyone on staff, the supportive environment fostering respectful peer and teacher relationships, and the outstanding teaching staff have enabled our son to be ready for a successful Grade 9.

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    Our History

    Dunblaine has offered caring and nurturing educational services for children with learning disabilities since 1969. Originally situated on church premises on Dunblaine Avenue in the North Toronto Community, the school was created by a group of concerned parents. Now residing in a former residence on Deloraine Avenue, The Dunblaine School has become the foremost non-profit elementary school to meet the unique needs and abilities of students who have been diagnosed as learning disabled. Over the years, our nurturing environment has promoted not only academic, but also emotional intelligence in every student. Operating as a private school that offers small class sizes and highly-trained special education teachers, Dunblaine has provided individualized learning that continues to produce successful and happy students who are lifelong learners.

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    Our Students

    For children diagnosed with learning disabilities, the acquisition of knowledge and skills may not come easily. However, through individualized, special education instruction at The Dunblaine School, our students learn to acquire skills that help them overcome difficulties in the following areas: listening - speaking - reading - writing - reasoning - spatial relationships - and socialization. All classes at Dunblaine are multi-graded and multi-aged; children are placed according to their academic, social-emotional and overall developmental needs and abilities. Our maximum student/teacher ratio is 7:1. All students enrolled at The Dunblaine School are expected to follow the school's "Standards of Behaviour" that promotes respect, civility and responsible citizenship through acceptable behaviour in the classroom and school.

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    Our Curriculum

    Highly individualized grade 1 to 8 programs are implemented at The Dunblaine School based on Ontario Curriculum Guidelines and Direct Instruction Methodology. Carefully planned and structured learning plans are used for specific academic skills in reading, writing and arithmetic. The DISTAR programme follows such a curriculum, which includes Reading Mastery, Decoding (Corrective Reading), Reasoning and Writing, Spelling and Connecting Math Concepts. Adaptive technology, which includes literacy-based computer software such as Word Q, Speak Q and Draftbuilder is also available to our students. Dunblaine incorporates Visual and Dramatic Arts, Music, French, Speech and Occupational Therapy and Social Skills, inclusively. A Language Pathologist and Social Worker are on site part-time and such services are offered at a compatible rate on an individualized basis for interested families. Each term, Dunblaine plans fun, exciting and community-oriented activities that usually take place every Friday afternoon. Some examples include, yoga, bowling, swimming and skating lessons. Also to enhance the curriculum, the children are involved in various field trips to such places as The Science Centre, Leah Poslun's Theatre, City Hall and various conservation centres. Overall, we create opportunities for success through better understanding of a a child's learning difficulties and abilities.

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    Associations

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





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