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Hill Academy
The Hill Academy
2600 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R1
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The Hill Academy

2600 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R1

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$23,450 to $30,250 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 18
Enrolment:
Day: 200 (Gr. 5 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Patrick Merrill

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School Address
2600 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R1

About this school:

highlights

The Hill Academy is an independent high school for dedicated student-athletes that provides premiere programming for next level placement and preparation. With fully integrated academic, athletic, and guidance programming and support, every Hill student-athlete is provided with the opportunity to reach the next level destination of their potential. Graduates from the Hill Academy are well prepared to not only meet the demands at the next level, but they are able to thrive and create a lasting legacy.


The Our Kids review of The Hill Academy

our takeIt’s perhaps easy to wonder why Hill Academy isn’t more widely known, though perhaps for those involved in high school sports in Canada and the US, it is. Which, frankly, is appropriate. It’s a high school program based in the values, dedication, and energy associated with sport, with the daily schedule organized in order to allow students to excel in both academics and athletics. The lessons overlap, and students compete in math contests as successfully as they do sporting events. The ideal student is one looking to grow in both areas, and to do it alongside peers of a like mind, approach, and ability. The school’s success is evident in the careers—again, both academic and athletic—of its alumni, who operate at the top of their fields not only on Ontario, but throughout North America.  



Principal's Message

principal

Peter Merrill, Founder and CEO

 

The Hill Academy is a unique academic and athletic platform to enable dedicated student athletes to get to the next level. Respect and Prepare are the core values of this platform, and are enforced on a daily basis in order to achieve academic excellence, athletic excellence and personal growth. In an athlete-centered approach, every phase of the student-athlete’s experience at the school is designed to fully prepare them to succeed at the next level.

The Hill Academy student-athletes pursue their dreams and goals with the full support of classmates, teachers, coaches and administrative staff. Our goal is to help student-athletes reach their academic and athletic goals as well as experience personal growth. The Hill Academy dedicates all of its resources to ensuring the success of its student-athletes, in a positive and energizing environment. 


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Hill Academy says: The Hill Academy is in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and as such follows the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum. The Hill Academy is a unique independent school that offers a program specifically designed for dedicated student-athletes. While students are engaged in an outstanding academic program, they are working at a level of athletic training normally available only at the College/University level. The Hill provides the foundation for academic, athletic, and personal development enabling each individual to maximize his or her full potential and ultimately reach and succeed at the next level. The athletic and academic scheduling is completely integrated and complementary to ensure that each student-athlete is achieving excellence both academically and athletically. Students at The Hill Academy can earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and will be supported by a broad range of courses, post-secondary counselling, SAT/ACT preparation and college scholarship services, ensuring the student has access to the best post secondary opportunity.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Sports: Ice Hockey • Lacrosse • Football


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Hill 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.


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


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


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

    What Hill 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.

    Progressive

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


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


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

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


    Developmental Priorities Physical, Emotional

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

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

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


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Hill Academy can provide support for mild disablities. Hill 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 No Support

    No Support

    Hill Academy 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades5678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What Hill Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Robotics club
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students5%
    Early paymentall students5%
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 200
    Average enrollment per grade25
    Average class size15 to 18
    Grades (gender)5 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Hill Academy says: The Hill Academy Application Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 academic year. The Hill Academy offers admission on a rolling basis. With limited positions available, it is recommended you apply early. The application is performed online and requires the following: transcripts, most recent report cards, passport, birth certificate, photo, two essay questions and a $200 application fee. http://www.thehillacademy.com/admissions/application-process/

    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student The Hill Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *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)


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