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Junior Academy

2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A6

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$20,000 to 24,500/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 14
Day: 100 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A6

About this school:


Junior Academy is a co-educational school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. We strive to put a child’s strengths at the forefront of their education. We believe that students do well if they can, therefore we provide a supportive environment where students are accepted, appreciated, encouraged and challenged according to their individual strengths. Progressive programming includes project-based learning, character development, executive functioning, outdoor education, daily PE, music, art, and drama. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Junior Academy

our takeDianne Johnson founded the Junior Academy in 1988 in the belief that small is better, and indeed the school has remained small, with an annual enrolment of just 100 students. Johnson lead the school for most of its life, lending a continuity to the program and keeping the focus clearly on the quality of the students' learning experience, and maintaining, above all, an atmosphere of care and support. While not all students arrive from the immediate area, the school prizes its position within the community, and encourages active parental involvement within the life of the school.

School busing:

Junior Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Toronto.
Additional notes: We work with several busing companies that transport students from all over the G.T.A. Please inquire with Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to learn more

Upcoming Events Next event: May 23, 2018

upcoming events
  • May 23, 2018OPEN HOUSE
    Junior Academy, 2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, May 23 from 09:00 am - 10:30 am

    Junior Academy Open House on Wednesday May 23rd 2018 from 9:00am to 10:30am. 

    Please enter through the doors at the back of the building.

    If you are unable to make our Open House but would still like to visit the school, please contact Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] 

Principal's Message


Paul Bamberger, Principal

Welcome to Junior Academy!

Our small dynamic school with class sizes of 10 to 14 students means that our highly qualified teachers know each and every child.  We not only recognize and accommodate different learning styles but understand and embrace them.  Our teachers and support staff work together to ensure that gifted learners, average learners and those needing additional support, are equipped with the means to achieve their full potential both academically and socially.   

Junior Academy’s commitment to extracurricular activities, leadership development and community involvement are cornerstones of our programme.  We encourage all of our students to be involved, try new things and discover their passions.    

Come and experience Junior Academy’s warm, nurturing and inclusive community for yourself.  We look forward to sharing our unique learning environment with you.


Paul Bamberger


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Junior Academy says: Our goal is to provide our students with the means to realize their full potential and celebrate the contributions of each student as they achieve individual success. We achieve our goal through small class size, social and emotional development, accommodation of different learning styles, an extended co-curricular and leadership program, encouraging healthy living through regular Physical Education, sports, clubs and teams; and providing a diverse range of qualified and experienced teachers.

  • 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 Junior 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 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 Junior Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

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

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

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

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

    • Languages Offered: • French

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

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

    What Junior Academy 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.

    What Junior 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 Junior Academy says: The multi-age Kindergarten program offers a strong introduction to academics, social interaction, healthy living, and French. A whole language approach in conjunction with a foundation in phonics is used to introduce themes and topics of interest to young children. Students are introduced to reading, writing and mathematics as they are ready. Classroom centres are designed to encourage socialization, the development of fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem solving. Kindergarten students are exposed to French through songs, movement and games. Students also participate in mid-morning and afternoon free-play sessions and have daily phys. ed classes and weekly outdoor 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 Junior Academy says about flexible pacing: Junior Academy is an integrated environment for students with different learning styles. Supporting various learning styles with small class size naturally lends to being able to effectively deliver differentiated learning opportunities. Understanding student interests and learning profiles help our staff to develop meaningful learning experiences in the classroom.

    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 Junior Academy says: Junior Academy's strength-based approach aligns a students’ preferred cognitive styles, learning profiles, interests and abilities with the curriculum to ensure that they are being taught and assessed according to their individual strengths. Our strength-based approach enables students to feel successful and encouraged.

    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 Junior Academy says: Our staff believe in developing students for a changing world. Our progressive programming, leadership and co-curricular activities are a cornerstone of this experience, focusing on: * Self-confidence, a growth mindset, maturity and a sense of responsibility * Ability to work collaboratively with their peers and teachers * Goal setting ability * Opportunities to be a positive role-model * Desire to be good, caring, considerate and socially responsible students * Sense of contributing in a positive way to the Junior Academy community * Readiness for future leadership roles and responsibilities

    Special Needs Support Partial Integration

    Partial Integration

    Students are placed in a separate special education class, but are strategically integrated into a regular classroom for certain periods.

    • 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
    • What Junior Academy says: There are several resource teachers on staff at Junior Academy who are available to assist students on an individualized basis. Resource teachers include qualified Reading Specialists, Special Education and Speech Language Pathologists or Occupational Therapists. Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.’s) are provided if a student requires specific modifications to his or her academic program.

    • 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
    • Summary: A small class with a pupil teacher ratio of 6 to 1 is available for students in the primary or junior grades who require a special education setting. These students are integrated into the regular classroom setting in the afternoons as well as for Music, Art and Physical Education.

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; 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: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 Junior Academy says: Our unique schedule allows for students who excel in Language Arts and Mathematics to be challenged at the grade level which is appropriate to them. We also offer grade nine credit courses in conjunction with an external provider for those students who have moved beyond the elementary curriculum.

    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, Junior Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Junior Academy 0 mins0 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades1 to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Junior Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Junior Academy says: As you may notice, the Tuition for Grades 1-3 is slightly higher than Grades 4-8. This is due to the fact that the School provides a Teaching Assistant in Grades 1-3.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 8
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid4%
    Average aid package size$3,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid7%
    Total aid available$30,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with ISM Fast. for processing financial applications
    In order to apply for financial aid, you will be asked to submit your most recent tax assessment as well as fill out a number of questions relating to your financial situation. Prior to filling out the ISM application, we ask all applicants to visit our school for a tour.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 100
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size10 to 14
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment879118111012149



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

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


    Acceptance Rate:


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

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypePSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    04 - 6 (85%)4 - 6 (85%)5 - 7 (70%)5 - 7 (65%)6 - 8 (70%)4 - 6 (70%)3 - 5 (75%)3 - 6 (70%)3 - 5 (60%)2 - 4 (60%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Junior Academy Graduate

    On December 16th, we had a visit from one of our 2010 graduates, John. John attended Junior Academy from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and came back to share his most fond memories of his time in elementary and middle school. John thrived both academically and socially at Junior Academy “there were so many opportunities in terms of sports teams, community involvement and academics” he explains. As we sat reminiscing about his days at Junior Academy, John’s face lights up. He shares his appreciation of the small class sizes, family feel and teacher relationships.

    When it came time time to apply for high school, John had his choice of which private school he wanted to attend. With a high average, extra-curriculars and a great personality, John received an offer from every private school that he applied to. Eventually, he decided to accept his offer to De La Salle College. 

    Today, John is a very disciplined, polite and ambitious young man who is studying Humanities in his first year at McMaster University. 


    Leadership Opportunities

    Junior Academy's philosophy of developing the 'whole person' is enhanced by both our curricular and extra curricular opportunities. The small school setting allows for peer networking and classroom partnerships, allowing our senior students to develop their leadership skills. In addition, many of our senior students and alumnus have returned to The Junior Academy to participate in coaching and mentoring younger students. Each year Junior Academy selects a senior student as our 'Citizen of the Year'; this student represents the philosophy of the Junior Academy and 'leads by example' providing a role model for others. 


    Community Service

    Junior Academy is proud to be involved in many community fundraisers, including the Terry Fox Run, Jump Rope for Heart, the CHUM City Toy Drive, and a Thanksgiving and Easter food drive. In addition, individual classes have initiated projects within the community to help those in need.



    Junior Academy is a member of the Small School Athletic Federation and participates in many inter-school leagues and tournaments. The fall sports' schedule includes girls' basketball, co-ed cross country, ultimate frisbee and under 10 ball hockey. In addition students have the option of participating in a skating and shinny programme. During the winter term, school sports include a boys' basketball and a girls' volleyball league. We have three ski days in the Winter term for Grades 2-8 at The Heights of Horseshoe. Spring term sports include ball hockey, track and field, and soccer.


    About Us

    Junior Academy's excellent academic curriculum is supported by programs in Art, Music and Computer Technology. Its extensive Physical Education program is enriched by special activities such as skating, downhill skiing, and swimming. Although the Junior Academy's curriculum follows the guidelines and objectives established by the Ontario Ministry of Education, it also sets standards in many subjects that encourage its students to attain a level of achievement beyond these guidelines.

    Students advance at their "own rate" In order to keep students motivated and enthusiastic about learning each child is encouraged to advance at his or her own rate and is not restricted by the arbitrary limitations of chronological age and grade placement.

    Smaller classes ensure individual attention for each child The smaller school setting and the low pupil-teacher ratio at the Junior Academy combine to provide an ideal environment in which each student can develop a high level of self esteem and become a self confident and motivated learner. In addition, the teacher has the opportunity to individualize or adapt the program to provide enrichment or remediation as required.

    Establishing a foundation for future academic achievement The well qualified and experienced teachers at the Junior Academy are responsible for the effective implementation of the school's curriculum and educational philosophy. Teachers at the Junior Academy are committed to a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of providing an environment that will ensure a successful learning experience for each child. Students are encouraged to strive for a high level of academic achievement, to mature socially and emotionally and to realize the motto of the Junior Academy 'Committed to Individual Excellence' in all aspects of their lives.



    When I was in Grade One there was a point at which I had no friends. So I went up to my Grade One teacher Mrs Robertson and told her that I had no friends. Right after I said that to her, she told everybody in my class to gather around in a circle and asked them to raise their hands if they were my friends. To my surprise, they all raised their hands. As I look back at that experience, I learned that Junior Academy is all about family. I've been a part of this family for 8 years. As hard it has been at times, I would never give up these years for the world. ...


    Junior Academy is proud to acknowledge its many graduates who have gone on to be successful at both large and small private and public high schools. Students from Junior Academy have accepted placements at Royal St. George's College, Havergal College, Branksome Hall, Metro Prep, Toronto Prep, Greenwood College, Crescent, and a variety of local public high schools. Junior Academy's small and supportive while challenging environment provides our students with the skills and attitudes that enable them to develop self confidence and be successful. Students are given opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities and experiences that enhance their personal growth and often develop extracurricular interests that last a lifetime.


    In the News


    December 19, 2017 - Junior Academy's 3rd Annual Toy Drive!

    The 3rd consecutive year that Junior Academy has partnered with the Toronto Fire Fighters in order to donate toys to children on Christmas ...

    February 26, 2015 - The Junior Academy Graduate

    John attended Junior Academy from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 and came back to share his most fond memories of his time at JA. ...


    The Junior Academy is very involved in the community. Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive has started! ...


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