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

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

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
JK to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$19,000 to 24,000/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 14
Enrolment:
Day: 100 (Gr. JK - 8)

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Contact Name:
Nicholas Johnson

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

About this school:
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Junior Academy is a co-educational school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. With a rounded curriculum, students benefit from experienced teachers who acknowledge different learning styles and provide individual attention for success. Specialty programming includes daily French and PE, outdoor education, music, art, and drama. We believe in the developing the whole child, supporting skill development with project based learning, social skills, cooperative learning experiences, and leadership training.


The Our Kids review of The 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 still leads the school, 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.



Upcoming Events Next event: November 01, 2017

upcoming events
  • November 01, 2017Junior Academy Open House- November 1st 2017
    Junior Academy, 2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, November 01 from 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Drop in for a tour to learn more about Junior Academy or contact Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to set up an appointment. 


  • November 08, 2017Walk Through Wednesday -11am to 1pm Every Wednesday in November
    Junior Academy, 2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, November 08 from 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Drop in for Walk Through Wednesday every Wednesday in November to learn more about Junior Academy or contact Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to set up an appointment.


  • November 15, 2017Walk Through Wednesday-11am to 1pm Every Wednesday in November
    Junior Academy, 2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, November 15 from 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Drop in for Walk Through Wednesday every Wednesday in November to learn more about Junior Academy or contact Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to set up an appointment.


  • November 22, 2017Walk Through Wednesday-11am to 1pm Every Wednesday in November
    Junior Academy, 2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, November 22 from 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Drop in for Walk Through Wednesday every Wednesday in November to learn more about Junior Academy or contact Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to set up an appointment. 


  • November 29, 2017Walk Through Wednesday -11am to 1pm Every Wednesday in November
    Junior Academy, 2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, November 29 from 11:00 am - 01:00 pm

    Drop in for Walk Through Wednesday every Wednesday in November to learn more about Junior Academy or contact Nicholas Johnson at [email protected] to set up an appointment.

     



Principal's Message

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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.
 

Sincerely,

Paul Bamberger


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Junior Academy says: Our mission is to provide our students with the means to achieve their full potential both academically and socially and to develop a philosophy of life-long learning that enables them to better understand the world in which we live.\n\nWe will achieve our mission through:\n Small class sizes (average 10-14 students)\n Acknowledgement and accommodation of different learning styles\n Extended Extra-Curricular program that encourages socialization and team building\n Highly qualified and experienced teachers\n Regular interaction across all grade levels through house teams and ‘Big Brother/Big Sister’ activities\n Encouraging healthy living through regular Health and Physical Education classes\n Providing a strong knowledge of helping others through initiatives and community involvement\n

  • 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 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
      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 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
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      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
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Junior Academy 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 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 the French language. 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 toys are selected that will encourage socialization, the development of fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem solving. Kindergarten students have French daily for 30 minutes. Students also participate in mid-morning and afternoon free play sessions, and have Phys.Ed classes daily in a full-sized gymnasium.


    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 community environment ensures that every teacher knows each child and each child know every teacher. An inclusive atmosphere creates a sense of belonging through our hallways nurturing students and teachers alike. Junior Academy’s teaching philosophy focuses on individuals. Your child’s learning style is understood, learnt and embraced and brought into the curriculum. With this knowledge and understanding teachers inspire their students to reach their greatest potential. This flexibility in determining what works best for each student is admired and appreciated by our parents and students alike.


    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 school is proud of the diversity of interests and experiences of our staff. Our staff believe in developing students for a changing world, with our leadership program being a cornerstone of this experience, focusing on: * Self-confidence, self-esteem, 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 High

    High

    Junior 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 Junior Academy says: Students who develop learning difficulties while at our school are often referred for testing to better understand their individual learning profile. Within our school special education specialists and reading specialists support homeroom teachers to better develop program needs within the classroom. In-school tutoring support is also available for students who require specific instruction in a particular subject area. Learning profiles are developed with our Special Education staff to develop accommodations and modifications to the curriculum when required.

    • 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
    • Summary: STEPS is our multi-faceted program that emphasizes the importance of individualized support. We understand that each child has multiple pathways to learning so this program create an environment where each student has the necessary tools to succeed. We offer small classes of four to six students to focus on the specific learning needs of each child. The STEPS class incorporates all academic subjects into the curriculum, including but not limited to math, writing, reading, science and social studies. Students in the STEPS program have the option of participating in Music, Art and Phys. Ed. classes with their chronological age group. The full day STEPS program also offers a Social Skills component where students are equipped with necessary skills to interact with their peers and those around them. We believe that friendship is an important facet to child development and integrate that philosophy into our teaching.

    • What Junior Academy says: Students who develop learning difficulties while at our school are often referred for testing to better understand their individual learning profile. Within our school special education specialists and reading specialists support homeroom teachers to better develop program needs within the classroom. In-school tutoring support is also available for students who require specific instruction in a particular subject area. Learning profiles are developed with our Special Education staff to develop accommodations and modifications to the curriculum when required.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    Junior Academy 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: 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: 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 8, The Junior Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

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


    Extracurriculars

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    What Junior Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Golf
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$19,000$24,000$23,000
    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 an Educational Assistant in Grades 1-3.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students20%
    4th child (sibling)all students20%


    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 aid4%
    Total aid available$30,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with ISM Fast. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 100
    Average enrollment per grade9
    Gender (grades)JK to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


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


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    75%

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



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    The 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

    The 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 The 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

    The 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. ...



    Athletics

    The 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 four ski days during this term; younger students attend Earle Bales Ski Club and the older students ski and snowboard at Snow Valley. Spring term sports include ball hockey, track and field, and soccer.

    ...



    About Us

    The 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.

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    Reflections

    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. ...



    Alumni

    The 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 The 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. The 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.

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    In the News

    News

    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. ...


    October 2, 2014 - JUNIOR ACADEMY THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

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



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


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