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Mabin School
The Mabin School
50 Poplar Plains Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2M8
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The Mabin School

50 Poplar Plains Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2M8

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
JK to 6 (Coed)
Tuition:
$25,250/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
20
Enrolment:
Day: 150 (Gr. JK - 6)

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Contact Name:
Michelle Barchuk

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School Address
50 Poplar Plains Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2M8

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About this school:

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The school you're looking for does exist. An established school where children, teachers and parents work together every day to create something special and different. The Mabin School is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected and capable. Children's interests and imaginations are at the centre of our academically enriched curriculum which challenges each student appropriately. The Mabin School delivers a rich, hands-on program centred around our belief in Integration, Inquiry and Reflection. Exceptional teachers provide a strong academic foundation by promoting themes that are of intrinsic interest to the children. Students investigate, develop theories and build knowledge in the core subject areas of Math, Language, Social Studies and Science that wherever possible integrate with Art, Music, Technology, Physical Education and French. A low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes allow teachers to know and understand each child. Parental involvement is welcome and a full range of community events contributes to the life of the school. Mabin students thrive upon graduation and are sought after for their academic competence, original thinking and adaptive leadership abilities. Discover more about Mabin's progressive program and our academic and social curriculum at www.mabin.com.


The Our Kids review of The Mabin School

our takeWhen Geraldine Mabin founded the Mabin School in 1980 it was considered strikingly experimental. Children were taught in open environments, followed their curiosity, and learned more through guided experience than direct instruction. A teacher at the school once commented that "Our pattern is to have no pattern." Today, despite the changing educational landscape in Canada during the intervening decades, the school remains at the vanguard of alternative education. While Mabin left the school in the 1998, it still reflects the ideals on which it was based, and she remains involved with the school today. "Time in the classroom for actual learning as opposed to teaching is shrinking," Mabin said in 2011. "There's a very high expectation on academics and testing. A lot of time is spent on drumming in lessons and worrying about kids who haven't made it. Children should be given time to learn things, to not be pushed." The instruction is strong, and supported through extensive cross-curricular programming. Parental involvement in the life of the school is encouraged. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a rich, vibrant, and varied learning environment.



Principal's Message

principal

Nancy Steinhauer, Prinicpal

I fell in love with Mabin over 20 years ago when I first came to visit as a young teacher; the school’s magic was evident, and the emphasis on student-centred learning along with the strong commitment to integrating the arts immediately appealed to me. The Mabin School seemed like an incubator of creativity, a warm community where the joy of learning and curiosity were actively nurtured. To me, it has always represented an educational oasis where children are permitted, even encouraged, to learn through play and experience the joy of exploring, imagining, and wondering. I have always hoped for an opportunity to join the Mabin community, and can see endless possibilities in terms of its potential as a centre of excellence for inquiry-based learning and holistic education. Mabin has much to contribute in a world that requires schools that teach children “how to think, not what to think.”

I have been a school leader for 18 years, both in the public and independent systems. For the past 10 years, I have been a principal in inner-city schools in the Toronto District School Board, and have just completed a two year secondment to the Ministry of Education where I worked with principals and teachers across the province to improve student achievement.

Previous to that, I spent 12 years in independent schools, first as a teacher at Branksome Hall, then as Academic Coordinator/Junior School Head at Royal St. George’s College, and finally as Assistant Principal (Academics) at Montcrest School. As a school leader, my focus has been on working collaboratively to provide rigorous and responsive programs for students, while at the same time establishing systems within the schools to support high quality learning for students, staff, and community members.

As you can see, I have worked in a variety of settings – public, private, all girls, all boys, co-educational, K-5, K-8, K-12 – with a plethora of excellent educators who have taught me so much. I must admit, though, that coming to The Mabin School feels like coming home. I knew from the beginning of my career that Mabin was a place I wanted to be, and I am glad to have finally arrived.


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Mabin School says: The Mabin School is an educational leader that develops confident and independent learners through a rich, hands-on program centred around Inquiry, Integration and Reflection. Mabin is an innovative and established school where children, teachers and parents work together to create something special and different. It is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected and capable. Children's interests and imaginations are at the centre of our academically enriched curriculum, which challenges each student appropriately and cultivates a passion for learning. All of this happens in a structured environment that feels just right- intimate and informal, full of colour and the spark of activity.

  • 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 Mabin School 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 Mabin School says: This information is not currently available.

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

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


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      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 Mabin School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


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


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Mabin School says: We use the AIM (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) approach.

    • 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 Mabin 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 Mabin School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Mabin School says: Physical Education is taught to all students JK-Grade 6. Classes focus on skill building and competitive experiences are introduced gradually and deliberately. All students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited to join Mabin School teams throughout the year. Practices occur twice a week during lunch recess . All students can participate and those who choose to join a team must commit to attending all practices. Teams have the opportunity to compete against other schools. Intramural Games, which are organized by a Committee of Grade 5 and 6 students and overseen by our Physical Education teacher, occur two times a week during morning recess for Grades 4, 5, and 6. Grades 1, 2 and 3 are also encouraged to participate in Intramural Games in the final term.


    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 Mabin School says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

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



    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    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 Mabin School says: Mabin is an innovative and established school where children, teachers and parents work together every day to create something special and different.It is a home away from home, where children love to learn because they feel known, respected and capable. Children’s interests and imaginations are at the centre of our Kindergarten program, which challenges each student appropriately and cultivates a passion for learning. All of this happens in a structured environment that feels just right – intimate and informal, full of joy and the spark of activity.


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


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

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


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Mabin School can provide support for mild disablities. Mabin School 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

    Mabin School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

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

    Homework Policy

    In grade 6, The Mabin School students perform an average of 30 mins of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins30 mins34 mins41 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to SK
    Habits and behaviour reporting1 to 6
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 6

    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 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What Mabin School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Field Hockey
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$25,250


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 6
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    N/A

    More information:

    Application Details:



    Merit based Scholarships

    CHANGEMAKER ENTRY SCHOLARSHIP
    Amount: $10,000
    Other
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to —

    Exciting opportunity for prospective Grade 6 student

    In honour of being named Canada’s first independent Changemaker School, The Mabin School is offering one $10,000 entry scholarship to a Grade 6 student who exemplifies changemaking.

    Are you interested in coming to The Mabin School for Grade 6? Are you a changemaker? To apply for the Changemaker Grade 6 Entry Scholarship, apply to The Mabin School and include in your application a short essay or video that convinces our Admissions Team that you exemplify the principles of changemaking: Empathy, Teamwork, Leadership, Problem-Solving.

    For more details, contact Julie Binmore, Director of Admissions at [email protected] or 416-964-9594 ext. 247.

     


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade17
    Gender (grades)JK to 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 6
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


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


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student The Mabin School is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000

    Associations

    Associations
    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations


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