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The Maples Academy

513047 2nd Line, Amaranth, Ontario, L9W 0S3

Grades (Gender):
Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$8,700 to 10,400/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 17
Day: 100 (Gr. PS - 8)

School Address
513047 2nd Line, Amaranth, Ontario, L9W 0S3



About this school:


The Maples Academy is the only school in the Orangeville area offering the highly respected International Baccalaureate program. For nearly 25 years The Maples has been providing a superior education for our students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We are proud to continue to serve the communities in the counties of Dufferin, Wellington, Simcoe and Peel. The Maples' curriculum contains the full spectrum of subjects. French is taught daily beginning in Pre- Kindergarten. Our Kindergarten has an academic focus.

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Our Take: The Maples Academy

our takeThe Maples was founded in 1989 in order to provide a strong core program in the junior and elementary grades, and that remains the draw for parents today. The school is small, with an annual enrollment of 100 students, allowing for a very personal, individual approach to instruction. It was purchased in 2014 by the owner of St. Jude’s and Oakwood, and benefits through the association, including becoming an IB candidate school. Parents are drawn by the strength of the academic program as well as that of the arts offerings, including a robust instrumental music program. Parents are welcome to be involved in the life of the school, and communication between parents and faculty is direct and frequent. The school was founded to provide a welcome alternative to the public offerings in the area, and it’s been happily living up to that mandate for nearly three decades.

Principal's Message


Mr. Greg Playford, Principal

The Maples Academy is distinctive due to the weight we place on achieving fluency in language, and effectiveness in numeracy; we instill in all our students a firm practical, cultural and artistic framework, which reinforces all academic studies. Our students have confidence to express themselves effectively in both their public and private lives. I encourage parents to come check out our school, and see the difference a small caring atmosphere can make. 


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Maples Academy says: Inquiry- based learning, International Baccalaureate

  • 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 Maples Academy says: Students experience a range of teacher-guided and student-discovery through investigation. We encourage "real-life" application.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

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

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

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

    Writing Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

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

    Social Studies Thematic

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

    • What Maples Academy says: Our social studies program is based around the JK-gr. 6 Unit of Inquiry that the students are working on through the IB curriculum. Childcare program is not thematic, we follow a more "Expanding Communities" approach at this level.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

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

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Maples 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
    • Visual studio philosophy:

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Maples Academy says: Childcare centre offers a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity per school day.

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

    What Maples 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 Maples 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 Maples Academy says: International Baccalaureate Emergent learning experiences are employed as well as academic experiences at this level

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

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

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

    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 Maples Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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 Maples Academy says: We would meet with the family to discuss program accommodations in consultation with diagnostic and medical specialists. We would not advise against re-enrollment is a child developed a learning difficulty while enrolled.

    • 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

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

    Nightly Homework
    Maples Academy 0 mins0 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average0 mins2 mins6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Maples Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Math Club
      Radio club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Maples Academy says: A $500 deposit is required for all students, including families with multiple children applying. Once the paperwork, and deposits are received, students will be notified as to whether or not they have been accepted. Students not accepted, will be refunded all fees. Families with more than one child attending TMA will receive a discount on the second and subsequent children attending grades 1 - 8.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day25%
    3rd child (sibling)Day25%
    4th child (sibling)Day25%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 100
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size10 to 17
    Gender (grades)Preschool to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Maples Academy says:

    Please contact our Admissions Officer to set up an appointment. You may be required to visit the school and meet with the Director and/or Principal. Call us at 519.942.3310 or email us at [email protected]


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student The Maples Academy is looking for: Clear expectations for behaviour and standards of achievement are specified in The Student and Parent Handbook. Daily communication between home and school is maintained through the student agendas, the teachers’ blogs and phone call communication.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeNSPSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Stories & Testimonials




    • "There is a real sense of community among the teachers, students and parents; the warm, friendly and welcoming environment has made the transition to The Maples very easy for both our children and us as parents."  -Krista Coburn and Jonathan Stewart

    • "The teachers brought out the best in our children." -Marijane Island and Sean Bradley

    • "Our daughter is thriving in grade five at The Maples. She is our fourth child to attend this wonderful school. The Maples has given our boys the academic skills and organizational tools to achieve great success in high school and university."- Jeff and Cindy Cotton

    • "Public Speaking is still a valued skill at The Maples." - Ruth and Darrell Carter

    • "The Before and After School Care is convenient and I am comforted knowing my child is in a caring but structured environment each morning and afternoon."- Maureen Tegart

    • "Our sons were given the tools and opportunity to achieve their goals." - Gillian and Ken DeJong

    • "The Maples is a place where our two daughters are motivated to reach their full potential and are encouraged to learn new things where their desire to learn is propelled through a thoughtful, well rounded curriculum." -LouAnn and Davide Baldassarra



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