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The Maples Academy

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

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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
Preschool to 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$8,700 to 10,400/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 16
Enrolment:
Day: 100 (Gr. PS - 8)

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

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About this school:

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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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Reviews:

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The Our Kids review of 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

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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 instil 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. 


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


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

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


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

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


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

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


    What 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


    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 Limited

    Limited

    Maples Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Maples Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

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

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesPSJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
    Lunch recessAmount 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50

    What Maples Academy says: Our recess times are usually structured to enahnce students physical and social development.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods. Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What Maples Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Math Club
      Photography
      Radio club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$8,700$10,400
    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.

    Discounts

    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.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 100
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size12 to 16
    Gender (grades)Preschool to 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    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

    Acceptance Rate:

    80%

    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 TypePSJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00000000000

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    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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    Associations

    Associations
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations


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