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The Third Academy

   
3, 510 – 77th Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1C3

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Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
1 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 150 (Gr. 1 - 12)

School Address
3, 510 – 77th Ave. SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1C3

About this school:

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Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. We create a well-balanced, individualized, integrated, and intensive program for each student, designed to prepare them for re-entry into their community school as quickly as possible. An Individualized Program Plan (IPP) is developed for each student, building upon their strengths and remediating learning challenges. Lesson content responds to the needs of each student while adhering to the Alberta Education curriculum. — Visit school website




School busing:

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Third Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane.
Additional notes: Third Academy operates their own fleet of school buses Highly trained school bus drivers are understand children with special needs and work with our Transportation Manager, Principals, and Teachers to ensure that riding the school bus is a positive experience for your child. The level of bus service provided by Third Academy is based on individual student’s needs and our ability to operate a bus system effectively. Priority is given to students requiring a shared ride service but are unable to ride Calgary Transit and are ineligible for Access Calgary. Depending on student need and road conditions, door-to-door service may be provided with most Third Academy students picked up a short distance from their home. Our bus drivers use cell phone text messaging to communicate with parents (only while parked at a safe location) to ensure parents and students know when to walk out to meet their bus.

Principal's Message

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Rehana Mattu and Joe Smith, Principals

We are all students of life . . .

… growing through our daily experiences, relationships and interactions with the world. Third Academy is pleased to be a school of choice that offers specialized education to over 150 amazing special needs students of life.

For 20 years, our focus has been on healing, inspiring and educating children with various abilities, to ensure they gain the emotional, social, behavioral and learning skills that will support them throughout their lives. With a dedicated team of professionals- teachers, psychologists, SLP/OT therapists, instructional support staff and school bus drivers- we are able to deliver exceptional learning in a caring and compassionate environment.

As every child is unique, our programming is individualized, well-balanced and utilizes a multitude of learning strategies and tools. We teach what students need, the way they need it and never lose sight of well-rounded learning. Students are offered equal opportunities and every child is encouraged to believe in themselves. Ultimately, it’s all about student success!

Our doors are always open and we invite you to visit us any time. We are all part of a larger community and together we will continue to achieve success for our children and families.

Rehana Mattu, Principal                                Joe Smith, Principal


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Third Academy says: Central to The Third Academy’s programming is an emphasis on Personal Development. Personal Development looks to ‘heal the heart’. That is to say, deal with underlying emotional issues that stop the student from learning. By changing the way a student ‘thinks’ and ‘feels’ about themselves, we are able to change the way they ‘act’. There are many teaching strategies/methodologies that have a positive impact on student learning. The choice of which strategies/methodologies to use is dependant upon what works best for the individual learner. In that way, the program is customized. The teacher determines- in partnership with the student and parents- which strategies/methodologies to use. Then, the teacher does ‘whatever it takes’ to meet the student’s needs. With excellent teachers, our students get the instruction they deserve. This is why we say: ‘Ultimately, the teacher is the program’.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs , Gifted, Troubled Teens


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Sex and Health Education Alberta curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Alberta
    Body parts JK
    Nutrition JK
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6 Gr. 6
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Sexual orientation
    Gender identity
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual harassment Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Body image issues Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Mental illness
    Social justice and diversity

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



    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 Third 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 Third Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Third Academy says: As every child is unique, our programming is individualized, well-balanced and utilizes a multitude of learning strategies and tools. We teach what students need, the way they need it and never lose sight of well-rounded learning. Students are offered equal opportunities and every child is encouraged to believe in themselves. Ultimately, it’s all about student success!


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    Third Academy is a full-time special needs school. All students at Third Academy are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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
    • 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
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

    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 Third 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.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 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
    Amount 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What Third Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs offered: None


    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$10,000
    What Third Academy says: In addition to tuition fees, we parents should be aware of Bus Service (if needed) at $2,300 per year, Community chest donation of $2,000 and miscellaneous fees for uniforms, field trips and special lunch days.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 1 to 12
    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:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    http://thirdacademy.ca/apply/tuition-and-fees/

    Application Details:

    No child will be refused enrollment due to their parents inability to pay.. Third Academy was founded on the premise that it would be a community school that serves families with students with special needs. We have accomplished this since 1997 by: operating as a registered charity making our fee structure as affordable as possible applying a “sliding scale” to tuition so that families pay based on their “ability to pay” offering flexible payment plans to manage your budget partnering with the Prosser Charitable Foundation and other supporters, as well as offering the Gift of Literacy Bursary program, to enable families to afford to attend relying on the volunteer commitment of families to offset the costs associated with operating the school for the benefit of the community as a whole



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 150
    Average enrollment per grade13
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)1 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


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


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

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



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000000000

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)




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