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Toronto District Christian High School
Toronto District Christian High School
377 Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 2V7
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Toronto District Christian High School
 

Toronto District Christian High School

377 Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 2V7

Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$14,390/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 390 (Gr. 9 - 12), Homestay: 60 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Matt Heinbuch, VP Students, Admissions, & Ath

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377 Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 2V7

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About this school:

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TDChristian is in its 54th year as a dynamic, innovative, and vibrant learning community. In addition to strong math, science, and English courses, we offer multifaceted theatre, music, art, and athletic programs. We believe in project-based learning that integrates Christian faith and service, and fantastic parent-teacher communication. We offer family friendly tuition with transportation included. Our large, modern facility features the latest technology and countless opportunities for learning. You belong here!


The Our Kids review of Toronto District Christian High School

our takeTDChristian was founded in 1960, and the school has grown considerably over the years. Throughout has been an abiding attention to stewardship within the school community and beyond. Service trips are a cornerstone of the curriculum, and that tone is set from the first week in Grade 9, with all students spending two days working with organizations supporting the city’s homeless population—TDChristian has partnerships with the Yonge Street Mission, Scott Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Church of the Redeemer, Good Shepherd Centre, St. Francis’ Table, and the Salvation Army. Of course that’s just one aspect of the program, though it’s telling of the approach taken within the school. The families that turn to the school often do so in an awareness of the character learning that is woven throughout the curricular and extracurricular programs. Despite the age of the school, all the facilities have been recently updated, including the integration of technology in the classroom. That process is continuing with a capital and development campaign that is currently underway. The ideal student is one who will thrive in an active, diverse, values-based learning environment.



Principal's Message

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William Groot, Principal

At TDChristian you'll hear the words enfold, engage, and empower a lot! But what do they mean? First, we enfold students, getting to know them for their unique personalities, talents, and ambitions, and helping them fit into our friendly community of learners. You're never just a number at our school. Next, we engage students with stimulating learning opportunities, academic rigour, and real world projects. Finally, we empower students to take control of their own learning and connect it with the larger world.

On top of that, every single subject is taught from a Christian perspective and we don't shy away from the big, important questions of life. 

We invite you to discover our passionate, committed teachers, our one-of-a-kind programs, and our beautiful facilities today. 

Come for a visit and a tour at anytime!


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What TDChristian says: We believe that we are not just for one type of student, but a school for the entire family. It doesn't matter if you are all about arts, sports, academics, or something else, there's a place for you at TDChristian. We strive to enfold, engage, and empower students around their individual gifts, needs, interests, and personalities. We want our students to have 21st century skills, including using technology, making presentations, collaborating with others, taking risks, and having a strong work ethic. Finally, our school's mission is to "Learn for Service in the Light of God's Word." This plays out in every course as we apply what we are learning to serve God and our neighbours. From service trips to extracurricular opportunities, hands-on projects to school-wide assemblies, you'll love the learning atmosphere at TDChristian.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Non-denominational)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What TDChristian says: To find out more about our math program, please visit our school.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: -

    • Calculator policy: -


    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: To find out more about our science program, please visit our school.

    • 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 TDChristian says: To find out more about our literature program, please visit our school.


    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 TDChristian says: To find out more about our programs, please visit our school.


    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 TDChristian says: To find out more about our programs, please visit our school.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    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 TDChristian says: To find out more about our programs, please visit our school.


    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 TDChristian says: To find out more about our programs, please visit our school.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What TDChristian says: Students have opportunities to take Phys. Ed. courses in all grades. We also offer Kinesiology and Phys. Ed. Leadership courses. We have a beautiful gym, sports field, and fitness centre, and competitive teams in a variety of sports. We love sports!


    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum
    • 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 TDChristian says: As a Christian school, we believe we need to integrate our faith into every subject. God can be found in math, science, English, art... every subject. Our school's vision statement is "Learning for Service in the Light of God's Word." This means serving God and our neighbours not just for the future, but right now. From homerooms to assemblies, service trips to projects, our Christianity is a big part of what we do. We believe that you are not just a Christian on Sundays, or at home, or that we are preparing students for only the future. Our Christian faith is an integral part of who we are, and what we do. Every subject belongs to God and reveals God. Our faith is woven through every course, and we also ask our students to put their faith into action by serving God and our neighbours.


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

    What TDChristian 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 TDChristian says: Sex-ed is taught as part of the Phys. Ed. curriculum. Like all of our subjects, we approach teaching sex-ed from a Christian perspective.



    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 TDChristian 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 TDChristian says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Spiritual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    What TDChristian says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    TDChristian 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 TDChristian says: No. We do our best to accommodate and support all types of learners.

    • 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: To find out more about our programs, please visit our school.

    • What TDChristian says: No. We do our best to accommodate and support all types of learners.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    TDChristian 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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 TDChristian says: To find out more about our programs, please visit our school.

    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 12, Toronto District Christian High School students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    9101112
    TDChristian 45 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).


    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What TDChristian says:
    • Student Leadership

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Choir
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    9101112
    Day (Domestic)$14,390
    What TDChristian says: While we do have standard tuition rates, every family's situation is different. Many of our families qualify for discounts and bursaries. Families also receive part of the tuition back in the form of a charitable donation amount in their taxes. Our tuition structure is best explained on our website at www.tdchristian.ca, or by our finance department. We keep all tuition inquiries confidential.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 9 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 Repeats annually

    More information:
    www.tdchristian.ca

    Application Details:

    Please see our website for the full process.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 450
    Average enrollment per grade113
    Average class size18 to 24
    Grades (gender)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    9101112
    Day Enrollment9095100110
    Homestay Enrollment5152020

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Homestay students:
    Rolling


    What TDChristian says:

    For more admissions information, simply contact the school. 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    90%

    Type of student Toronto District Christian High School is looking for: For more admissions information, simply contact the school.


    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    80 - 110 (90%)10 - 20 (90%)10 - 20 (90%)10 - 20 (90%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size110
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements7
    **Ivy+ placements2

    *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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): A wide variety of universities across Ontario, the rest of Canada, and some further away.
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): A wide variety of universities across Ontario, the rest of Canada, and some further away.

    What Toronto District Christian High School says:

  • We offer all courses needed for acceptance into Canadian universities and colleges.

  • Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Music and Drama programs

    The music program at Toronto District Christian High School is an active and vibrant place to make friends, develop skills, and praise God. Almost half of our students are involved in some part of the multi-faceted program. The music program consists of several options for both choirs and bands, including Concert Band, Concert Choir, Praise Team, Jazz Band, and solo performances. Each year the TDChristian music department hosts and participates in several performances and competitions including Christmas and Spring concerts and the Ontario Christian Schools' Choral Festival. In addition, the bands and choirs tour local elementary schools, perform at community fundraisers and have organized retreats.

    The dramatic arts program at Toronto District Christian High School is alive with the sounds of music, laughter, and terrific acting. Whether students are interested in developing their acting skills or supporting the cast in the areas of costumes, makeup, set design, sound, or lighting, the drama program has a place for them. 

     

    ...



    Unique Programs

    In addition to offering a comprehensive selection of courses, Toronto District Christian High School offers many unique programs which represent ideas that are on the cutting edge of current educational and pedagogical theory. Its Block programs are particularly exciting and unique.

    TDChristian's Block programs combine and integrate different courses into a common area of study. They create exciting opportunities for more contextual learning to happen as well as encouraging students to be active learners who use of the whole world as their classroom. Block programs span two class periods therefore allowing increased time for the creation and completion of authentic projects and activities. Students learn real life skills as they learn about the area of study. Currently, TDChristian offers an Environmental Block, a French & History Block, an Engineering Block, an English & Perspective Block, an Internship Block, and an International Block (where students spend two months learning and serving in a developing country).

    In addition to our block courses, students in Grade 9 have the opportunity to try out for The Pulse, a television show made for and about the students of our school. Students from grades 10-12 also produce plays and musicals in our Show Period class.

    Band and choir programs are available for all grades.

    For more information about these and other programs please see the school website.

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    Dynamic Assemblies

    Assemblies at Toronto District Christian High School are dynamic events, designed to help build school spirit and community. Assemblies are mainly student-led and usually comprise a time of devotions and worship as well as student presentations and performances. At times, people and groups from outside the school community present and perform. Assemblies make use of the latest technology, taken care of by a technical crew of students under the guidance of a production manager. Assemblies are often cited by graduates as one of the highlights of their time at TDChristian.

    ...



    Downtown Toronto Service Trips

    The unique service trips offered at TDChristian, which involve all students in Grades 9 and 11, are one way in which students are encouraged to live their lives in service to God and others.

    In Grade 9, students spend two days of their first week of high school in downtown Toronto working directly with homeless people, facilitated by incredible organizations who are making a difference in the inner city. We are proud to partner with Yonge Street Mission, Scott Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Church of the Redeemer, Good Shepherd Centre, St. Francis Table, and five Salvation Army organizations. During the trip, students spend the night in a downtown church and participate in a variety of activities such as handing out socks and bottled water to the homeless people they meet on the street. The trip also creates a context in which students can get to know each other and lay the foundations of friendships that will grow and change during their next four years. This is particularly beneficial for those students who come to TD not knowing many other students.

    This emphasis on service is further developed during the Grade 11 service trip, during which students spend four days downtown. As on the Grade 9 service trip, students spend the nights at a downtown church and serve during the day at many of the same drop-in centres. They also participate in unique activities such as the street walk, which focuses on youth living on the street, and the welfare simulation, which exposes them to the realities and the challenges of those struggling with poverty. Students are immersed in the rich cultural diversity of Toronto not only in the drop-in centres but also through the meals they eat. Each night they eat at a different restaurant, enjoying the tastes of Thai, Himalayan, Caribbean, Greek, and other foods, some of which are new to them.

    Students routinely cite the service trips as the most memorable experiences of their time at TDChristian.

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    Associations

    Associations
    • Christian Schools International (CSI) Associations
    • The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) Associations


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