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Town Centre Private Schools

   
155 Clayton Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 7P3
76 Amarillo Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0V3
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Curriculum:
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$5,000 to $15,600 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
15 to 24
Enrolment:
Day: 1,400 (Gr. NS - 12)

School Address
155 Clayton Drive, Markham, Ontario, L3R 7P3
76 Amarillo Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R 0V3

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Established in 1986, Town Centre Private Schools (TCPS) is an International Baccalaureate® World School providing students with the foundation for academic excellence with award winning education and a well-rounded program. TCPS has 3 distinct Divisions: Montessori Pre-School, Private Elementary School and Private High School. The Montessori Pre-School program for students between the ages of 18 months and 6 years, offers half day or full day programs with 2 to 3 teachers per class, and enrolment year round. The Elementary program offers a challenging curriculum with 2 teachers per class providing enrichment in the core subjects. French, Music, Computer studies, and Physical Education are taught by specialist teachers. The High School offers the International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme in addition to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Upon graduation students are fully prepared for university and our graduates have a 100% university acceptance rate. School life is further enhanced with extracurricular programs, trips and visitors, community outreach, intramurals, competitive sports and clubs. All Campuses offer a before school program 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and an after school program 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at no additional cost. Pre-School and Elementary Summer Camp programs are energetic and fun with weekly enrolment available. — Visit school website




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our takeTown Centre offers the best of many worlds, beginning with a pre-school Montessori program. TCPS is also an IB World School, offering the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme. Town Centre is also a candidate for the IB Primary Years Programme. The programs run from pre-school through Grade 12, and the student body is on the large end of the private school spectrum, certainly much larger than a majority of the schools nearby. All of that provides a lot of room for the school to develop the curricular and extra-curricular programs. For the families that look to TCPS, those are the things that really catch their eye: dedicated teaching, a broad range of programming, and a clear demonstration of academic strength and innovation. For families enrolling in the earlier years, the fact that the school offers before- and after-care is certainly also a plus; for those of older children, equally welcome is the offering of various after-school programs, including after school courses, tutorials, clubs, and competitive sports. Throughout, TCPS provides a truly unique program—there’s no other school quite like it—one based in an attention to learner-based instruction and collaborative learning, and a vibrant student environment.





Academics


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What TCMPS says: Contact the school for more information.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

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

    • What TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.


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


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


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


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Advanced Placement Courses
              • AP Physics 1
              • AP Statistics
              • AP World History
              • AP Biology
              • AP Calculus AB
              • AP Chemistry
              • AP English Language and Composition
              • AP Human Geography
              • AP Macroeconomics
              • AP Microeconomics

              Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education:
              Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
              Body parts Gr. 4 Gr. 1
              Nutrition Gr. 2 Gr. 1
              Human development Gr. 6 Gr. 1
              Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
              Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4
              Reproduction Gr. 5
              Pregnancy Gr. 7
              Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 8 Gr. 7
              Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 7
              Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
              Consent Gr. 9
              Sexual orientation Gr. 8
              Gender identity Gr. 8
              Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
              Relationships and intimacy Gr. 7 Gr. 8
              Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
              Sexual harassment Gr. 7 Gr. 9
              Body image issues Gr. 6 Gr. 7
              Mental illness Gr. 7 Gr. 11
              Social justice and diversity

              What TCMPS 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 TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.



              Montessori Approach

              CLASSROOM PRACTICES
              SCHOOL POLICIES: This information is not currently available.

              Whole-class lectures
              • Orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should never be given. Students learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

              • Moderately orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should only be given occasionally (e.g., at the beginning of a term or unit). Students usually learn best through small group lessons, interaction, and independent work.

              • Moderately non-orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should be given semi-regularly (e.g., at the beginning of a lesson or a week). While students often learn best through group and independent work, it's sometimes important for teachers to set the stage for and contextualize learning.

              • Non-orthodox

                Whole-class lectures should be given often (e.g., every day). While group and independent learning is important, teachers need to provide lectures on a regular basis to provide the foundation for learning.



              Special education
              • Orthodox

                External special education support isn't necessary. Core teachers can deal with all special education needs, by offering the relevant support for each student.

              • Moderately orthodox

                External special education support is only rarely necessary. For instance, a psychologist might be brought in to help out a student with a severe developmental disorder.

              • Moderately non-orthodox

                External special education support is quite important. Outside specialists are needed for a fairly wide range of special needs, such as developmental and learning disabilities.

              • Non-orthodox

                External special education support is very important. Outside specialists are regularly brought in to support students with many different types of special needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, language and speech issues, behavioural issues, and advanced learning abilities.



              Specialist classes
              • Orthodox

                We don't have any specialist teachers or classes. Core teachers are well-equipped to teach all subjects.

              • Moderately orthodox

                We only use specialist teachers and classes in rare cases (for instance, to teach a second language). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach almost all subjects.

              • Moderately non-orthodox

                We have a fairly wide range of specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, and art). Core teachers are well-equipped to teach most subjects.

              • Non-orthodox

                We have many specialist teachers and classes (for instance, in languages, music, art, gym, science, and math). It's important that students receive specialized instruction in many subjects.



              Modern-day technology
              • Orthodox

                Modern-day technology is never used in the classroom. This can interfere with students' social and emotional development and can be a distraction.

              • Moderately orthodox

                Modern-day technology is very rarely used in class, since it can be a distraction and interfere with development. Students at the upper levels, though, might be permitted to use a computer or a tablet to do research for a specific project.

              • Moderately non-orthodox

                Modern-day technology is used in moderation since it can be a distraction. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, and multimedia projects.

              • Non-orthodox

                Modern technology is used fairly regularly. For instance, computers and other digital media might be used for research, writing, multimedia projects, and to learn keyboarding skills. Teachers may sometimes also use digital media, such as interactive whiteboards, to teach lessons or introduce topics.



              Overall approach : Whick option best describes your overall curricular approach?
              • Orthodox
                38% of schools

                Schools that adhere strictly to the original Montessori program. They follow Montessori principles to the letter.

              • Moderately Orthodox
                34% of schools

                Schools that adhere to the original Montessori program and principles. On occasion, though, they supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

              • Moderately Non-Orthodox
                12% of schools

                Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but sometimes supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.

              • Non-orthodox
                16% of schools

                Schools that are faithful to the original Montessori program and principles, but often supplement it with modern curricular approaches or materials.


              Teaching Assistants:

              Preschool/K Curriculum Montessori

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

              Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

              If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

              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 TCMPS says: Learning begins from the time a child is born. Between the ages of 2 and 3, children are physically ready to venture out of their homes to continue learning in a more social school environment. A Montessori classroom is set up to maximize the effect of learning in these sensitive periods. The Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Culture activities in a Montessori classroom aim to develop various aspects of a child’s development and independence while helping them make discoveries in their environment. Children attending a Montessori school capitalize on their learning potential, leading to a strong foundation!


              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 TCMPS 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 TCMPS 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 TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.


              Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

              Mild difficulties

              TCMPS can provide support for mild disablities. TCMPS 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

              TCMPS 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

               GradesNSPSJKSK12345678
              Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 2/day 2/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day
              Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
              Amount 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
              Lunch recessAmount 120 120 60 60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

              What TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.

              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 TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.



              Extracurriculars

              principal
              What TCMPS says:

              This information is not currently available.


              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Badminton
                Baseball
                Basketball
                Football
                Golf
                Ice Hockey
                Lacrosse
                Rowing
                Rugby
                Running
                Soccer
                Softball
                Swimming
                Tennis
                Track & Field
                Volleyball
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Band
                Chess Club
                Choir
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Math Club
                Outdoor Education
                Photography
                Science Club
                Student Council
                Yearbook

              Tuition & Financial Aid

              Tuition

              This information is not currently available.



              Discounts

              Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
              Full payment all students4%
              Early paymentall students4%
              2nd child (sibling)all students5%


              Need-based financial aid

              This information is not currently available.



              Merit based Scholarships

              This information is not currently available.


              Enrollment

              Total enrollment 1,400
              Average enrollment per grade82
              Average class size15 to 24
              Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler (18 months) to 12 (Coed)
              Boarding offeredNo

              Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


              Admission

              Application

              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              Interview1 - 9
              SSAT
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)N/A
              Entrance Essay
              Application Fee

              Application Deadlines:

              Day students:
              Rolling


              What TCMPS says: This information is not currently available.


              Acceptance

              Acceptance Rate:

              100%

              Type of student Town Centre Private Schools is looking for: This information is not currently available.



              Student Entry Points

              Student TypeNSPSJKSK123456789101112
              Day Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              000000000000000

              University Placement

              highlights
              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)


              Stories & Testimonials

              News

              Private High School

              Town Centre Private High School (TCPHS) is a private, university-preparatory high school.  Town Centre offers a traditional “prep school” academic program which seeks to provide the most important elements of a sound education: a systematic, sequenced curriculum, highly trained and talented teachers, caring discipline, high academic standards, sound educational leadership and thorough and consistent teaching methods.

              In addition to fulfilling Ontario Ministry requirements leading to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), Town Centre operates an Advanced Placement (AP) program. Our AP program ensures that our school maintains the highest of academic standards and provides our students with excellent opportunities for admission into the most competitive and prestigious universities and programs.

              Accompanying this strong academic program, Town Centre values the development of the “whole student” through its commitment to offer opportunities in the arts, athletics and community service.

              For more information on Town Centre Private High School program, visit tcphs.com or call 905-470-1200. ...



              Private Elementary School

              The Town Centre Montessori Private Schools’ (TCMPS) elementary program offers a non-Montessori curriculum and welcomes grade 1 to 8 students from throughout the Greater Toronto Area, York and Durham regions as well as internationally. The elementary program offers a well-rounded, academic program preparing and guiding students towards university placement. Elementary classes feature a low student to teacher ratio and 2 teachers per class.

              TCMPS provides enrichment in the following core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  For students in grade 1 through 6, the core subjects are taught by their regular classroom teachers. French, Computer Studies, Music and Band, and Physical Education are taught by specialized teachers for students in grade 1 through 8.

              Students in grade 7 and grade 8 have the benefit of a rotary teaching schedule. Specialist teachers for Mathematics, Language, Science, History and Geography, provide students with their expertise and knowledge in their respective subject areas. Grade 7 and 8 students have the advantage of qualified core subject specialists while also preparing for high school life, where a full rotary schedule is in place.

              Elementary classes also enjoy regular field trips and visitors, house league activity days, and a variety of optional After School Courses. Students in grade 4 and up, can tryout for sports teams which compete against other schools in the Small Schools Athletic Federation (SSAF).

              A before school program 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and after school program 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. are available at no extra charge. TCMPS accepts new students throughout the school year and during Summer Camp, if space is available. For more information call 905-470-1200 or visit www.TCMPS.com.

              ...



              Montessori Pre-School

              Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers a Pre-School Montessori program providing a safe and friendly environment.  Enrolment is available throughout the year for 3 to 5 full or half days per week.  Students can start as young as 2 years of age with or without toilet training. A before school program from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and after school program from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. are available at no additional cost.  Pre-school classes feature a low student to teacher ratio with 2 caring teachers per class.  The Pre-school Montessori program includes History, Geography, Science, French, Computer studies, Physical Education and the Orff Music program.  A variety of After School Courses and a Summer Camp program are also available.

              If you would like to speak with a Pre-School Vice-Principal, please contact 905-474-3434.

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              Established in 1986

               Town Centre Montessori Private Schools offers three distinct programs: a Montessori Pre-School (ages 2 to 6), a Private Elementary School (Grades 1 to 8) and a Private High School (Grades 9 to 12).

              Town Centre has state-of-the-art facilities and offers a well-rounded and enriched academic program while incorporating extracurricular programs, trips, visitors, community outreach programs, intramurals, competitive sports leagues and clubs into daily school life.

              Students in the younger grades have the opportunity to participate in various exciting and entertaining after school programs such as Sports, Tae Kwon-Do, Ballet, and Visual Art classes to name a few.  Our grade 4 to12 students compete in the SSAF against other private schools.  With a variety of different sports available such as Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton, Golf, Track and Field plus many more, students are sure to find an extracurricular activity that will garner their interest. 
              Providing a balance between academic pursuits and extracurricular activities is something staff are proud to be associated with and enjoy immensely.

              For more information on these great programs, please visit TCMPS.com ...



              Associations

              Associations
              • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
              • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations


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