Our Kids 20th logo

University preparation

Learning to make the grade

Find a list of schools  

Getting through high school isn't the only goal for students-it's preparing for the pressures of first-year university.

"The most important factor affecting student success in the university environment is time-management," says George Vanderkuur, principal at Durham Secondary Academy in Ajax, Ontario. Between rigorous academic classes, required extracurricular programs and other social activities, private schools encourage students to manage responsibilities and plan their time well, says Vanderkuur.

But teaching kids how to effectively deal with their schedules is only part of the solution. The enforcement of dress codes, emphasis on punctuality, and codes of deportment that characterize the private school environment require students to develop self-discipline.

What's more, small classes and an emphasis on community encourage students to work together. This is important, as Vanderkuur points out, because "study groups are an essential component of a successful university experience, especially in the first year."

In the end, private schools are able to offer a lot more individual attention than students will get at university. But Vanderkuur says it's all tied to confidence and self-esteem, which are essential because, "in the postsecondary learning environment, the emphasis is on problem-solving and risk-taking."

Equip students with a combination of self-confidence and self-discipline and they'll be able to take first year university-and anything else life throws at them-in stride.

Find Private Schools:
advertisement

In the spotlight:

  • A fresh approach to Coding Camp

    Whatever you might think a coding camp is like—say, kids at laptops, you know, coding—it’s safe to say that Hatch isn’t that. Here’s why their unique program is now being used by 250+ schools across Ontario. [Read more]

  • 3 tips to an allergy free summer

    One mother’s guide to keeping your kids allergy-free this summer. Whether it’s at home or while kids are away at summer camp, these two things are a must to have on-hand. [Read more]

  • Toronto's only fully immersive English Mandarin School

    Being bilingual has positive cognitive effects. But Mandarin leads the way due to its character-symbol relationship which requires the use of more areas of the brain than English, French or Spanish. [Read more]

Latest Articles


June 6, 2018
Scarborough preschools and daycares
Find the top preschools, daycares, and nurseries in Scarborough, Ontario

May 24, 2018
Milton Montessori schools
Find the top Montessori schools in Milton, Ontario

May 24, 2018
Troubled teen boarding schools
Find the top boarding schools for troubled teens and youth

May 9, 2018
Scarborough Montessori schools
Find the top Montessori schools in Scarborough, Ontario

May 3, 2018
Private Mandarin schools
Find the top Mandarin-language and immersion schools in Canada





Canada's #1 private school guide Our Kids is proudly Canadian Our Kids is Parent Tested, Parent Approved





Disclaimer: Information presented on this page may be paid advertising provided by the advertisers [schools/camps/programs] and is not warranted or guaranteed by OurKids.net or its associated websites. See Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy. Our Kids ™ © 2018 All right reserved.

Sign up to receive our exclusive eNews twice a month.

You can withdraw consent by unsubscribing anytime.

Name:
Name is required.
Email:
Email is required.
verification image, type it in the box
Verification code is required.
Our Kids

From Our Kids, Canada’s trusted source for private schools, camps, and extracurriculars.