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Vaughan College Private School

   
9121 Weston Rd Unit 3, Vaughan, Ontario, L4H 0L4

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Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$8,900 to 12,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 15
Enrolment:
Day: 70 (Gr. 9 - 12), Homestay: 20 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
9121 Weston Rd Unit 3, Vaughan, Ontario, L4H 0L4

About this school:

highlights

Vaughan College is one of the most distinguished private high schools in Woodbridge, ON, Canada. We strive to provide an open and engaging environment, every VC student has the chance to reach their full potential. Our school is dedicated to students from Woodbridge and surrounding areas, as well as international students.We also offer evening (night School) and summer high school credit courses for part time students. — Visit school website




The Our Kids review of Vaughan College Private School

our takeVaughn College was founded in 2009 in order to provide a vibrant, robust preparation for success and post-secondary studies. The core academics are key, as they should be, though so is an attention to facility in their application, within specific disciplines and as applied across the curriculum. The student body is smaller than the mean, allowing a very close-knit learning environment with a high level of teacher-student engagement. The atmosphere itself is a draw, one in which social currency is gained in part through academic achievement—all students arrive academically oriented, and therefore enter a community of learners that are all of a like mind. The program seeks to develop values as well as a global perspective, which is also a draw. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging learning environment, and able to grow into a sense of responsibility for their learning.  



Principal's Message

principal

Frank Marchese, Principal

Come to us with enthusiasm, dedication and a few years of your time, and we will provide you the foundation to thrive in the world beyond school by unlocking your true potential.

Preparing for secondary school can be a very exciting time. It can also be a time when students feel nervous and unsure about the change. At Vaughan College Private School, we encourage students to become more personally responsible for their learning. This is a great opportunity as well as a great responsibility. However, students do not do it alone. Vaughan College Private  School offers a personalized and progressive learning environment with a faculty dedicated to preparing students for the challenges of the future. Our school values focus on instilling within each student the vision, courage and skills to make their community greater, better and more beautiful than they discovered it.

The aim of Vaughan College Private School is to guide our young people toward lives of greater fulfillment. The strength of our school is in our clear values and principles. We firmly believe each person has a capacity for goodness and has the responsibility to attain that goodness. By creating an exciting and challenging learning environment built on trust and respect, we believe we can encourage every student to reach beyond what he or she thought possible.

Again, the Vaughan College faculty would like to welcome all students and their families to a year of academic excellence.

Sincerely,

Frank Marchese

Principal


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Vaughan College says: A well-rounded education is about more than just classes and books. That’s why we balance academic knowledge, creative arts and critical thinking skills that provide a more complete understanding of the world. Integrated and engaged learning supports intellectual, social, cultural and practical development of the child. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the communities we touch. Our students are instilled with a sense of purpose, social awareness and a desire for lifelong learning that makes them active and valuable members of a society. In the years that students spend in upper school, VC offers an extensive academic curriculum combined with athletic and arts program, to help them develop leadership skills and an innovative classroom experience to develop their interest and cultivate their abilities necessary for future success. Our academic program extends beyond the Ontario provincial program to help students gain a thorough and in depth learning with improved understanding. To view the course requirements and electives by grade, in order to achieve the Ontario Secondary School Diploma

  • 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 Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Mc grawhill and Nelson

    • Calculator policy: It is important that students in Mathematics and Science courses demonstrate their ability both with and without the use of technology. Use of such systems during evaluations will constitute academic misconduct and be dealt with accordingly. • Texas Instruments: TI-83, TI-83+, TI-83+ Silver, TI-84, TI-84+ Silver, TI-NSPIRE


    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: 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 Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.


    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 Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

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


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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Language and Composition

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

    What Vaughan College 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 Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.



    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 Vaughan College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Vaughan College can provide support for mild disablities. Vaughan College 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

    Vaughan College 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Vaughan College Private School students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    9101112
    Vaughan College 120 mins120 mins160 mins160 mins
    Site Average71 mins81 mins97 mins109 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:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 9 10 11 12
    Size 10 10 10 10


    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Vaughan College says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Cycling
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Martial Arts
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
      Wrestling
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Math Club
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Day (International)
     
    9101112
    Day$8,900
    Day (International)$12,000
    What Vaughan College says: Tuition fee is very affordable for a school with small class size and enriched academics.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day10%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    Principals Award
    Amount: $1,000
    Academic
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 11 to 12—

    student with the average of 95% and up will be eligible for this award. 

    Application Details:

    Students should apply for  school year starting in September  and should be a year round full time student

    For more details, visit: vaughancollege.ca
    Principals Award
    Amount: $1,000
    Academic
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 11 to 12—

    student with the average of 95% and up will be eligible for this award. 

    Application Details:

    Students should apply for  school year starting in September  and should be a year round full time student.

    For more details, visit: vaughancollege.ca

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 90
    Average enrollment per grade23
    Average class size10 to 15
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    9101112
    Day Enrollment15151530
    Homestay Enrollment55510

    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:
    N/A


    What Vaughan College says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Vaughan College Private School is looking for: This information is not currently available.


    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    15 - 17 (95%)5 - 7 (95%)5 - 7 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size40
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements15
    **Ivy+ placements6

    *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)


    What Vaughan College Private School says:

  • 95 to 99% % University and College Acceptances

  • Social Feeds

    Social




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