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Venta Preparatory School
Venta Preparatory School
2013 Old Carp Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 1L0
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Venta Preparatory School

2013 Old Carp Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 1L0

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
JK to 10 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,000 to $41,085 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 13
Enrolment:
Day: 65 (Gr. JK - 10), Boarding: 25 (Gr. JK - 10)

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Contact Name:
Elizabeth Barnes

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School Address
2013 Old Carp Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 1L0

About this school:

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Venta is a premier day and boarding school, situated on 50 acres in the countryside of Canada's Capital Region, welcoming children from around the world. Students from JK to Grade 10 thrive in a small class setting – maximum class size of 12 – where we offer academic excellence and individualized instruction, tailored for each child's success. Our philosophy nurtures a life-long love of learning preparing our graduates for university and higher level studies. At Venta we Let the Talent Soar!


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Venta was established in 1981 by Dr. Agatha Sidlauskas who remained active in the life of the school into her 100s. She was born in Lithuania in 1914, and had a front row seat for more history than she perhaps cared to see. Truly, she lived an amazing life. As a child she was curious, nature oriented, and forthright—all things that didn’t bode well in Eastern European schools of the time. Later, working in the Italian Embassy in Vilnius, she was accused, at gunpoint, by the KGB of being a spy. She studied child psychology, with a specific attention to school success—why some students did well while others didn’t, and worked with children on local pediatric psychiatric wards.

Her life in Canada began the moment she disembarked at Pier 21 in 1948, a refugee with a trunk full of books and little else. She worked as a domestic in Montreal, later becoming a nurse’s aid in the pediatric wards of General Hospital in Ottawa. "I connected with the children and found some success,” she said. “There were children who were bright but suffering. They had no joie de vivre. Something had to be done."

That was the nut from which Venta Preparatory Academy has grown. All of her experiences, in varying degrees, were entered into the mix, and her indelible imprint remains today. The school rightly prides itself on providing individual attention to each student, and entrance exams are less about ranking proficiency as they are a means of getting a good, objective handle on each student’s specific strengths and needs. The program is built around appreciating each student’s talents, their curiosity, and in nurturing positive, respectful interpersonal relationships.

Sidlauskas once commented that, today in Canada "It is freedom without guidance. [Children] are healthy, well off, have physical well-being. So they emulate hockey or rock stars." The school intends to teach as much through example as instruction, to ultimately provide a broader sense of success and of possibility.



Principal's Message

principal

Marilyn C. Mansfield, Principal

Welcome to the Venta Preparatory School website! Established in 1981 the School is focussed on providing a programme suited to the individual needs of its students. All applicants are submitted to a full educational assessment prior to admission, which allows us to create a programme tailored to the individual needs of the students. If they require enrichment they get it in the regular classroom. If they need help with certain subjects that too is provided. At Venta we believe in educating the child, not simply delivering the curriculum. To teach a child the staff must establish a positive personal connection with each student. This can only happen in small classrooms where the teachers have the chance to know each student as an individual. Our mission is to create and continually enhance an environment where every individual student can grow to achieve the full potenial of their unique personality, while achieving their highest intellectual potential. We believe that the arts are necessary to intellectual development and that sports are necessary to physical and social well-being. All of our students take art, music and physical education throughout the programme. Our small residence, which can accommodate children as young as 6 years, is structured to emulate family life. We are the only boarding school in Canada that accepts primary and elementary aged children, both boys and girls. The boarders are supervised at all times by full-time house parents who provide structure and consistency seven days a week. Our supportive and close-knit community of students, parents, alumni, staff and friends make the school a truly special place. We encourage you to explore our Web site and learn more about Venta Preparatory School. We would love to hear from you and have you visit.

Marilyn C. Mansfield, M.Ed


Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Venta Preparatory School says: Venta is a small school, trying to stay small. We tailor the curriculum to fit the child, not the child to fit the curriculum. We believe that a child should remain with his or her peer group for social and emotional needs, however, if a child is gifted or requires extra support in a particular area, we will ensure that their needs are being met. In a small classroom environment, each child is viewed as an individual, and the teacher caters to this.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Venta Preparatory School 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 Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Venta Preparatory School 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 Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Venta Preparatory School 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
    • What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • 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 Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    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 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

    What Venta Preparatory School 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 Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

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

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    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 Venta Preparatory School says: Although our approach is an academic approach in theory, we strongly believe that children learn best through doing and playing. A child's entire body must be part of the learning process. Music, the arts, and outdoor education and outdoor play are equally important in a child's overall development.


    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 Venta Preparatory School 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 Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

    What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Venta Preparatory School 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 Venta Preparatory School says: Our school has a maximum class size of 12. We understand learning abilities, however, we also understand that each child is unique. We do our own assessment prior to admission, not as an entrance exam, but as a way to understand your child. We encourage parents to talk to us about their child. At Venta, a child is not only a diagnosis, or a report, or his past. We look at the child in front of us, where he or she is now, and where he or she needs to be, emotionally, socially and academically.

    • 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
    • What Venta Preparatory School says: Our school has a maximum class size of 12. We understand learning abilities, however, we also understand that each child is unique. We do our own assessment prior to admission, not as an entrance exam, but as a way to understand your child. We encourage parents to talk to us about their child. At Venta, a child is not only a diagnosis, or a report, or his past. We look at the child in front of us, where he or she is now, and where he or she needs to be, emotionally, socially and academically.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    Venta Preparatory School 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: 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 Venta Preparatory School 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

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/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
    Amount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

    What Venta Preparatory School says: Our school does not have an indoor gym. All phys ed activities are outdoors on our 53 acre campus. In total, our students are outdoors for a minimum 2 hours per day, every day. We believe outdoor time is a time to allow for exercise, freedom, fresh air and social interaction. All of these are conducive to more effective classroom time. We teach and encourage our students to play hide and seek, kick the can, 4 square and many other games that seem lost to this generation. Our award winning outdoor program is a great source of pride.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Venta Preparatory School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Science Club
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students$500
    Early paymentall students$500
    2nd child (sibling)all students$1,000
    3rd child (sibling)all students$1,000
    4th child (sibling)all students$1,000


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 90
    Average enrollment per grade7
    Gender (grades)JK to 10 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. JK - 10
    % in boarding (total enrollment)28%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Venta Preparatory School says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Venta Preparatory School is looking for: This information is not currently available.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678910
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    000000000000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000000000

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    News

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    On April 22nd, Earth Day, Venta staff and students took part in a variety of activities to promote conservation and environmental awareness. ...



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    Associations
    • The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) Associations


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