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Walden International School

   
1030 Queen Street West, Brampton, Ontario, L6X 0B2

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Curriculum:
Liberal Arts,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 6 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,000 to 12,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
12 to 15
Enrolment:
Day: 30 (Gr. JK - 6)

School Address
1030 Queen Street West, Brampton, Ontario, L6X 0B2

About this school:

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Walden International School is Brampton's first and only International Baccalaureate (IB) World School to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Walden’s dedication to wellness, service learning, and international mindedness ensures students are well-prepared for post-secondary studies and beyond. Its authentic teaching of the PYP demonstrates its ongoing commitment to nurturing young people who will mature into globally responsible citizens. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Walden International School

our takeThe work of Walden, as suggested by the school’s name, is informed by the work of Henry David Thoreau, specifically the idea that working within a natural setting, allowing curiosity to guide you, is the basis to working with others and knowing your place in the world. The offering of the IB program underscores that world view, as does an emphasis on getting into nature. It’s a noisy world. Kids need quiet, and Walden rightly makes that a priority. Instruction is student driven, seeking to inspire curiosity, while also capitalizing on the interests that students bring into the classroom. While academics are strong, it’s the values that the school promotes that is a particular draw to the families that enroll here.





School busing:

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Walden offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only, occasional rider, door-to-door pickup . The regions it offers busing from are Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville.
Additional notes: Busing is available. Some restrictions apply. Please contact Walden Office for details.

Principal's Message

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Daphne Perugini, Head of School

How exciting it is to experience daily the curiosity and passion of our students as they immerse themselves in inquiry, discovery, and reflection. Their broad smiles and budding confidence speak to their love of and engagement in our unique programme, one that thoughtfully balances academics and wellness. Walden students genuinely personify our motto — Imagine Explore Achieve. Together they embrace the challenge of new learning and share in the triumph of accomplishment. It is their enthusiasm that compels us to strive for excellence in education.

Our faculty, too, embodies the spirit of learning. They are a knowledgeable and dedicated team that collectively inspires our students to do their best not only for themselves, but also for those around them. I am proud of their resolve to design and deliver an exceptional experience for our students. And, for their steadfast commitment to ensuring that every student succeeds. We look forward to your visit and are eager to share with you our promise of a quality education. Thank you for your interest in Walden.

DAPHNE PERUGINI — BSc, MSEd, OCT


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What Walden says: Walden International School has strategically formed a curriculum that focuses on inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Rather than relying on traditional content-driven pedagogy, Walden offers a more process-driven and experiential approach. Walden International School is currently pursuing authorization to become an IB World School.

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


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Walden says: The programme's mandate will be achieved through inquiry-based lessons and will help students become independent and self-directed learners.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: An example of a resource used in the delivery of Mathematics is "Nelson Math Focus."

    • Calculator policy: Students will be encouraged to utilize learning technologies available to them in the classroom and/or to use personal devices that will supplement the teacher's learning objectives. Students will be explicitly taught appropriate applications that will maximize the potential of learning technologies both in- and outside the classroom.


    Early Reading Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Walden says: Students are given opportunities to independently explore written texts facilitated by classroom teachers.

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

    • What Walden says: In September, students' literacy and numeracy levels are assessed. Feedback and action plan is shared with parents.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Walden says: Students are taught different styles of writing, context for different forms of expression, and opportunities to produce creative pieces.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: Studies in Science will be introduced in a transdisciplinary manner. Learning will be student-driven, organic, and experiential (where possible).

    • 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 Walden says: Resources and materials will be studied through an transdisciplinary lens. The students will be expected to dive deeply into the literature and analyse its content in differing contexts. Regular reading at home is encouraged.


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Walden says: Students will be taught historical themes and where possible, connections will be made to relevant and current context.


    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 Walden says: French as a second language is introduced as early as JK with formal instruction beginning in Grade 1. Students will learn popular stories and will have opportunities to explore and practice the language in social contexts.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    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
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Walden says: Music and Visual Arts are delivered as single subjects on a regular basis.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Walden says: Learning technologies will be integrated as needed and as per the comfort level of the teacher and students.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Walden says: Students are expected to participate in and monitor daily physical and mindfulness activities that promote wellness and well-being. Teachers will address physical education during the regular "Personal, social and physical education" (PSPE) period, as well as formally focus on wellness and physical activity on Wellness Wednesdays.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Walden says: Walden International School is not bound to the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Therefore, we do not teach the province's sex and lifestyle education curriculum. That said, the school is an inclusive learning environment that emphasizes healthy and balanced living for all.

    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 Walden says: Walden International School respects the personal beliefs upheld by individual families. We encourage open discussions at home at families' discretion. As with all aspects of our curriculum, families would be informed of specific health education topics (e.g., nutrition, mental health, social justice and diversity) prior to teaching.



    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 Walden says: The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework for young learners aged 3-12 designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Even in the Early Years (JK/SK), the PYP is designed to be responsive to young children’s ways of knowing and provides for stimulating, supportive interactions with their teachers and peers.


    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    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 Walden says about flexible pacing: Students who require additional academic support will be offered additional support as needed. Parents will be kept apprised of student progress during the school term and will be invited on a needs-basis to discuss appropriate strategies that will optimize learning supports for their children.


    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 Walden says: Walden International School focuses on the importance of academic excellence, wellness, the learner profile, personal and leadership development, critical thinking, and overall communication skills.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What Walden says: Walden International School believes in educating the whole child through a transdisciplinary and Liberal Arts curriculum. Additionally, mindfulness and reflection are practiced daily and during Wellness Wednesdays.


    Special Needs Support Indirect Support

    Indirect Support

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day; the teacher receives special training in accommodating special needs and/or learning disabled 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 Walden says: The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a rigorous, academically demanding programme that will require curiosity, conscientiousness, organisation and self-discipline, in addition to advanced cognitive ability. Staff will discuss with parents the commitment and range of ability required for overall success in this programme. Parents would be expected to make an informed decision about enrolling their child at Walden International School.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      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
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      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: Individual support will be discussed on a needs-basis.


    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    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 Walden says: Students will be accommodated according to their individual needs.

    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 6, Walden International School students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Walden 0 mins0 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins
    Site Average6 mins7 mins16 mins17 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 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 gradesJK to 6
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 6
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 6
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 6
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 6

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade JK SK 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Size 8 8 5 5 5 5 5 5


    Extracurriculars

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    What Walden says:
    • Walden International School will run co-curricular programs and recreational and competitive teams/sports per student demand.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Gymnastics
      Ice Skating
      Running
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Environmental Club
      Outdoor Education
      Student Council
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day$10,000$12,000
    What Walden says: Please contact the school for information on tuition. Our yearly tuition schedule is available on our website.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 30
    Average enrollment per grade3
    Average class size12 to 15
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 6 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

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    Day Enrollment88555555

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewJK - 6
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Walden says:

    INQUIRE - Let us know that you are interested in finding out more about our school by calling us at +1-905-497-8890 or sending us an email at [email protected]. We will send you an information package and answer any questions you may have.

    MEET - We welcome families to get to know us. This starts with a visit and meeting with our Administration. You are invited to schedule a tour today.

    APPLY - Once ready, families can complete the paperless online Application for Admission. Walden admits students on a rolling basis. Applications for the the coming school year are now available.

    VISIT - The Admissions team will review every application. Students will be asked to meet with our Administration and spend time in our classrooms to meet with teachers and their peers. The student’s current and past school(s) may be contacted during this process.

    DECIDE - Confirmation of acceptance will be sent to parents. Families will be invited to complete the registration process as outlined in their confirmation of acceptance.

    The admissions team can be reached at [email protected] or +1-905-497-8890 for questions regarding applications and technical support.



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    90%

    Type of student Walden International School is looking for: Walden students are academically motivated, independent, keen starters, and well-rounded in preparation for the rigours of the IB Diploma Programme and inherent challenges of post-secondary studies. Our learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)10 - 15 (95%)

    Notable Alumni

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    Alumni Highlights

    • We are dedicated to nurturing and preparing our students for future success!

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Staff

    The teaching staff at Walden International School are conscientious individuals who embody the school’s philosophy in inspiring and empowering students to become future leaders.

    They are members in Good Standing with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and are certified to effectively deliver the IB curriculum. Staff are committed to ongoing professional learning and modelling lifelong learning to our students.

    ...



    International Baccalaureate: IB World School

    Walden International School is a candidate school on track to becoming an authorised IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme and, eventually, the full IB continuum.

    The IB aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. It is also different from other curricula because it encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told; is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula; and, encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.

    Walden International School encourages and guides students in helping to contribute to a more positive future through intercultural understanding and respect.

    ...



    In the News

    News

    May 26, 2017 - Walden: The Future is Bright

    Walden International School shares news about its successful inaugural year and announces a new Grade 4–6 classroom in September 2017. ...



    Associations

    Associations
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations


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