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Westminster Classical Christian Academy

   
9 Hewitt Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R1Y4

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Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
Tuition:
$6,200 to 10,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 56 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
9 Hewitt Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R1Y4

About this school:

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Westminster Classical Christian Academy employs a time-honoured classical model of education. At WCCA, students gain great depth and breadth of knowledge, but, more importantly, they learn the tools of learning that lead to a lifelong love of learning. Classical education focuses on the art of thinking. Our goal is to develop articulate, thoughtful, and discerning students, preparing them to live faithfully in God’s world and bring God’s Word to bear on all areas of life. — Visit school website




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our takeWCCA was founded to reflect the very letter of a liberal arts education, one that doesn’t teach to the vocations, but rather to provide the tools necessary for informed citizenship. The focus is on thinking and knowledge, a strong facility with numeracy and literacy, and a working knowledge of the sciences and social sciences. It’s admirable, particularly in a world that prizes the new over the old, and perhaps too often goes rushing off to embrace the new fad, something that’s as true in education as it is in any other field. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a challenging yet supportive environment. In addition to its sound, reasoned and proven instructional approach, families are also drawn by a program that is based in Christian values.




Principal's Message

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Dennis Doty, Principal

WCCA is committed to providing an academically excellent, Christ-centered education.

Our school is located in the High Park area of Toronto. We opened in 2014, offering JK to Grade 8. From the beginning, WCCA had plans to offer Grades 9 to 12 in order to give students the opportunity to complete a classical education.    

What is a classical Christian high school? The classical model of education is a time-honoured approach to learning. Subject areas are taught in an integrated manner, giving students a broader and deeper understanding of the world. Students develop a grounding in history, an appreciation of the order and beauty of God’s creation, and a love for literature and the arts. Classical Christian education is Christ-centered—students are continually pointed to Christ as the foundation for all knowledge.

WCCA strives to develop students who are deeply grounded in their Christian faith, and are able to confidently defend and uphold their faith in any situation. We seek to prepare them to live faithfully in God’s world and bring God’s Word to bear on all areas of life.

Our aim is to develop graduates who are wise, discerning, humble, articulate, and persuasive. We aspire to have graduates who ardently seek after truth, goodness, and beauty in the world.

If you have questions about the classical approach or would like more information about our high school, please feel free to contact me or visit our website (http://westminsterclassical.ca).

Sincerely,

Dennis G. Doty, Principal


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What WCCA says: In classical education, subjects are taught in an integrated manner, giving students a broader and deeper understanding of the world. For example, when students are learning about a period in history, they will read literature, study works of art, listen to music from the same historical period, learn about the geography of the area they are studying in history, as well as learn important scientific developments from that period. All subjects are taught based on the principle that all knowledge points back to God. Students develop a grounding in history, an appreciation of the order and beauty of God’s creation, a love for the arts, and a Christian worldview sensibility.\n\nStudents learn to seek after what is true, good, and beautiful in the world. We acquaint our students with the great writings of the past and present, teach them to understand the natural world through science, and help them appreciate great artistic achievements in music and the visual arts.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Non-denominational)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What WCCA says: Mastery of arithmetic (the skills of counting and calculation) in the Grammar stage, allows students to start their study of Mathematics having a well-established framework on which to study the varied topics in Mathematics including Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus in the later Logic and Rhetoric stages.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Saxon Math and Singapore Math (Standards Edition)

    • 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 WCCA says: Students are provided with a rich language experience by memorizing and studying poetry, and reading time-tested literature and favourite childhood stories. In Junior Kindergarten, students focus on building fine motor skills through the use of various interactive materials in the classroom and using correct pencil grip. Students also learn basic phonetic skills through letter recognition and games. In Senior Kindergarten, students continue to build their fine motor skills as they begin practising letter formation. Students use phonics to build early reading and spelling skills. This is continued, expanded, and mastered in subsequent grades.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

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


    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What WCCA says: Careful and consistent study of and exposure to good literature is essential in developing excellence. The skills associated with speaking, reading, and writing fluently are gained through years of practice and study, and WCCA provides the students with the tools and training they need to excel. Students learn to write with excellence through imitation. Consistent exposure to great works of literature trains the ear and the eye to styles of superior writing which students then learn to model into their own compositions.


    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: Science classes incorporate a variety of means to engage students in learning. Experiments, field trips, and observation exercises will all add to a rich and rigorous science education. Nature walks in High Park are a favourite past-time where students observe, collect, categorize, analyze, judge, and discover God’s wonderful creation.

    • 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 WCCA says: Students study timeless literature carefully and thoroughly with their teachers. Each of the books, short stories, and poems chosen are selected because of their enduring value and their author’s exemplary writing style. WCCA students study literature that corresponds to their historical and geographical studies. Studying literature contemporaneous with the historical and geographical time period allows for a richer, deeper understanding of the world’s greatest civilizations. Students learn to write with excellence through imitation. Consistent exposure to great works of literature trains the ear and the eye to styles of superior writing, which students then learn to model into their own compositions. The focus of writing at the Logic stage is on clarity, beauty, and power.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What WCCA says: History and Geography are taught in an integrated manner. History is divided into four major eras: ancient, medieval, renaissance, and modern. Students focus on one era per year. All major civilizations from each era are studied. This logical, sequential approach allows students to see how cultures relate to one another in a meaningful way. In Geography, students work at mapping areas related to their historical studies. This includes physical features, major bodies of water, countries and major cities. They study physical geography connected to their history curriculum, for example, geysers in Iceland and fjords in Norway when learning about the Vikings. They also study more general physical geography, such as the continents, longitude and latitude, the hemispheres, ocean currents, and layers of the atmosphere.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What WCCA says: At WCCA, students study timeless literature carefully and thoroughly with their teachers. Books, short stories, and poems are selected because of their enduring value. Students study literature that corresponds to their historical and geographical studies. History, Literature, and Geography are taught in an integrated manner. Students in the Logic stage study formal and informal logic. Students examine logical fallacies using real-world examples, as well as examining propaganda techniques to recognize, discern, and refute such strategies. The end result is a student trained in the art of right reasoning with language, preparing them for the next stage of Classical education (the Rhetoric stage), which teaches students how to use those skills to argue persuasively and powerfully.


    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 WCCA says: The grammar school years (grades 1-4) focus on a foundation in Latin and English grammar and vocabulary on which studies in subsequent years will build. The Logic stage (grades 5-8) begins a formal rigorous study of Latin. Students continue to build a foundation in Latin vocabulary, sayings, and beginning translation work.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Latin


    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 WCCA says: In Visual Arts class, students learn to carefully observe the world and see God as the ultimate Maker of beauty. Students learn the grammar of sight. Using a few different media, students work through a careful program of study to develop their skills in drawing. They have opportunities to apply this developing skill in art projects of a more open-ended nature. Students are also introduced to sculpture. Students learn about great artists who have devoted themselves to the study of beauty, virtue, and truth. They examine various works of art that are outstanding expressions of the periods of history that they are studying concurrently. Strong connections are also made with other areas of study such as Mathematics and Science.


    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 WCCA says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What WCCA says: Physical Education plays an important role as students learn to practice wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance. Students build strength and endurance through playing team sports, running, and other exercises. We emphasize both physical and cognitive growth by focusing on the rules, training methods, and specific skills for a wide range of sports. We encourage students to be active, strategic, and good team players.


    Religious Education More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • 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 WCCA says: The Christian worldview is woven into every disciple at every grade level, but WCCA also emphasizes teaching our students Bible literacy, Scripture memorization, and character studies. This is emphasized in class, as well as in weekly school-wide Chapel assemblies. Chapel serves as a mini-service appropriate for children. Each chapel incorporates a traditional hymn and a monthly character trait presented through Biblical truths. Our students, across all grades, memorize a great deal. The hope is that our students will have God’s Word written on their hearts. The passages memorized are directed towards these questions: What is the gospel? Who am I in Christ? How ought I to live as a Christian? WCCA highly values parental involvement. While teachers teach Biblical truths and doctrines, they also encourage parents to be involved in helping students interpret the Bible. We recognize the importance of parents passing on their faith to their children.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What WCCA 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.

    69 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What WCCA 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 WCCA says: Kindergarten at WCCA focuses on cultivating a love of learning, as well as good work habits and attitudes in students. We emphasize the foundational disciplines of reading, writing, spelling, and arithmetic, and a love of quality literature.\n\nThe Classical model utilizes repetition to gain true mastery of a subject. Kindergarten students will have an opportunity to master a skill with confidence, and since our curriculum is designed to build upon previous concepts, students are able to make logical connections within and between disciplines, and the knowledge and understanding they gain are not forgotten as concepts are revisited throughout the year.


    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 WCCA 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 WCCA says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Spiritual, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

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

    What WCCA says: Our goal is to develop articulate, thoughtful, and discerning students, preparing them to live faithfully in God’s world and bring God’s Word to bear on all areas of life.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    WCCA offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    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 (The main focus is on acceleration. This means that all students work at a much quicker pace than public school peers (usually working at least one grade-level ahead). )

    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 WCCA 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 9, Westminster Classical Christian Academy students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    WCCA0 mins15 mins15 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins58 mins71 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 9
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 9
    Academic achievement reportingJK to 9
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 9
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 9

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade JK SK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    Size 14 10 14 12 10 10 6 n/a 6 n/a n/a

    Recess Policy

     GradesJKSK12345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 2/day 2/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/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 75 75 60 60 60 60 15 15 15 15

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What WCCA says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Gymnastics
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Musical theatre/Opera

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day (3 days/week) Day
     
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    Day (3 days/week)$6,200$7,000
    Day$10,000
    What WCCA says: FULL-TIME TUITION Junior Kindergarten to Grade 9 One child $10,000 Two children $8,300 per child Three children $7,000 per child Four or more children Please contact

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day$8,300
    3rd child (sibling)Day$7,000


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: JK to 9
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$30,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 56
    Average enrollment per grade5
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    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:
    N/A


    What WCCA says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student Westminster Classical Christian Academy is looking for: This information is not currently available.



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000000000

    Associations

    Associations
    • The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Associations


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