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WillowWood School
WillowWood School
55 Scarsdale Road
Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3
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Joy Kurtz

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WillowWood School
 

WillowWood School

55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3

Curriculum:
Traditional,  Special Needs
Grades (Gender):
1 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$18,900 to $20,000 per year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 16
Enrolment:
Day: 250 (Gr. 1 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Joy Kurtz

Phone Number:


School Address
55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3

About this school:
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WillowWood School has been delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for thirty-five years. We've recognized since the start that one size does not fit all, that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. Small classes, dedicated teachers, robust program offerings and full curriculum make it a perfect school for all kinds of learners, from Grades One to Twelve. Come meet us to learn more!


Principal's Message

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Joy Kurtz, Director

When visitors walk into the building for the first time they often remark on the special feeling the school has.

That feeling (which I call magical) is a combination of the history and philosophy of the school, the energy of the staff, and the spirit of the students.

When I founded this school it was based on the belief that learning can and should be fun and that school should be a positive and rewarding experience.

We know that one size does not fit all and that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. My staff and I have been successfully delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for over 30 years.

That's the magic we make at WillowWood.
If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you.

- Joy Kurtz, Director


Academics

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Curriculum Traditional, Special Needs

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: Special Needs
Special needs schools have classrooms structured around providing individualized and one-on-one support. Their curriculums reflect this, in that they are highly flexible and variable to individual students and their needs.

  • Special Needs offered:

    Program = offered
    All students at your school have special needs
    Not all students at your school have special needs

  • 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  


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    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]


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

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    Writing
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    Science
    • Teaching approach: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]

    • 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
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    Social Studies
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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Dance
      Visual Arts
      Music
      Drama/Theatre
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    Computers and Technology
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    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    • WillowWood School's approach to sex-ed: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]


    Religious Education
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    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.

    What WillowWood School says: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]


    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 WillowWood School says about flexible pacing: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]


    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    What WillowWood School says: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]


    Developmental Priorities

    Primary Developmental Priority:

    What WillowWood School says: [WillowWood School has not provided this information]


    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    WillowWood School is a full-time special needs school. All students at WillowWood School are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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
    • 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
      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
    • Additional Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    WillowWood School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.



    Extracurriculars

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    What WillowWood School says:

    WillowWood School has not provided this information.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Badminton
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Snowboarding
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

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    Tuition

    WillowWood School has not provided this information.



    Need-based financial aid

    WillowWood School has not provided this information.



    Merit based Scholarships

    WillowWood School has not provided this information.


    Enrollment

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    Total enrollment 250
    Average enrollment per grade21
    Gender (grades)1 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo


    Student distribution: We do not have this data for WillowWood School


    Admission

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    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewN/A
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


    What WillowWood School says: WillowWood School has not provided this information


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student WillowWood School is looking for: WillowWood School has not provided this information



    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University of Alberta or Dalhousie.

    **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)


    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonials

    "From the day we first came to see the school and meet the staff, we knew it was the right place for Brendan. Your view was that students should be challenged to their level of ability by a teach-ing staff that was both understanding and sensi-tive to students' special social and academic needs. It was exactly what we were looking for!"

    Michelle and Paul W, Parents


    "This is the first year that Andrew is excited about school."

    Rick and Elizabeth S, Parents


    I think WillowWood is the best thing that ever happened to me. This school has given me everything – confidence, happiness, great friends and memories I will keep with me forever … Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn, play, and grow up here. You truly saved my life!

    Cameron A, Alumni


    "John … has gained confidence in himself and smiles a lot more! He is finally seeing results with his hard work and gets excited when a new project is assigned. We never have to ask him to do homework, he dives in as soon as we get home!"

    Laura and Ed H, Parents


    "Study skills! A lot of the teachers helped me figure out some really great study skills to learn the information I needed to know for the future. Not just for in high school, but for university as well. They really prepped me for what I could expect when I got to university."

    Rebecca G, Alumni


    "The student to teacher ratio is way better than what you'd get at a public school. The teachers are always there for you to ask them questions, and to provide insight into any of the things you're studying at the time.""It wasn't extremely challenging to the point where I wanted to give up or anything; it was very encouraging, always."

    Kennedy P, Alumni


    "WillowWood had kind of a feeling of a second family. I felt like I got to know everybody, including the staff and the teachers, in a way that wouldn't have been possible at a bigger and more formal school. There was an informal feeling here. A positive one."

    Jessica QF, Alumni

    "… in Simon's early years at WillowWood, we questioned whether he would make it to college because of his severe Learning Disability. Simon's teachers thought otherwise; they assured us that Simon would continue to university – and they were right. To date, he has received several law school acceptances, including Osgoode Hall Law School."

    M and J M, Parents

    "There are no words to describe the impact that WillowWood School has had on the life of our family and to Amanda. Her life has been transformed thanks to the amazing staff and teachers who went above and beyond every day. She has been accepted into all of the Colleges and Universities that she applied to, which was something we did not know to be possible when she joined the school."

    Bettie L, Parent

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