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Woodland Christian High School

1058 Spitzig Road, Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$15,425 to 16,360/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
20 to 24
Day: 330 (Gr. 9 - 12), Homestay: 30 (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
1058 Spitzig Road, Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0

About this school:


Woodland is a vibrant community of learning where students are equipped for lives of Christian faith and service. Each student's abilities and interests are encouraged. Students come from Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Drayton, Listowel and surrounding areas (including international students). Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university and/or college. Students receive opportunities in varsity sports, music, drama, and international service trips. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Woodland Christian High School

our takeJohn van Pelt, the principal at Woodland, is a graduate of the school, and that’s telling. Community is an important aspect of Woodland, and van Pelt, having experienced it both as student and staff, offers a nice continuity to the life of the school. Community, of course, extends to the faith community, including service opportunities within local churches, something that is a primary draw for the families that enroll here. The student population is just north of 300, which is a nice place to be, one that allows a rich program of extra-curricular programming, while also maintaining a small-school, inclusive feel.

Principal's Message


John Van Pelt, Principal; COO

Welcome to Woodland Christian High School. For over 35 years Woodland has offered an excellent academic program that seeks to integrate learning and the Christian faith. As an alumnus of Woodland and now as principal I have seen how an education that aims to equip our students for lives of Christian faith and service can benefit individuals, church communities, and the broader civic community. I encourage you to take a few minutes to explore our website to become familiar with the diverse curricular and co-curricular programs that we have developed to meet the needs of our students. If you have any questions about our school please feel free to contact me.


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

What school says: At Woodland we value a holistic approach to education. We provide a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular options in order to Enfold, Engage and Equip students for lives of Christian faith and service. In addition to the OSSD, our Woodland Diploma requirements ensure that students take courses from a variety of discipline areas. This balance provides students with a well-rounded education in Math & Sciences, Arts, English & Languages, Humanities, Canadian & World Studies, Business, Computers & Technological Studies, and Physical Education & Health Related Studies. All of our Woodland courses are foundationally built on one or more Christian Worldview Themes. These themes connect the essential focus of our courses to the Biblical story of “Creation, Fall & Redemption, and Restoration”. They also highlight connections between the courses, discipline areas, and co-curricular activities of our school program.

  • 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 Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What school says: Mathematics is a wide-ranging subject area; beautifully simple and yet complex at the same time. It is an activity that involves the exploration, contemplation, and enjoyment of abstract concepts, theoretical principles, as well as problem solving skill development. It is also a tool that offers practical connections to real-world problems and insight into patterns in our world. All of these aspects allow us to explore and experience the richness of beauty, complexity, harmony, and precision that God has imprinted into his creation. Mathematics informs how effective and honest use of measurements, information, models and statistics can be used to positively impact our world. It is highly recommended that Woodland students take one mathematics course each year, as critical thinking, problem solving, and numeracy are essential 21st century skills.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    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: It is the goal of our Science department to prepare students for a life in fellowship with, service to God. In order to do this, students need to see themselves as unique and special creatures who are also an intricate part of the body of Christ. While studies in chemistry, physics and biology help students to appreciate the detail and wonder of living and non-living systems, they also reinforce the fact that nothing exists in isolation. In seeking to understand the created, we come one step closer to a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Creator! A firm understanding of scientific methods and theories is essential. Not only are we able to use appropriate technology to minister to the needs of others, but we are also able to speak to issues such as reproductive technology, genetic engineering, environmental problems and misuses of technology with a Christian voice.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • 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 school says: The English program is made up of a series of interconnected and consecutive courses which provide students with opportunities to develop an awareness of, understanding of, and appreciation for language and literature. This program equips students with the academic skills necessary for post-secondary education and/or careers in the workplace. These skills centre on proficiency, clarity, and imagination in writing as well as accuracy and depth in comprehension. Other aspects of communication are also integrated, most particularly oral communication and the study of media. A Christian world-view is expressed in all the courses. Students work at unpacking the literature being studied through the lens of a Christian worldview; evaluating human nature in all its aspects. Students are encouraged to critique content and search for truth in the various works of literature studied, moving beyond literary study into personal evaluation and response to literature which challenges, develops, and builds personal faith.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What school says: The Humanities options allow students to explore a wide variety of subjects (including family, food, philosophy, and the foundations of society) as we seek to move from identifying brokenness, to redemptive practice, and ultimately the hope of restoration. Students are encouraged to identify healthy practices that apply to all areas of life (physical, emotional and spiritual), and work towards incorporating these healthy habits of body, mind and heart into everyday life.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What school says: In today's society, communication skills, awareness and appreciation for other cultures, and the development of individual learning styles are essential. The curriculum offered by the French department is based on themes of high interest to the learner. Within each theme, a variety of language functions and related structural ideas as well as different items of cultural uniqueness are introduced. The French program provides for a balanced development of skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing within the framework of a communicative-experiential approach. Students are encouraged to see language as a gift from God to be used for clear and positive communication between ourselves and others. Through the study of French, students will also come to a better understanding of the culture and heritage of those with whom we share this country. By critically studying a second language and culture, students gain a better understanding of their own language and culture.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What school says: We are made in the image of the Creator and we therefore have innate creativity which is expressed by different people in different ways. The Arts program at Woodland provides a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their creative talents the areas of visual art, music, and drama. Our Arts courses seek to educate, refine, and mobilize the inherent creativity in all students. All courses have a hands-on focus with both theory, Christian worldview and performance fully integrated in each.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What school says: The world around us is a constantly changing environment. We see computers, technology, and business playing an ever increasing role in the workforce, academics, the home, and the church. A background understanding of how computers work and how they can be used creatively is essential. The technology program has been designed to offer students an introduction to technological studies through practical experience. Students will expand their understanding of technological skills, they will develop an ability to analyze and solve problems and they will perform tasks logically and effectively. Students will be shown the need for appreciation, pride, and satisfaction that may be found in completing quality work through practical exercises.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: Woodland seeks to provide extra-curricular activities programs that supplement the academic program of our school. We recognize that God has gifted students in a variety of ways, including abilities in athletics. Our Athletic Program provides an opportunity for students to develop and use their God-given abilities. We also believe that participation in extra-curricular activities, especially athletics, provides a good opportunity to encourage students in their relationships with Jesus Christ. These activities also enhance the atmosphere of the Woodland student body, providing students and parents opportunities to express positive school spirit. And finally, extra-curricular activities provide an opportunity to express our faith to other schools, coaches, and officials.

    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 school says: All students in grades 9 and 10 take one half credit of Bible each year (Old Testament and New Testament focus), and have opportunity to choose two or more of our senior perspectives courses (taken from the Humanities, and Canadian & World Studies departments, as well as other approved courses). All of our Woodland courses are foundationally built on one or more of our Worldview Themes. These themes connect the essential focus of courses to the Biblical story of “Creation, Fall & Redemption, and Restoration”. They also highlight connections between the courses, discipline areas, and co-curricular activities of our school program.

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

    What school says: Woodland takes a biblical approach to teaching children about family and sexuality.

    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.


    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


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

    What school says: Woodland takes a biblical approach to teaching children about family and sexuality.

    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 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Spiritual, Balanced

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

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

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • 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
      Extra support
    • What school says: The Academic Support Program (ASP) serves the needs of students of all levels of ability who face challenges in their academic work, assisting them to identify their gifts, learning styles and unique learning needs. The goal of the program is to help students develop skills and strategies, not only to assist them in reaching their academic goals to the best of their abilities, but also to foster positive lifelong habits and skills. A student enters the ASP program through a previous IEP (Individual Education Plan) substantiated by appropriate assessment(s) and/or teacher referral through the Guidance Department.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      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)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      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
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; 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: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Woodland Christian High School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    school90 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What school says:
    • 2016 OFSSA Placement or Finalists in Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, and Ultimate

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Day (International)
    Day (Domestic)$15,425
    Day (International)$16,360
    What school says: Woodland has a Tuition Assistance Fund for families who desire to have their children attend Woodland but are not able to pay the full tuition. Depending on your particular situation, tuition can vary substantially. Average tuition rates and after tax costs are available.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day (Domestic)20%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 9 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$2,500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$300,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Complete the tuition assistance application with registration.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Woodland Christian High School
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: 04/30/2012
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 9—The criteria for the scholarship will be as follows:  The recipient will attend Woodland Christian High School in the school year following the awarding of the scholarship.  The recipient will be selected by the staff of the elementary school attended.  The recipient will be of exemplary Christian character, will have achieved significant academic success, and will have contributed significantly to the life of the school through participation in athletics and/or other student activities.  The recipient will be recognized as a class leader by classmates and will have a positive relationship with peers and teachers. If the student is homeschooled, there is a separate application process based on display of work, testimony, and references.
    Application Details: Each year Woodland awards several $1000 scholarships to prospective students. For details please contact your school principal. If your children are homeschooled, brochure and applications are available on the website.
    For more details, visit: www.woodland.on.ca/admissions/scholarships/


    Total enrollment 360
    Average enrollment per grade90
    Average class size20 to 24
    Gender (grades)Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment74748876
    Homestay Enrollment4466



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)9 - 12
    Entrance Essay9 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Homestay students:

    What Woodland Christian High School says:

    Woodland Christian High School exists primarily to educate the children of Christian parents and to assist them in fulfilling their responsibility to nurture their children according to the teaching of God’s Word. Therefore, it is expected that parents who send their students to Woodland wish to see their children educated in accordance with the school’s basis and purpose, and that they will fully support the aims of the school’s policies and programs.

    The admission of a student will be determined by:

    • The availability of an appropriate program, staffing and resources to meet the needs of the student.
    • The willingness of parents/guardians and students to support the school’s policies and programs as evidenced by their signature on the Student Enrollment Agreement and the Student Agreement Form included with the Application for Admission.
    • The availability of space in the classes required by the student.
    • The acceptance by the parents/guardians of the responsibility for paying tuition and other fees.
    • The availability of adequate information from the student’s previous school to enable the principal to make an informed decision about the student’s placement.
    • The principal’s determination that the student will be able to participate constructively in a structured program of studies based on a Christian worldview.

    All forms of inquiries may be submitted by mail, fax (519-648-3402) or by email to [email protected]


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Woodland Christian High School is looking for: Conscientous students looking for a Christian Worldview throughout all subject areas.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0 - 80 (100%)0 - 10 (100%)0 - 10 (100%)0 - 10 (100%)
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size75
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements2
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

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

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Brock University, Carleton University, Lakehead University, McMaster University, Nipissing University, Queen's University, Royal Military College of Canada, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, Tyndale University College, Redeemer University College, Dordt College, Calvin College, Heritage College, Emmanuel Bible College, Briercrest College, Trinty Western University, Ryerson, Canadian Mennonite University
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Brock University, Carleton University, Lakehead University, McMaster University, Nipissing University, Queen's University, Royal Military College of Canada, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, University of Windsor, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, Tyndale University College, Redeemer University College, Dordt College, Calvin College, Heritage College, Emmanuel Bible College, Briercrest College, Trinty Western University, Ryerson, Canadian Mennonite University

    What Woodland Christian High School says:

  • Students receive over $150,000 in application scholarships and grants annually.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Carmen Douma 1996 Carmen Douma-Hussar (born March 12, 1977) is a Canadian middle-distance runner. 2004 Olympics Games.

    Alumni Highlights

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    • Christian Schools International (CSI) Associations
    • The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) Associations

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