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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1998

     

    2009


     

    Enrolment

     

    65

     

    90


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Sports


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Physical
    The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    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.
     
    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.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    8 to 12

     

    12 to 17


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,633 to $20,225

     

    $42,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $59,900


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    6%

     

    35%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    1 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $6,500

     

    $15,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    23


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    100%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

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    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    "The teacher was able to acknowledge his individual needs while exposing him to new experiences with a variety of new activities."
    Chandra Iyer - Parent   (Jun 22, 2020)
    Our son joined the school in Junior Kindergarten. It was our son's home away from home. The Kinderga...
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    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    It’s a big world out there and for the students who enroll here, AcadeCap is a window onto all of it. The attention to global education is underscored by the adoption of the IB PYP and MYP programs, and things continue from there. Collaborative learning, among peers as well as intergenerational, is an important aspect of the delivery of the curriculum, as is the provision of authentic learning experiences. There is of course a vast array of resources available within the capital region, and AcadeCap rightly makes the most of them. Class sizes are small, and instructional support is personal and individualized. The school casts a very wide net, and models an approach to learning based in curiosity, empathy, and active engagement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, challenging, vibrant and social learning environment.

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    It’s true that every school is unique, though SPIRE proves the point and then some. The academic program is strong, as you’d expect from any school of this stature, though the draw, rightly, is the athletic program. For the elite athlete, you’d be hard pressed to create an environment more suited to personal, academic, and athletic success. The school is within an elite training institute, coaches are at the top of their games, very literally. Students engage with others of a like mind, like aspirations, and like determination to succeed. They also interact with mentors who not only know their field, but are at the very pinnacle of them, including goal medal Olympians, professional athletes, and professional coaches. The facilities match all of that. If there is a school better suited to the talented, aspiring athlete, we haven’t heard of it.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • IB ® World School offering the PYP Next in bilingual formats
    • Pre-Secondary School Programme (PSSP) (Grade 7 & 8)
    • Ontario-Inspected Secondary School (OSSD) (English)
    • 21st Century Core Competencies Cursus (Grade 7 to 12)
    • Scholarship Programme
    • Small class sizes
    • Expertise in differentiated learning and Reach-Ahead courses for talented and gifted learners
    • Inclusive community
    • Well-rounded education: DELF, iSTEAM/Coding, visual & performing arts, music, international language
    • Synchronous and asynchronous online learning with teachers and peers

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    • Accredited 9-12th grade college preparatory academic program.
    • College courses available for Post Grad student athletes.
    • SPIRE Institute offers latest technology for students and athletes.
    • Five 'Majors' include Basketball, Esports, Swimming and Track & Field.
    • SPIRE Academy also offers Camps throughout the year.
    • Top Event facility in the U.S. for high school and collegiate swim and track and field events.

    Description

    Description

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale) provides a rigorous, tailored bilingual and/or English education. IB PYP students engage in experiential learning in i STEAM, International Languages and PSPE. The PSSP and the OSSD promote in-depth understanding of content, teaching students to work hard and make practical connections between subjects and the real world, preparing them for post-secondary education. Our proprietary 3-tier 21st Century Learning Curriculum is implemented from grade 7 to 12.

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    SPIRE Institute & Academy's learning environment balances daily academic, passions, professional and career aspirations within facilities and programs that nurture personal growth and stimulate the desires to challenge oneself. All of this is done while helping individuals identify and experience professions and career development opportunities that better prepare them for all of life’s journey. Passions in 2021 includes Basketball, Esports, Swimming or Track & Field. Grades 9-12 plus Post Grad Programs.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Message

    Académie de la Capitale (AcadeCap) I am proud to say, is a unique bilingual IB World School where students want to stay, long after the school day is finished! Soon after its inception, it had the distinction of being the first school in the Ottawa/Outaouais region authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. AcadeCap, still true to its roots, upholds its unique approach to education. Our students: construct learning according to their potential rather than their age and/or grade; engage easily in learning “beyond the classroom” as a result of the “pick-up and go” potential of the small class; participate in e-long-distance learning to support geographically mobile students; become totally bilingual, and even multilingual; develop collaborative social skills through interaction across the ages; learn to work respectfully alongside each other in an open-concept facility; participate in an AcadeCap developed Globalization, Leadership and Innovation course in middle school; At AcadeCap, we are convinced that real life learning and a lifelong love of learning occur when a child or a teenager engages in on-going personal interaction with adults as well as other children, and participates in relevant learning experiences such as going to Bamfield Marine Science Center and to Race Rocks at Lester B. Pearson United World College. To tailor such authentic learning experiences, to offer guidance throughout the experience, as well as to nourish this love of learning, it is essential for educators to have the time to interact with each and every student. Open-mindedness, flexibility and small class size, allow for such learning to take place at AcadeCap. Take the challenge: we invite you to enrol your child at AcadeCap and find out how engaged in learning your daughter or your son can be when inspired to transcend limits!

    SPIRE Academics is built on the concept that we strive to prepare students for college and life. Looking to find ways to link core content to projects with real-world application helps bring relevance to the work students do within the classroom. Each class integrates disciplines and faculty strategically work to create opportunities for students to challenge themselves where they are in their academic growth and find purpose in their learning. We are excited to carry learning from the classroom to the field and back. We believe that learning does not happen in isolation and utilizing passion helps anchor learning. For example students may collect data on the basketball court and bring it back to the classroom to look at statistics, physics and geometry.

     

    We are excited to bring new faculty to SPIRE this coming year to support the academic division. Teachers will be charged with working together and building an academic experience that challenges students, broadens their perspectives and links learning to life.

     

    Additionally, the academic division is working closely with residential life to integrate the boarding curriculum with the academic day. Incorporating opportunities to explore the greater Cleveland area, expand service programming and bringing in career exploration students will have the chance to delve deeply into understanding how their passions can lead to future career opportunities. Athletics, academics and residential life will continue to work closely together to ensure there is a balance between training, learning and down time.

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      SPIRE Institute & Academy

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      International Baccalaureate

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      At Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), our students benefit from the philosophy, the approach, and the curricula of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate. Our younger students, from JK to grade 6, follow the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), with classes taught 70% in French and 30% in English. Our grades 7 & 8 follow our own Pre-Secondary School Programme (PSSP) approach, with classes taught 50% in French and 50% in English. In grades 9 to 12, our students continue on with the English Ontario OSSD curriculum, all the while taking full advantage of the higher-order thinking skills and rigorous preparation gleaned from completing the PSSP. At Acadecap, we are a community of learners, encouraging the mingling of different age groups, especially when it comes to daily subjects and intra-curricular activities like Math, STEM (iSTEAM), Coding, Jiu-Jitsu, Violin, Visual Arts, Waterpolo and Skiing, where ability and age do not necessarily follow in lock-step. The result is a convivial atmosphere that one might be hard-pressed to witness in other schools.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      College preparatory academics delivered using an integrated, cross-curricular, project-based model culminating in the earning of a transcript for submission and acceptance to college/university.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE Institute & Academy

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        We focus on a project-based math curriculum, incorporating real world applications into each class and level of mathematics. Utilizing the facilities at SPIRE makes project-based opportunities quite easy. Additionally, the teacher supports taking students on field trips further enhancing practical application of math skills. Given the fact students come from all over the world and many different experiences with math the teacher differentiates instruction in order to support students where they are in the learning process.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Défi Mathématique

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Students can utilize calculators – many use TI-84 calculators or equivalent graphing calculator applications available on computer or phone.

      • Science

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE Institute & Academy

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        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.

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        The focus is project-based and inquiry. The teacher utilizes both virtual and hand’s on labs to support the curriculum. Some of the courses follow a more traditional science curriculum, with the teacher supplementing the curriculum with original resources utilizing the facilities on campus. Teachers within the science department are encouraged to relate content to the majors we have on campus, utilizing the passions the students already possess in order to learn new material. The science curriculum is evolving and changing based on current research, interests of the students, and the opportunities on campus.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE Institute & Academy

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Literature is taught with an emphasis on voice and choice, critical thinking, analysis and depth. Across the curriculum teachers are encouraged to incorporate literature into their coursework with the hope students will see the link of writing across disciplines. Additionally, teachers are collaborating with each other to help students see how literature is connected to all disciplines and should not be taught in isolation. Utilizing trade books and first person resources students have the opportunity to read historical and contemporary fiction with an eye for interdisciplinary connection.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE Institute & Academy

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        World languages, like every department at SPIRE (affiliated with Grand River Academy), take students where they are in their understanding of language and culture to their what’s next. The teacher adapts to the unique background and awareness of the students and utilizes opportunities for differentiated instruction, peer learning, and independent exploration to encourage students to delve more deeply into their understanding of the language. The teacher utilizes the backgrounds of the students (approximately 50% are international) to augment the curriculum both through spoken word and cultural understanding. The teacher creates the curriculum based on where the students area and the emphasis is on project-based mastery learning.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Information not available

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE Institute & Academy

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Heavy integration

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Académie de la Capitale

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        SPIRE Institute & Academy

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

        WELL-BALANCED P.H.E. Younger students, tweens and teens participate in activities that support self-knowledge and self-understanding; discover the capabilities of their bodies and the variety of ways in which they are able to use their bodies to solve problems, address physical challenges, function as part of a group, manipulate equipment or apparatus, and express themselves kinaesthetically in a range of situations. UNITS OF P.H.E Fitness conditioning and training (including yoga and pilates-inspired conditioning). Individual and team sports including; touch football, ultimate frisbee, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, floor hockey, hockey, badminton and tennis. Gymnastics. Waterpolo and water fun. Jiu-jitsu instruction by a Renchi. Outdoor education such as cross-country skiing, hiking, downhill skiing/snowboarding. Track and field. Ballet and Jazz

        SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      SPIRE Institute & Academy

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      The preschool age children benefit from the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework that enables 3 to 5 year old children to develop their full potential using guided inquiry and play as the best tools for exploring and studying mathematics, science and technology, languages, social studies, the arts, and personal, social, and physical education. We offer a 10 or 12 month inquiry-based programme for students.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      SPIRE Institute & Academy

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Student-paced

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      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.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Information not available

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      SPIRE Institute & Academy

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      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.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      At Acadecap International School, we believe that education needs to be grounded in evidenced practice, while nonetheless accounting for forward thinking and change. We encourage learners of all ages to acquire holistic thinking, to seek answers, to use critical thinking, and to act. The Acadecap syllabus is structured to combine the age-banded stages of the Ontario Ministry of Education, with the developmental phases of the International Baccalaureate programmes. This combination takes any pre-conceived limitations away from the scope and depth of students' learning. The result is a constantly motivated and challenged student body, who are passionate about learning.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      SPIRE Institute & Academy

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      Physical
      The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      The Acadecap student is unlike any other. He or she not only develops the ability to think and to question critically, ethically, and divergently, but also the ability to create design and build. It is our aim to develop academically successful students, who also have the gumption to take risks, to innovate, and to tackle the unknown.

      SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

      The Academy is designed to facilitate knowledge acquisition in academic, personal growth, passion interests and profession interests, which are all of equal value to each student. Its educational delivery model is built on the foundation that with the abundance of knowledge available through technology, the old, unfortunate silo approach to learning…and the essential levels of motivation demonstrated by high school, college and young professionals today…indicate that a major learning re-direct is necessary.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Académie de la Capitale

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Acadecap International School offers support on a case-by-case basis upon meeting with parents and assessing the child's needs.

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    At Acadecap International School, differentiation is acknowledged as a sound teaching practice applicable to all students. Our small classes and open-concept space allow for a great deal of flexibility, opportunity and time to differentiate, giving every student the varying levels of support needed. Tutoring and one-on-one instruction can also be provided, such as Orton-Gillingham-based multisensory teaching. Specialists are also called in to provide additional support, if required. Before admission, all potential students are required to spend a visit day with a class, where he or she will be evaluated.

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Teachers are able to differentiate the lesson plans at SPIRE to meet the learners where they are take them to the what's next due to the small class sizes. We are able to work with students with mild learning differences and discuss options with students as they work through the application process.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Académie de la Capitale

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    SPIRE Institute & Academy

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • After school Programming Clubs: JAVA script, HTML/CSS, Ruby, Python
    • Lunch period clubs: drama, newspaper, TEDed Talk, and much more
    • After school Math enrichment
    • After school RC Club
    • Master Chess
    • Jiu-jitsu and Water Polo as part of P.E. units
    • Downhill skiing/snowboarding and snow shoeing in the winter
    • Group violin lessons and concerts as part of music education
    • Extra language classes: Mandarin and Spanish
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    75%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    At AcadeCap, we strive to create a culture of academic excellence driven by the ideal of a community that embraces differences and risk taking; and the belief that education does not only stem from a place, but also an attitude. This is why, in addition to all the admission requirements, the day students spend at AcadeCap helps the students and parents decide whether or not they feel our community is the ideal setting for them to continue their education. It also helps us take note of their ability to contribute and to excel both independently and cooperatively.

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    SPIRE accepts athletes of varying ability, but they all have one thing in common. They come to SPIRE because they have the heart and desire to become better student athletes. SPIRE student athletes come from various competitive backgrounds and all have different goals they want to achieve while here and beyond, whether it is to continue their sport after high school or beyond.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • The student must spend one day at the school to be evaluated in terms of willingness and ability to participate. Temporarily due to COVID-19, we are currently not scheduling day visits.
    • A copy of the student’s last report card
    • Any report impacting on the teaching and learning of your child
    • Students entering Grade 4 and up must submit a recommendation from the previous homeroom teacher, subject teachers, counselor and/or director

    SPIRE INSTITUTE & ACADEMY

    SPIRE looks at each student individually to determine if they would be a good fit.  The admission process includes submitting an official transcript, letters of recommendation from an English teacher, math teacher, and principal or coach, an interview with the coach and Director of Admission (either virtual or in-person) and a completed application.  Each applicant is reviewed by the admission committee which is composed of administrators, teachers, and coaches to determine if the student meets SPIRE’s admission requirements.




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