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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2001

     

    2003


     

    Enrolment

     

    30

     

    290


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional


     

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

     

    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.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    4 to 6

     

    10 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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

     

    $25,500 to $27,750

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $76,500 to $78,750

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    3

     

    18


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    83%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    "The program at Applewood is designed to solicit my child's best performance and to improve her understanding of how the world works."
    Vivian Alexander - Parent   (Apr 15, 2019)
    My daughter is an international student, and we were looking for an environment, that afforded struc...
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    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Every private school exists to meet the needs of a specific set of learners, which is something that on the whole differentiates private education from the public system. And in that sense, you can’t find a better example than Applewood. It isn’t the right school for all students, but for a specific set of students—principally ones that require therapeutic support and individual learning programs—it is unequalled. When students arrive at Applewood they find themselves in an environment in which they are at the centre of the program, not somewhere ancillary to that. They also find a staff that is expert in their needs, and can envision their path to success. It’s a great school, and a great story. The ideal student is the one who is struggling elsewhere, and who can benefit from a dedicated, empathetic, specialized environment.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Prestige sets a high bar for its students, academically as well as socially and ethically. The program is designed and delivered to meet the needs of students functioning at the top of their peer groups. There is a close-knit feel within the student body, and an ongoing attention to the needs and development of each student as he or she progresses through the curriculum. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging yet supportive environment and looking to learn within a peer group that consists of like-minded and similarly abled students.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Highlights

    Highlights

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    • Our curriculum exceeds Ontario guidelines as a result of our individualized, accelerated learning.
    • We are ministry inspected and a proud member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.
    • 100% university placement rate
    • French instruction beginning in junior kindergarten.
    • Dedicated faculty that draw upon best practices
    • Extensive co-curricular activities and athletic programs
    • AP courses
    • A semestered, university preparatory curriculum
    • Member of SSAF Sport Organization
    • We provide a hot lunch program.

    Description

    Description

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Applewood Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions. Our dedicated staff are experienced in special education, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and child/adolescent management. We maintain academic and residential placements by establishing therapeutic relationships; applying cognitive-behavioural management techniques; implementing individualized learning programs; and utilizing continuous clinical and academic support.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Prestige School offers students an accelerated curriculum, close home-school contact and small class sizes. Younger students benefit from advanced Math and Science programs, French lessons from JK, nutritious hot lunches and extensive before- and after-school care. Older students experience individualized learning and 100% university placement. Admission runs all year and ESL classes are available. With a motto of "wisdom, courage, integrity," students are prepared for success in school and in life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Message

    Every stage of life brings exciting challenges as well as problematic obstacles. At Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, we offer students a confidential and safe classroom to learn the necessary skills to manage.

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning began building its team of educational and mental health professionals in 2001. Students and families are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience in Special Education, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychometry and Social Work.

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning is a privately operated school, licensed by the Ministry of Education, to provide educational programming for students from kindergarten to grade 8, who have exceptional treatment and behavioural needs.

    At Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, our primary goal is to provide children with opportunities for academic success and thereby create a positive attitude toward an environment that is often avoided, due to their previous negative experiences.

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning’s mission is to maintain the child’s academic placement through the development of therapeutic relationships, the application of behavioral management techniques, the implementation of individualized learning programs and continuous clinical and academic support.

    Applewood Academy’s vision is that children with specialized treatment needs will have access to high quality, compassionate and therapeutic educational programming that allows for the simultaneous delivery of educational and therapeutic interventions.

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning has set its’ goals:

    1. To assist children with special treatment and learning needs in obtaining their highest academic potential;
    2. To promote healthy personality development in the child;
    3. To reduce and counterbalance the negative factors contributing to a child’s emotional health;
    4. To support and facilitate the transition of the child back into a community school whenever possible and beneficial to the child or engage in planning which promotes continuity of care for the child when this is not possible;
    5. To support the child becoming a successful and self-led learner;
    6. To support the child to feel part of a school community; and
    7. To provide professional teaching and counseling through classroom experiences that promote normal maturation (care), prevent further injury to the child (safety), and correct specific problems that interfere with healthy personality development (treatment).

    We look forward to hearing from you with any inquiries you may have. Feel free to contact us at any time!

    Sincerely, 

    Terry Stevenson

    Dear parents,

    The dedication of our staff plays a huge role in the success of our students. Our close-knit community, made possible by small class sizes, ensures that each of our students receives an individualized education. You will never have to wonder how your child is doing; our teachers will tell you because they care.

    Located in the diverse city of Toronto, Prestige School prides itself on a student body that reflects the multicultural city of Toronto. Our school boasts international students from all corners of the world, with some of our students speaking several languages. It is for this reason that Prestige School offers language courses as early as preschool. We want our students to be well equipped to thrive in today’s global economy.

    However, academics are not enough to develop a well-rounded child. That is why we pride ourselves on our community. But what exactly is our school community? Our school community is the taste of every food imaginable during our International Café, the sound of ear-splitting cheers on Sports Day, the sight of our graduates walking proudly across the stage, diplomas in hand. It is the feeling of making a difference.

    Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I urge you to browse our photo gallery. The smiling faces of our students will tell you much more than I am able to in a letter. We invite you to come and see us in action and would be happy to book you an appointment to discuss your own child’s educational needs.

    Happy learning!

    Olga Margold

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Information not available

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Many of our students have experienced frustration and lack of success in the school setting. Some also struggle with peer connections in this setting. We strive to create a program in which our students feel emotionally and practically supported in reaching their highest potential in the school setting. The elementary program focuses academically on the a direct instruction program model and Ontario curriculum. The high school program focuses on direct instruction programming and supported distance education through local community schools and Independent Learning Courses. Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning is structured around 5 key presentational competencies that support successful transition through school and into adulthood: 1. Academics: The student increases his/her academic functioning; 2. Internal Regulation: The student improves emotional and behavioural functioning; 3. Social Presentation: The student matures in social functioning equivalent his/her ability; 4. Safety: The student achieves and maintains a safe presentation; 5. Participation: The student maintains an academic based placement

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      At Prestige School, we offer an enriched and accelerated curriculum with subjects taught one to two grade levels above the standard curriculum. Our academic program provide students with a great opportunity to experience a multitude of courses and various learning styles and strategies. It challenges each student intellectually, artistically and physically through a rigorous and innovative curriculum and an extensive co-curricular program. Our academic curriculum is academically challenging, with students being taught by teachers who specialize in the content knowledge of each subject. Starting in kindergarten, students have specialists in French, computer science, music, art and drama. Starting in grade 4, students further specialize in science, which includes biology, chemistry and physics.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Approach


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        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.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Applewood provides direct instruction programming until the student achieves Ontario Curriculum grade level in remedial math.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Prestige School elementary students are taught an advanced curriculum in mathematics. They learn at least a year ahead of publicly funded schools. Younger students learn hands on strategies that will assist them in answering various forms of questions; textbook, worksheets, graphs, surveys, etc. Older students are learning very advanced mathematical strategies and equations. Our high school students are taught by skilled mathematics teachers that ensure students are understanding the concepts in order to receive their credits.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Variety of material are used to support the mathematics program. Each students receives an individual program that is developed by the teacher using several learning tools the meet the students need.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        We use various textbooks for elementary and high school. We also use school generated textbooks.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Students are allowed to use calculators only when they have shown they are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide independently as a basic skill.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Younger students are not permitted to use calculators. They are learning various strategies that teach them to do the calculations on their own. Older students are permitted to use calculators since they are performing advanced mathematical equations.

      • Early Reading

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Approach


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Applewood uses the direct instruction reading programs. Kindergarten to Grade 2 level teach sounds and sounding out. Grades 3-8 focus on grade level vocabulary, reading fluency and reading comprehension. Students who are not receiving direct instruction are completing programs from the Ontario Curriculum and/or individual academic programs developed to enhance a specific academic skill.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Prestige School follows a phonics intensive steps to reading program which includes guided reading, weekend readers, word family books and more.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        A psycho-educational assessment is completed for each student and is updated yearly using assessments - such as the Wiatt.

      • Writing

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Applewood delivers writing instruction with a focus on the conventions of proper spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation. Students learn the basic structures of the paragraph and the essay, along with the writing skills necessary to produce them, There is an emphasis on clear and concise communication.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Prestige School ensures that students’ grow into confident writers and researchers who can communicate competently using a range of forms and styles. Students will learn to use these forms and styles to suit specific purposes and audience, while correctly applying the conventions of language –grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. Students learn and build upon the skills necessary to write using all four forms: expository, descriptive, persuasive and narrative.

      • Literature

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        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

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Applewood uses a variety of texts to enhance students learning. Students are exposed to a variety of literature through their individual learning programs, direct instruction, and through curriculum based learning.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Our reading program provides students with opportunities to expand their intellectual horizons and to extend and strengthen their literacy skills. As a creative representation of life and experience, at Prestige School, we see literature as raising important questions about the human condition, now and in the past. Our students are exposed to literary works drawn from many genres, historical periods, and cultures, by both female and male writers, that represent a wide range of perspectives and reflect the diversity of Canada and the world.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Approach


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Students are exposed to the experiences of children their own age around the world and in different historical time periods.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Students are exposed to social studies starting from preschool. In primary grades, students learn about the community, Canada, and medieval times. In junior grades, students are exposed to various ancient civilizations and learn how these civilizations have impacted our world today.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Applewood uses real life, current, and past examples of what students of similar age would be experiencing in other countries in present day as well as what experiences would be relevant to those in other historical periods. Individual and curriculum based programming is included in the Social Sciences.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        In Grades 7 and 8, students are taught history and geography. In history, students are taught to think critically using primary sources, and are tasked with considering the perspectives of those they learn about. Though the history courses focus primarily on Canadian history, students learn about what was going on in other parts of the world at the same time. In geography, students take part in many inquiry-based tasks, project-based learning, and case studies. The grade 7 course focuses on physical geography, while the grade 8 course is centred around human geography.

      • Physical Education

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Prestige School - Toronto Campus

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Ministry of Education supports and promotes the participation of students in daily physical activity. Consequently, Applewood Academy must ensure that all elementary students, including students with special needs, have a minimum of 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day during instructional time. The goal of daily physical activity is to enable all students to improve or maintain their physical fitness and their overall health and wellness, and to enhance their learning opportunities. Daily physical activity may include walking, active games, yoga, dance, aquatics, sports, and fitness and recreational activities (where facilities permit). In addition to daily physical activity Applewood provides Ontario Curriculum based learning.

        PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

        Our approach aims at helping students develop an understanding of the factors that contribute to healthy development, a sense of personal responsibility for lifelong health, and a respect for their own health in relation to others and the world around them. Our approach focuses on the following three components: active living, movement competence and healthy living. Students actively participate in a wide variety of physical activities while also understanding the responsibility for their safety and safety of others. Student also perform movement skills and learn how to apply movement strategies properly. For the healthy living component, students learn about nutrition and healthy eating.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      Our Take

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      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

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Applewood provides programming for Kindergarten students that is focused on developing the foundations of learning in a supported and structured environment. Students are provided direct instruction programming that is suited to individual needs in conjunction with a mental health supported structured environment. Play based and therapeutic play based activities is an integral part of the programming.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      Prestige School's enriched kindergarten program incorporates learning opportunities in the subject strands of mathematics, language, science, social studies, music, French, physical health and education, dance and the visual arts. Our kindergarten program helps to foster the development of many important social, emotional and academic skills. Our program provides opportunities for teacher-guided and student-guided learning experiences. In addition, we use a lot of hands-on exploration of concepts to support their understanding of the world around them.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      Our Take

      Our Take

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      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.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Applewood treats all students with respect and compassion. The following fundamental principles make up our service philosophy to enhance academic achievement: • We work in partnership with all of our students in a way that fosters dignity, self-respect and independence. • We demonstrate cultural proficiency, gender sensitivity, diversity and respect for individuals’ needs and strengths and promote these values within our professional networks and collaborations. • We focus on the students strengths in all aspects of programming, and promote individual achievement as a primary treatment objective.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      At Prestige School, students are held to a high academic standard. Students are exposed to an advanced curriculum and teachers provide the necessary help a student would need to succeed in their academics.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Prestige School - Toronto Campus

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


      Primary

      Primary

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Applewood aspires to shape our students into those who: - Have an improved understanding of self; identity, personal strengths, community and cultural awareness, existing resources and personal goal setting. - Achieve academic success and personal achievement with the consistent support and encouragement of the team. - Develop appropriate coping skills, ability to address emotional/behavioural problems and improved mental health. - Experience increased expectations regarding self-management and life skills, in correlation with functioning potential, until reaching full maturity.

      PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

      Prestige School aims to nurture a well-rounded individual. We educate our students the importance of staying balanced physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

  • 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:

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    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.
     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


    Additional support

    Additional support

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    • Integration of psychometric and outcome measures into ongoing Treatment Plan. • Development and adherence to the student’s Treatment Plan. • Provision of clinical consultation services to Applewood Academy based on the student’s level of risk and need. • Treatment Update meetings and Program reviews with Clinical Director • Provision of clinical services to the student internally and/or externally depending on the student’s need. Recommendations for clinical services may include but are not limited to, art, group, play, cognitive behaviour and solution focused therapies. • Fostering the student’s sense of belonging in a school environment, peer group and/our community. • The identification and accessing of community based supports for both the student and family. • Provision of predictable staff availability to support the student in processing historical and current school/life experiences and, whenever possible, to maintain the same educational and clinical team.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Applewood engages in regular assessment of it's students, supporting and accommodating those who have learning difficulties. The ongoing attention to a students Academic Care Plan allows the team to adjust a students plan as necessary while measuring goal achievement. Those with clinically diagnosed learning disabilities are welcome at Applewood Academy.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    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

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Prestige School - Toronto Campus

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    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

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    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

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    • We offer after school extra curricular clubs everyday of the week. Some of the clubs we offer include: tennis, art, computer science, book, Hebrew, soccer, dance, chess, fun science, and french club
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 2 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    AAPL works with students who have difficulty functioning within a regular classroom setting due to behavioural, emotional, social, and psychological problems. These students often have been previously diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, depression, learning disabilities, etc.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    We look for students who possess and can represent our three core values: wisdom, courage and integrity.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Given our focus on both treatment and academics, AAPL requires the completion of a detailed application form as well as consent to access and review any previous clinical information related to the student's problems (i.e., school, psychological, medical, psychiatric, etc. reports).  This background information, as well as our independent clinical assessment, enables us to develop an individualized treatment and academic plan for the student.

    PRESTIGE SCHOOL - TORONTO CAMPUS

    Prestige School offers a unique learning environment designed to meet the child's individual needs and encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence. We help all perspective students and their parents to become familiar with the school, our programmes, and our educational philosophy.

    Admission Criteria

    1. Academic standing as seen through a candidate’s current report card.
    2. Information gathered during an interview.
    3. Results of the in-house entrance test (applicable only to Grades 2 to 12).

    On receipt of the application form, students applying to our kindergarten programme will be invited for a class visit. Applicants to the kindergarten programme are encouraged to bring a photograph or story book to generate conversation (please no toys), and to assist with verbal skills assessment.  




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