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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    The Element High School

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2001

     

    2003


     

    Enrolment

     

    30

     

    100


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    7 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

     

    Progressive, Montessori


     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    4 to 6

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $27,500 to $29,750

     

    $17,448


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $77,500 to $79,750

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    3

     

    17


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    83%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 7 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    The Element High School

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

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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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    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

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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.

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    The Element is that rare bird of secondary education: a Montessori high school. The Element grew out of a primary program at OMS Montessori, building into the intermediate grades and, ultimately, through the high school grades. In 2012, The Element became distinct unto its own, offering a consistent program from grades 7 to 12. Then, in 2015, it moved into its own space, becoming physically distinct as well. Nevertheless, the foundational principle remains across all grades, providing learning that is self-referential and student directed. The ideal student is one who thrives within a very hands-on environment, who is guided by their curiosity, and is able to make the most a greater range of academic independence.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    The Element High School

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

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    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.

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    The Element is an innovative high school, which places youth in their ‘element’, in school and beyond. Located in the dynamic Lansdowne Park area, The Element hosts Grade 7 to 12 students who thrive on being challenged and engaged in the whole educational process. Although the curriculum is based on Montessori pedagogy, a previous Montessori education is not required; a passion for life, knowledge and global inquiry is!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    The Element High School

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    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

    On behalf of the The Element community, thank you for visiting our profile. As School Director, I have the privilege of working with a proficient team of parents, alumni, faculty and staff who are dedicated to offering their best to each of our students. We work tirelessly to realize our mission by delivering an educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are, while year after year reaching to achieve their full potential.

    As a parent, you recognize that choosing a school for your child is one of the most significant decisions you will make. We need specific criteria by which to choose the ideal educational approach for our children. It is clear that the school years help to form the core foundation of our approach to learning and problem-solving, as well as who we are as contributing, global citizens. We at The Element are here to support you.

    At The Element, we provide our students with an educational foundation from which they can achieve personal and academic goals, while building independence, self-confidence and self-esteem. The unique Montessori methodology, with its student-centered approach, encourages the development of personal responsibility and thinking skills, as well as fostering a love of learning. Each student is guided in the exploration of his or her own learning style and the development of work habits most suited to individual interests and needs.

    Please browse our website and discover how we work together with Element parents to empower students to become self-regulated, engaged and lifelong learners. As trained experts in education, we understand that observation is an essential component in the decision making process. As such, we would like to invite you to visit us for a tour of our spacious and peaceful learning environment. This is the most personal way to see what The Element has to offer your student and family.

    The Element, an extension of OMS Montessori, is a not-for-profit school. For over 50 years, OMS Montessori has offered exceptional education to families in the city of Ottawa. We are thrilled to now offer our programming through high school. We welcome you to call and chat with our friendly staff (613-862-8578) or email ([email protected]) regarding your student’s education. Share with us how we can partner with you and your family to further explore Montessori education and philosophy.

    It is with great anticipation that we embark on the next 50 years at The Element. Please join us on this journey of promise and excitement.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      The Element High School

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      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.

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      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

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      Not applicable

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      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

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      When we are ‘in our element,’ we are focused, engaged, internally motivated, fulfilled and we strive to do our best. This is the basis of a Montessori education. The Element High School offers an environment which puts youth ‘in their element,’ in school and in preparation for life. What engages us depends on our stage of development; therefore, The Element High School offers two programs: e1 for Grades 7 and 8 and e2 for Grades 9 to 12, each responsive to two unique stages of students’ development. Each of these programs takes advantage of the intersection of our youth’s developmental characteristics and the requirements of the real world. This creates the conditions for focused engagement that leads to personal excellence. All learners are welcome. If students are interested in engaging in the next steps in their educational career and have the determination to work with teachers with maturity and independence, this program is ideal as a precursor to college or university entry.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        At The Element, Math, like English and French, is taught throughout the year for continuity and retention. The Grade 9 (MPM1D) and 10 (MPM2D) math courses are prescribed by the Ministry of Education. In Grades 11 and 12, students can take Functions (MCR3U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U) and Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U).The math courses are generally offered at the University Preparation level, although the courses can be adapted for a College Preparation level if it is in the best interest of particular student.


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        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.


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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.

      • Science

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        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

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Applewood exposes the elementary students to the Ontario Science Curriculum standards through a variety of hands on activities and highly visual presentations. High School level students receive courses through community High School programs and/or academics individually developed to teach and expand academic skills.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Compulsory courses in the humanities and sciences are offered each year in semesters or more compressed units. Elective humanities and sciences are provided in a cycle rather than every course being offered every year. They are offered often enough for students to take the courses that they elect. The English language courses coordinate with the humanities and sciences.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Literature courses are designed not only to complete the Ontario Secondary School Curriculum requirements, but also to challenge and engage students at every grade level. Students explore works of literature through a historical lens, studying 20th century literature in grade 9, 19th century literature in grade 10, 18th century literature in grade 11, and pre-18th century literature in grade 12. Students learn to interpret literary devices and themes in a variety of contemporary and classical texts, including novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and media. They also participate in writing skills workshops, which allow them to learn about and experiment with grammar, mechanics, and style in the English language.


        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

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        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.


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Compulsory courses in the humanities and sciences are offered each year in semesters or more compressed units. Elective humanities and sciences are provided in a cycle rather than every course being offered every year. They are offered often enough for students to take the courses that they elect. The English language courses coordinate with the humanities and sciences. Specific academic skills such as note taking, studying, test taking, research, academic writing, and oral and multi-media presentation are taught directly as an integral part of the courses. The close communication, possible within a smaller school, allows these skills to develop throughout the high school experience.

      • Fine Arts

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The visual arts program is student-driven with a focus on creativity and art as a therapeutic outlet.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Students have a number of ways to participate in the arts. They can take a credit course in visual arts, music, dance, drama or integrated studies, audit a course rather than taking it for credit, be exposed to the arts through the interdisciplinary assignments of other courses or use The Element facilities to explore the arts without the directed intent of a course. The Element has a dedicated Art/Design Studio. Guest artists are an important component of the program as young people respond to adults who are passionate about their work. With the flexibility of The Element’s scheduling, students are also able to go out into the community to work alongside artists in their studios. A faculty member works with students to find appropriate mentors.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        Approach

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Computer are used in the school to enhance learning experiences and/or as a defined accommodation but are not a focus which would distract from the core learning required by our students.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Students at The Element use modern technology daily for research, organizational purposes and multi-media presentations. In the younger grades, students explore technology through their entrepreneurship program, where some students opt to work with our 3D printer. We also have formal computer studies courses for Grade 11 and Grade 12 students. Students can take an Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U) in Grade 11 and Computer Science (ICS4U) in Grade 12.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

        APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

        The Element High School

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


        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.

        THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

        Physical Education courses that meet the Ministry of Education’s requirements are offered and focus on a range of individual, team and competitive activities. In addition to Ministry courses, students often create their own clubs and teams based on their interests, regardless of whether they are taking a formal Phys. Ed. course. The Element participates in inter-scholastic competition with other independent and public schools. The Element also encourages daily activity, and being in Lansdowne Park provides many opportunities to be physically active throughout the day, from the skateboard park and basketball courts to the skating rink and canal. Individual sports can be pursued with other interested peers at The Element or accommodated through community sports clubs. The flexibility of our scheduling also makes The Element an ideal choice for students who are in elite sports and who require adaptive schedules.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      The Element High School

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


      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.

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      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

      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.

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      Curriculum allows for discussion and debate. Adolescents respond best to respect and choice, not only as an aid to developing independence, but also as reinforcement to their personal dignity. Each student has a dedicated faculty advisor to assist him or her in all aspects of the program. We balance the support needed for academic progress with our goal of creating independent learners.


      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."

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

      The Element High School

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

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

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      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."

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      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.

      THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

      The goal of The Element is to support the development of well-balanced individuals who know and accept themselves, and live as active, responsible community members.

  • 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

    The Element High School

    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

    The Element High School

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    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

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    APPLEWOOD ACADEMY FOR PROGRESSIVE LEARNING

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    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.

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    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.

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    We treat each student as an individual. Through discussions with parents, student and specialists, we determine how to best meet the students’ needs and whether or not our school is the best choice in meeting those needs.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

    The Element High School

    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

    The Element High School

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL


    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

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    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

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    • In addition to Ministry courses, e2 students often create their own clubs and teams based on their interests. For example, in the past, students have created a Volleyball club and an Ultimate Frisbee Club.
    • The Element encourages daily activity, and being in Lansdowne Park provides many opportunities to be physically active throughout the day, from the skateboard park and basketball courts to the skating rink and canal.
    • The flexibility of our scheduling also makes The Element an ideal choice for students who are in elite sports and who require adaptive schedules.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 7 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    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.

    THE ELEMENT HIGH SCHOOL

    All learners are welcome. If students are interested in engaging in the next steps in their educational career and have the determination to work with teachers with maturity and independence, this program is ideal as a precursor to college or university entry.

    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.




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