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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Académie Marie-Claire

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1980

     

    1995


     

    Enrolment

     

    175

     

    461


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    Preschool to 11


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool, Day

     

    Homestay, Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    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

     

    10 to 22

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $2,500 to $23,500

     

    $14,094 to $16,910


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $33,000


     

    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

     

    15

     

    31


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    4%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Académie Marie-Claire

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    information not available

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    information not available

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    The Arrowsmith School was founded in 1980 by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young to provide support for struggling learners. The school has been an object of interest ever since, due to the concept that Arrowsmith-Young built her program around. "If we look at a lot of special education programs, the majority assume the learner is fixed," she said. "What my program is saying is that we can change the learner so they can learn." While there are many things that set the school apart, that sense of what is possible is prime among them. The Arrowsmith School works closely with students to develop their strengths, address weaknesses, and build academic, social, and vocational competence. That the method works may be evidence of neuroplasticity, and science may yet underscore that. In the meantime, daring to dream as well as creating a supportive, caring, understanding environment can itself provide what many students need in order to succeed, and that's what the Arrowsmith school principally addresses. 

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    AMC sets its sights very high, and well it should. The academic program is strong, and overtly grounded in an empathetic world view, with an emphasis on providing reasoned leadership. Those three things are perhaps the principal draws for the families that enroll. AMC was founded by Marie-Claire Martin, the child of diplomats, and that international experience has been central to school’s development. After an initial period of growth, the school today hits what many feel is the sweet spot: large enough to be able to offer a full range of extracurriculars, while small enough to maintain a strong sense of place and community. The breadth of the language program, and the provision of an authentically bilingual environment, is also a draw.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Académie Marie-Claire

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    • Builds and strengthens cognitive processes necessary for more efficient learning
    • Trains visual and auditory memory, attention and concentration
    • Improves the fine motor skills necessary for writing
    • Strengthens executive functions
    • Builds capacity for both verbal and non-verbal thinking, reasoning and problem solving

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    • Early drop-off & After-school extended care, included
    • Freshly cooked balanced hot lunch daily, included
    • Individual instructional, included based on need
    • Small group instructional delivery, included based on need
    • After-school Homework/Study assistance, included
    • Third language option (Italian, Mandarin, Spanish), included
    • Computer Classes, included
    • Science experimental lab program, included
    • Afternoon snack, included
    • Independent French language program

    Description

    Description

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Arrowsmith School transforms the lives of students with learning difficulties. By applying principles of neuroscience, Arrowsmith targets and improves cognitive ability, rather than relying on compensations or accommodations. Students engage in programs that strengthen capacities responsible for academics as well as problem-solving, understanding, memory, and communication. With emerging strengths, students create a new reality. Enrolment options include full-time, part-time, summer, and at-home, online programs.

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Academie Marie-Claire (AMC) promotes acquisition of knowledge and advancement of education, offering the support necessary for students to reach their full potential. We encourage students to engage in discourse and to respect divergent ideas and thoughts, to excel academically, and to take a leadership role in contributing to the improvement of our community and of this world. Our ultimate goal is to foster a love for learning in your child and to raise social consciousness. Contact us to arrange a personal tour.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Académie Marie-Claire

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Message

    The Arrowsmith Program of cognitive exercises was developed by Barbara Arrowsmith Young and first offered to students with learning disabilities in 1978.  Arrowsmith School was founded in 1980 and has operated continuously in Toronto since then.  Arrowsmith School has over 35 years of experience demonstrating that we believe it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises.

    The genesis of the Arrowsmith methodology lies in Barbara Arrowsmith Young’s journey of discovery and innovation to overcome her own severe learning disabilities, a detailed description of which appears in her book, “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.” 

    At Arrowsmith School we are guided by these values:

    Compassion – a deep commitment to all people as we believe this work alleviates human suffering.

    Transformation – we believe that students realize their potential and change their lives opening up a world of different possibilities. 

    Passion and Belief in the Arrowsmith Program

    Integrity – we are committed to the fundamental design and core principles of the Arrowsmith Program

    Continuous Improvement – dedication to be a learning organization which continuously improves through grassroots implementation, technology, and research. 

    At Arrowsmith School our mission is to help people with learning difficulties, and their families, to lead happier and productive lives through understanding and the practical application of cognitive enhancement. 

    To learn more about Arrowsmith School or to register for one of our Parent Open Houses, please visit www.arrowsmithschool.org.  Please send all admissions inquiries to [email protected].  All other questions can be sent to [email protected]

    Dear Reader,

    I  want to thank you for taking the time to consider Académie Marie-Claire as the school of choice for your child.

    In doing so, you will be looking into one of top academically recognized schools in Quebec and in Canada.  Though the Académie is noted for being the only Canadian school to have produced an international champion in mathematics',  its students consistently earn noteworthy accomplishments in academia.  Académie Marie-Claire has remained steadfast in promoting the acquisition of knowledge, in promulgating the advancement of education, and in offering the support necessary for students to reach their full potential.

    Respect, courtesy and diligence are the cornerstone upon which the philosophy of Académie Marie-Claire is entrenched. It is a philosophy that calls for total commitment and dedication by its staff for one single purpose, and one single purpose alone, offering a warm, supportive, rich and caring environment where self-reliance and habits of lifelong learning are built. The ultimate goal of this philosophy is to foster in students a love for learning, to promote understanding and to serve society

    With the knowledge that every child is a precious jewel bringing his/her own glow to this world; a bright star shining on the world; a person with innate intelligence in need of cultivation and nurturing; that an enriched environment fosters greater knowledge; that academic excellence and athletic abilities have their place, expectations and daily life have to be guided by lasting moral conviction.

    As such, the Académie is more than a place of academic learning. It is a place where participants learn to collaborate; where life-long skills in human relations are brought to fruition; where respect and collaboration lead to greater understanding and improved performance; where future leaders are molded and carved.

    You are invited to visit the Académie and hope to welcome you as part of our extended family in the future.

    Henry Zephirin

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Académie Marie-Claire

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      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.

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Arrowsmith School is a privately owned co-educational and non-denominational day school that is dedicated to helping students with specific learning difficulties. Students who come to Arrowsmith School have been struggling in school - some are just starting their schooling but their experience has already shown a pattern of learning problems. Others have been finding school a challenge for years. Each new student is assessed at Arrowsmith School so that we may identify his or her individual learning profile and then design a program of cognitive exercises for that student. Our program has been of benefit for students having difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. Our goal is for our students to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and to enable them to achieve their goals of academic and career success.

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Students attending Académie Marie-Claire`s primary school are exposed to an educational environment that is as much caring as it is demanding; as much fun as it is insightful; and as pleasant as it is challenging. The Academie offers a rich learning environment merging research based child development and learning theories with time proven teaching methodology to implement an enriched and progressive curriculum that stimulates the brain and instill principles of humanity and social responsibility. A mosaic of highly qualified, well trained and experienced teachers and staff members embody the quintessence of quality, service, and professionalism. At Academie Marie-Claire, staff dedication and commitment to students and parents override self-interest and self-indulgence. Student safety and well-being as well as his/her social, emotional and cognitive development, take front and center stage

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        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.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Blended learning amidst cognitive transformations, amplify the Math Education at Arrowsmith School. Cognitive strengthening combined with online mathematical connections and classroom correlations, deliver a hybrid educational experience. Within this model, students learn how to regulate their learning more easily and become amply aware of their daily performance with verbal and numerical feedback. The small classroom size provides occasions to collaborate with peers, while their virtual learning gives opportunities for autonomy. Students increase their motivational levels and take more ownership of their own learning, as the processes foster critical thinking skills, self-reflection and confidence.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Our Mathematics program is enriched and matches content with the child's ability and level


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        JUMP Math Mathletics

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Calculators are vital in our technological enhanced society. Students are encouraged to formulate a numerical estimation proceeding the use of their calculator, to ensure reasonable and accurate results.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        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.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        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

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Most students at Arrowsmith School receive one period of English each day. There are typically between four to ten students in a class, and classes are either 35 or 40 minutes in length depending on the period when they occur. Students are grouped according to their abilities so that there are usually students from multiple grade levels in any one class.\n\nThe focus of each class will depend on the needs of the students in it. Typically, students reading well below their grade level are placed in a class where the focus tends to be on decoding. In other classes, students read and discuss novels, short stories and non-fiction articles. They also often engage in independent reading comprehension exercises. Additionally, students work on developing their writing skills, learning basic paragraph structure and how to apply it to the composition of short essays. Students also work on revision and editing skills.\n

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        At Académie Marie-Claire, the reading is viewed as an active process by which students predict, sample, and confirm or correct their hypotheses about the written text. Theories of the psycholinguistic nature of the reading process and reading instruction are used to introduce and improve reading and comprehension.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        A reading placement test is given in September and formal, standardized tests are administered at the end of the year.

      • Writing

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Systematic approach

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Most students at Arrowsmith School will receive one period of English each day. There are typically between four to ten students in a class, and classes are either 35 or 40 minutes in length depending on the period when they occur. Students are grouped according to their abilities so that there are usually students from multiple grade levels in any one class.\n

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        In the area of language acquisition, Academie Marie-Claire pioneered the teaching of multiple language options as a choice at the pre-school, kindergarten and primary levels. Spanish, Italian or Mandarin language courses are taught as a third language as early as kindergarten and as part of the regular curriculum. Each child must expand his/her knowledge in a third language. In the area of primary language development, the enriched bilingual program in French and English continues to produce students who surpass their peers in ability and performance by graduation time. This success is true also in other subject matters resulting in students from the Academie representing Canada at competitions of international stature at home as well as abroad

      • Literature

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        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

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        The focus of each class will depend on the needs of the students in it. Typically, students reading well below their grade level are placed in a class where the focus tends to be on decoding. In other classes, students read and discuss novels, short stories and non-fiction articles. They also often engage in independent reading comprehension exercises. Additionally, students work on developing their writing skills, learning basic paragraph structure and how to apply it to the composition of short essays. Students also work on revision and editing skills.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        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

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        The school is designed to meet the demands of a technological world. Intellligent Smartboards are at each level from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Wi-FI access is available throughout the school and access to personal laptops serve to enhance the curriculum, conduct advance research projects, create school newspapers and prepare students for practical use of computer applications reflecting what is used in the work force. These are supplemented with a full-size computer lab accessible to each class at all levels, including pre-school students. A full-fledge Science lab exists allowing students to manipulate and observe otherwise abstract concepts


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Académie Marie-Claire

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Each Division receives 50 minutes of Gym every Wednesday. When the weather is nice we utilize the Parks near the school and during periods of inclement weather, we book space across the road at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Gym is an opportunity for students to have a period of sustained physical activity and to, most importantly, have a lot of fun.

        ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

        The school has a dedicated physical education teacher. Phys ed classes are offered twice a week. additionally, various sports team are formed and participate intra-mural competitions.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Académie Marie-Claire

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


      Approach

      Approach

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      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

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Preschool and kindergarten at Academie Marie-Claire are an extension of the love, nurturing, warmth and safety found at home. Youngsters are welcomed each day by passionate staff members whose mission it is to brighten each child's mind, heart and spirit. Cognitive, social, and language skills are introduced laying the foundation of skills needed for a fruitful learning experience. Activity centers serve to instill self-confidence, practice decision-making in each center and build self-reliance.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Académie Marie-Claire

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


      Pace

      Pace

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      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.

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Académie Marie-Claire

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


      Culture

      Culture

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ARROWSMITH 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.

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      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

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      At Arrowsmith School, school-age students attend Math and English classes daily in addition to completing their cognitive exercises. Students are grouped based on ability rather than age-appropriate grade and receive the supports necessary in order to meet with success in an academic setting.

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      The distinction of AMC resides in its philosophy which permeates through the mission, the objectives, the curriculum, social life and all other issues related tto the wellbeing of the student population, staff and parents. The program at Academie Marie-Claire is departmentalized. Each class and each subject is taught by a “specialist”. The concept of a “Home Room” in its traditional meaning does not exist. This is a fundamental and critical nuance that crystallizes the approach to teaching from preschool to primary.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Académie Marie-Claire

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


      Primary

      Primary

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      The goal of Arrowsmith School is to help students capitalize on their improvements and eventually reintegrate into a full academic program at a public or private school at their appropriate grade level following completion of a two-to-four year program of Arrowsmith cognitive exercises. Our goal is for our students to become effective, confident and self-directed learners for life and to enable them to achieve their goals of academic and career success.

      ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

      Académie Marie-Claire is a place where participants learn to collaborate; where life-long skills in human relations are brought to fruition; where respect and collaboration lead to greater understanding and improved performance; where future leaders are molded and carved Académie Marie-Claire encourages students to engage in discourse and to respect divergent ideas and thoughts; to excel academically and support each other’s capabilities; to pursue excellence in the spirit of productive cooperation; and, to take a leadership role in contributing to the improvement of our community and of this world. The ultimate goal of this philosophy is to foster in students a love for learning, to promote understanding and to serve society.

  • 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:

    Arrowsmith School

    Académie Marie-Claire

    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.
     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Académie Marie-Claire

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    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

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    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

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    At Arrowsmith School we offer a program of intensive and graduated cognitive exercises that are designed to strengthen the underlying weak cognitive capacities that are hypothesized to underlie a range of specific learning difficulties. Each student's program is based on a careful assessment to identify the specific learning difficulties. Our Framework for Results includes a detailed assessment and identification of 19 learning dysfunctions; innovative methods which include specialized exercises and computerized programs; clearly defined and individualized goals; a positive, supportive and structured learning environment; building self-esteem by developing competence; and low student to teacher ratio.

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Measures are taken on a case by case basis


    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

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Students in the Arrowsmith Program are typically of average or above intelligence but are experiencing problems in school which may include difficulties with reading, writing, mathematics, remembering, understanding, or attentional issues. Each student is unique in his or her combination of problem areas and our exercise program is individually designed for each student. At Arrowsmith School, we utilize the Arrowsmith Program that is based on the philosophy that it is possible to treat specific learning difficulties by identifying and strengthening cognitive capacities.

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    The process usually begins with a teacher referral to the Director of Pedagogy who brings it up to the administration (General director and/or Headmaster). The above meet with the Orthopédagogue who proceeds with assessment. Measures are taken based on the assessment.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Arrowsmith School

    Académie Marie-Claire

    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

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Académie Marie-Claire

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ARROWSMITH 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

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    • Kendama Club
    • Flower Stick Club
    • We Club

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    • We offer over 2 dozen extracurricular activities. Visit us at amcca.ca
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Students entering Arrowsmith School have ordinarily been experiencing a range of problems including: reading writing mathematics comprehension logical reasoning visual memory auditory memory dyslexia non-verbal learning auditory processing attention

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Though we welcome all students, we find that the students attracted to the Académie are those who have academic interest and work well in a structured environment.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    The decision as to whether a student who is experiencing difficulty at school may be suitable for Arrowsmith School can usually be made based on discussion by telephone with parents and often with the students themselves.

    Where necessary, we can also review school report cards and results of academic and psychological testing. Our experience has shown that most parents can identify with great accuracy the problems that their child is having at school.

    Each student enrolling at Arrowsmith is assessed to determine the student’s learning profile and to plan the student’s program. Information about the assessment procedure is in the Assessment section of our web site.

    ACADéMIE MARIE-CLAIRE

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, the best times to apply are during the fall and early winter. Those who apply in early fall (usually early October) for the following year may have an opportunity to be considered for a small stipend.




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