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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1980

     

    1979


     

    Enrolment

     

    175

     

    90


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, eSchool

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    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."
     
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    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

     

    10 to 22

     

    8 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $2,500 to $23,500

     

    $9,750 to $10,750


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $3,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    15

     

    6


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    information not available

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    "Our daughter has made leaps and bounds academically, and socially."
    Hafeeza Atif - Parent   (Dec 10, 2020)
    Best school in Calgary. All teachers are very nice, kind and helpful. Guidance at all points. They t...
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    "They teach the curriculum for her grade, but at her own pace and geared to her individual strengths and weaknesses."
    Thalia Zelnik - Parent   (Dec 10, 2020)
    My daughter likes Banbury Crossroads School because of the very personal, family-oriented atmosphere...
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    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. 

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Diane Swiatek founded Banbury Crossroads in 1980, and she remains the head of the school today. She has said that “parenting and mentoring children is a matter of choosing philosophy and principles, and acting so as to live out those principles.” Indeed, since its inception, Banbury has been an expression of that ideal. The academics are demonstrably strong, though the attention to values, including responsibility and character development, is a particular draw for the families that enroll here. So too is an academic approach founded in the curiosity and the interests that students bring with them to the classroom. We learn best when we learn for ourselves, rather than for external reward, and the Banbury environment has been created with that in mind. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    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

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    • The purpose of Banbury is to meet individual needs
    • Self-directed learning from early childhood
    • Founded on mutual respect and communication
    • Individualized instruction based on interest and pace
    • Relaxed, safe and stress-free atmosphere
    • Small multi-aged groups with a ratio not more than 10:1
    • Real-world experience through field-trips in the community
    • Caring and patient teachers and staff
    • 10min drive away from downtown Calgary
    • Students just love Banbury the way it is

    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.

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    We offer self-directed learning, fostering student autonomy and liberty in a culture of mutual respect. Academics are individualized. We use a student-paced approach with tutorial instruction in small, multi-aged groups of 10:1. Collaboration within meaningful, trusting relationships enhances learning. Students connect with the community through field trips, volunteerism and internships. We communicate, negotiate, solve problems and develop soft skills. Member of Canadian Coalition of Self-Directed Learning--CCSDL.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    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]

    Congratulations to us all! Banbury Crossroads School passed its 40th Anniversary mark on November 1st, 2019. The historical inertia represented in its continued existence warms my heart, because it means that the Banbury way of learning is still available for children in the Calgary region. It has been my passionate dream for the entirety of my adulthood for children to have the opportunity to be respected as individual people, and to be happy, visible, and nurtured while they learn in a holistic fashion. Over the years, the thinking and writing that was done from the very beginning is still valid and relevant. Our philosophy and practices of self-directed learning from those early years have become richer and validated through practice, flourishing into our present ways of being. The inspired devotion and multitudinous efforts of teachers, students, and parents have all contributed to create the actual way we are now. We are a very unique school, with our own particular identity. By this time, it is common for me to tell children and young adults, “At Banbury, we…” while explaining our ways of relating to others, engaging in learning activities and interest-based projects, developing emotional intelligence and self-regulation, connecting with the real world outside our walls, and creating the school culture inside them. 

    Over the years, Banbury has honed its mission to foster learning through self-empowerment, intrinsic motivation, management of time and resources, and active goal setting. Mutual respect is the foundational principle. So, all of us expect to have both rights and responsibilities. Some of the hallmarks of our school are the development of moral and logical reasoning, and competence in the soft skills that are crucial for smooth social functioning, We have developed expertise in developing communication and negotiation skills, and providing guided conflict resolution among willing participants.

    Academics matter, because students have an innate impetus for intellectual growth. They need to learn about, and master, their environment. To be respectful to our students, we allow them to work on material that suits their true level of accomplishment, rather than pushing them ahead or holding them back within same-age cohorts. This requires personalized and individualized instruction. So, students set their own schedules and deadlines, and pace their academics, individually working to levels of mastery in accordance with their abilities and motivation. The Alberta Programs of Study are the baseline; students often go beyond that.

    As a result, Banbury offers very unique schooling. The first difference is shown in how we treat children. Since we respect them as persons, we value their development in autonomy and self-sufficiency, while at the same time emphasizing their interdependence with other people. They are important individually, and so is everyone else. So, we put energy into helping them develop self-leadership, confidence, empathy, compassion, and social responsiveness. We emphasize the need to contribute to their communities.

    In order to enable such individualized mentoring, the student-teacher ratio is 10 to 1. This allows students to receive the visibility, attention, and nurturance necessary for optimal learning. Our choice of this small ratio allows the school atmosphere to be peaceful, comfortable, trusting, and optimistic. Joy happens here.  Within these small classes, in order to allow students to work at their true levels of competence, we have chosen multi-aged groupings. This is not unique in the world at large—indeed, this describes the world at large—however, it is certainly unique in schools. This multi-aged approach fosters peer learning, and trust and comfort between people of various ages. As well, it does not socially penalize those students who are working either ahead or behind their peers.

     

    Therefore, teachers need to use tutorial instruction, rather than lecture-based, teacher-paced instruction. This facilitates academic mentoring, with students being able to ask questions and receive assistance in answering them. In academic pursuits, students are encouraged to compete with themselves, to surpass their historical achievements, and work towards their current, personal goals. They may participate in designing their assignments and projects in line with their interests, and they use manipulative materials to carry them out. They participate in the community for real-world learning. In non-COVID years, we do this through field trips, volunteerism, internships, and international travel. Since it is a COVID year, because we have small class sizes, we are able to socially distance our students, and when we need to engage in remote learning, we contact our students daily. Banbury is the school when students may experience learning activities that are impossible in large institutions. Banbury Crossroads is a fine example of unique, innovative schooling!

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      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.

      BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      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.

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Banbury's unique Self-Directed philosophy offers an individualized learning environment for children ages 3 through 18. Banbury is founded on mutual respect; thus, it enables students to achieve the academic mastery appropriate to their own interests, abilities and motivation. Character development is promoted. The combination of a low-ratio, student-paced program existing within a multi-aged setting, is most conducive to not penalizing students socially for being academically behind or ahead of their peers. Students are mentored to take responsibility for their own education through inquiry-based and kinesthetic projects, and community-focused learning. They devise their own schedules, develop intrinsic motivation, and learn skills in time management, goal setting and self assessment. Secondary students participate in contributive internships at community businesses. Students assess career options, develop meaningful and trusting relationships with adults, and cultivate altruism, empathy and communication skills. Banbury's well-balanced approach creates an enriching and inspiring school experience that promotes the development of autonomy and confidence. These two elements are necessary for students' engagement in the academic, emotional and social aspects of post-secondary education and adult life.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has both "Traditional Math" and "Discovery Math" teaching methods.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        JUMP Math Mathletics

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Math text books used are part of the Alberta Curriculum.


        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Calculators are used in our math programs, as a useful skill and resource.

      • Early Reading

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS 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.


        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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has a balanced literacy program. We teach children to read when they are ready, which could be any time from age 3 through age 7. We offer individual reading lessons, and teach story writing through dictated stories, as well as their own journalling and writing to accompany relevant activities. Phonics is taught as a strategy to de-code words.


        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

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has a balanced approach to writing. Writing occurs in relevant and meaningful situations. Students are assisted individually, and encouraged to write independently as well. There is a huge focus on writing, all through the grades, as there is always a teacher available to assist students in their writing. Writing is only as good as a person's thinking. We assist students in clarifying their thoughts, organizing their points logically and reasonably, making linking statements and suitable introductions and conclusions. All students need to be shown how to "cut and paste" in the literal sense. This means that all students need instruction at some point of their lives in creating quality written work. We have had students write essays for diploma exams in which they receive 100%. Of course, individual talent is a huge contributor to this. However, we tend to increase students' skill in writing.

      • Science

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has a balanced approach to the Sciences. We include field trips, experiments and hands-on project work as fundamental means of making science come alive for our students.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS 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)

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has a balanced approach to literature. We follow the Alberta Programs of Study, and give students much leeway in choice of novels, plays, poetry, and so on, for their chosen assignments. We utilize projects with an interdisciplinary focus.


        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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury teaches core knowledge of history and geography.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has a more pragmatic approach to social sciences in Grade 7 and higher.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        Approach


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

         

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury uses the communicative method for teaching foreign languages.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Physical Education

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


        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.

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Physcial Education at Banbury, has an extensive outdoor component, including horseback riding, skiing, archery, golf, hiking, and canoeing. Many of our indoor activities such as volleyball, basketball, badminton and wall-climbing are conducted off-site in recreation centres. Other indoor activities include swimming, bowling, and yoga. Many games are played on the fields and grounds near our school.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Banbury Crossroads has a Self-Directed Kindergarten and Pre-school program. The structure is based on the Modern British Infant System, from which came our modern ideas around "centers" and "integrated project work", as well as "constructivism" in the learning process. Our school follows this structure and philosophy from junior kindergarten through Grade Twelve. It involves multi-aged grouping, individualized instruction, mastery learning, kinesthetic projects, teacher mentorship, free play and contact with the community.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      BANBURY CROSSROADS 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


      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.

      BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

      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.

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Self-Directed Learning is the norm at Banbury Crossroads School. We have a very supportive environment for academics at the school. The students have an attitude towards accomplishment more like that at university. There is no teasing for being "a brain" here.


      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."

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


      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."

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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


      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."

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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


      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.

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      We know that learning happens in all realms at once: physical, emotional, intellectual, creative, social. Banbury\'s well balanced approach creates an enriching and inspiring school experience that promotes the development of autonomy and confidence. These two elements are necessary for students\' engagement in the academic, emotional and social aspects of post secondary education and adult life.

  • 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

    Banbury Crossroads 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.
     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

    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.

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    We are not a special needs school. We can accommodate students with mild needs, as long as they can function within our self-directed learning classes.


    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.

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Banbury can offer accommodations for children with mild learning disabilities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Arrowsmith School

    Banbury Crossroads 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

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL


    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

    BANBURY CROSSROADS 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

    What the school says

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    • Kendama Club
    • Flower Stick Club
    • We Club

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    • This section is different for Banbury, primarily because the items ticked off above indicate activities that are usually conducted during school hours, not as extra-curricular hours. They bear mentioning, just to show that the physical education classes and other special project activities at Banbury cover a wide range of interests. We offer internships that occur off-campus. We also offer personal interest projects that may cover any topic whatever. In addition, we have had after-hour clubs for outdoor education, chess, scrabble, arts and handcrafts, whenever there is an interest in those subjects.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    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

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    We are looking for students who are able to work independently, as well as willing to work individually with a teacher. Students need to be willing to try new learning experiences, open to instruction, willing to attend, socially adept and responsive, mutually respectful, and pleasant and able to be responsible for their own behaviour. We are able to celebrate differences in abilities, interests and passions, motivation, and personalities. We simply want students who are motivated to learn, empathetic and caring, and able to not distract others. If they are self-directed to begin with, that is great. If not, they may learn how to be, here.

    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.

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    An interview and tour of the school is encouraged.  School records and assessments are to be submitted. No admissions test is administered. We take students who are gifted through average to struggling.  A match of philosophy is a must.  This is because we are a philosophically-driven, self-directed learning school.  Students work to mastery, so they keep progressing until they have completed units or projects or grades.  Classes operate with students in multi-aged groups, with 10 students per teacher, so students receive much personal attention.  This allows for students to work independently, as they receive instruction individually or in small groups or seminars.  We do not normally take special needs students, as we only have one teacher who is trained to work with such children, and she works only with the younger ones.  We also do not have ready access to special needs resources, nor do we have psychologists or other specialists on our staff.  Therefore, we generally only take students whose abilities are average through to gifted.




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