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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1980

     

    2002


     

    Enrolment

     

    175

     

    220


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    eSchool, Day

     

    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, International Baccalaureate


     

    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


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $2,500 to $23,500

     

    $19,000 to $19,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    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

     

    18


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    information not available

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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    RICHLAND ACADEMY

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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. 

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Richland is a Reggio Emilia inspired school, though the administration historically hasn’t been afraid to innovate and put their own spin on things. One example is the house system around which the community of the school is organized. It’s emblematic of the culture of care, and the house names—Suzuki, Fox, and Keilburger—are emblematic as well. Those things hint at an undercurrent of service and engagement that runs through the culture of the school. The instructional programs are strong, but often it’s that culture/values piece that is also a primary draw.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    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

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    information not available

    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.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    “Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row.” Richland Academy is a Reggio-inspired accredited IB World School with a unique warm and welcoming environment. We are a community of learners who are active, responsible, and compassionate global citizens. At Richland we cultivate students who are deeper thinking, confident, and world ready.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    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]

    Richland is committed to being a leading Reggio inspired IB World School; inspiring, supporting, and nurturing our multi-cultural students to be well- educated, balanced and empathetic global citizens. Founded in 2002, Richland continues to build upon a solid foundation of academic excellence and rigor combined with a warm, nurturing and inclusive environment in which all students feel welcomed and valued.

    At Richland Academy, our committed faculty facilitate student learning about the world in which we live, helping them become internationally minded global citizens. Exciting and engaging learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage in school musical productions, in the art studio, learning commons, and natural outdoor learning spaces. Our students also learn about the importance of giving and sharing with the wider world through action. We are a professional learning community following a holistic approach to education. We educate the whole person; academically, artistically, physically and socially. No two students or journeys are alike and we will go out of our way to find and nurture each student’s unique abilities. Ultimately, we work together to shape 21 st  century leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks as they work effectively with others.

    The first thing you will notice when you arrive at Richland Academy is that the excitement is tangible; you will feel the energy and sense the vibrancy as soon as you enter the school. You will grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as each student and faculty member engage in authentic critical thinking and learning. I invite you to come and join me for a tour of Richland Academy where I am confident you will feel the same joy I did when I walked through the school and was reminded that there has never been a more exciting time to work in the field of education!

    With best wishes,

    Sandi Fischer
    Head of School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Traditional

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      We offer Reggio-inspired inquiry learning within the International Baccalaureate framework, cultivating students who are deeper thinking, confident and world ready. We are committed to excellence, which resonates through the work of our students and teachers. Our rich and challenging curriculum ensures we deliver a solid academic foundation, which is enhanced by our comprehensive Arts programming. We are a warm and welcoming school that delivers personalized learning to ensure that no student is left behind. Within this supportive environment, we explore the Ontario curriculum and prepare students for future academic success.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        We take the three part math lesson approach: computation, conceptual understanding, and problem solving within real life contexts.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        JUMP Math Mathletics

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Calculators are accepted in the Intermediate years.

      • Early Reading

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        No
        We administer diagnostic testing on an ongoing basis, throughout the course of the school year.

      • Writing

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Systematic approach

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Traditional

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        We approach Social Studies through an Inquiry model, under the umbrella of the big ideas as outlined in the Ontario Social Studies curriculum and IB Framework.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Physical Education

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Richland students strive for excellence in everything they do, including sports. Our students are exposed to a breadth of skills appropriate to their development over the course of their elementary education. From a very early age, the physical education curriculum at Richland is designed to develop large motor skills, as well as fine motor skills, and self-regulation. Students experience a program of sports ranging from basketball, soccer, badminton, golf, and track and field. These sports are complemented with other physical training such as yoga and boxing.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Our Reggio-inspired preschool and kindergarten classrooms transition children to an enriched and personalized curriculum while they continue their journey of wonder, exploration and discovery. Students explore the Ontario curriculum within the International Baccalaureate framework, and engage in rich, hands-on experiences that foster creative thinking and problem solving.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      We are a warm and welcoming school that sets high standards for its students and then supports them to achieve those targets.


      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."

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      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."

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      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."

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Information not available

  • 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

    Richland Academy

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

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    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.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    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.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Richland Academy provides an inclusive program which supports all learners within the classroom. Students remain in a regular classroom and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within or outside the classroom from a qualified special education teacher. Our learning strategist reviews and creates IEP's and student growth plans which are shared with the staff. Based on the IEP's and growth plans; accommodations and modifications are put into place to ensure student success.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Arrowsmith School

    Richland Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY


    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

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    • Kendama Club
    • Flower Stick Club
    • We Club
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    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

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    We take students as they are and move them along their learning pathway. We are supportive and nurture each child's individual needs and strengths.

    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.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Applying to Richland Academy involves three steps:

    1. Submit an Application Online!

    Please go to richlandacademy.openapply.com to submit an application for your child.

    With your completed form, please include:

    • A copy of your child’s three most recent report cards (if applicable)
    • A copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport
    • Application fee of $300.00 (non-refundable) from Early Years to Grade 8 

    2. Arrange for a Personal Day Visit at Richland

    After reviewing your application, we will schedule an appointment for you to visit our school and meet with the Head of School. All applicants are welcome to spend a day or two at Richland. During this visit, we will conduct an assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8 to determine their academic abilities. For children in Early Years, we schedule a family meeting with our Early Years Lead Teacher. For the JK-SK, we use a comprehensive tool to get to know them better. 

    3. Receive your Offer of Placement

    We want to ensure that we are able to meet, and exceed, the needs of all of our students.  Decisions are made based on the thoughtful observations and assessment by Richland faculty and staff; and are made in the best interests of the students.   Richland’s student population benefits from a range of abilities, and we recognize the potential in every child.  Once a decision has been made to offer your child a placement at Richland Academy, you will receive a written offer of placement along with a registration package.




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