One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1980

     

    1852


     

    Enrolment

     

    175

     

    1000


     

    Grades

     

    1 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    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."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 22

     

    22


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $2,500 to $23,500

     

    $20,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    15

     

    167


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 04, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    "He is very laser focused on his future and I credit the school for helping with that thought process."
    Michael Marcon - Alumnus   (Oct 06, 2020)
    As an Alumnus of St. Michael's College School, I can say firsthand that my experience was excellent....
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    "The care and support of every teacher at SMCS has allowed our son to feel comfortable when challenged with difficult tasks."
    Danielle Carroll - Parent   (Oct 06, 2020)
    Our son’s journey at SMCS began at open house where he was immediately taken in by the spirit, cul...
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    "When looking back at their time spent at St Mike's we see that out sons' school success is measured by much more than grades."
    Don Marino - Parent   (Oct 22, 2020)
    We love who our three boys have turned out to be. The teachers give so much of themselves, and the p...
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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. 

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    It's one of the oldest schools in Canada, and is steeped in legend, having descended directly from a secret school founded in the mountains of central France during the French Revolution. Today, it's the only independent Catholic boys' school in Ontario, and one of only a few in Canada. A dedication to teaching the core curriculum though a Catholic lens remains, as does a commitment to strong academics across the board. An extensive program of modernization completed in 2002 brought the school firmly into the 21st century. That said, the school is best known in the popular imagination because of its storied athletic program. The school has produced more than 180 professional hockey players, a raft of hall-of-famers among them. The school is large, and the academic program is rigorous. The ideal student is self-directed, able to thrive in a demanding, rigorous, and at times competitive environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1852
    • Leader in Catholic Boys' Education
    • Enriched Catholic Liberal Arts education
    • Experiential 21st Century Pedagogy
    • Attractive bursary programme
    • Extensive co-curricular programme
    • Engaging Service opportunities
    • Tradition of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence

    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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Since 1852, St. Michael's College School has been educating and forming young men in goodness, discipline, and knowledge for lives of leadership and service. We are Canada's only Catholic, Basilian, faith-based independent school, educating young men from Grades 7 to 12 in a university-preparatory programme, and forming them with a foundation for life. Under the direction of the Basilian Fathers, our students discover the courage and develop the faith to be a modern man of St. Michael's: one who is free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and to the world. Our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning. This inquiry-based learning pedagogy inspires students to explore freely the profound questions of our world and to develop the knowledge and skills for living a meaningful and productive life in the 21st century. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Arrowsmith School

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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]

    Successfully preparing young men for the world of tomorrow is something that St. Michael’s College School prides itself in doing. Through an integration of faith, academics, and co-curriculars, SMCS believes it helps develop the Catholic leaders of tomorrow.  In a challenging and often self-centered world, our young men develop an understanding of the dignity of each person and of their own self-worth through a strong contemporary curriculum, moral and ethical discussions, and authentic service initiatives.  It is the belief of the faculty and staff at St. Michael’s College School that we do more than just teach subjects, coach sports, and moderate activities – we teach, coach, and role model for young men.  It is this essence of teaching, instilled in us by our founding Basilian Fathers, that makes a St. Michael’s College School education much sought after and unique.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      St. Michael’s College School provides a modern, Liberal Arts, Catholic education for young men in grades 7-12. The Grade 7-8 Intermediate programme academically prepares students for our university preparatory high school curriculum. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity for the young men to transition seamlessly into the high school setting. Grade 7-8 students participate in a 1:1 iPad programme, developing the technological competencies that complement the Intermediate curriculum. Our Grade 9-12 academic programme provides a Liberal Arts education for students bound for university. A pedagogical approach that embraces character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking develops the learning skills that students need for living productive and meaningful lives in the 21st Century. All courses are taught at the Academic level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

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

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        JUMP Math Mathletics

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students use the TI-84 calculator

      • Early Reading

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ARROWSMITH 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.


        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

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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.

      • Writing

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.


        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

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Literature

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        We use our English curriculum to further develop character and citizenship in our students. For example, in grade 9, students read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which tells the story of a boy with A.S.D. Students are asked to create a public service announcement about Autism and address common misconceptions.


        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

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

      • Physical Education

         

        Arrowsmith School

        ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

        St. Michael's College School

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

        ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

        The philosophy of education at St. Michael's focuses on developing the mind, body and spirit. Our Physical and Health Education programme encourages students to pursue physical fitness as well as teaching them about mental and physical well-being. We expose them to a number of sports and activities and encourage them to be life-long healthy and active people.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School provides a modern, Liberal Arts, Catholic education for young men in Grades 7-12. The Grade 7-8 Intermediate programme prepares students for our university preparatory high school curriculum, and provides an opportunity for young men to transition into the high school setting seamlessly. Grade 7-8 students participate in a 1:1 iPad programme that develops 21st century learning and compliments the Intermediate curriculum. Our Grade 9-12 academic programme provides a Liberal Arts education for university bound students. All courses are taught at the Academic or University level in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training Guidelines.


      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."

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Arrowsmith School

      ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

      St. Michael's College School

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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."

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      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."

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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

    St. Michael's College 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

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ARROWSMITH SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Learning Enrichment Centre: Accommodations -development of IEP's -monitoring of student progress and individual assistance with organization, time-management, and workload -alternative location for testing/exams (quiet space) -memory aids, audio books (USB) -use of computers for testing/exams -assistive technology (computer apps, programs, devices for specific learning challenges) -referral of peer support (tutor or note-taking) -referral of psych ed assessments and to CCAC for Occupational Therapists -workshops developed and offered throughout the school year on organization, note-taking, time-management, study skills, exam prep -"Return to Learn" support to help students stay on top of their courses after an illness, concussion, or injury


    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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Arrowsmith School

    St. Michael's College 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

    St. Michael's College School

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE 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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • 50 interscholastic teams across 20 different sports, engaging 800 student-athletes
    • Full service Athletic Therapy Clinic & Strength and Conditioning Centre
    • Intramural offerings include: Bubble Soccer, 3v3 Basketball & Badminton,
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 04, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    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

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Our students discover the courage and find the strength to be a St. Michael's Student: one who is free in mind, body, and soul to pursue truth, choose goodness, create beauty, and build a civilization of love and care in service to our community and to the world. Through our rich Liberal Arts programme, which combines different and necessary sources of nourishment for mind, body, and soul, our students unleash their passion for meaning and curiosity by embracing Deep Learning. This inquiry-based learning pedagogy inspires students to explore freely the profound questions of our world and to develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills for living a meaningful and productive life in the 21st century. In graduating young men who change the world through lives of faith, character, and service, St. Michael's College School brings integrity, unity, and healing to a fractured and uncertain world.

    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.

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Experience St. Michael's College School

    Take our Virtual Tour:  stmichaelscollegeschool.com/tour

     

    St. Michael's College School Application Checklist

    1. Complete Candidate Information Available online: applysmcs.com 

    2. Provide Academic Documents Online Families are required to scan and upload copies of the candidate’s final report cards from 2019 and 2020, as well as a copy of the current school year report cards. Candidates seeking entrance to Grades 11 or 12 must submit an Official Transcript and the Credit Counselling Summary.

    3. A. Complete the Student Reference Online (for applications to Grades 7, 8, or 9) As part of the application process families must provide the student reference to their son’s current teacher through the online application. Families will require the teacher’s name and email address to complete this part of the application. Select Item #5 in the Application Checklist and follow the prompts to send the Reference as an Email.

    3. B. Permission to contact vice-principal (for applications to Grades 10, 11, or 12) Families must email the vice-principal of their son’s high school giving that person permission to communicate with St. Michael’s College School about their son’s academics, attendance, and behaviour. Mr. Fischer should be carbon copied on this email ([email protected]).

    4. Submit Application Fee Payment of a non-refundable $125 application fee. Questions regarding the application fee can be directed to Mrs. Kim Celotti at [email protected] or 416-653-3180 ext. 500.

    5. Family Meeting and Interview Families must schedule a family meeting and interview with Office of Admissions. During this two hour window, families will receive more information about the SMCS model of education, have their questions answered and will participate in a parent and candidate interview. The family meeting can be scheduled by logging into your online application account at applysmcs.com.

    6. Complete the secondary school admissions at home test (SSAT) (Only for candidates seeking Grades 7, 8, or 9 entrance). The SSAT is an aptitude test. Families can register their sons for the SSAT directly at www.ssat.org. Please ensure results are sent directly to St. Michael’s College School.

    7. Complete the Character Skills Snapshot Once a candidate has registered for the SSAT, the Character Skills Snapshot will become available. This 20-30 survey is completed online.  Please ensure results are sent directly to St. Michael's College School.

     

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Robert Joseph Birgeneau (1960)
    Ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Fourteenth President of the University of Toronto.
    David Staines (1964)
    Award-winning literary critic, writer, and professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Awarded the Order of Ontario.
    Robert Deluce (1968)
    President and CEO of Porter Airlines
    Sergio Marchionne (1970)
    Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. Corporate turnaround artist. Credited with saving Fiat (automotive group).
    Eugene Melnyk (1977)
    Founder, chairman, and CEO of Biovail Corporation. Sole-owner and chairman of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
    Tyler Seguin (2008)
    NHL hockey star currently playing for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
    Jason Spezza (2000)
    NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
    Luke Gazdic (2005)
    NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers.
    Dominic Moore (1998)
    NHL hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers
    Frank Mahovlich (1956)
    Winner of six Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Liberal Senator in the Canadian Senate.
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