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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Century Private School

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1979

     

    1994


     

    Enrolment

     

    90

     

    Varies


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    Preschool to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

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

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    8 to 10

     

    10 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $9,750 to $10,750

     

    $16,550 to $27,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    K to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $3,500

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    6

     

    0


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Century Private School

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Century began its life in 1994 when Sybil Taylor founded the Montessori school. The program has grown considerably since then, and in a variety of ways, most notably with the development of the high school program. The school is housed within a heritage building that provides a welcome sense of place and purpose. While the middle and high school programs perhaps venture away from the core of the Montessori method, they nevertheless retain a sense of community, hands-on learning, and peer support. The ideal student is one that can thrive within a challenging academic environment, and who is preparing for success at university.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Century Private School

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten, Elementary and Secondary School offering quality education
    • Inspiring Excellence through Character, Leadership and Community Service
    • IB Candidate School
    • Proud supporter of Sick Kids Foundation
    • Located in historic landmark Loyal True Blue and Orange Home on 12 acres of land

    Description

    Description

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Since 1994, Century Private School has offered a safe, pleasant, and nurturing environment for students from Montessori preschool to secondary school. We are dedicated in providing first-class education to embrace the vision of our students achieving excellence through their experience at Century Private School. ​

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Century Private School

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Message

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

    As Principals, we are committed to creating a positive and collaborative learning environment to inspire our students to reach their full potential and achieve academic success.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Century Private School

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Our Preschool and Kindergarten Casa classes follow the Montessori method of teaching. Our elementary and high school students follow the Ontario curriculum with opportunities for enrichment. The foundation of learning at Century is built on three pillars: Character, Leadership, and Community Service. Century Private School is now an IB Candidate School.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our Mathematics program is introduced using concrete materials, which allow the student to develop sound computational and geometric skills. These skills provide the students with the strengths that allow them to progress to the abstract level where they develop proficient problem solving skills through the application of critical and analytical thinking.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Math text books used are part of the Alberta Curriculum.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        In the Montessori classroom, children are introduced to the phonetic sounds of the alphabet with the use of sandpaper letters, which incorporates the sense of touch to reinforce learning. Once a child has mastered the sounds associated with each letter, they are then introduced to the large moveable alphabet, and begin to build three-letter phonetic words. The movement and activity is a stimulating process, which fosters the desire to sound out words and read.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The student's natural curiosity and innate need to learn through discovery is nurtured by the sciences. Through a curriculum that includes studies in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Zoology, and Botany, the students are exposed to the fundamental theories and concepts of science with the goal of giving them an understanding of the natural and physical world and their interdependencies. Classroom instructional units are complemented by field trips to help the students make the connection between the principals and theories learned and their role and the functions in the real life applications.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE 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.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury teaches core knowledge of history and geography.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Pragmatism


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury uses the communicative method for teaching foreign languages.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury has an expressive approach in our visual studio program.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The arts program is an important part of the school's curriculum as it contributes to the overall development of the student. The arts program encompasses Visual Arts, Music, and Drama. Study of the arts foster intellectual, social, and emotional growth, nurtures creativity and gives students other means of expression, verbally and non-verbally. It encourages self expression and communication as well as strengthening their critical and creative thinking skills. It gives them skills to work effectively in groups as well as the confidence to work independently. The Arts program is a vital component of an integrated curriculum, showing the relationship among subject areas and demonstrating the connectivity that exists in all disciplines. A specialist in each area of expertise teaches the Visual Arts, Music and Drama programs.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Medium integration

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Banbury includes the role of computers and technology in our curriculum.

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Banbury Crossroads School

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

        Century Private School

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

        CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our goal is to provide an active start to physical education Our program is geared towards helping the children gain self confidence, social skills and emotional control while being exposed to the games and sports taught throughout the school year. From our casa program to high school our students are learning co-ordination and skills that pertain to each sport taught.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Century Private School

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Our Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms follow the Montessori method of education. The program is based on self-directed activity, as students develop their "absorbent minds". With guidance from our Montessori directresses, students explore the five areas of the classroom (Mathematics, Language, Culture, Sensorial and Practical Life) in an effort to develop their natural desire to learn.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Century Private School

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Century Private School

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE 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

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Banbury Crossroads School

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

      Century Private School

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE 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

      BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

      CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The goal of our school is to inspire excellence in three ways: by developing skills of Leadership, building character, and by instilling in our students the importance of community service. We recognize the importance of developing the "whole child", and ensure that in addition to academic excellence, we foster a culture that creates caring and compassionate global citizens.

  • 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:

    Banbury Crossroads School

    Century Private 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.
     

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Century Private School

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CENTURY PRIVATE 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

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Information not available


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

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

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Banbury can offer accommodations for children with mild learning disabilities.

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Banbury Crossroads School

    Century Private 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

     

    Banbury Crossroads School

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

    Century Private School

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE 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

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Students who are committed to personal growth find the most success at our school.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BANBURY CROSSROADS SCHOOL

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

    CENTURY PRIVATE SCHOOL

    All the applicants are required to go through an interview prior to acceptance and complete English and mathematics assesment tests.




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