AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Bond Academy vs. Brockton School

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    1500 Birchmount Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1P 2G5, Canada

    3467 Duval Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7J 3E8, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1978

    2004

    Enrolment

    312

    345

    Grades

    Preschool to 12

    JK to 12

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Homestay, 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.
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation.

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Liberal Arts

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

    Curriculum pace

    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.
    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

    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”.
    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

    15 to 18

    Varies

    Special needs support

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

    Gifted learner support

    In-class adaptations

    In-class adaptations

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $13,500 to $16,800

    $27,200 to $30,600

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    Yes

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    SK to 12

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    20

    23

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    0%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Feb 01, 2024

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    Yes

    SSAT required

    No

    No

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BOND ACADEMY

    Begun in 1978, Bond has grown to include a wealth of programs, including those beyond the prospectus of the academy. Because of the association with them, the Academy is proximate to a full range of physical resources and a rich athletics program. Boarding supports international students, including a language centre offering ESL classes and tutorial in addition to core curriculum, as well as provisions for foreign credit equivalency. With AP courses and independent study options, the ideal student is one who is preparing for university enrollment.
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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    BOND ACADEMY

    Bond Academy began its life in 1978 with a different name and a fairly narrow mandate. It intended to be an academically-oriented school, one designed to meet a well-defined constellation of needs. Time has marched on, and Bond has as well. There are still the supports necessary for students who arrive from away, if not more so, but the program intends much more than just giving them the tools they will need to be successful at university and beyond. Instruction makes the most of the international learning experience, but also the students’ experience, addressing a greater social, cultural, and academic diversity. In that Bond has taken the goal of a liberal arts education—to educate responsible citizens, ones with the tools and the postures required for empathetic, productive civic behaviour—and applied it in the service of educating citizens of the world. If the school was once a place for international students to prepare for post-secondary study, today Bond is that and much else, having developed programs and approaches to deliver a robust academic and social experience, from Kindergarten through graduation.

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    Families rightly turn to Brockton for strong academics, and it certainly has that, undergirded by the IB program. But families turn to private school for other reasons as well, prime among them an environment in which students enter a community of peers of a like mind, and who are academically inclined, and Brockton offers that as well. Even more importantly though is an aspect of the school that perhaps parents don’t think to first, though they should, and that’s the opportunity to have authentic experience with a range of endeavor that they wouldn’t otherwise. The community of the Brockton School is close-knit, while the academic and extracurricular programs are broad. No, it’s not always easy to try new things, and the school is cognizant of the barriers to participation, anticipates them, and seeks to provide a sympathetic introduction. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a vibrant, active, supportive yet challenging academic environment.

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  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "Bond promotes the academic, social & character development of our students within a challenging & supportive learning environment, using an enriched Ontario MOE curriculum. Facilities include a professional stage, double gym, cafeteria, library, computer labs, a large fenced field with a Creative Playground & a wireless campus. Fees include full-day Montessori Casa, Kindergarten, Early Start Literacy, Resource Support, Numeracy, French, Daily Physical Education, Swim Program & Before & After school programs. We pride ourselves in small class sizes which allows us more opportunities for one on one support."

    • Character Education
    • Free Before/After School Program
    • Weekly Swimming Lessons
    • Early start French Classes
    • Art & Music & Drama
    • Daily Physical and Health Education
    • Sports Programs - SSAF Member
    • Small Classes
    • AP Courses
    • 100% Post Secondary Acceptance

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    "Brockton is a gender-inclusive IB Continuum World School located in North Vancouver with programs from JK to Grade 12. At Brockton students are offered an inclusive, holistic, and challenging learning environment where personal experience and development is paramount. The program supports students in becoming life-long learners, and offers a variety of co-curricular, leadership, and service opportunities. At Brockton every student and every family is known, welcomed, respected, and valued."

    • Focus on overall student development and well being within a rigorous academic framework
    • Multiple pathways to graduation and diverse programming that allow for a personalized approach
    • Purpose built early learning program meant to build strong foundations in a welcoming environment
    • Engaging primary and intermediate program and a specialized middle years program
    • Over 30 athletic teams starting as early as grade 3; over 30 extra/co curricular clubs/programs
    • Outstanding outdoor education program providing significant experiential learning across all grades
    • Impressive Arts program including the world renowned World Music Program
    • Innovative programming including multiple dimensions of IT, Entrepreneurship, and more
    • Meaningful student leadership and service engagement opportunities, locally and globally
    • 1:7 Faculty to Student ratio and over 80% of faculty with advanced degrees

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    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "We set high personal & academic standards for our students. We believe that with positive support and direction. students will rise to the challenge of high expectations. Our students are recognized & respected as unique individuals, & their successes reflect our own dedication to providing high quality. well-rounded education. At Bond Academy, we remain committed to our students, our parents, & our philosophy. Simply put education at Bond is Beyond the Books and its Education as it Should be."

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    "Within a challenging IB framework, Brockton School focuses on each child and on the whole child. It is a school where every student matters, every family matters, community matters, and learning for life matters. Students work to learn from successes and challenges to explore their sense of purpose and direction. Students are given the strong foundations that inspire them on a journey as outstanding humans."

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    What tradeoffs has your school made to serve families in this way?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    What key junctures in your school's history have most shaped its present?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    Array

    What type of student is a good fit for your school?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    Array

    Under what conditions would you advise a family against choosing your school?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "Parents find that Bond promotes the academic, social, physical, & character development of our students by providing them with a challenging & supportive learning environment. Our students are recognized and respected as unique individuals, & their successes reflect our own dedication to providing high-quality, well-rounded education. We believe that a partnership of families is critical to maximizing the success of our students. Education that is beyond the books, Education as it should be."

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    "Families choose Brockton because of the authentic connections made between students, staff, and families that, when married to the program delivery, lead to thriving and confident learners. The environment is warm, welcoming, and supportive. The academic standard is high and students are inspired to learn how to learn. Inspiring and supporting students to pursue their dreams with a sense of purpose is a priority."

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    How would you characterize your school's image amongst the public?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "The development of Learning Skills & Work Habits is also an integral part of the
    student’s overall learning environment & achievement. As well as a variety of after-school clubs, competitive sports teams, cultural events, individual counselling, and academic guidance.

    "Education as it should be” and a healthy active lifestyle are the foundations of Bond Academy. We strive to encourage our students to reach their full potential by developing into kind, caring and active members of our society."

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    "Brockton has an impressive number and diversity of programs.
    Students find extraordinary success in multiple arenas.
    The student leadership program is innovative and engaging of all students in one capacity or another.
    The culture of the school and the associated supports attracts accomplished and outstanding staff."

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    What might families find surprising about your school?

    BOND ACADEMY

    "One of the things families find surprising about Bond is that not only does Bond have a sense of community, but it is also Its own community. An extended family, where everyone feels welcome. Bond has a culture that builds a child beyond academics, hence beyond the books. We emphasise that education is building future members of society, to be stronger, diverse, considerate, respectfully, caring, and knowledgeable which encourages lifelong learning."

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    "Brockton walks the talk. It is not words on a website or other; Brockton lives its mission and guiding principles.

    Brockton is an incredibly innovative school and works with students and families to be successful today and in the future. Brockton is not afraid to be ahead of the curve."

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    BROCKTON SCHOOL

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  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    As Principal of the Bond Academy Secondary program, I would like to welcome our new and returning students, as well as their families to the 2023-2024 school year.

    Bond provides an inclusive atmosphere that caters to all learning styles, while promoting the acquisition of the 21st-century competencies that our students require, such as collaboration, critical thinking, digital literacy, and social responsibility, to prepare them for their future vocations.

    Therefore, it is essential that students, parents, and staff all work together to provide the optimal learning environment for our students, to maximize their potential for success in their post-secondary studies and eventually their chosen profession.

    In addition, our Bond Girls Basketball team continues to grow as they compete in the elite OSBA league. The SSAF sports league also gives a chance for our Girls and Boys teams to compete in a variety of individual and team sports.

    Bond delivers "education as it should be" as demonstrated by our student’s academic success. Good luck to all our students during the 2023-2024 school year and thanks to all students, staff, and parents for playing such an integral role in delivering another successful school year at Bond Academy.

    Be Bold, Be Bond

    Phil Davies

     

    Imagine a school where students are excited about getting to class; where students are encouraged to be risk-takers; where every opportunity is seen as one for learning. Imagine a school where parents, teachers and students collaborate to create their best possible educational adventure. Imagine Brockton!

    Brockton is a safe, caring environment where students are challenged academically through a broad and balanced curriculum which surpasses the expectations of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and British Columbia Education Ministry requirements. The academic programme is complemented by a range of co-curricular activities, from athletics and leadership, to service and our World Music Program. Students are encouraged to engage with our local and global communities as they are guided to become life-long learners.

    As an IB World School we embrace the concepts of 21st century learning, providing challenging programs in a culture of inquiry, and fostering the importance of giving service to others. At Brockton we encourage all students to achieve their true potential by being active learners and global citizens.

    Students at Brockton don’t simply attend school, they embark on an educational adventure where they are encouraged to take risks and inquire about the world around them. I am really proud to be the Head of Brockton School. It is an honour to lead a truly dedicated and highly trained staff and to serve the families of the Brockton Community. I would like you to be able to experience everything that is brilliant about Brockton, and I welcome you all to come and see what makes our school so special.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      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.

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      BROCKTON 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

      BOND ACADEMY

      Bond delivers an enriched curriculum in a challenging and supportive environment. Our small classes and dedicated staff promote both the character and skills development of our students within a kind, caring and nurturing environment. We offer early literacy, arts and physical education programs as well as our strong academic curriculum. Through our preschool Montessori Casa program for students three to six and our enriched curriculum at both the Elementary and Secondary levels, Bond cultivates intellectual curiosity and prepares students to be successful in our global society. Our enhanced grade 6, 7 & 8 French program uses the computer-based "Rosetta Stone" program which teaches language through images, text, sounds and video, to support our regular program. Bond promotes a healthy active lifestyle with daily physical education classes and weekly swimming lessons. Students are encouraged to participate in our extracurricular sports activities both intramural and team sports. Bond recognizes the importance and benefits of a strong foundation in the arts. Our programs are designed to nurture awareness of Drama, Music and Visual Arts.

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Brockton is an IB World Continuum School hosting the Primary Years Programme (JK-Gr.5), Middle Years Programme (Gr.6-Gr.10), and Diploma Programme, with a choice of pathways at Grade 11&12. At Brockton, student learning and personal experience are paramount. Students are acknowledged as individuals and are supported according to their respective gifts and areas for growth. Brockton’s small class sizes and close knit community allow for the outstanding faculty and staff to guide students in a journey of inspired learning. The Brockton program is challenging, innovative, and holistic and integrates an array of co-curricular, leadership, service, and character-development opportunities. From the students entering as early as JK through to our Brockton Graduates (and Alumni), Brockton aims to nurture (among other things) self-awareness, resiliency, ingenuity, open-mindedness, international-mindedness, principled behaviours, social responsibility, effective communication, and a sense of purpose. Brockton students are guided on a journey of learning that provides them opportunities to chart a course for success during their school years, at their choice of post-secondary, and in life beyond.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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.

        BROCKTON 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

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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.

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        No

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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.

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON 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)

        BOND ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        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).

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON 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)

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        BOND ACADEMY

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

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Our program is daily for one hour per day. One day is devoted to swimming lessons.

        BROCKTON SCHOOL

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      BOND ACADEMY

      Montessori

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

      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.

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      We offer both half time and full time Kindergarten that reflects the expectations of the Ministry of Education with art, music, drama, french, daily physical education, swimming lessons, and library. We also offer a Montessori Casa program for students 3, 4, & 5 years old including all the additional courses as given in the Kindergarten program.

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Early Years Education at Brockton School emphasizes the facilitation of intentional and experiential learning opportunities through a play-based inquiry model. Our unique approach builds upon the framework and curricular requirements of both the BC Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme. While play-based in nature, there is a strong academic framework that sets a foundation for early elementary school success. At Brockton, we believe that children learn through doing, and therefore our students are provided with opportunities to explore their interests and passions in a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BOND ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      BROCKTON 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

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Brockton is an innovative school where creative opportunities for learning are optimized. Personalized approaches to teaching/learning, a well-resourced Student Services team, and multiple pathways of grade 11/12 programming are among the aspects that support diverse learning needs.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BOND ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

      BROCKTON 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

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Please note: we would like to be listed in both rigorous and supportive categories. To define us in one and not the other would be misleading. Brockton provides a unique combination of a rigorous academic program within a supportive academic culture. Students are inspired to want to learn and to engage a life-long curiosity. This inspiration is nurtured within the challenging IB academic curricular program, a program that is process based while preparing students for optimal post-secondary and future success. Brockton works with each student (and family) to establish goals for each student relative to their particular potential.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      BROCKTON SCHOOL

      Brockton attends to the whole child development. While there is a focus on intellectual growth, this is achieved through a balanced approach with attention paid to the multiple aspects that lead to a student's overall development. Brockton exists within a compassionate community where students are encouraged to explore their own growth in multiple dimensions.

  • 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:
    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.

    Additional support

    Additional support

    BOND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    BROCKTON 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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    Brockton’s Student Services Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of diverse learners. Within the scope of the school’s programming, Brockton School establishes and maintains support services for those who qualify for and/or have special education needs. Working in partnership with families, the team collaborates with teachers to employ a wide variety of strategies and tools, including technology, differentiation, and other adaptations and accommodations to address student needs. Our mission is to set students up for independence as they optimize their gifts and challenges.


    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

    BOND ACADEMY

    We provide the support required on individual needs of the student.

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    Brockton’s Student Services Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of diverse learners. Within the scope of the school’s programming, Brockton School establishes and maintains support services for those who qualify for and/or have special education needs. Working in partnership with families, the team collaborates with teachers to employ a wide variety of strategies and tools, including technology, differentiation, and other adaptations and accommodations to address student needs. Our mission is to set students up for independence as they optimize their gifts and challenges.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    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

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    BOND ACADEMY

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

    BROCKTON 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

    BOND ACADEMY

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    • Duke of Edinburgh Award - Students have the opportunity to work towards the globally recognized Duke of Edinburgh Award. This program encourages students to be physically and mentally active, connect with and give back to their community, and develop skills for life.
    • World Music Program - Our World Music Program offers students at any skill level the opportunity to learn music theory, develop skill, and to participate in live performances.
    • Community Action Teams - An interest in service and bettering the community is strongly encouraged at Brockton. Through the Community Action Teams, students engage in service and foster leadership skills in areas they are interested in such as environmentalism, health and well-being or diversity and inclusion.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    SK - 12

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $0

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    0%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Feb 01, 2024

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    Yes

    SSAT required

    No

    No

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    No

    Entrance exams required

    No

    No

    Entrance essay required

    No

    No

    Application fee required

    No

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BOND ACADEMY

    We are looking for students and parents who have a strong commitment to learning through academics, arts and athletics. As a school we are also strong believers in character education, and giving to others. We support many charities that reflect the needs of our community and assist our students in developing into kind, caring individuals who have empathy and sympathy. Success starts at Bond!

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    Student selection is based on both academic and non-academic considerations. These include but are not limited to: The ‘fit’ of the child and family with the school. The availability of space and class composition at the particular grade level. Character traits such as curiosity, independence, responsibility, self-discipline, and creativity.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BOND ACADEMY

    We welcome your inquiries and will make every attempt to answer your questions. For further information on admissions, please call 416-266-8878.

    BROCKTON SCHOOL

    STEP 1: DISCOVER BROCKTON

    Start by exploring our website for information about the school, our programming, fees, deadlines for admissions, and culture.
    Dive deeper into our unique programming by downloading our Admissions Information Package or registering for an Open House

    SUBMIT AN INQUIRY

    Once you know that Brockton is the right fit for your family, click the apply button. You will be prompted to create an account and fill out an online application.

    SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

    Please note that applications are not considered complete until we receive all supporting documentation, and the non-refundable $300 application fee has been paid.
    For more detailed information on the application process, download our application guide and required documentation checklist.

    APPLICATION GUIDE

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

    STEP 3: SCHEDULE ASSESSMENTS

    Student applicants are required to participate in an entrance assessment to determine ‘fit’ and evidence of the applicant’s potential for success within our program. Parents will also be invited to meet with a member of our admissions/leadership team for a personal interview.

    These can be booked in your admissions checklist.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available
    information not available

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