AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Bond Academy vs. Laureate College

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

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

    1921 Snake Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 4Y2, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1978

    2012

    Enrolment

    312

    124

    Grades

    Preschool to 12

    9 to 12

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Day, Homestay

    Boarding, Day, eSchool

    Language of instruction

    English

    English

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Arts

    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

    Liberal Arts

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

    Avg. Class Size

    15 to 18

    6 to 12

    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $13,500 to $16,800

    $17,800

    Boarding Tuition

    $44,800

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    No

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    None

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    20

    31

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    11%

    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

    9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

    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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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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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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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    A personalized focus on learning sets Laureate College apart as an option for Grades 9 through 12. With a blended learning model that allows students to gain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) and EAP (English for Academic Purpose) certifications if needed, Laureate College prepares kids for higher education success no matter where they end up. Laureate College also offers a complete online learning model that runs parallel to its in-class programs. Class sizes are kept small, and an inclusive culture helps kids feel like they belong there. Specialized arts, science and engineering, and international business programs offer unique opportunities for students. And, Laureate’s partnerships with schools around the globe give kids the opportunity to study abroad for Grade 12. 

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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

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    "At Laureate, all students have equitable opportunities to pursue their interests and nurture their strengths through sustainable learning. The S.T.E.A.M. principles drive specialized pathways in International Business, Science and Engineering and Arts. Situated on a magnificent, expansively natural campus, our vibrant learning environment fosters engagement. It empowers students to discover their passions, unlock their potential, and become a generation of compassionate leaders and innovators."

    • Blended Learning Model
    • Specialized Programs of International Business, Arts, and Science & Engineering
    • Personalized and intentional Learning
    • Believers of Change
    • Inclusive Culture
    • Small Class Size
    • Forever Learning
    • Global and Innovative Thinking
    • Creative Awareness
    • Self-directed Learner

    Array

    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."

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    "Laureate College is located on a spectacular campus that has access to the Niagara Escarpment creating a learning environment where students feel safe and engaged by its surroundings and interactive learning spaces. Where every student can succeed, they receive personalized learning, student-centred activities, and an inclusive environment. Students can select specialized pathways such as the arts, international business, or science & engineering using project-based learning."

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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    Array

    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."

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    "Choosing Laureate will give students choices and opportunities to advance their learning to receive multiple offers from top colleges and universities. Students will be prepared for their next stages of growth where learning is forever. Their growth is developed through grit, curiosity, and imagination. Every Laureate student will understand the importance of research to substantiate their opinions but also value acts of kindness, gratitude, and setting goals."

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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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."

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    "Laureate College is designed to be affordable and deliver quality programs and provide excellent teachers. Students need to be encouraged to take ownership of their learning and develop their strengths through inquiry-based learning and student-centred activities. Laureate's reputation is defined by the people who work, live, and learn together on this beautiful campus or virtually through our on-line learning platforms."

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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."

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    "To ensure every student is able to achieve success, learning is a shared process among staff and students where Laureate instills the belief of forever learning for all. Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom but learning is a state of mind to continuously expand our knowledge, understanding, and critical-thinking for students, staff, and other partners Becoming a self-directed learner and being excited about discovery will enrich our lives to be an active contributor in our communities."

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    BOND ACADEMY

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    LAUREATE COLLEGE

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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

     

    Laureate College offers multi-dimensional learning that is essential for students to develop the global competency skills through student-centred activities, inquiry-based learning, and differentiated instruction.  Students excel and reach their potential when learning is personalized and focus on deeper learning.  Student engagement comes when they understand the purpose of learning, develop the mastery of a concept, recognize the connections to our communities, and become self-directed learners.

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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.

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Laureate College was founded on the belief that every student is unique and possesses an inherent yearning for learning, growth, and the ability to acquire knowledge, creating a meaningful pathway for life purposefully. At Laureate, every student actively shapes their learning experiences within an inclusive environment characterized by innovative teaching, personalized learning, abundant resources, and global connections. Through our vision, mission, and values, we aspire to create a transformative learning experience that empowers students to embrace opportunities and challenges with confidence, leveraging the knowledge and skill sets they acquire throughout their Laureate journeys.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Traditional Math


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        No

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Expository


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Physiology

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Traditional


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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).

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Creative: 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 to use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos. Expressive: Creativity is inherently subjective. Our goal is to create an open and non-judgmental environment for students to experiment, innovate, and find the artist within"


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        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

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Technology is heavily integrated. Students are taught to be digital citizens and to understand the responsibilities of being online. With our learning management system, Moodle, and Microsoft Teams, students are able to access and submit assignments at all times throughout the course. Students are required to have a laptop or computer with access to the Internet in all classes.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        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.

        LAUREATE COLLEGE

        Physical Education at Laureate College is characterized as a fun reprieve from learning during the course of the day. Students get to take a break from their studies and participate in games and activities working on teamwork, coordination, and strength that help them grow as students outside of the classroom. A relaxed environment not only gives students a break from classes but allows them to release stress and get good exercise.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      BOND ACADEMY

      Montessori

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BOND ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      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.

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      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

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Teachers will cover all the required expectations and meet the individual needs of the students because of the small class size.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BOND ACADEMY

      Rigorous

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Supportive


      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”.

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      Laureate focuses on providing students with quality education, small class sizes, and opportunities to be successful in and out of the classroom. We are committed to whole student development, allowing students to meet their educational goals and ultimately be successful as a human being outside of their education.


      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."

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      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."

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      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

      LAUREATE COLLEGE

      First and foremost we are an educational institution committed to meeting the intellectual needs of our students. However, we firmly believe that students need more than just a strong academic portfolio, meaning we also focus on their social, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

  • 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

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    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

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BOND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    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

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    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

    BOND ACADEMY

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

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • 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

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    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

  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    9 - 12

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $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

    9, 10, 11, 12

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

    SSAT required

    No

    No

    SSAT(out of province) required

    No

    No

    Entrance exams required

    No

    No

    Entrance essay required

    No

    No

    Application fee required

    No

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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!

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    All students may apply to Laureate College as long as they strive to do their very best, attend and participate in all their classes, complete their course work including homework and wish to become a continuous learner.

    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.

    LAUREATE COLLEGE

    The following steps are required for admissions:

    1. Complete the student application form with an application fee payment of $250 CAD.   

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available
    information not available

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