AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Bond Academy vs. Wheatley School

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

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

    497 Scott Street, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2M 3X3, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1978

    1986

    Enrolment

    350

    189

    Grades

    Preschool to 12

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

    Gender

    Coed

    Coed

    Living arrangements

    Day, Homestay

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

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Liberal Arts

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

    Academic culture

    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

    15 to 18

    Special needs support

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

    Learning

    Gifted learner support

    In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted school

    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.
    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

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    No

    Students on FA

    0%

    0%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    None

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    22

    15

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    100%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    No

    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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    WHEATLEY 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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    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Wheatley was founded in 1986 by Eda Varalli, who remains as the principal of the school today. Her inspiration was, truly, the best there ever is—to create a school that just did things better than they were being done. She took the Montessori method as a starting point, particularly in its focus on the individual, the belief that instruction is best when it takes the curiosity and the spirit of the learner. The school has grown over the years, including notably in 2001 with the move into the school’s current facility. The community that the school describes includes parents and extended family, and annual events underscore that, such as a grandparent’s day every April; during Family Literacy Week, parents and grandparents are invited to come into the school to read with students. In all, there’s a nice little spark throughout the life of the school, evident in things like the parent open house titled, beautifully, “Come See What I Can Do Day,” or the standing invitation for parents to have coffee with the principal. Sometimes there is a lot of power in the details, as well as in consistent leadership, and Wheatley serves as a lovely example of that. 

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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."

    • 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

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    "Wheatley has been preparing children for the future since 1986. Small classes, a supportive environment and individualized teaching methods allow every child to realize his or her full potential, while promoting academic excellence. Montessori program from two years of age to Grade 4 and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for Grades 5 to 8. Wheatley provides exciting extracurricular activities and enriched academic studies (Grade 9 Math credit offered)."

    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."

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    "Our curriculum is designed to develop the whole child and to prepare students to be exemplary citizens of our world. Our motto, “Preparing young minds for the future” captures the essence of the school. We provide our students with an education that reflects the needs of the 21st century – developing interdisciplinary skills, offering the tools and resources to explore their potential, and creating a solid foundation around core subjects that are critical to reasoning and comprehension."

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

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    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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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."

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    "It is through a balance of curriculum, activity and community that Wheatley develops the whole child. We emphasize the capacity for critical thinking and an understanding of what learning is and how it is applied to real world situations. Our arts programming nurtures the creative spirit and builds confidence through participation in such school activities as art shows, the school band and theatre projects. Our physical education component underscores the importance of teamwork and ongoing skill"

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    Array

    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."

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    "Wheatley is a diverse community – we welcome international students from around the world and can arrange a safe, secure environment for your child to be billeted in the Niagara region. In addition, International students pay the same tuition rate as our Canadian students."

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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."

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    "Our small classes and low student to teacher ratio allows us to get to know every child and guide him or her on the journey of life. Every child has a voice – at Wheatley, we listen."

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    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    Array

    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHEATLEY 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

     

    Welcome to Wheatley, a vibrant and dynamic independent school dedicated to educating children from toddler age to grade eight. Wheatley embraces a philosophy that values the importance of instilling confidence, self-esteem, responsibility and a lifelong love of learning. We believe in working hard, caring for one another and, above all, making sure that learning is fun.

    Our curriculum is designed to develop the whole child and to prepare students to be exemplary citizens of our world. Our motto, “Preparing young minds for the future” captures the essence of the school. We provide our students with an education that reflects the needs of the 21st century – developing interdisciplinary skills, offering the tools and resources to explore their potential, and creating a solid foundation around core subjects that are critical to reasoning and comprehension.

    Wheatley promotes two proven educational methods: Montessori for children age 2 to grade 4 and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for Grades 5 to 8. These programs have distinguished themselves around the globe and they share in the belief that peace in our community and our world can be achieved through the education of children.

    It is through a balance of curriculum, activity and community that Wheatley develops the whole child. We emphasize the capacity for critical thinking and an understanding of what learning is and how it is applied to real world situations. Our arts programming nurtures the creative spirit and builds confidence through participation in such school activities as art shows, the school band and theatre projects. Our physical education component underscores the importance of teamwork and ongoing skills improvement, and applying them in the gym, on the field and in life.

    Wheatley is a diverse community – we welcome international students from around the world and can arrange a safe, secure environment for your child to be billeted in the Niagara region. In addition, International students pay the same tuition rate as our Canadian students.

    Our small classes and low student to teacher ratio allows us to get to know every child and guide him or her on the journey of life. Every child has a voice – at Wheatley, we listen.

    It is my privilege to be a part of a school that is leading the way in educating the young minds of 21st century. I’d be delighted to provide a personal tour of our school and discuss how Wheatley can make a positive difference in your child’s education.

    Please feel free to contact my office at 905.641.3012 or [email protected] to arrange a tour.

    Yours sincerely,

    Eda Varalli, MS. ED. Head of School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WHEATLEY 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.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      WHEATLEY 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.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Our Montessori and International Baccalaureate Middle Years curriculum is dedicated to providing a child-centered education whose focus is to develop the whole child. We are committed to developing internationally-minded individuals dedicated to shaping a more peaceful world and become aware of their responsibilities as world citizens. Students are engaged, challenged and supported as they strive for excellence and reach their academic potential. Character development (integrity, respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship) is emphasized.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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.

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        No

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BOND ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge

        WHEATLEY 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).

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        BOND ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY 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

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BOND ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WHEATLEY 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.

        WHEATLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      BOND ACADEMY

      Montessori

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Montessori


      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.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      We use the Montessori Method as our curriculum for the Toddlers to age 5. The teacher's role is to guide the child to fulfill their true potential. These first years of school are the most important ones in a child's development. This is the time he/she builds the adult they are going to be.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BOND ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BOND ACADEMY

      Rigorous

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      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”.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available


      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."

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      "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.

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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


      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."

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WHEATLEY SCHOOL

      We value the social and emotional development of each child as much as the intellectual. A happy child is always eager to learn and fulfil their true potential.

  • 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

    WHEATLEY 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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BOND ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WHEATLEY 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

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    Young children come to us with an open heart and an eagerness to learn. The Montessori method is an individualized program. Through the use of the Montessori materials and individualized teaching, we are able to very early in their learning identify children's needs. Children are flagged and followed. Modifications are made to the program when necessary. Also, recommendations and referrals are made to outside specialists if a need is identifies.


    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.

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    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

    WHEATLEY 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

  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    0%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $0

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    100%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Not available

    Not available

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

    No

    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!

    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.

    WHEATLEY SCHOOL

    When accepting a child in our program, we use the following guidelines:

    Toddler Program (18 months-3yrs)  

    1. Children entering in the toddler program do not need to be toilet trained.
    2. Siblings of children already in our school are given the first consideration.
    3. Children registering at 18 months, must be 18 months by September 1.

    Casa Program (3yrs-6)

    1. Children must be toilet trained before enrolling in the Casa program.
    2. Siblings of children already in our school are given the first consideration.
    3. Children from other Montessori schools are considered next.
    4. Parents understand that the Casa program is a three-year program.
      Normally children are not accepted to Casa after their 4th birthday, unless they come from another Montessori program.

    Lower Elementary Program (Year 1-4)

    1. Children graduating from our Casa program will be given first choice.
    2. Siblings of children already in our school are considered next.
    3. Children from other Montessori schools are given consideration.

    Upper Elementary Program (Grades 5-8)

    1. Children from our Lower Elementary program will be given first choice.
    2. Students applying to Grades 5 to 8 are required to write an in- house entrance exam and participate in an interview.
    3. The student’s current report card will be reviewed
  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available
    information not available

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