AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Bond Academy vs. Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

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

    20561 Logan Ave., Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1978

    1993

    Enrolment

    350

    78

    Grades

    Preschool to 12

    8 to 12

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

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Liberal Arts

    Progressive

    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

    3 to 6

    Special needs support

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $13,500 to $16,800

    $8,900 to $19,500

    Boarding Tuition

    Financial aid (FA)

    No

    Yes

    Students on FA

    0%

    25%

    Eligible grades for FA

    None

    8 to 12

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    22

    16

    Percent in boarding

    0%

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    0%

    Day entry years

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

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    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

    Yes: grades 8 - 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.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Bond Academy

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    “Whytecliff is different, something the youth and families who attend seem to deeply appreciate. … For students with diverse learning needs, especially those who have struggled with anxiety or depression, Whytecliff is a refuge—an island of stability in a turbulent world.” “The hallmark of the Whytecliff program is that it’s community-based and anchored in real relationships.” “Whytecliff is a hidden gem and an academic setting like no other.”
    Read The Our Kids Review of Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    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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    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    The school began operations in 1993, though is an expression of a larger program of activity that dates back to 1975 with the creation of the Focus Foundation, a non-profit intending to provide social and educational support for youth aged 13-19. Since the beginning, the force of the programs was in working with assets, rather than deficits: finding talents and passions, and using those as the means of developing skills and engagement. The school extends that mandate, providing a positive, understanding environment for students who, for a range of reasons, haven’t been able to thrive in prior academic settings. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and that’s demonstrated through high rates of attendance, course and degree completion, and academic success. Students arrive with a range of challenges, though also with a shared experience of finding themselves on the periphery of their various social circles. In that sense, while they may be different from each other, here they are different in the same way. The school, for many, is the first truly positive, inclusive community they’ve been a part of. That forms the basis of the work of the school, as does a faculty that brings a wealth of professional and therapeutic accreditation and experience.

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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

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    "Whytecliff Centres in Langley & Burnaby offer a highly successful Gr. 8-12 curriculum tailored for youth with diverse learning/personal challenges. Our caring and competent staff gently weave the academics with a positive strengths-based therapeutic program, paving the way for whole-life success. Despite struggling in other schools, attendance here soars, and course completion increases 4 to 8 times. 95% of students entering grade 12 graduate, and later self-report as 9.3 out of 10 for being on a solid life path!  "

    • Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
    • Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
    • Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
    • Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program
    • Kids love it here! On average, student attendance doubles (vs. previous learning environment)
    • 90% of graduates successfully engaged in work, school, or trades programs (at 3-month follow-up)

    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."

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    "We reach kids on an emotional level. We’re not bound by a lot of the same rules and structures that some schools are. Everything that we do here, in the end, comes down to relationships. And the program that we’ve created here is a family. What we do here is create a warm, caring environment. It’s like a home."

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Information not available

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Information not available

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Information not available

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Information not available

    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."

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    "Most students are at Whytecliff because things didn't go well at other schools. Students chose us because they're looking for a fresh start, a new approach; a school that might have success where others hadn’t. And once here, both parents and students find it life altering."

    Array

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

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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."

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    "Since the beginning, the force of the programs was in working with student assets, rather than deficits: finding talents and passions, and using those as the means of developing skills and engagement. It’s unlike any school in the region or, for that matter, the country."

    Array

    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."

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    "Parents are always surprised with the changes they see in their child and how quickly thrive at Whytecliff. Despite struggling in other schools, student attendance at Whytecliff soars, and course completion increases 4 to 8 times. 95% of students entering grade 12 graduate, and later self-report as 9.3 out of 10 for being on a solid life path."

    Array

    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Information not available

    Array

    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    BOND ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Information not available

  • 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

     

    At Focus Foundation of BC we work from a strength based approach with a focus on students' strengths and abilities. Each student has an IEP that helps them set and meet their educational, social, emotional and physical goals. This approach has a proven track record; this year we had a 95% graduation success rate with our grade 12 students.

    Teaching Philosophy:
    I want to create an exciting leaning environment that is challenging, interactive and respectful. I believe students learn best by being engaged and knowing it is okay to make mistakes. When students leave my classroom I want them to feel confident and have a passion for life long learning.

    Why I work at Whytecliff
    I work as a Teacher and Principal for the Focus Foundation of BC. I work here because I can’t imagine another job existing that has the perfect combination of challenges and successes.  Whytecliff School has become a part of what defines me as a professional and as a person, and it is a part of me that I am extremely proud of.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BOND ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres are the only schools in the Province of BC also certified as 'Positive Youth Development' programs by CARF (the gold standard for therapeutic accreditation). Our positive, strengths-based program focuses on fostering overall social/emotional well-being, while cultivating confidence, competence, creativity, future career readiness, and connection to the wider community. Each student at Whytecliff works from an individualized education plan (IEP) tailored to their unique strengths, interests, and abilities. The goals is to match each student to a personalized curriculum that's fun, engaging, and personally meaningful to them. At Whytecliff, a student’s favourite comic book might serve as a source of inspiration for examining plot or character development in English. Or football or hockey passing strategies might spark their curiosity in physics or mathematics. Our person-centered, inquiry-based approach is particularly effective for students who've had negative experiences in school and are turned off traditional learning. In all we do, we strive to be flexible, empathetic, and sensitive to the needs of each individual student, doing everything we can to support their success.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      BOND ACADEMY

      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.


      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BOND ACADEMY

      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      An individual education plan is developed and tailored for each student. Emphasis is on each child's strengths with sensitivity to their particular challenges and increasing capacity for attentional focus, emotional balance, and learning growth. Students may take time for initial progress and accelerate as they achieve balance and become comfortable.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BOND ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      In our supportive academic environment, each child has the time and latitude to study each subject according to their skills and abilities (with either slower-paced or accelerated learning). Our low student to educator ratio of 6:1 permits tailoring of the curriculum to each child’s learning capacity and interests, and for teaching to accommodate diverse needs. Our educational approach and curriculum emphasizes hands-on classroom activities and high-growth community learning opportunities. There is also one to one teaching, or students may choose to work in pairs or in small groups. Students may focus on one course at a time or do projects that integrate several courses. Students have access to out of school tutoring before or after regular hours.


      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."

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      BOND ACADEMY

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

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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."

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BOND ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      We all want to see kids grow up to be happy, healthy, and lead fulfilling lives. At Whytecliff, we recognize that students today are graduating into a world of immense complexity and change. In addition to helping children overcome any personal, academic, or emotional challenges, we also want to help them discover and develop the key traits and skills that will help them thrive, even in uncertain times. Within the Whytecliff community, children experience a range of opportunities to develop new skills and discover their talents. These experiences encourage personal growth and a strengthened relationship to family and the wider community. Whytecliff inspires hope and leads to promising futures rich with dignity, purpose, and options.

  • 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

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Children at Whytecliff discover a safe, warm, and friendly community, sensitive to their unique needs and challenges, and supportive of their strengths and talents. Whytecliff’s physical environments are thoughtfully designed to accommodate children with diverse learning needs, with a mix of cozy individual study rooms and bright, inviting spaces (more conducive to group gatherings). Our compassionate, attuned, and well-educated staff both love children as well as their particular subject matter. Therapeutic support is tailored to fit the specific needs of each child attending our programs, addressing behavioural, emotional, mental health, addictions, and learning challenges in an integrated way, while building confidence and encouraging hope. Children can experience a wide range of physical activities and community enrichment opportunities, adapted to ensure the safety of each child while fostering developmental maturity and growth. We consider families and caregivers as active partners, and welcome appropriate involvement in their child’s curriculum, learning, and growth.


    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.

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Whytecliff’s two sites are recognized by the BC Ministry of Education (2 of only 15 schools in the Province of BC) as specialized independent schools dedicated to meeting the needs of students with diverse learning needs and personal/life challenges. Whytecliff focuses on each individual child and can adapt our approach to meet a variety of needs. This makes us especially well-suited for children with co-occurring challenges. Children also develop the inner skills & resources and grow their personal confidence & competence, so they’re better positioned to deal with any other life/learning challenges as they proceed to graduation and beyond.

  • 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

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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

    8 - 12

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    0%

    25%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $5,000

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    100%

    0%

    Day entry years

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

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    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

    Yes: grades 8 - 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!

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Whytecliff considers applications of any child in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley, age 13-18, who is not being successful or engaged in school. The majority of children we accept have challenges with anxiety & depression and are seeking an environment where they can feel safe ⎯ a real school offering Dogwood and Evergreen graduation that doesn’t seem remedial or like an ‘alternative school’, and a place where they can begin to relax, feel normal, and develop their personal abilities and self-esteem. Many of the children who are successful and qualify for acceptance at Whytecliff have been labelled within a diagnosed category such as: –ADHD –FASD –Dyslexia –Dyscalculia –Dysgraphia –Language Processing Disorder –Nonverbal Learning Disorders –Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit –Chronic Health Impairment –Gifted –High Functioning Autism –Asperger’s Syndrome –Behavioral and Emotional Challenges –Troubled Behavior –Clinical Depression –Clinical Anxiety –Suicidal Thoughts –Drug and Alcohol Abuse –Oppositional Defiant Disorder If you don’t see your child’s challenge listed above, that doesn’t mean they won’t qualify; we have a policy of actively considering all applications to the program.

    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.

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    To apply for a place in one of our programs, contact us, ideally by email.

    Most of our intake occurs in August or early September, for the full school year, and in January and before February 10th for the Spring session.

    We’re also happy to call you and get further details if you would prefer to apply that way. As we’re seeking to build a real community, we like to make sure the program is a good fit for each student.

    We also have several Open Houses during the year. To find out our next open house date or arrange a private tour, please contact us.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    information not available
    information not available

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