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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1996

     

    1842


     

    Enrolment

     

    103

     

    440


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    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."
    Physical
    The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."
     
    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

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    18 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $13,758

     

    $26,520 to $32,130


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $63,855 to $67,075


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    9

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    26%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Pickering College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    "BHS was the best investment we could have made for our children."
    Rebecca Rooney - Parent   (Nov 06, 2018)
    We have been lucky enough to have two children at BHS. Each value different aspects of the school. ...
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    "...the academic level was much lower at his old school and at Braemar the educators are all on board and eager to help out our son achieve his best!"
    Anna Nemeth - Parent   (Nov 07, 2018)
    Our son enrolled in Braemar House School in Sep 2018. We had considered Braemar for many years, but...
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    "One of the things I love most about Braemar is how the students interact with one another and with other members of the school community."
    Kate Rossiter - Parent   (Feb 21, 2019)
    Both my kids attend Braemar, and both started when they were three. In our first year, as the mothe...
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    PICKERING COLLEGE

    "...encouraged by their teachers to develop their learning skills."
    Amy Wang - Parent   (Dec 13, 2018)
    My sons are always happy in the school. They have got the teachers’ help on their academics and ma...
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    "I believe that the teaching at Pickering College is one of the strongest features of the school."
    Shyam Subramanyam - Student   (Mar 08, 2021)
    As of writing this review, I am currently a grade 10 student at Pickering College. I began my journe...
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    "...opportunities to mature, develop and demonstrate ownership, accountability, and responsibility."
    Sonya Bonerath - Parent   (Mar 22, 2021)
    My daughter and son started their studies at Pickering College in grades 7 and 9. My daughter's joy ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Braemar House was founded in 1996 by a group of parents looking for a school for their children centred around their shared values and beliefs. That’s great of course, as are the specific values that they had in mind: citizenship, stewardship, and community. When we think of education, we think of academics, though those initial families were aware that academics, while important, are only one part of the bigger picture. The school has grown and formalized since then, as with the creation of the Citizenship Program in 2005, as well as the creation of the Virtues Project, which contribute to the other character building initiatives within the delivery of the core curriculum. There is of course an abiding attention to delivering a strong academic program—there has been a significant attention to developing 21st century literacies—though it’s the attention to values that remains, rightly, an important draw. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, able to thrive in a vibrant educational atmosphere. 

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1842, Canada's only Quaker-founded school
    • Global Leadership Program Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
    • Reggio-inspired JK to Grade 3
    • 100% university placement
    • Extensive co-curricular program
    • Zoom tours: https://www.pickeringcollege.on.ca/admission/book-a-tour
    • Open Houses: Oct 23 at 10:00 am, Jan 12 at 6:30 pm, Jan 15 at 10:00 am, Feb 16 at 6:30 pm

    Description

    Description

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Braemar House School is a not-for-profit, secular, independent elementary school offering children a supportive and enriched learning experience. Our strength is a strong academic program in a nurturing environment, complimented with a variety of extracurricular activities for all ages. Braemar offers highly committed teachers, a partnership between home and school, and small class sizes. We also provide a vibrant character education program and leadership opportunities.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    At Pickering College, our fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future. Our co-educational day and boarding school of 440 students, just 40 minutes north of Toronto, is a safe and respectful community where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. From JK to Grade 12, small classes ensure individualized attention. Enhanced by the use of technology, we provide unique, enriched and meaningful learning opportunities. Our diverse co-curricular programs include athletics such as soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, skating, snowboarding, skiing, equestrian, tennis, volleyball and mountain biking. Students can participate on one of Canada’s only CRTC-licensed high-school operated radio stations, instrumental and vocal music, and a range of clubs such as our Debate Team and Youth Action Organization. Our students experience a school that is intimate in size and global in perspective. Students choose Pickering College because of our strong school community and exceptional academic and co-curricular programs. Our graduates leave us to attend the university of their choice, prepared to make a difference in the world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Message

    Braemar was founded by a small group of parents who wanted a different educational opportunity for their children.  They wanted a good education with opportunities for their children to excel and to reach their full potential in an encouraging setting.  In 2016 we celebrated our 20th anniversary, and we continue to work hard to meet the vision of the founding parents.

    At Braemar we support our students in their academic journey and know that with personalized attention and individualized support, our students will thrive.  We also nurture and develop their curiosity, love of learning and awareness of their role in the world.

    At Braemar our children have a terrific learning environment.  This is a result of our small class sizes, our comprehensive and innovative curriculum and the expertise of our qualified and dedicated teachers. We provide students with a strong academic foundation and enhanced programming in Music, Arts, French, Physical Education and Personal Well-being.  Our school is enriched by the partnership we have created between home and school.

    I invite you to visit our school, I would be pleased to take you on a personal tour.  Come and explore and see why our students and families love the Braemar difference.

    Sincerely,

     

    Kristin Pass

     

    Pickering College is a very special place. Founded in 1842, we are a place that has a tradition of academic excellence based on almost 175 years of pioneering and original teaching and learning. Yet we are also a place that has a compelling and exciting future guided by a focus on innovation and creativity in a global context. It is this strong foundation and clear vision that allow us to prepare our students to be citizens and leaders in the 21st century.

    Throughout this profile, you will learn about the school and the programs we offer in a co-educational setting, that welcomes day students from our local communities  (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) and international students from around the world (Grades 7 to 12).

    I think what will really strike you is the degree to which students and teachers work together to create the learning experience. Our school is successful, and has always been successful, because our teachers create a caring, compassionate, safe yet challenging environment in which our students feel empowered to take risks and are encouraged to lead. Truly, we are a school unlike any other.

    If you are looking for a deeper educational experience for your child – an experience that sees and inspires the unique inner potential of every student – then I encourage you to start here. If you are looking for a broader educational experience for your child that uncovers all aspects of their unique talents and gifts – academic, artistic, athletic and altruistic – then I encourage you to proceed through these pages. And, if you are looking

    for a richer educational experience – focusing on values, character, leadership and creating the future – then I encourage you to come to Pickering College, visit and understand for yourself why our school is so extraordinary.

    Peter C. Sturrup
    Headmaster

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Traditional

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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

      BRAEMAR HOUSE 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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Braemar House School is a not-for-profit, secular, independent school offering children a supportive and enriched learning experience. Small class sizes offer the opportunity for individualized learning and enrichment. Our strength is a strong academic program in a nurturing environment complimented with a variety of extracurricular activities for all ages.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Pickering College is an independent boarding (Grades 7 to 12) and day (Kindergarten to Grade 12) school for boys and girls in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, global leadership development and community service. • 100% university placement at top universities in Canada and around the world • Fully integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) • Dedicated and caring teachers who are specialists in their field • Challenging and engaging academic curriculum • Full recreational and competitive co-curricular program • Safe and supportive nurturing environment • Dynamic boarding program • Small class sizes and personalized attention at every grade

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Braemar’s math curriculum is designed to give students opportunities to investigate ideas and concepts through problem solving and then be guided carefully into an understanding of the mathematical principles involved. The acquisition of operational skills remains an important focus of the curriculum. Braemar strives to offer a continuous, cohesive program through the grades. Five major areas of knowledge and skills have been identified and will be reported on: Number Sense and Numeration; Measurement; Geometry and Spatial Sense; Patterning and Algebra; Data Management and Probability. In addition, Braemar integrates the Ministry’s directive to present Financial Literacy across the five math strands and within other Subjects as appropriate. Teachers will, whenever possible, apply mathematics to real-life situations. Enrichment opportunities abound, like our Mathletics On-Line Program, for Prep One to Grade 8, and our Math Club, offered to interested students.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Our primary students begin with the Jolly Phonics program that is supported by reading and writing activities as well as a handwriting program. This program runs throughout our entire primary division. In addition we have a strong home reading program that is supported by books as well as online resources. We track the progress of our students reading levels monitoring their decoding skills, oral fluency, comprehension and their ability to inference.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        Students are assessed using the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). Intermediate students are assessed on their oral fluency.

      • Writing

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Our students are given a variety of writing experiences across all grade levels. In our early grades there is substantial creative writing as well as writing informational pieces. The students are taught how to edit, revise and rewrite their work. Self- evaluation of their work is also a large part of their programming. In our intermediate grades the students are taught to be critical writers with a specific goal in mind. They learn how to develop a thesis statement, research and write to support their statement, and then defend it.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Braemar’s Science program involves exploration, experimentation, observation, measurement, and analysis - specific skills necessary to effective learning. The program is organized into four areas of knowledge and skills: Understanding Life Systems; Understanding Structures and Mechanisms; Understanding Matter and Energy and Understanding Earth and Space Systems. Our focus is on interaction, structure, function, sustainability, continuity, and change. The program is enriched through our School Food Garden and our Science Fair which is held every other year. Through both experiences, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and interests in practical, relevant, and concrete activities. Science enrichment experiences, like our First Lego League Robotics Team, are actively sought out and offered to interested students at both the intramural and varsity levels.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Meteorology

      • Literature

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Novels selected for study are culturally diverse, communicate global issues and connect across various curricula.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        The focus of teaching and learning in the social studies, history and geography curriculums is to have students learn to evaluate different points of view and examine information critically. Social studies seek to examine and understand communities, from the local to the global, their various heritages, physical systems, and the nature of citizenship within them, and to acquire a knowledge of concepts like change, culture, environment, power, and the dynamics of the marketplace. The Grade 1 to 6 programs focus on Heritage, Citizenship, and Canada and its world connections.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        The Grade 7 and 8 history program focuses on Canadian history and students learn how lessons from the past can be used to make wise decisions for the present and the future. The study of history in Grades 7 and 8 builds on the skills, attitudes, and knowledge developed in Grades 1 to 6. The Geography program examines the earth's physical systems and the people in them, and investigates how people and environments affect each other.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        All Braemar students, from Montessori to Grade 8, receive instruction in French, and each passing year gives them the opportunity to build and develop their skills. Students easily meet Ministry curriculum expectations and many work well beyond their grade level. Various enrichment activities complement work in class and every effort is made to connect the French program with other areas of the curriculum. Activities include puppet show presentations, a celebration of Le Carnival du Mardi-Gras, maple sugar season, an introduction to Cajun cuisine and culture, a glimpse of Francophone culture around the world, and a fashion show. In addition a school-wide Enhanced Learning Experience in French is planned each year that integrates grades, ages, and abilities through the student clans.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Creative

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        The Arts programming at Braemar provides for one Arts focus each term. This allows for greater depth, more effective resource allocation, and a shared concentration on each of the three Art subjects; Visual Arts, Music and Drama. We actively encourage the presence of the Arts in all subjects at any time and the Arts are integrated into ALL learning experiences; science, math, language, social studies, and technology. Braemar students sing, draw, paint and perform throughout the year, even though they are not being formally assessed outside of the terms identified.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        expand

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Physical Education starts with our youngest children and encourages active participation with skill development. As students mature they are introduced to both individual activities and team sports in class and through extracurricular involvement. New sports or activities are introduced in each grade, followed up in subsequent years with further skill development through drill work and game play. There is a strong focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation. Active recesses are encouraged with the provision of equipment for play, the use of wide open spaces, and mentoring by our older students.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Physical literacy is desired in all students through our co-curricular program in addition to the Physical Education courses. Outdoor education is an important component of our curriculum.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BRAEMAR HOUSE 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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Our youngest Braemar students are enrolled in our Montessori programs for 3 and 4 year olds and our unique "Prep One" program for 5 year olds. Taking full advantage of the hands-on inspired learning, concept building and critical thinking skills that come with a Montessori introduction to school, the Montessori programs in followed by our unique and innovative Prep One program. Students in these pre-Grade 1 programs make an effective transition to the more traditional learning environments found in our Grade 1-8 elementary school programs.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Our Reggio inspired program at Pickering College, offers a dynamic, nurturing and positive learning environment where your child’s curiosity is stimulated, leadership skills are cultivated, and fun-filled interactive learning is meaningful and focused. Small class sizes provide an ideal setting for building a foundation for lifelong learning, as students develop confidence, social conscience and acquire the skills and knowledge for success.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Culture

      Culture

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BRAEMAR HOUSE 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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Physical
      The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • 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:

    Braemar House School

    Pickering College

    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.
     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Information not available


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

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

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Braemar House School

    Pickering College

    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

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    BRAEMAR HOUSE 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

    PICKERING COLLEGE

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    • Our Varsity Sports Teams compete against other schools and participate in tournaments.
    • We offer a variety of Intramural and Varsity Sports and a variety of Clubs
    • First Lego League Robotics team, and we participate in a tournament

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Pickering College students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 participate on CHOP FM. Junior School students produced their own Global Leadership Program radio shows on CHOP FM with topics ranging from environmentalism to science and technology.
    • The Queen’s National High School Debating Championships is widely recognized as the most prestigious university tournament in Canada. This year, there were over 200 competitors representing schools from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Competing in six rounds of debate, our students used their critical thinking abilities and stamina to showcase the skills they have learned from our debate program.
    • Pickering College’s swim team achieved Gold and Silver in two events and placed in the top 10 in several others at the Ontario high school swimming championship, OFSAA.
    • The Senior Jazz Band traveled to the renowned Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. The group had successfully auditioned last year for this coveted spot, and did not disappoint. The revie
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Given the school’s high academic expectations, children must be willing learners who are able to meet the demands of the school’s academic programming, with behaviours and attitudes that won’t disrupt the learning of others, and will influence the classroom and school community in a positive and virtuous manner.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College is truly a special place for students from Canada and around the world (Boarding from Grade 7 to Grade 12). It is a place where our students and families tell us that they feel warmly welcomed and accepted from the first day that they arrive; where students come to make friendships that last a lifetime and where they feel supported to pursue their dreams. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, leadership development and community service. Our Global Leadership Program, fully integrated from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, builds on our longstanding mission and community service-oriented approach to education. The Global Leadership Program prepares students with the skills needed to be innovative, entrepreneurial, globally-focused and ready to tackle complex global issues. Pickering College is building future global leaders by providing a values-based education that helps students to develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and social conscience to prepare them for university and for life. At Pickering College we focus on the whole child. Students learn to excel, to develop character, to make friends and prepare for future endeavours and opportunities. It’s their community, and the experiences they have at school shape them as they become citizens of the world.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    The Admission Policy of Braemar House School is based on a desire to successfully deliver an enriched academic experience for our students. 

    Admission Steps:

    1. The parent begins the procedure by submitting the application form with a deposit of $100.00 and a copy of the child’s last report card along with any psychological or educational testing done with the child in the previous two years.
       
    2. Parental consent will be requested to conduct reference checks with the child’s previous school and Principal/Teacher.
       
    3. The child will be invited to spend a minimum of two full days in an age appropriate class so that Braemar can observe how the child functions in the class setting.  We recognize that some newcomers are likely to feel inhibited or anxious in an unfamiliar group setting; the intent of the observation period is to assess the ability of the child to interact successfully with teachers and peers, with the maturity required to participate in a program which has an academic focus.  
       
    4. Information gathered from the Observation Days, the teaching staff, and the child’s previous school is presented to the Education Committee and then the Board of Directors for review and approval. 

    Note- for those students accepted during the summer months without a classroom observation, the letter of acceptance accompanying the contract shall clearly state the policy regarding a defined probationary period in September at Braemar House School.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Application form (available online)
    • Report cards for current school year and final report cards from previous three years (Ontario residents in Grades 9 and up must also submit Ontario Student Transcript)
    • Student Essay
    • Birth certificate for Canadian applicants
    • Passport copy for International applicants
    • Wallet size photo
    • Teacher Confidential Report, sent in confidence, direct to Pickering College
    • Admission interview (child selects a sample of a graded assessment/project they have completed or an activity they participated in that they are particularly proud of and would like to share and explain during the interview)
    • Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6: academic assessment at Pickering College
    • Grades 7 to 12: After admission interview, candidates will be advised if additional assessment is necessary
    • Non-native English speakers: TOEFL Junior score is required

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Henry (Hal) Jackman (1945)
    His Honour Henry Jackman is a well-known figure in Canadian business and entrepreneurial circles. Additionally, "Hal" Jackman, as he is more widely known, was the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    Gabrielle Daleman (2016)
    Gabrielle "Gabby" Daleman, a Canadian figure skater, was the 2017 World bronze medalist and represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.



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