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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    USCA Academy

    USCA ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1996

     

    2010


     

    Enrolment

     

    103

     

    200


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    1 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    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

     

    5 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $13,758

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $11,000 to $14,000


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    9

     

    17


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    USCA Academy

    USCA ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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    USCA ACADEMY

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    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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    USCA ACADEMY

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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. 

    USCA ACADEMY

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    USCA Academy

    USCA ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    information not available

    USCA ACADEMY

    • High University Acceptance Rate
    • Guidance Assistance
    • Best Location
    • Best Ontario Curriculum
    • Ministry Accredited and approved School
    • VIsa assistance
    • Home stay booking assistance
    • Medical insurance Assistance

    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.

    USCA ACADEMY

    USCA Academy is a leading international school and private school, situated in Mississauga, Ontario. At USCA, we pride ourselves on providing international students and local students with quality education from professional teachers. We offer a wide variety of programs ranging from elementary and middle school levels, high school levels and university level preparation programs. Some programs we offer are: Ontario Secondary School Diploma Program, OSSD, University Preparation Program, Grade 1-8 Full Day Program.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Braemar House School

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    USCA Academy

    USCA ACADEMY

    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

     

    We welcome all international and local students 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      USCA Academy

      USCA ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Traditional

      USCA ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      USCA ACADEMY

      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.

      USCA ACADEMY

      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.


      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.

      USCA ACADEMY

      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.

      USCA ACADEMY

      Ontario Curriculum.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        USCA ACADEMY

        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        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

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        USCA ACADEMY

        Systematic approach


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        USCA ACADEMY

        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

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


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        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

        USCA ACADEMY

        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

        USCA ACADEMY

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        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

        USCA ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        USCA ACADEMY

        Thematic


        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).

        USCA ACADEMY

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        USCA ACADEMY

        Audio-Lingual


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        The audio-lingual method of teaching foreign languages emphasizes the use of repetition and a system of immediate reinforcement and feedback. The method makes particular use of oral drills where students are expected to correctly imitate (or intentionally alter) an utterance made by the teacher in the target language. Quizzes and worksheets are also used extensively.


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        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

        USCA ACADEMY

        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

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Creative

        USCA ACADEMY

        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        USCA ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        expand

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        USCA ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Braemar House School

        BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

        USCA Academy

        USCA ACADEMY


        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.

        USCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      USCA Academy

      USCA ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      USCA ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      USCA ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      USCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      USCA Academy

      USCA ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      USCA ACADEMY

      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.

      USCA 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      USCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      USCA Academy

      USCA ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Supportive

      USCA ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      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.

      USCA 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”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      USCA ACADEMY

      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."

      USCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Braemar House School

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      USCA Academy

      USCA ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

      USCA ACADEMY

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


      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."

      USCA ACADEMY

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      USCA ACADEMY

      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

    USCA Academy

    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

    USCA Academy

    USCA ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BRAEMAR HOUSE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    USCA ACADEMY

    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

    USCA ACADEMY

    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

    USCA ACADEMY

    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

    USCA ACADEMY

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Braemar House School

    USCA Academy

    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

    USCA Academy

    USCA ACADEMY


    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

    USCA 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


    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
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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.

    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.

    USCA ACADEMY

    Photo copy of passport\

    Latest 3 years of Transcript

    Completed Application form

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    USCA ACADEMY

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Mark Piery (2020)
    Get accepted by University of Toronto., Western University, Mcmaster University
    Emaniee Aly (2020)
    Get accepted by Queens University
    Parvathy AI (2020)
    Accepted by Univesity of Waterloo and other 5 top universities.
    Andrey Ski (2020)
    Accepted by York University, University of Guelph
    Hanie Asam (2020)
    accepted by University of Toronto



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