AN OUR KIDS REPORT:Branksome Hall vs. Havergal College

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  • SCHOOL LOCATION

    Distance From

    Map

    Address

    Address

    10 Elm Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1N4, Canada

    1451 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 2H9, Canada

  • SCHOOL OVERVIEW

    Basics

    Basics

    Founded

    1903

    1894

    Enrolment

    904

    1050

    Grades

    JK to 12

    JK to 12

    Gender

    Girls

    Girls

    Living arrangements

    Day, Boarding

    Boarding, Day

    Language of instruction

    English

    English

    Faith Based

    School focus

    Academic

    Academic

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics

    Curriculum

    Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate

    Liberal Arts

    Curriculum pace

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

    Academic culture

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

    16 to 22

    18 to 22

    Special needs support

    Learning

    Gifted learner support

    Preschool/K curriculum

    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition

    Day Tuition

    $38,990 to $42,490

    $41,520

    Boarding Tuition

    $75,100 to $78,600

    $75,905 to $79,905

    Financial aid (FA)

    Yes

    Yes

    Students on FA

    5%

    10%

    Eligible grades for FA

    7 to 12

    7 to 12

    Median FA package size

    $0

    $16,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment

    Avg. enrollment per grade

    60

    70

    Percent in boarding

    6%

    5%

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    30%

    30%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Dec 01, 2023

    Dec 01, 2022

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades JK - 12

    Yes: grades JK - 12

    SSAT required

    Yes: grades 9 - 11

    Yes: grades 10 - 11

  • OUR PERSPECTIVE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Clans and tartans, prefects and polo shirts—the initial gestalt is very traditional. Some of the buildings on campus are heritage buildings, which adds to the luster, though they pre-date the founding of the school. Still, the spirit of the school is strikingly modern. The IB program starts early, as does the view to globalism. Branksome has a sister campus in South Korea, offering a hint of the dedication to an international gaze. Lists of notable alumni don't always reflect the work of the school—princes, for example, appear on those lists no matter what they achieve at school or afterward—though Branksome might prove the exception, in part because of the consistency of the achievement it demonstrates. Arts, letters, philanthropy, and leadership are all well represented in the list of notable alumni, just as they are within the school itself. Branksome Hall sets its sights very high, to be sure, and the ideal student is one who shares the core vision and is able to function in a very diverse, challenging, expansive environment.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Branksome Hall

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Founded in 1894, Havergal is one of the oldest girls' schools in Canada, and it shares a tradition with those of its vintage. The school was formed with a strong tie to a religious community—though, even then, it was looking beyond tradition, charting new territory for girls to occupy. As such, the school was disruptive, educating girls to take new, more robust roles within society. Famously, the first principal, Ellen Mary Knox, asked her students, "What are you going to do?" She meant it very much in the way we'd think of that question today: you've got an opportunity to do something, to play a role—what is it going to be? Knox was emblematic of the kinds of women who were leading schools at the time. In turn, they played a larger role in the development of education in Canada than their male counterparts did. All of this is important in that it really does underscore the goals of the school today: to challenge girls, and to be socially disruptive in the best sense of that term. It's easy for us to look back and see that girls' schools were necessary all those years ago. What Havergal continues to demonstrate—as do other schools that operate with the same goals and intentions—is that they remain necessary today. The current principal is Catherine Misson, who assumed the role in 2019 as the school’s 12th principal.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Havergal College

    Our Take

    Our Take

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Clans and tartans, prefects and polo shirts—the initial gestalt is very traditional. Some of the buildings on campus are heritage buildings, which adds to the luster, though they pre-date the founding of the school. Still, the spirit of the school is strikingly modern. The IB program starts early, as does the view to globalism. Branksome has a sister campus in South Korea, offering a hint of the dedication to an international gaze. Lists of notable alumni don't always reflect the work of the school—princes, for example, appear on those lists no matter what they achieve at school or afterward—though Branksome might prove the exception, in part because of the consistency of the achievement it demonstrates. Arts, letters, philanthropy, and leadership are all well represented in the list of notable alumni, just as they are within the school itself. Branksome Hall sets its sights very high, to be sure, and the ideal student is one who shares the core vision and is able to function in a very diverse, challenging, expansive environment.

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    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Founded in 1894, Havergal is one of the oldest girls' schools in Canada, and it shares a tradition with those of its vintage. The school was formed with a strong tie to a religious community though, even then, was looking beyond tradition, charting new territory, as it were, for girls to occupy. As such, the school was disruptive, educating girls to take new, more robust roles within society. Famously the first principal, Ellen Mary Knox, asked her students "What are you going to do?" She meant it very much in the way we'd think of that question today: you've got an opportunity to do something, to play a role, what is it going to be? Knox was emblematic of the kinds of women who were leading schools at the time. In turn, they played a larger role in the development of education in Canada than their male counterparts did. All of this is important in that it really does underwrite the goals of the school today: to challenge girls, and to be socially disruptive in the best sense of that term. It's easy for us to look back and see that girls' schools were necessary all those years ago. What Havergal continues to demonstrate—as other schools that operate with the same goals and intentions—is that they remain necessary today.

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  • INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

    Written Reviews

    Written Reviews

    BRANKSOME HALL

    "The teachers are dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate about fostering a nurturing learning environment."
    Shelly Huang - Parent   (Oct 23, 2023)
    My daughter loves Branksome Hall so much, I remember clearly she told me Branksome Hall and the teac... View full review

    "My experience at Branksome Hall overall was wonderful."
    Sara Akbari - Alumnus   (Jan 24, 2024)
    My experience at Branksome Hall overall was wonderful. I had many supportive teachers throughout the... View full review

    "I was very happy with the quality of instructors and teachers at Branksome."
    Deniz Mutlu - Alumnus   (Feb 28, 2024)
    I had a wonderful experience at Branksome. I joined Branksome in the 3rd grade and continued until m... View full review

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "The school has harnessed many of our daughter's positive traits and stimulated her growth and development, not just academically, but socially, emotionally, and physically."
    robert gabor - Parent   (Sep 12, 2018)
    Our daughter has had a wonderful time in her three years at Havergal, and is very excited about comp... View full review

    "...it is these types of special moments and acts of kindness from the faculty and staff that make Havergal stand out above all the other schools."
    Ruth Ley - Parent   (May 29, 2019)
    My daughter loves attending Havergal and each year gets better for her! She looks forward to each an... View full review

    "We have always had very good communication with teachers at Havergal. We feel the teachers do a great job of appropriately challenging and supporting our..."
    Dana Rippon - Parent   (May 29, 2019)
    My daughter loves being a student at Havergal College. She really enjoys all of her classes and and... View full review

  • School’s perspective

    Who are you, as a school?

    Who are you, as a school?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    "Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only leading all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls. Our IB Advantage for Girls sparks students’ curiosity and passion for new challenges through our unique combination of outstanding academics, well-being, international mindedness and strong focus on innovation. Our inquiry-based Liberal Arts curriculum is enriched by our four core values: sense of community, inclusiveness, creativity and making a difference. An independent school, Branksome Hall educates 900 students on our 13-acre campus in downtown Toronto. Our state-of-the-art facilities include an Athletics and Wellness Centre, STEAM Studio, Innovation Hub, Makerspaces and flexible learning environments. We offer a Boarding Program and an immersive Study Abroad Program with our sister school, Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea. Our graduates are welcomed by leading universities in Canada, the U.S. and around the world, most with scholarships. More than $1 million in student financial assistance is provided each year. Discover more at www.branksome.on.ca"

    • 13-acre downtown campus
    • Athletics and Wellness Centre
    • IB programs: JK to Grade 12
    • Leadership opportunities
    • Boarding starting in Grade 7
    • Holistic approach to teaching and learning
    • Global opportunities including a sister school in Branksome Hall Asia
    • A focus on developing entrepreneurial and innovative mindsets
    • Scholarships and financial aid

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "At Havergal College, each student is supported to make empowering choices and become the architect of her education. An all-girls school (JK to 12) in Toronto, Havergal offers a rigorous curriculum designed around the pillars of academics and wellbeing. Our students learn new ways to express themselves with creativity, enthusiasm and self-confidence. A Havergal Old Girl/Alum graduates with an inquiry mindset, ready to solve problems and meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world."

    • Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
    • Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
    • Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
    • Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.
    • More than 80 co-curricular athletic teams.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered.
    • Supportive Boarding School community.
    • Scholarships and bursaries available.

    Array

    What do you do differently and uniquely well?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    "As the only independent day and boarding school for girls in Toronto to offer the International Baccalaureate programs (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme), Branksome students are empowered to discover their passions, find their voice and actively shape positive change. The school has broken ground on a new Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre (iCAST) for the arts and STEM, a first-of-its-kind facility for any JK-Grade 12 institution in Canada."

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "Campus: Havergal has the largest girls’ independent school campus in the city. This allows students to explore and learn outdoors on our 22 acre sprawling campus in the heart of midtown Toronto (including 3 athletic fields, a woodland trail with brook, 2 outdoor classrooms, tennis courts and other green spaces).

    Technology: HC-X is the innovation hub of Havergal for the development and delivery of future-ready education. Out of HC-X comes future-ready programming for students and educators."

    Array

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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    Array

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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    Array

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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    Array

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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    Array

    To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    "Branksome's enriched liberal arts program is viewed as the gold standard by universities worldwide. Our excellent location and amazing facilities attract families from all areas of the city, and the world, creating a diverse environment where everyone feels included. The breadth of extra-curricular and leadership opportunities ensure students feel connected to and empowered by our community. Student well-being and social-emotional learning are prioritized to foster healthy relationships."

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "Havergal offers a warm and welcoming community with a culture in which all people are respected and valued for their identity. We believe that with this sense of community, our students develop the courage and confidence to make an impact on the world.

    Our families highlight our friendly faculty and staff and student-focused programming as our competitive advantage."

    Array

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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

    Array

    What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    "The IB is not just about a comprehensive academic experience. The IB curriculum is adaptable and flexible, providing students the opportunity to personalize their educational experiences by selecting subjects that are a good fit for both their interests and their skill development. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, IB teaches students – at every age – to become critical thinkers and effective communicators of their ideas and opinions. As a result, they develop habits that last a lifetime."

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "Families are often surprised by how connected their daughters feel with the school community. Our students are mentored and guided in many decisions through the school's Guidance, Wellness and Teacher Advisor programs. They make lasting connections not only with their peers across different grades, but also with the school's faculty and staff. The end goal is to ensure that students have direction for their future outside of Havergal's ivy walls."

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    What might families find surprising about your school?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    "New families to Branksome often comment on the welcoming and caring environment they experience once they join the community. Our inspiring and supportive faculty make learning fun and help students to develop a growth mindset. Students love learning in Branksome's state-of-the-art facilities, including an Athletics and Wellness Centre, STEAM Studio, Innovation Hub, indoor rock-climbing wall, playgrounds, tennis courts, Makerspaces, and through our business incubator program, Noodle."

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "Havergal supports students in and out of the classroom by offering mentoring opportunities, providing cross-grade community building opportunities on a weekly basis and taking a genuine interest in the wellbeing and development of each student. Our families are often surprised by how our faculty go above and beyond what's expected of them in the classroom through mentorship. Our Wellness Team and other staff members are available to help students who need additional support."

    Array

    What improvements or changes has your school made recently?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

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    How will your school change in the next 5 years?

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    Message from school leadership

    Message from school leadership

    Branksome Hall will change your life.”

    This is something I've told new students and families countless times over my more than two decades serving as Branksome’s Principal.

    Since our founding in 1903, thousands of great women have walked our halls as Branksome students. They have been routinely welcomed into the finest colleges and universities around the world, with many receiving scholarships. Branksome alumnae have gone on to make a difference in just about any and every imaginable field and endeavour. I can't help but be awed by the impact they have had, and continue to have, on the world around us.

    But I shouldn’t be surprised. Our alumnae's inspiring achievements are, in many ways, a direct reflection of their Branksome experience. Everything we do is guided by our powerful mission: each day, we challenge and inspire girls to love learning and shape a better world.

    Branksome is a unique school. As Toronto’s only all girls, all years IB World School, we offer our students an academically excellent program in tandem with unmatched commitments to global engagement and well-being. At Branksome, girls are taught the skills they need to thrive in our changing world. They learn how to find their own strong voices and develop as lifelong learners.

    As you read through this website, you’ll discover more about the Branksome difference and what sets us apart. When you’re ready to learn more, drop by our campus for an Open House or reach out to our Admission team. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing more about what makes our school so very, truly remarkable.

    Sincerely,

    Karen L. Jurjevich
    Principal

    For over 100 years, Havergal College has provided young women with an exceptional education in an environment that encourages both inquiry and curiosity, and celebrates community. In 1894, Havergal’s founding principal, Ellen Knox, defined the school’s mission with the question she posed to her students -- “What will you do?”

    That question continues to guide Havergal and its students through the challenges that come from a constantly changing world. Its influence is evident in our students and graduates to this day: women making a difference for good in the world by living their lives with purpose and as involved citizens.

    I encourage you to visit our beautiful 22-acre campus, to tour both our heritage and contemporary buildings and to speak with our faculty and students to see, first-hand, the benefits of a Havergal education.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Liberal Arts

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BRANKSOME HALL

      International Baccalaureate

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BRANKSOME HALL

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

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Branksome Hall is Toronto’s only all-years International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls. Our IB Advantage sparks students’ curiosity and passion for new challenges through our unique combination of outstanding academics, well-being, international mindedness and strong focus on innovation. Our inquiry-based Liberal Arts curriculum is enriched by our four core values: sense of community, inclusiveness, creativity and making a difference. A Kindergarten to Grade 12 independent school, Branksome Hall educates 900 girls on our 13-acre campus in downtown Toronto. Our state-of-the art facilities include an Athletics and Wellness Centre with two saltwater pools, STEAM Studio, Makerspaces and numerous flexible learning environments. We offer a Boarding Program and an immersive Study Abroad Program with our sister school, Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea. Our graduates are welcomed by leading universities in Canada and around the world, most with scholarships. More than $1.4 million in student financial assistance is provided each year. Branksome continues to set the pace for innovation in girls’ education, ensuring today’s students are well-prepared to solve tomorrow’s complex problems.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Our liberal arts program meets and exceeds the expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. All courses are university preparatory and are at the advanced level. A credit is granted with the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 has been scheduled. Many students elect to write Advanced Placement exams. Upon graduation, students receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A Havergal education prepares students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and limitless possibilities. In a university preparatory school with rigorous academic standards, Havergal's students are challenged to reach their full academic potential. Learning is increasingly independent, fostering academic achievements while supporting students in their different interests and talents. Havergal students graduate as informed and responsive global citizens, ready to meet the challenges of university study in Canada and abroad.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Traditional Math

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        The Mathematics program at Branksome provides opportunities for university-bound students to develop a strong understanding of mathematics; practise strategies for applying knowledge and skills to solve complex problems in both real-life and abstract situations; communicate reasoning using mathematical conventions and terminology; and become proficient in using graphing calculators and relevant computer software. Students will learn new mathematical concepts and skills through class discussion, group work and individual practice. In all grades, students will be encouraged to develop specific study strategies that can promote academic success here at Branksome and later at university.

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        The goal of the Mathematics Department is to develop both a strong conceptual understanding as well as flexible thinking in mathematical terms. Students understand how and why operations work in mathematics and develop the ability to manipulate numbers.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Teachers produce their own materials or use texts approved by the Ministry of Education.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Students can use calculators at the discretion of their teachers.

      • Early Reading


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Phonics-intensive

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.

        HAVERGAL 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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Reading instruction in the early years is both explicit and systematic. Teachers in the early grades focus on essential early literacy skills through structured literacy lessons. Important skills include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. This instruction may take place in a whole class and small differentiated groups. Unit of Inquiry provides students with an opportunity to utilize newly learned skills during content area instruction. A variety of assessment practices and measures are used to gather data to support instruction and goal setting from benchmark assessments to diagnostic tasks, progress monitoring to outcomes evaluation assessments.

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Our Primary teachers work with students individually on their reading and writing skills and adapt their teaching methods according to the learning style and needs of each student.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        No

      • Writing


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Equal balance

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Our Primary teachers work with students individually on their reading and writing skills and adapt their teaching methods according to the learning style and needs of each student.

      • Science


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Inquiry

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        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.

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        At Havergal, we are committed to developing young women with strong problem-solving skills and analytic abilities. We prepare our students for the rigors of post-secondary science education while nurturing a sense of wonder about the natural world around us. Our science programs not only encourage inquiry and exploration of ideas, but also provide challenging content in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Havergal students must be able to make informed decisions about the impact of science and technology as well as about environmental issues. These decisions can only be made with a solid understanding of the science involved. Evolution is the foundational biological theory and is taught as such.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRANKSOME HALL

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

        HAVERGAL 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)

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Physics

      • Literature


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Not applicable

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Not applicable

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Havergal's approach to teaching is based on extensive research on how girls learn best. In the Senior School classroom, emphasis is placed on synthesizing and evaluating information to gain a deeper understanding of each subject area. Students construct meaning and understanding as they consider conflicting interpretations, arrive at their own informed opinions and actively participate in cross-discipline learning.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BRANKSOME HALL

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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Not applicable

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        In our Junior School programs, teachers work in teams to develop themes across subject areas. Teachers continually monitor each student's progress and encourage her individual potential as she engages in learning that is increasingly independent and interdisciplinary. Each girls develops the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for further learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

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

        HAVERGAL 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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        The Social Sciences Department at Havergal offers courses in modern and ancient history, physical and human geography, law, economics and philosophy. At all grade levels, the approach in our courses is to treat historical subjects and current events not as facts to be memorized but as issues to be examined and resolved. We view our subjects as a record of the human condition and its ability to adapt to changing environmental, political, economic and social forces. Our collective aim is to prepare students for continued success in post-secondary education and to remain informed and active citizens in their present and future communities.

      • Foreign Languages


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Communicative

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.

        HAVERGAL 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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Havergal College teaches languages to young women so they will excel beyond mere linguistic competence and expression and begin to think about, imagine, participate in and understand the complex and diverse world beyond their own linguistic community. The learning of languages is not just central to establishing a more civil, just and equitable world; it is the essential golden key that will help prepare young women to make a difference.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRANKSOME HALL

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

        HAVERGAL 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)

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

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

        HAVERGAL 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

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Throughout a student’s experience at Havergal, she is able to explore a broad range of the Arts including dance, drama, music and visual art. At all grades, instruction and direction is provided by specialist teachers or practicing artists who possess a depth of knowledge, a genuine desire to inspire a love the arts in others and continued practice in their field.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy


        Approach

        Approach

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Heavy integration

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        BRANKSOME HALL

        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.

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Havergal offers e-Learning courses through the eLearning Consortium Canada (ELCC), providing our ELCC students with a high level of student monitoring and support. In the Upper School, students can choose from a range of multimedia and computer science courses. In both the Junior and Upper Schools, our faculty incorporates technology into learning when relevant.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BRANKSOME HALL

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        The Health and Physical Education program allows each Havergal student to develop an active and healthy lifestyle through participation in the various activities offered from Grades 7 to 12. Through their active involvement, students will have the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem and physical abilities that will enhance their personal growth. The Grade 7, 8 and 9 programs teach these elements through traditional sports, water activities, fitness activities and initiative and team-building tasks. The health units prepare students to make healthy choices. Topics include healthy eating, growth and development, healthy sexuality, personal safety and injury prevention and substance use and abuse. Health and Physical Education students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 explore and develop leadership skills through challenging individual and group activities. They practice self-assessment and goal setting and gain the knowledge, skills and understanding for healthy living.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM


      Approach

      Approach

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Play-based

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BRANKSOME HALL

      The Junior School sparks a joy and interest in learning that will stay with a student for life. Caring teachers stimulate natural curiosity. Small classes allow for the personal attention that helps a young girl thrive and develop her self-esteem. Students follow a curriculum that provides a solid grounding in basic skills and promotes good study habits. From the earliest age, girls learn to express themselves as competent communicators and to develop self reliance. Students learn through inquiry-based instruction within a variety of subject disciplines, including English and French, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, and Physical Education.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      We have a play-based program with a focus on academics. Students are supported in learning literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and social interaction skills.

    • CURRICULUM PACE


      Pace

      Pace

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Standard-enriched

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BRANKSOME HALL

      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.

      HAVERGAL 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

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Information not available

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Havergal provides "Reach Ahead" credits in French and Math to allow capable student to challenge themselves by taking a course the grade ahead.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE


      Culture

      Culture

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BRANKSOME HALL

      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”.

      HAVERGAL 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

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Information not available

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Information not available

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES


      Primary

      Primary

      BRANKSOME HALL

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

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BRANKSOME HALL

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

      HAVERGAL 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

      BRANKSOME HALL

      Information not available

      HAVERGAL 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:
    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.

    Additional support

    Additional support

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    Learning Strategy

    Extra Support

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HAVERGAL 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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    As Branksome Hall is an independent school with a rigorous admissions process, our students with identified learning needs are generally high-functioning students. They have formal, individual, written plans based on a psycho-educational assessment, medical documentation or social emotional documentation. Provincial funding is not available for our Learning Strategies program. For this reason, Branksome is unable to support students whose learning needs exceed the inclusive classroom.

    HAVERGAL 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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Branksome Hall follows an inclusion and Learning Diversity Policy where every student is the responsibility of every classroom teacher and where our teachers take ownership of the special learning needes of students in their classroom and differentiate their instruction to meet those needs.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    We are responsible for student learning. Students are supported to the best of their ability and with accommodation. We have students with learning disabilities who do well with accommodations.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

    Ultimate


    Clubs Offered

    Clubs offered

    BRANKSOME HALL

    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

    HAVERGAL 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

    BRANKSOME HALL

    • Branksome Hall's rowing and debating programs are world-ranked. We are the reigning Canadian champions for both rowing and debating.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    • Havergal offers more than 80 co-curricular athletic teams for students to join.
    • Havergal has a very strong music program and there are several groups that a student may join.
    • Havergal College offers an exemplary range of student-led clubs to cater to our diverse student body.
  • Financial Aid

    Grades eligible

    Grades eligible

    7 - 12

    7 - 12

    Students on aid

    Students on aid

    5%

    10%

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    Avg. aid package (annual)

    $0

    $16,000

  • ADMISSIONS

    Admissions

    Admissions rate

    30%

    30%

    Day entry years

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

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

    Boarding entry years

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

    9, 10, 11, 12

    Day admissions deadline

    Dec 01, 2023

    Dec 01, 2022

    Boarding admissions deadline

    Rolling

    Rolling

    Interview required?

    Yes: grades JK - 12

    Yes: grades JK - 12

    SSAT required

    Yes: grades 9 - 11

    Yes: grades 10 - 11

    SSAT(out of province) required

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

    Entrance exams required

    No

    Yes: grades JK - 9

    Entrance essay required

    No

    No

    Application fee required

    No

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BRANKSOME HALL

    Students who thrive at Branksome Hall are thoughtful learners who seek knowledge and think critically. Even at a young age, Branksome Hall students are comfortable with differing points of view and they ask challenging questions and solve complex problems. It is important that students are interested in engaging with the school, their community and the world around us. Some key words that describe the Branksome Hall student include risk-taker, communicator, thinker, inquirer, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced, reflective, spirited and awe-inspiring.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    A Havergal girl is a well-rounded individual who balances a wide variety of opportunities and feels connected to her community and experiences personal fulfillment and meaning in her individual choices. She is not afraid to ask questions and take risks. She is an excellent communicator who is adaptable and confident. She balances a variety of opportunities while living her life with compassion and integrity, knowing she possesses the academic and life skills to make a difference.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BRANKSOME HALL

    • Completed online application form (www.http://branksome.on.ca/admissions/Pages/Apply.aspx)
    • Recent report cards: the most recent report card plus the final report cards from the two previous years
    • Any other pertinent educational information that might assist the school in understanding your daughter's history (e.g., an educational assessment)
    • Interview for Grades 4-12
    • Entrance test (SSATs or Branksome Hall entrance tests) for Grades 9-11

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    How to Apply for September 2023 – Applications open August 2022

    We are delighted that you are considering Havergal College for your child. The Admission team is here to help make the process a positive one for your family and are here to support you along the journey. Our role as the Admission team is to ensure that at each stage in the process, applicants know we are keen to understand their strengths, where we can provide support and how they will add to our vibrant community. It is also our role to ensure you are well informed about Havergal’s programs and how a Havergal education provides our graduates with the skills, values and attributes that allow them to have impact as they strive to make a difference in their chosen pursuits.

    In keeping with the College’s commitment to academic excellence, wellbeing and diversity, equity and inclusion, the Admission Team, in conjunction with key faculty have reviewed our practices to ensure they are relevant, inclusive and reflective of best practice nationally and internationally. Like many preeminent independent schools in the world, Havergal has been mindful of the ongoing pandemic and its effect on the wellbeing of students. Our admission and assessment practices for entry to the College in September 2023 reflect the knowledge and research that we have gained during this review.

    The next admission cycle begins in late August 2022, but the Admission team is here to help answer your questions. You will find our Virtual Admission Centre has a campus tour as well as recordings of past events which will provide you with a great start on your journey to learn about Havergal. Keep checking this site for updates on Spring events and all the events that will be scheduled in the fall to help you and your child get to know Havergal and all that the school offers.

    Looking for More Information?
    Please see our Virtual Admission Center to see our virtual tour and to connect with a member of our Admission team.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    Alumni

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Budge Wilson (1945)
    Award-winning Canadian author. Member of the Order of Canada. Received the Order of Nova Scotia.
    Nancy Ruth (1960)
    Canadian Senator
    Ann Rohmer (1976)
    Lead TV anchor of CP24, Toronto
    Linda McQuaig (1969)
    Noted social critic, author (The Wealthy Banker's Wife), and journalist. The National Post described her as "Canada's Michael Moore".
    Marjorie Gross (1974)
    Television writer and producer. Wrote for numerous shows including Seinfeld.
    Stacey Farber (2005)
    Actress best known for her role as "Eleanor" on the TV show, "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
    Jackie Burroughs (1957)
    Gemini-winning actress. Received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Alexandrine Gibb (1908)
    Professional female basketball player, manager of the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in 1928, sports reporter and assistant sports editor for the Toronto Daily Star.
    Nena Sedgwick Marsden (1943)
    Founder of the Georgina Historical Society, has worked to preserve historical icons in Georgina, Ontario for 40+ years. Nena received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
    Marcia Lamont Scott (1943)
    The first woman graduate in civil engineering in the province of Ontario.
    Betty Jean Ingraham Bankes (1945)
    In Canada, Europe and the U.S., she has been involved in camp experiences for inner-city children, accessibility for disabled individuals in their communities and various United Nations initiatives.
    Elizabeth Mason (1945)
    Donated +23 acres of land on Chief’s Island to The Muskoka Conservancy to create the Campbell-Mason Nature Reserve, ensuring that the property will remain in its natural state forever.
    Teresa Woods Snelgrove (1964)
    Co-founder of Timothy’s World Coffee (1975), she changed the way in which people consume coffee. Her current company ProFitHR provides skills assessment tools for both employment and professional school admissions.
    Rosemarie Tovell (1965)
    The first woman curator of the Canadian Prints and Drawings Collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Also an author who received the Ewell L. Newman Book Award.
    Paula Cox (1976)
    Premier of Bermuda from 2010 to 2012.
    Carol Welsman (1978)
    An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and pianist and six-time Juno Award nominee (winning Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 National Jazz Awards).
    Linda Frum (1981)
    The Honourable Linda Frum is the first Havergal graduate to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is also a distinguished Canadian journalist, author and philanthropist.
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