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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1974

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    880

     

    790


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

     

    1 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding, eSchool


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    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."
     
    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

     

    Montessori, 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

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 15

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $16,750 to $18,500

     

    $18,000 to $36,950


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $23,100 to $24,600


     

    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

     

    52

     

    66


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    19%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

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


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    information not available

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    information not available

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Kanata Montessori has been around since 1974 and offers a community for students that begins at 18 months and extends to students graduating from grade twelve. The program has been designed to support learners seeking university acceptance, and to ensure they can successfully graduate from the university program of their choice. With a total student population of 500 students, the environment is small and close-knit, though very much a part of the global Montessori community. The school is highly respected for it's intentional development of student's; independence, confidence, critical thinking skills, ability to communicate and work effectively with others, and leadership skills. Kanata Montessori, in some sense, still flies a bit below the radar in the public consciousness, though given the recent success and growth of its high school, that won’t last long. The ideal student is one able to thrive within an active, academically oriented engaged learning environment. 
     

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    The Dewey Institute is very much an international school in the modern sense, in that it attracts students from across Canada and around the world seeking to move on to university in North America. The student body is defined largely by its diversity—learning with students from around the world can be a galvanizing experience. Interiors are crisp, clean, and with a university feel, which of course is absolutely intentional. The school has designed the spaces so that when students arrive at university, the environment feels familiar. The school is close to larger urban centres—Toronto and Ottawa are within a few hours’ drive—and benefits from the proximity to the internatioal transportation hubs found there. That said, it’s also close to some of the natural environments that the country is famous for, and Algonquin Park is nearby as well. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a dedicated academic environment with peers who share a drive and desire to arrive at the university of their choice, and to thrive while there.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    • Focus on personalized learning, freedom with responsibility, independence and respectful behaviour.
    • High academic standards delivered by a creative and supportive community of educators.
    • Strong sense of community celebrating all faiths, with numerous school wide peak events.
    • A global perspective is fostered with opportunities for international travel and programs.
    • Technology and STEM are woven into all subject areas with access to labs, technology and tools.
    • Environmental stewardship and sustainability is woven into all grade levels
    • Outdoor Education as core subject in G1 through G9 and credit course in G10 to G12
    • Art, Drama and Music are core curriculum subjects in G1 through G9 and credit course in G10 to G12
    • Extracurricular activities from after school programs to team sports to lunch hour intramurals.

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    • State of the Art Residences with 24 Hour Security
    • An Associated Language Canada Member
    • Various Programs to Best Suit Your Needs
    • Associated AP School

    Description

    Description

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    At Kanata Montessori, we aren’t just preparing students for university; we are preparing them for life. We believe students should be engaged in their learning, and we also understand the importance of a strong academic record. From 18 months to 18 years students are engaged by amazing educators, a strong sense of community, and personalized education where students immerse themselves in projects and transformational learning with a focus on communication, collaboration and creativity.

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Dewey Institute is a boarding and day school with two campuses, featuring a diverse, multicultural learning environment, that aims to strike a balance between independent and team work. At Dewey, the success of each individual student is the primary focus of the school. We offer specialized programs such as AP, "Special Education", "Youth Scientists" and Arts programs to help best accommodate each students needs. As a result, over 95% of our graduates head off to post-secondary education every year.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Message

    At Kanata Montessori, we recognize that the successful adults of tomorrow will require a much broader and deeper high school program than the previous generation and we are committed to providing engaging programs so that our students can find their place in a very different world. Kanata Montessori is committed to providing the skills, knowledge, and experiences to our students to ensure they graduate as confident, compassionate, and contributing adults.  At Kanata Montessori we know the world is changing, that's why we are changing education.

    Kanata Montessori is a school with 40 years of experience in private education and offers a program from preschool to grade 12. At Kanata Montessori, we know we can't teach tomorrow's leaders in yesterday's classrooms. Our high school offers students the opportunity to learn in a one of a kind modern learning commons. Resembling a modern start-up space, our school environment is designed to facilitate communication, collaboration, and creativity. Our space allows students to easily work in large groups, small groups, and independently. Our 21st Century learning space fuels innovation, teamwork, and critical thinking.

    On a personal note, I'm amazed by our students. I've watched students calmly and professionally develop school policies. I’ve seen shy students present in front of over 200 people. At Kanata Montessori students believe in themselves. They are challenged by their educators and their peers.  Our innovative learning environment helps them become independent thinkers and learners.

    At Kanata Montessori we know the world is changing, that's why we're changing education. Come and see for yourself how we educate today's students in tomorrow's classroom. 

     

    At Dewey, we understand the challenges that are in store for students. Our mission is to support students with the challenges they face and to help them reach their goals. As a former Director of Education in the province of Ontario and private school inspector, I know how important it is to choose the right school for your child. Parents who select this college can have confidence that we will strive to guide their children in making wise decisions so that, after their studies here, they will gain admission to and become successful graduates of a university or college.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Montessori

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Montessori

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      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.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      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

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      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.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      At Kanata Montessori, we never stop learning. We are committed to preparing students for the post-secondary program of their choice. Our high school program is 100% aligned with the Ontario curriculum and awards students an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. By providing students choice and voice, students at Kanata Montessori immerse themselves in projects and topics that are interesting and authentic. From mock elections to engineering tasks, students at Kanata Montessori are engaged and challenged. Students develop strong academic skills as well as transferable skills like teamwork, problem solving, and time management.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Adopting John Dewey’s educational philosophy of pragmatism, Dewey Institute emphasizes the interactive relationship between individual development and social advancement, and explores the two-way dialogue between teaching and learning along its consistent endeavors.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Balanced Literacy

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        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.

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal balance

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        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.

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Expository


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        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.

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

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

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

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

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

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

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Thematic

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        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.

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

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

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Equal Balance

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

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

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

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

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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)

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        Approach

        Approach

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Heavy integration

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        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.

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        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

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Information not available

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Kanata Montessori

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Dewey Institute

        DEWEY INSTITUTE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        KANATA MONTESSORI

        Physical Education and Outdoor Education are a core part of the weekly curriculum till the end of Grade Nine. From grade 10-12 students are provided the option in each grade to choose from traditional Physical Education credit or the Outdoor Education credit. In addition students can participate in a variety of intramural and team sports to support their physical and emotional health and well being.

        DEWEY INSTITUTE

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE


      Approach

      Approach

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Montessori

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KANATA 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.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Information not available

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE


      Pace

      Pace

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Standard-enriched

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      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.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      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

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Information not available

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The school utilizes interactive white boards with cloud based platforms

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE


      Culture

      Culture

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Rigorous

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      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”.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Students at Kanata Montessori Senior School are regularly challenged to meet the high expectations of the Ontario Curriculum. Our students are well supported in small classes and our graduates are well prepared for their next level of learning.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      Adopting John Dewey’s educational philosophy of pragmatism, Dewey Institute emphasizes the interactive relationship between individual development and social advancement, and explores the two-way dialogue between teaching and learning along its consistent endeavors


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Information not available

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Kanata Montessori

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      Dewey Institute

      DEWEY INSTITUTE


      Primary

      Primary

      KANATA MONTESSORI

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

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      KANATA MONTESSORI

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

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      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

      KANATA MONTESSORI

      At Kanata Montessori we place a strong emphasis on engagement, academics, technology, adventure and community.

      DEWEY INSTITUTE

      The Institute strives to enable all of our students achieve right level of achievements and to adquire the knowledge, skills, and values they need to contribute to the well being of a global society.

  • 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:

    Kanata Montessori

    Dewey Institute

    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.
     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    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

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    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

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Information not available

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    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

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    We welcome all students and personalize learning to individual students working towards an OSSD.

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Kanata Montessori

    Dewey Institute

    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

     

    Kanata Montessori

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Dewey Institute

    DEWEY INSTITUTE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    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

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    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

    KANATA MONTESSORI

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

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


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    While we welcome all students - domestic and international - Dewey offers specific programs which may suit students with certain interests. For the "Youth Scientist Program" : - Students who are interested in AI, robotics, coding, and/or life sciences For the Arts Program: - Students who are passionate about the fine arts (painting, drawing, graphic design, etc.) or music For the English Language Program: - Dewey is a member of Language Canada, and offers General English Program and Academic English programs - General English is for ESL students who are still learning the language - Academic English prepares students, providing them with written skills to help them succeed at the high school/university level including lab reports, business proposals, etc. For the Special Education Program: - Students who qualify for special education, both gifted/enhanced students, as well as students who may require some teaching assistance *This program may involve university students from the Department of Special Education.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    KANATA MONTESSORI

    Families interested in learning more about our different programs should call or email the school to set up an appointment.

    When we meet, we take you on a personal tour, explain our program, and discuss your child’s unique interests and needs. Students are then invited to come and spend a day or two with us so they can chat with other students, meet our educators and experience the Kanata Montessori difference for themselves. Please consult our parent handbook located on our website www.kanatamontessori.com

     

    DEWEY INSTITUTE

    For ALL Students: 

    • Complete the application form (available on deweyinstitute.com)
    • Provide two photos of yourself 
    • Provide high school transcripts from all prior years (if applicable) 
    • Pay the application fee (by cheque or e-transfer) 
    • Provide a statement from a parent or guardian detailing any special needs and any medical documentation related to your condition (if applicable) 

    For International Students: 

    • In addition to providing the above steps, please ensure you also have a proper study permit and visa. 

    Upon an evaluation, the school will issue a letter of acceptance to students who are qualified to study at Dewey for the upcoming school year. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] 




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