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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Great Lakes College of Toronto

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    1978


     

    Enrolment

     

    60

     

    1080


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 3

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding, eSchool, Homestay


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    1 to 8

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,000 to $20,000

     

    $1,950 to $18,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $8,160


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    9

     

    270


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    32%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Great Lakes College of Toronto

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    "The principal and all the teachers are passionate about creating the optimal environment for young children to adapt to school life, learn and grow."
    Omar Hamam - Parent   (Oct 16, 2018)
    I have 3 children, one attended from preschool to SK and the others are currently in JK and started ...
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    "Children's Garden Nursery School provides a theme-based curriculum that is relatively structured which was one of the main selling points for us. There is a calendar sent out each month that shows exactly..."
    Benjamin Pham - Parent   (Nov 19, 2018)
    Our daughter's experience at Children's Garden Nursery School has been fantastic. She is in her 2nd ...
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    "The small class sizes are the perfect transition into a formal classroom environment, ensuring that each child feels safe as they take their first steps towards independence."
    Dixie Ho - Parent   (Dec 03, 2018)
    Our older child started in the preschool class at Children's Garden Nursery School and completed the...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Since Children’s Garden was established in 1986, there has been a nice consistency of approach and leadership through the directorship of Pauline Foulkes. When she began there were just two students, though enrolment grew quickly to the 100 student mark, where the enrolment remains today. Throughout, Foulkes has maintained a very hands-on, involved role within all aspects of care and instruction. Location and size are important, though the quality of the programming, of course, is too, and there are few instances of nursery schools with as long a record of providing such unwavering service. The school is housed, now as from the start, in the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, though the program isn’t affiliated with the church and is non-denominational.

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Great Lakes College of Toronto

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    Highlights

    Highlights

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    • Now offering Grades 1, 2 and 3. A 'Year for Academic Recovery' for public school students.
    • The option of French Immersion for all grade levels.
    • Nurturing, fun, happy, and stimulating environment. Parents wish they could stay all day too!
    • Guaranteed 8 to 1 ratio for preschool and kindergarten.
    • Guaranteed 10 to 1 ratio for Grades 1 ,2 and 3.
    • Specialty teachers who are qualified in their area of expertise.
    • Our specialties consist of; Sportball, Music, Drama and daily Core French.
    • Daily Mindfulness activities.
    • Winter and Spring Musical Concerts/Plays.
    • Community Outreach Programs for the children to participate in at their level.

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    • Established in 1978 in the prestigious area of High Park North
    • Low student-teacher ratio (from 5:1 to 18:1)
    • Fast Track Pre-University Program (5 to 8 months)
    • English as Second Language (ESL) Program
    • Short Term English & Cultural Tour Programs
    • Over 13,000 graduates
    • Personalized Educational Program

    Description

    Description

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    The last year proved to be a very difficult time for many students who experienced strikes and closures due to COVID. For the 2020/2021 school year, Children's Garden Nursery School is providing a ‘Year of Academic Recovery’ for students in Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2. Due to low ratios, a 100% in-class learning experience can be enjoyed by every child. Should school closures be required, Children's Garden is already well-equipped to offer their curriculum remotely. French Immersion is available at all grade levels.

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    GLCT a Center for quality Education, established in 1978. Our students: Excel Academically with the Ontario qualified and experienced teachers. Achieve Post-Secondary & Career goals with the caring support of experienced Counselors. Enter the reputed North American Universities with the utmost knowledge and Confidence and excel there. GLCT offers a very unique and "Personalized English as a Second Language" program combined with the Learning Strategies model. We value our partnership between school and home.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Great Lakes College of Toronto

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    Message

    Welcome to Children's Garden Nursery School!

    I have been very fortunate to call Children's Garden my 'home away from home' since our doors opened in our one and only location back in 1986. Over these years, my goal as Director /Owner of the school has always been to maintain integrity with all aspects of the school environment and for children to receive the highest quality of programming.
    My commitment to the children is to provide them with both a solid educational and social foundation during these early informative years.
    My commitment to parents is to always be accountable and to fulfill their expectations of an excellent program for their children.
    I could not meet any of my commitments without my wonderful staff.  Although we have a professional workplace, our ability to have fun with the children while working together is what gives Children's Garden Nursery School a welcoming atmosphere the moment you walk through the doors. It is important to me that all of my staff are respected, valued, treated equally and that working at Children’s Garden Nursery School is not just a job, but a way to express their true passion and what they do best….teach children!
    I hope that you come and visit us and get to see first-hand why thousands of children have started their educational journey at Children’s Garden Nursery School over the past 30 years.

    In today's world, education is a most important and powerful acquisition for those who want to have a fulfilling and successful future.

    A quality education provides the necessary knowledge, skills and values that allow a person to be both a high-income earner as well as being an understanding, compassionate human being. For this reason students and parents search far and wide for the schools and programs available to them.

    At The Great Lakes College of Toronto (GLCT), we are in a unique position of helping students to achieve this kind of education. By enrolling at GLCT, we prepare students to enter university or college for the next step of their learning pathway. For those who need special help with their English language skills, our ESL program moves them through different stages of English language fluency, until they have reached a level that allows them to participate fully at university or college. In addition, we also assist students to successfully complete the necessary secondary school pre-university courses that qualify them to enter directly into the university or college that best meets their educational goals.

    At GLCT, we are particularly proud of our ability to offer 5 different entry points throughout our 12-month school year. Students with an excellent academic background and strong motivation can complete their university preparation program in as short a time as 5 months, while most take the traditional 7 or 10 months, students with ESL needs will take longer. In order for students to complete the necessary courses and marks for admission, our guidance counselors develop individualized educational plans that are unique for each student. Once these plans are established, students are then given focused and enhanced learning activities, allowing them to utilize their personal learning styles to gain the necessary knowledge and skills for higher levels of education.

    The Great Lakes College of Toronto for over 35 years has been preparing its local and international students to gain admission to their preferred university or college in Canada, the United States, the Great Britain and other countries. Each year, a large number of our graduates receive scholarships that reward them for their accomplishments and help pay for their post-secondary education.

    We are justly proud of all our student's accomplishments! I hope you will consider following a similar path to The Great Lakes College of Toronto. Your future success is only a step away!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Great Lakes College of Toronto

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      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

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      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

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      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

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Small class sizes allow us to accommodate, modify, and create individualized learning paths that meet the diverse need of our learning environment. This student-centered approach allows students to take responsibility for their learning while providing them with the proper guidance and support needed to meet specific learning objectives. Catering to the individual’s needs will result in a deeper understanding, higher self-esteem and motivation or desire to keep learning. Students will be able to discover and explore through hands-on learning, problem-solving, predicting, questioning, and risk-taking in both small and large group settings.

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      We are a traditional International Day School. At GLCT, we have developed a culture that manifests itself in increased student learning, we focus on inquiry-based and student-centered learning. Qualified teachers first identify the areas of needs of students, set individualized learning goals, develop targeted solutions to improve students’ performance and achievement. With a deep understanding of the curriculum and effective instructional strategies, teachers equip students with the utmost knowledge and confidence to excel academically and personally. We establish customized timetables for students to meet the specific needs and leverage their unique strengths. We ensure that all students experience meaningful and purposeful success. Our Synchronous learning model has put us as the head of the pack. We provided structured opportunities for peer collaboration and interactions. Students had the benefit of both audio and visual options to connect with their teacher and the teaching materials. Thanks to the impressive efforts of teachers that students were actively involved and engaged to demonstrate the mastery of the learned skills and knowledge. COVID-19 has turned GLCT into a caring “community”.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

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        Great Lakes College of Toronto

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        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

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        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.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Young children develop early math skills in a variety of areas, including problem-solving and reasoning, number concepts, geometry, and spatial sense, measurement, and patterns & relationships. These skills are taught through hands-on manipulatives and while playing and having fun through daily experiences, activities, and routines. Spalshlearn is an online math program that supports all in-class learning.

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        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        We use a variety of resources to cover teaching math skills at this level.

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        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable at this stage.

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      • Early Reading

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

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        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Children who have developed the understanding that words can be segmented into sounds tend to be better readers than those with poor phonological and phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is not a concept that all children discover on their own. However, when taught to analyze the individual sounds in words, children can more quickly and accurately connect those sounds to letters and then blend groups of sounds into words when reading. Studies have shown that phonemic awareness skills are often deficient in children who struggle in learning to read and write. In addition to Phonics, we do implement Whole Language when needed. Our online guided reading program from kindergarten onwards is Raz Kids.

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      • Science

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

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        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        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.

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        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

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Due to the young age of our students, science activities are a natural part of our theme related curriculum. Our goal is to give the children fun and interactive experiences when exploring science for the first time. Developing skills such as being a good observer, being open-minded, being inquisitive are all perfect traits for budding young scientists!

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        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

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        Great Lakes College of Toronto

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        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

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        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Information not available

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        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


        Approach


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        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

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Because our young children are concrete thinkers, age-appropriate social studies experiences start with children's own lives and experience. After their family, the classroom is the first society that young children belong to. For them, early social studies learning grows from their interactions with the exposure to people and lessons taught in our school setting. As a school community we are involved in several Community Outreach programs throughout the school year such as collecting unwrapped toys for a local toy drive, Hop-A-Thon for Muscular Dystrophy etc. Diversity, Community roles, Geography, History and Ecology are important factors of our social studies curriculum.

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        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

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        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

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        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

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        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Information not available

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        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        Great Lakes College of Toronto

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        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        The goals of the French Program are: • To introduce a new language in a fun and engaging way. • To familiarize children with the phonetics of French. • To learn a variety of basic, day to day vocabulary. French is taught through the use of songs, games, books, work sheets, stories, poems, art, and dance. All of these teaching methods are used to provide a variety of ways for children to access and apply French vocabulary. The children are given instruction in small groups, ensuring a fun and relaxed atmosphere that is non-competitive. Children are never pressured to speak French; rather they are encouraged to feel comfortable trying out new sounds and words and are encouraged and rewarded with smiles and praise.

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        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

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        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)

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Receptive arts programs emphasize art history (visual, music, theatre, etc) and appreciation over creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. The goal is to give students a core body of knowledge related to the arts, while developing their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities. Studio-work is still a component of most reflective programs, but it plays less of a role than in creative programs.

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Receptive arts programs emphasize art history (visual, music, theatre, etc) and appreciation over creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. The goal is to give students a core body of knowledge related to the arts, while developing their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities. Studio-work is still a component of most reflective programs, but it plays less of a role than in creative programs.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Art is about the excitement of exploration, children get to play with different media, including: Paint, Sculpture, Still life drawing, Collage, Mural work, Photography and Multimedia. Children also learn about the elements of design: Line, Shape, Colour, Texture, Value, Space and Form. Our students experience art in the world around them through stories, songs, movement, and of course, lots of messy fun. The drama program serves to introduce the students to dramatic storytelling, puppetry, creative movement, imaginative play, and music. Our kindergarten students are involved in the creation and performance of a musical play twice a year.

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        At Children's Garden Nursery School, we have iPads for each child to use. We have a variety of math and language programs that serve as a ‘virtual teacher assistant’ as the classroom teacher is able to gain access to pre-test and post-test assessment data to determine each child’s success in mastering various reading and math skills.

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Great Lakes College of Toronto

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Sportball introduces children between the ages of 2-8 years old to the FUNdamentals of 7 different sports: soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis and golf which are taught in a non-competitive atmosphere. Children also have the opportunity to get involved in fun games that focus on developing gross motor skills, building self-esteem, confidence and teamwork. Sportball instructors are thoroughly screened and well trained. Coaches are First Aid and CPR certified and have related education and/or experience with children.

        GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Great Lakes College of Toronto

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      We provide a well-balanced curriculum that meets each child’s individual needs. Our experienced teachers spend time assessing and getting to know the children in their class. Group dynamics, individual personalities, energy levels, maturity, and level of academic knowledge are all factors that the teachers take into account when planning for the school year ahead. Our curriculum includes; learning activities for Multiple Intelligences, Math, Language, Geography, Science, History, Cultural studies, Global awareness, Community Outreach, Core French, French Immersion, Sportball, Music and Drama, Theme Based Curriculum, Mindfulness Activities, Handwriting Without Tears, Raz Kids Reading Program, Splashlearn Math Program.

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Great Lakes College of Toronto

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


      Pace


      Our Take

      Our Take

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      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

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Assessing a child's learning style, understanding of concepts being taught and readiness to move forward to the next stage needs to happen on a regular basis in order for a child to meet with success.

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Great Lakes College of Toronto

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


      Our Take

      Our Take

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      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

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Although we have a strong academic curriculum, we have to take into serious consideration that these are young children and often this is their first experience of being in a school setting. Our responsibility to our students is to first and foremost, create a warm and nurturing environment in order for each child to feel secure and willing to take a risk with their learning. Once this has been established, trust in their teacher allows each child to reach their full academic potential. These early years are a crucial time for building a solid academic foundation.

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Great Lakes College of Toronto

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


      Primary

      Primary

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      School should be a place where a child can experience love and respect as well as intellectual stimulation. Thus, when we consider the education of a child we should view the process as both social and intellectual – after all, what a child feels influences his or her desire to learn. Although we offer a sound curriculum at Children’s Garden, our primary concern is the child’s emotional and social development. We will foster independence and self-confidence, cooperation, respect, and over-all social awareness of the world around them.

      GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Children's Garden Nursery School

    Great Lakes College of Toronto

    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

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Great Lakes College of Toronto

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    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

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    • Halloween Happening - Family Fun Night
    • Giving Tree Campaign - Toy Drive for Moorelands
    • Family Bingo Night
    • Literacy Week - Visiting Authors
    • Winter and Spring Concerts - Preschool
    • Winter and Spring Musical - Kdg
    • Soar for Sick Kids - Super Hero Fun Day Fundraiser
    • End of Year Riverdale Farm Family Picnic
    • End of Year Sports Day
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades 10 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Children who are eager to learn! Curious, fun-loving, ready to listen to direction, ability to focus, and be part of a group.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Application Form must be submitted before booking of individual tour. There is no application fee.

    GREAT LAKES COLLEGE OF TORONTO

    • Latest academic transcript with C Average or above
    • 2 Passport Photos
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