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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Guiding Light Academy

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    2007


     

    Enrolment

     

    60

     

    100


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 3

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    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."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia

     

    Traditional, Montessori


     

    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    1 to 8

     

    5 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    $10,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    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

     

    9


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Guiding Light Academy

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    information not available

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    information not available

    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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    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    "Focus of the school is not simply in academics but also helping develop the children into good people."
    Felix Wong - Parent   (May 08, 2018)
    My children love their experience at Guiding Light. The school provides a warm, welcoming, and safe...
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    "Students heighten their education at Guiding Light Academy with various forms of teaching outside of workbooks..."
    Vania Padua - Parent   (Mar 17, 2021)
    A large part of our worries as parents is wondering what our children’s experience will be at scho...
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    "The teaching staff at Guiding Light Academy is highly knowledgeable about their subject and I love how creative they are in..."
    Cindy Flandes - Parent   (Mar 17, 2021)
    Guiding Light Academy has been a home away from home for all my children. I am mother to seven child...
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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.

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    One of the reasons that private school is attractive is because there is no assumption that one size fits all, and Guiding Light is a great example of that. It presents both traditional and Montessori instruction in consort with the values and lessons of the Catholic church. It’s not for everyone, though for some, it provides a strikingly tailored fit. The ideal family is one that is active within the Catholic faith and looking for a school that will support that spiritual life. Families who enroll are drawn by the strength of the academic program, as well as by the breadth of extra-curricular offerings, all offered within a very close-knit school community. There is no other school like it, and for the families that enrol, that's perhaps Guiding Light's greatest strength. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Guiding Light Academy

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    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.

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    • Catholic private education from Kindergarten to Grade 8
    • Faith Based Environment that teaches all students the foundations of the Catholic Faith
    • Daily Mass at the Local parish
    • Accelerated Academic program using Guiding Light Academy's propriety blended curriculum & workbooks
    • Accelerated French Program from Jk to Grade 8 includes DELF examinations
    • Themed learning weeks for students to develop an attachment to a particular subject
    • Accelerated French Program from Jk to Grade 8 includes DELF examinations
    • Graduating Students test into IB programs, AP programs or other Private Schools
    • Extensive Co-curricular program includes professional voice training, public speaking and sports

    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.

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    Guiding Light Academy is a Catholic private elementary school in Streetsville, Mississauga. We offer an enriched curriculum for JK, SK & Grades 1 to 8 that far exceeds the Ontario standard. We focus on spiritual development, academic excellence & an extensive co-curricular program that includes music, gymnastics, sport, drama, elocution & dance. The Spiritual Guidance is under the full responsibility of The Heralds of the Gospel & Lumen Veritatis Academy. Each school day begins with Daily Mass at our local Parish.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Guiding Light Academy

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    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.

    We at Guiding Light Academy are blessed to share the integral role of guiding our children during the formative years of their lives.

    Through outstanding learning and teaching, with constant reinforcement of core values, we strive to prepare our children for the tapestry of life.

    On a personal note, I have founded and managed School of Knowledge, Sharjah, U.A.E., for the last twenty-five years. My gratification is when my students, now young adults, feel that the best years of their lives were the ones spent in our care! This sense of achievement is what I endevour  to bring to the feild of education in Toronto as well.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Guiding Light Academy

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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).

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      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.


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      The Enriched Curriculum at Guiding Light Academy provides your child with the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally through creative learning. At Guiding Light Academy, we focus on three key Elements including Spiritual Guidance, Academic Excellence, and Co-curricular Activities. We combine traditional methods of academic learning with aspects of social interactive learning. Our main goal is to provide a learning environment that inspires life long learning, encourages strong self -development, and instills deep spiritual values.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        We LOVE inventive spelling! We do not correct the child's work until we know that a child has built up a certain level of confidence with their risk-taking and that a love for writing is well established. We typically take note of where the child is having issues with spelling and grammar and build upon these skills in other areas of the program.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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!

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge


        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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

        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Communicative

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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

        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        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

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Heavy 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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Guiding Light Academy

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


        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.

        GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Guiding Light Academy

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      The Enriched Curriculum at Guiding Light Academy provides your child with the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally through creative learning. At Guiding Light Academy, we focus on three key Elements including Spiritual Guidance, Academic Excellence, and Co-curricular Activities. We combine traditional methods of academic learning with aspects of social interactive learning.\nOur main goal is to provide a learning environment that inspires learning, encourages strong self -development, and instills deep spiritual values.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Guiding Light Academy

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      Our small class sizes allow us to spend one on one time with every child ensuring that the course material and pacing is customized to each child.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Guiding Light Academy

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


      Culture


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      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."

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      "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

      Guiding Light Academy

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


      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."

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


      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."

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      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.

      GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Children's Garden Nursery School

    Guiding Light Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Guiding Light Academy

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY


    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

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    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.

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    Guiding Light Academy aims to develop all around students with a focus on Catholic values, an intensive academic program and an extensive co-curricular program. We expect a student of Guiding Light Academy to have a deep understanding of the Catholic faith, a strong focus on academics and have the ability to sing and dance on stage as part of a performance.

    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.

    GUIDING LIGHT ACADEMY

    As part of the application requirement, we ask that the parents along with the child meet with the school's admission team to discuss the child and the school's curriculum. 




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