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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    1842


     

    Enrolment

     

    60

     

    440


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 3

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia

     

    Progressive


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    18 to 20


     

    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.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim 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. Projects 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. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,000 to $20,000

     

    $26,520 to $32,130


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $63,855 to $67,075


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    9

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    26%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Pickering College

    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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    PICKERING COLLEGE

    "...encouraged by their teachers to develop their learning skills."
    Amy Wang - Parent   (Dec 13, 2018)
    My sons are always happy in the school. They have got the teachers’ help on their academics and ma...
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    "I believe that the teaching at Pickering College is one of the strongest features of the school."
    Shyam Subramanyam - Student   (Mar 08, 2021)
    As of writing this review, I am currently a grade 10 student at Pickering College. I began my journe...
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    "...opportunities to mature, develop and demonstrate ownership, accountability, and responsibility."
    Sonya Bonerath - Parent   (Mar 22, 2021)
    My daughter and son started their studies at Pickering College in grades 7 and 9. My daughter's joy ...
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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.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    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.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1842, Canada's only Quaker-founded school
    • Global Leadership Program Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
    • Reggio-inspired JK to Grade 3
    • 100% university placement
    • Extensive co-curricular program
    • Zoom tours: https://www.pickeringcollege.on.ca/admission/book-a-tour
    • Open houses: Oct 24 from 10:00 - 11:00 am, Jan 16 from 10:00 - 11:30 am, Feb 17 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

    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.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    At Pickering College, our fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future. Our co-educational day and boarding school of 440 students, just 40 minutes north of Toronto, is a safe and respectful community where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. From JK to Grade 12, small classes ensure individualized attention. Enhanced by the use of technology, we provide unique, enriched and meaningful learning opportunities. Our diverse co-curricular programs include athletics such as soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, skating, snowboarding, skiing, equestrian, tennis, volleyball and mountain biking. Students can participate on one of Canada’s only CRTC-licensed high-school operated radio stations, instrumental and vocal music, and a range of clubs such as our Debate Team and Youth Action Organization. Our students experience a school that is intimate in size and global in perspective. Students choose Pickering College because of our strong school community and exceptional academic and co-curricular programs. Our graduates leave us to attend the university of their choice, prepared to make a difference in the world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    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.

    Pickering College is a very special place. Founded in 1842, we are a place that has a tradition of academic excellence based on almost 175 years of pioneering and original teaching and learning. Yet we are also a place that has a compelling and exciting future guided by a focus on innovation and creativity in a global context. It is this strong foundation and clear vision that allow us to prepare our students to be citizens and leaders in the 21st century.

    Throughout this profile, you will learn about the school and the programs we offer in a co-educational setting, that welcomes day students from our local communities  (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) and international students from around the world (Grades 7 to 12).

    I think what will really strike you is the degree to which students and teachers work together to create the learning experience. Our school is successful, and has always been successful, because our teachers create a caring, compassionate, safe yet challenging environment in which our students feel empowered to take risks and are encouraged to lead. Truly, we are a school unlike any other.

    If you are looking for a deeper educational experience for your child – an experience that sees and inspires the unique inner potential of every student – then I encourage you to start here. If you are looking for a broader educational experience for your child that uncovers all aspects of their unique talents and gifts – academic, artistic, athletic and altruistic – then I encourage you to proceed through these pages. And, if you are looking

    for a richer educational experience – focusing on values, character, leadership and creating the future – then I encourage you to come to Pickering College, visit and understand for yourself why our school is so extraordinary.

    Peter C. Sturrup
    Headmaster

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Traditional

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      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).

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Pickering College is an independent boarding (Grades 7 to 12) and day (Kindergarten to Grade 12) school for boys and girls in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, global leadership development and community service. • 100% university placement at top universities in Canada and around the world • Fully integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) • Dedicated and caring teachers who are specialists in their field • Challenging and engaging academic curriculum • Full recreational and competitive co-curricular program • Safe and supportive nurturing environment • Dynamic boarding program • Small class sizes and personalized attention at every grade

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy


        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach


        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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.


        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!

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Expanding Communities


        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Communicative

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Physical literacy is desired in all students through our co-curricular program in addition to the Physical Education courses. Outdoor education is an important component of our curriculum.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Approach

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia


      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia programs aim 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. Projects 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. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Our Reggio inspired program at Pickering College, offers a dynamic, nurturing and positive learning environment where your child’s curiosity is stimulated, leadership skills are cultivated, and fun-filled interactive learning is meaningful and focused. Small class sizes provide an ideal setting for building a foundation for lifelong learning, as students develop confidence, social conscience and acquire the skills and knowledge for success.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Pace

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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."

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      "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

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      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."

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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."

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Children's Garden Nursery School

    Pickering College

    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

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE


    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

    PICKERING COLLEGE

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    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

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Pickering College students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 participate on CHOP FM. Junior School students produced their own Global Leadership Program radio shows on CHOP FM with topics ranging from environmentalism to science and technology.
    • The Queen’s National High School Debating Championships is widely recognized as the most prestigious university tournament in Canada. This year, there were over 200 competitors representing schools from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Competing in six rounds of debate, our students used their critical thinking abilities and stamina to showcase the skills they have learned from our debate program.
    • Pickering College’s swim team achieved Gold and Silver in two events and placed in the top 10 in several others at the Ontario high school swimming championship, OFSAA.
    • The Senior Jazz Band traveled to the renowned Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. The group had successfully auditioned last year for this coveted spot, and did not disappoint. The revie
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    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.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College is truly a special place for students from Canada and around the world (Boarding from Grade 7 to Grade 12). It is a place where our students and families tell us that they feel warmly welcomed and accepted from the first day that they arrive; where students come to make friendships that last a lifetime and where they feel supported to pursue their dreams. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, leadership development and community service. Our Global Leadership Program, fully integrated from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, builds on our longstanding mission and community service-oriented approach to education. The Global Leadership Program prepares students with the skills needed to be innovative, entrepreneurial, globally-focused and ready to tackle complex global issues. Pickering College is building future global leaders by providing a values-based education that helps students to develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and social conscience to prepare them for university and for life. At Pickering College we focus on the whole child. Students learn to excel, to develop character, to make friends and prepare for future endeavours and opportunities. It’s their community, and the experiences they have at school shape them as they become citizens of the world.

    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.

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Application form (available online)
    • Report cards for current school year and final report cards from previous three years (Ontario residents in Grades 9 and up must also submit Ontario Student Transcript)
    • Student Essay
    • Birth certificate for Canadian applicants
    • Passport copy for International applicants
    • Wallet size photo
    • Teacher Confidential Report, sent in confidence, direct to Pickering College
    • Admission interview (child selects a sample of a graded assessment/project they have completed or an activity they participated in that they are particularly proud of and would like to share and explain during the interview)
    • Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6: academic assessment at Pickering College
    • Grades 7 to 12: After admission interview, candidates will be advised if additional assessment is necessary
    • Non-native English speakers: TOEFL Junior score is required

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Henry (Hal) Jackman (1945)
    His Honour Henry Jackman is a well-known figure in Canadian business and entrepreneurial circles. Additionally, "Hal" Jackman, as he is more widely known, was the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    Gabrielle Daleman (2016)
    Gabrielle "Gabby" Daleman, a Canadian figure skater, was the 2017 World bronze medalist and represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.



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