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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    60

     

    240


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 3

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate


     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    1 to 8

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,000 to $20,000

     

    $12,500 to $15,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $43,950 to $51,500


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    1 to 11


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $3,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    9

     

    16


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    25%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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    UNISUS SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

    information not available

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The setting for the campus couldn’t be more attractive, nestled comfortably on 17 acres in the Okanagan Valley. The school prides itself on a ability to remain agile, and to innovate programs and approaches. It’s a candidate for the full IB continuum, though, as any school in a similar position, is of course already teaching to that curriculum. While we think of  innovation in terms STEM instruction—engineering and digital design perhaps particularly—there is also a core belief in what outdoor education can offer, something that adds dimension to the academic delivery and the student experience. The boarding program adds depth and diversity to the student population. Founded in 2016, Unisus is comparatively a young school, though the leadership brings a wealth of experience in private schooling. The school was founded to offer an exceptional learning experience, something that it has proven, through hiring and program development, to be very adept at achieving.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    • Beautiful 17 acres safe and secured gated campus
    • The school is situated in the Okanagan Valley, the natural surrounding to learn indoor and outdoor
    • Four pillars program: IB, Outdoor education, Tech and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
    • Local Canadian day school students welcome 70 international boarding students around the world
    • University and Colleges in the surrounding area: UBC, Okanagan College, Digital Arts School
    • Our pathway program helps students, as early as grade 8, to prepare their path to univerisities
    • BC Curriculum is one of the top program in the world
    • Immersion and short term exchange program available
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program School
    • CARES Program of health wellness, emotional, financial, and academic supports

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The Unisus (IB World School) is the Okanagan’s innovation school, fully accredited International Baccalaureate Primary Years (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) school and MYP (Candidate). STUDENTS have the opportunity to graduate with both the IB Diploma and/or BC Dogwood Diploma. BOARDING available and HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMIES in DANCE ; GOLF; HOCKEY and DOWNHILL SKI RACING with professional coaches, offering professional level training (sports psych, weights, nutrition, etc) and supports academically,

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    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.

    Unisus School was founded on the desire to create an exceptional learning institution in the heart of the Okanagan. Significant resources have been utilized to ensure that from the beginning, Unisus is offering a world-class curriculum with dedicated and engaged teachers. To grow a new school takes patience, but we are sure that within a few short years Unisus will be recognized as a top BC School. 

    This growth requires dedication and perseverance, but perhaps it is the early arrivals to the school who benefit the most. We are still small and we can pay a great deal of attention to each student’s needs. Every child is known by all the staff. There is a great sense of community – and an entrepreneurial spirit of families who are benefiting from the strong learning environment.

    The school is based on a few sound principles. First, our location and site create wonderful outdoor education opportunities. We will continue to develop this part of our curriculum so that students in all grades gain an appreciation of the environment and a sense of adventure as they try new activities.  

    Second, the collective experience of the founding team is rooted in the International Baccalaureate, the world’s top educational framework. We are on target to be fully authorized in all 3 programs in the shortest possible time: We are already a candidate school for both the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme. We all believe that the overall philosophy of the IB provides us a global foundation.

    It is that international experience that is our third focus. Our Senior School will attract students from around the world, who will stay in a new and welcoming residence facility. They will learn using proven innovative strategies that pay attention to independence and engagement. We are developing partnerships with schools around the world so that our outlook goes well beyond Summerland. The mix of local and international students will create a unique global perspective. 

    You can also see that we are putting an emphasis on math, science, engineering and technology, while at the same time understanding that students need strong foundations in humanities and the arts. Indeed, the IB itself ensures that students have a well-balanced education.

    We believe that our mission is to prepare our students for an increasingly unknown future. We will create thinkers who can analyze information and determine what is useful, and what is not. Our graduates will have developed a personal and independent approach to their learning, and will be able to approach problems and issues from a variety of perspectives, and through critical and creative thinking, come up with inventive solutions. 

    All of this is in a very nurturing environment. All of us care about each and every student, and want to engage with parents as partners in this journey through primary and secondary education. 

    In the end, it is the quality of the teaching staff that makes the difference. We have been looking globally for the best teachers possible, and you will experience their special contributions on a daily basis. They have taught all around the world, and are trained as International Baccalaureate practitioners. The culture is collaborative and supportive, striving for excellence through constant reflection and commitment to modern approaches to teaching.

    We welcome you to explore this site, and contact us for a visit. We hope you will be part of this exciting journey.

    Dr. James McConnell

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Traditional

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      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).

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Our program: STEAM focused education Our trans-disciplinary focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) will prepare our students to take on leadership roles driving change and innovation. Inquiry-based curriculum We believe our students should have strong foundational skills. They should be global minded and collaborative thinkers. It is also important for our students to express their creativity and pursue their curiosity. Our approach: Our interdisciplinary inquiry based approach to learning is enabled by application of proven state-of-the-art technology to learning. Students are inspired to learn and to excel in areas of interest. As part of our effort to educate global thinkers and leaders, competency in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese will allow our students to communicate with over 90% of the global population. We offer these languages starting from kindergarten. Unisus School a fully approved International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme school and IB Diploma Programme School. We are currently awaiting full designation for our MYP Programme but teach in this capacity.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We stress on problem-solving techniques but also use traditional approach to help solve math problems


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Not applicable at this stage.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Phonics is used in the lower grade while we use whole language reading program in the high school years.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS 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.


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We focus on basic writing skill as well as creative writing.

      • Science

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        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.

        UNISUS 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.


        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!

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We used IB framework to teach science well discovery and research are important aspect of learning.


        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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Thematic


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        IB PYP and MYP program emphasis on theme-based units of inquiry learning.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Communicative

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Balance approach is the most effective way to learn foreign language.


        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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Creative


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Our mission is to foster creative thinker and therefore art is one subject where students can freely express their creativity.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Light integration

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        In our high school program, all students are required to own an ipad air as their technology tool. Programs and applications are taught where students gain skill in coding, robotics, animation, VR and AR.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Children's Garden Nursery School

        CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Physical Ed integrates Outdoor Education in our program. We encourage students to be the stewart of our planet. We start our outdoor program as early as preschool age so that students enjoy the outdoor to balance their busy life. Our students are encouraged to complete the Duke of Edinburgh gold, silver, or bronze program. Archery is another sport we focused on so that students can compete nationally.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Approach

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Play-based


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Pre-K OUTDOOR EDUCATION At our Pre-K Outdoor Education Programme, we believe that children are naturally resourceful, imaginative, intelligent, and inquisitive beings who thrive in a natural setting. Each day the children are encouraged to develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and our responsibilities related to its preservation. Children are provided with extended periods of time for working, playing and learning in a variety of areas of interest, thus creating an atmosphere that extends learning and encourages in-depth studies. By adapting to the natural pace of the children we allow them to explore their interests to the fullest.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Pace

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      UNISUS 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.


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Learning at Unisus is personalized. Each student's learning plan is carefully tailored to the need and interests of each student with lesson planning guided by IB and BC Curriculum. IB takes the approach to teaching and learning to the next level.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Culture

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Supportive


      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.

      UNISUS 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.


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      NURTURING A LOVE OF LEARNING AND CREATIVITY We instill a love of learning and encourage each student to express their creativity through the arts, music, and physical activity. We develop a spirit of inquiry and foster learning through strong sets of habits and skills, We teach students to know themselves; to be reflective, independent, At Unisus, student’s education is personally tailored to their unique abilities and interests.•, we provide innovative programs that blend inquiry and student-driven learning.


      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."

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      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."

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      The IB curriculum is renowned at post-secondary institutions worldwide. We offer an enriched environment with small classes, a personalized approach, and a STEAM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) that integrates languages, arts and culture, technology and outdoor education. Balance of academics, sports, culture, outdoors and extracurricular Our innovative programs of inquiry and student-driven learning blend technology, arts and culture and the outdoors.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Children's Garden Nursery School

    Unisus School

    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

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL


    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

    UNISUS 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


    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

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    • Outdoor Education, Tech and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and IB are the four pillars of our program. Everything we do including extracurricular activities relates to our core pillars.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    We intake different types of students to make the class dynamic. We do not only look at academics but what makes each student special. Students who are excited and motivated to learn is what we are looking for.

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Please visit www.unisus.ca and apply online.  All applicants will be date and time stamped.  As our classes are at capacity in many grades, only full applicants will be considered for the wait list if applicable.




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