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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    1993


     

    Enrolment

     

    60

     

    47


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 3

     

    8 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    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.
     
    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

     

    3 to 6


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,000 to $20,000

     

    $4,900 to $19,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    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

     

    9


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    The school began operations in 1993, though is an expression of a larger program of activity that dates back to 1975 with the creation of the Focus Foundation, a non-profit intending to provide social and educational support for youth aged 13-19. Since the beginning, the force of the programs was in working with assets, rather than deficits: finding talents and passions, and using those as the means of developing skills and engagement. The school extends that mandate, providing a positive, understanding environment for students who, for a range of reasons, haven’t been able to thrive in prior academic settings. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and that’s demonstrated through high rates of attendance, course and degree completion, and academic success. Students arrive with a range of challenges, though also with a shared experience of finding themselves on the periphery of their various social circles. In that sense, while they may be different from each other, here they are different in the same way. The school, for many, is the first truly positive, inclusive community they’ve been a part of. That forms the basis of the work of the school, as does a faculty that brings a wealth of professional and therapeutic accreditation and experience.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    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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    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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.

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    The school began operations in 1993, though is an expression of a larger program of activity that dates back to 1975 with the creation of the Focus Foundation, a non-profit intending to provide social and educational support for youth aged 13-19. Since the beginning, the force of the programs was in working with assets, rather than deficits: finding talents and passions, and using those as the means of developing skills and engagement. The school extends that mandate, providing a positive, understanding environment for students who, for a range of reasons, haven’t been able to thrive in prior academic settings. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, and that’s demonstrated through high rates of attendance, course and degree completion, and academic success. Students arrive with a range of challenges, though also with a shared experience of finding themselves on the periphery of their various social circles. In that sense, while they may be different from each other, here they are different in the same way. The school, for many, is the first truly positive, inclusive community they’ve been a part of. That forms the basis of the work of the school, as does a faculty that brings a wealth of professional and therapeutic accreditation and experience.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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.

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    • Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
    • Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
    • Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
    • Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program
    • Kids love it here! On average, student attendance doubles (vs. previous learning environment)
    • 90% of graduates successfully engaged in work, school, or trades programs (at 3-month follow-up)

    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.

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Whytecliff Centres in Langley & Burnaby offer a highly successful Gr. 8-12 curriculum tailored for youth with diverse learning needs / personal challenges. Our caring and competent staff gently weave the academics with a positive strengths-based therapeutic program, paving the way for whole-life success. Despite struggling in other schools, attendance here soars, and course completion increases 4 to 8 times. 95% of students entering grade 12 graduate, and later self-report as 9.3 out of 10 for being on a solid life path!  

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    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.

    At Focus Foundation of BC we work from a strength based approach with a focus on students' strengths and abilities. Each student has an IEP that helps them set and meet their educational, social, emotional and physical goals. This approach has a proven track record; this year we had a 95% graduation success rate with our grade 12 students.

    Teaching Philosophy:
    I want to create an exciting leaning environment that is challenging, interactive and respectful. I believe students learn best by being engaged and knowing it is okay to make mistakes. When students leave my classroom I want them to feel confident and have a passion for life long learning.

    Why I work at Whytecliff
    I work as a Teacher and Principal for the Focus Foundation of BC. I work here because I can’t imagine another job existing that has the perfect combination of challenges and successes.  Whytecliff School has become a part of what defines me as a professional and as a person, and it is a part of me that I am extremely proud of.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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).


      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres are the only schools in the Province of BC also certified as 'Positive Youth Development' programs by CARF (the gold standard for therapeutic accreditation). Our positive, strengths-based program focuses on fostering overall social/emotional well-being, while cultivating confidence, competence, creativity, future career readiness, and connection to the wider community. Each student at Whytecliff works from an individualized education plan (IEP) tailored to their unique strengths, interests, and abilities. The goals is to match each student to a personalized curriculum that's fun, engaging, and personally meaningful to them. At Whytecliff, a student’s favourite comic book might serve as a source of inspiration for examining plot or character development in English. Or football or hockey passing strategies might spark their curiosity in physics or mathematics. Our person-centered, inquiry-based approach is particularly effective for students who've had negative experiences in school and are turned off traditional learning. In all we do, we strive to be flexible, empathetic, and sensitive to the needs of each individual student, doing everything we can to support their success.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      An individual education plan is developed and tailored for each student. Emphasis is on each child's strengths with sensitivity to their particular challenges and increasing capacity for attentional focus, emotional balance, and learning growth. Students may take time for initial progress and accelerate as they achieve balance and become comfortable.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      In our supportive academic environment, each child has the time and latitude to study each subject according to their skills and abilities (with either slower-paced or accelerated learning). Our low student to educator ratio of 6:1 permits tailoring of the curriculum to each child’s learning capacity and interests, and for teaching to accommodate diverse needs. Our educational approach and curriculum emphasizes hands-on classroom activities and high-growth community learning opportunities. There is also one to one teaching, or students may choose to work in pairs or in small groups. Students may focus on one course at a time or do projects that integrate several courses. Students have access to out of school tutoring before or after regular hours.


      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."

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Children's Garden Nursery School

      CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

      Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


      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."

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      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."

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

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


      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.

      WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

      We all want to see kids grow up to be happy, healthy, and lead fulfilling lives. At Whytecliff, we recognize that students today are graduating into a world of immense complexity and change. In addition to helping children overcome any personal, academic, or emotional challenges, we also want to help them discover and develop the key traits and skills that will help them thrive, even in uncertain times. Within the Whytecliff community, children experience a range of opportunities to develop new skills and discover their talents. These experiences encourage personal growth and a strengthened relationship to family and the wider community. Whytecliff inspires hope and leads to promising futures rich with dignity, purpose, and options.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Children's Garden Nursery School

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


    Additional support

    Additional support

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Children at Whytecliff discover a safe, warm, and friendly community, sensitive to their unique needs and challenges, and supportive of their strengths and talents. Whytecliff’s physical environments are thoughtfully designed to accommodate children with diverse learning needs, with a mix of cozy individual study rooms and bright, inviting spaces (more conducive to group gatherings). Our compassionate, attuned, and well-educated staff both love children as well as their particular subject matter. Therapeutic support is tailored to fit the specific needs of each child attending our programs, addressing behavioural, emotional, mental health, addictions, and learning challenges in an integrated way, while building confidence and encouraging hope. Children can experience a wide range of physical activities and community enrichment opportunities, adapted to ensure the safety of each child while fostering developmental maturity and growth. We consider families and caregivers as active partners, and welcome appropriate involvement in their child’s curriculum, learning, and growth.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

    Communication between the school and parents is crucial in determining if Children’s Garden Nursery School is the best program for your child. It is not our mandate to willingly take on a child where we don’t have the expertise or staff to support that child. Should a child develop learning difficulties during their time with us, every effort would be made to assist the parents in obtaining information from community agencies and organizations to ensure that the child’s needs are met.

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

    Whytecliff’s two sites are recognized by the BC Ministry of Education (2 of only 15 schools in the Province of BC) as specialized independent schools dedicated to meeting the needs of students with diverse learning needs and personal/life challenges. Whytecliff focuses on each individual child and can adapt our approach to meet a variety of needs. This makes us especially well-suited for children with co-occurring challenges. Children also develop the inner skills & resources and grow their personal confidence & competence, so they’re better positioned to deal with any other life/learning challenges as they proceed to graduation and beyond.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Children's Garden Nursery School

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    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

    Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES


    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

    WHYTECLIFF AGILE LEARNING CENTRES

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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

    What the school says

    What the school says

    CHILDREN'S GARDEN NURSERY SCHOOL

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




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