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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    College Prep International

    COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1944

     

    1968


     

    Enrolment

     

    125

     

    170


     

    Grades

     

    5 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Science and technology

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Montessori


     

    Curriculum pace

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

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

     

    12 to 18

     

    10 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,500 to $15,500

     

    $8,500 to $20,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 11

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    16

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    College Prep International

    COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

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    User reviews

    User reviews

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

    With more than 25 languages spoken within a student body of just 120, the school certainly comes by its name honestly. The primary language of instruction is English, though many students arrive for whom English is a second language; a majority are international students, though certainly that's not a requirement. The ideal student is one destined for post-secondary education, who will thrive in a linguistically and culturally diverse environment, and who can perceive the unique opportunities and perspective that such an environment can provide.

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Now in its 50th year, Dearcroft is one of the older Montessori schools in the country, founded in 1968 by Peter and Barbara Phippen. It also has very consistent history, now being directed by Gordon Phippen, son of the founders. All of that, while not essential to the delivery of a quality Montessori program, nevertheless underscores what parents and students value in the approach, namely a clear sense of community, family, cross-generational interaction, and a sense of tradition. The program hews very closely to Maria Montessori’s model, and also brings the community—both local and beyond—into the classroom. The student body is on the larger end for a dedicated Montessori school, and the benefits of size are apparent in the range of programs offered.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    College Prep International

    COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

    • English eligibility certificate NOT Required
    • Francais - langue seconde
    • Low student/teacher ratio
    • Enriched program
    • Hot catered lunch included
    • Summer school (July)
    • Home-stay placement
    • Disciplined environment
    • Focus on academics
    • Non-denominational

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Spacious, naturally lit classrooms
    • Computers & multi-media
    • Extensive athletics program / Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) * NYC
    • Outdoor/experiential education
    • Performing arts stage/music/drama
    • Aboriginal/First Nation Studies
    • French from Preschool to Grade 8
    • Before and After Care
    • Transportation available

    Description

    Description

    COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

    CPI is an English-language, private, non-sectarian, coeducational school, founded in 1944. There is no language restriction regarding registration. There are more than 25 international languages within our school family. The school welcomes students from foreign countries. Our small classes, and the personal attention we offer, are well suited to the needs of our international students. "Bringing Students Together From Around The World". CPI provides a strong academic program. Homestay available.

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Located on a magnificently wooded, historic estate in Old Oakville, we are situated just steps from beautiful lakeside parks. Our highly qualified and experienced staff provides a supportive learning environment, promoting maximum growth and development. As Oakville's original Montessori and third oldest independent school, we are celebrating over 50 years of tradition. Underlying our strong academics and award winning Expedition Education program is a bold, sophisticated curriculum that challenges and inspires!

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    College Prep International

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    Dearcroft Montessori School

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Message

    Ms Mora  joined the Management team in 1979 in the field of Accounting. Her vision for an International profile of the School in "La Belle Province", led her to Hong Kong, Japan & China while on the board of the Canada Hong Kong business Association. In this regard she has been eminently successful.  Her marketing efforts in the Middle East and South America brought a truly diverse Student body. With over 25 languages within a Student body of 120, it is truly a unique environment. Having obtained her education under the British system with Irish based educators, Ms.Mora beleives that discipline is important, thus a code of conduct is in place.

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

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      Dearcroft Montessori School

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

      Information not available

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

      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.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

      High School Graduation Requirements Credits are awarded by the Ministry of Education to Secondary 4 (grade 10) & Secondary 5 (grade 11) students. Secondary 5 (Grade 11) students must pass examinations that are prepared by the Ministry of Education in English, and French Second Language. They must also pass a course in either Physical Education and Health, or Ethics and Religious Culture.They must successfully complete their other subjects to be awarded sufficient credits. By the end of Secondary 5 (Grade 11) students must have a total of 54 credits. Of these, 20 credits must be from Secondary 5 (Grade 11). The Ministry of Education mails your results to you in July.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      At Dearcroft Montessori, the comprehensive and methodical training of staff, excellent student to teacher ratios and long-term relationships allow us to focus on the individual child’s development in full alignment with Montessori best practices. All our classrooms feature: individualized, child-centred programs, enriched programming tailored to meet the needs of each student; multi-age environments; low student-teacher ratios; hands-on; experiential learning; individual and small group lessons and enriched music and French programming.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        The first and second years of this cycle help to prepare students to enter high-school mathematics with confidence. Concepts introduced in earlier mathematics courses are extended in this course. Grade 10 Science Option course which includes factors, rational expressions, linear and quadratic functions, and system of equations. This course is intended for students who wish to pursue studies in science, commerce, business administration or a technical trade. his course includes three main objectives: algebra, the analysis of geometric situations and statistical data. They will begin by working with inequalities and system of inequalities alone, and then the solutions of linear optimization problems.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Understanding mathematical concepts using concrete materials and eventually moving onto abstract calculations is the objective. The Montessori materials become tools that the children use to creatively explore a new concept. Teachers act as consultants to students to help master the new concept given in individualized or small group lessons.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Information not available

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Montessori aparatus


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Calculators and computers are permitted in all math classes.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Not applicable

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Not applicable

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Information not available

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        By providing an environment rich in oral language, each child has the opportunity to increase his or her receptive and expressive language. Formal individualized language lessons are given daily. Informal language lessons are an integral part of our program throughout the day’s lessons and activities. Children learn pronunciation, inflection, grammar and vocabulary in this rich environment.

      • Writing

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        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.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Students exchange ideas with others, through reading, writing, speaking and listening. They practice reading selectively with understanding, and analyze and respond to various literary genres. Students examine and practice writing essays, reviews, monologues, journals, and drama. They examine a variety of literary elements and examine how writers employ each. Attention is given to audience, mood, voice, atmosphere, theme, plot structure, irony, foreshadowing, etc. The crafting of essays, the writing of thesis statements, and the presentation of supporting proofs is stressed. Students also practice grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and manuscript presentation.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

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

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        This course is designed to introduce students to a number of basic concepts in both Chemistry and Physics. Major studies include the classification and properties of matter; physical and chemical changes; the modern atomic model, atomic structure, bonding; molecular models; solution phenomena; acids and bases; magnetic phenomena; electrical phenomena, power, generation and transmission. This course seeks to foster the student’s interest in physics, adapt to constant changes brought by science, prepare for future careers in science or technology, structure the concepts of matter and energy, become aware of environmental issues, and study the relationships between science and society. It provides them with the opportunity to investigate natural phenomena and technology related to physics. Students examine the properties of light, reflection, refraction, lenses, images, and understand how optical devices work; motion and its mechanics, equilibrant force, kinematics, Newton’s laws, simple machines, types of energy.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

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

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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)

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        The purpose of the English Language Arts program is to help students develop ease and confidence in the exchange of ideas with others, through reading, writing, speaking and listening. They learn to read with comprehension and discretion, sift information, analyze and respond to various literary genres: novels, short stories, essays, plays, poems. Students examine and practice writing essays, reviews, monologues, journals, and drama. They examine literary elements, audience, mood, voice, atmosphere, theme, plot structure. They practice grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, manuscript presentation.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

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

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        The aim of the Ethics and Religious Culture Program is to help young people become aware of themselves, of their relation to others, and of the effect of human actions on community life. They look at simple values, ask why, and see how they can be applied in different situations. Students reflect on actions and dialogue with others. They attempt to open themselves to understand other points of view – whether cultural, religious, or generational. They begin to discuss motives and reasons. They examine cultural similarities and differences in moral positions. Students also look at the basic moral values of major world religions and philosophies. Respect and tolerance for differences of belief is fostered, and a sense of the brotherhood and sisterhood of humankind is established through a better understanding of what we have in common. All philosophies and religious cultures are accorded freedom and respect.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        The goal of this course is to enable the student to appreciate the place of Quebec and Canada today in relation to their rich and varied historical influences. They will learn about the French Regime and Empire in North America; Quebec and Canadian society during that period; British Conquest and Rule ; the early stages of parliamentary government; Quebec and Confederation ; Industrial Development ; Growth of the Importance of Canada on the International Stage, and Contemporary Quebec.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

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

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Listening to a variety of subjects, the students will be able to demonstrate their comprehension. They will be able to produce argumentative compositions, and business letters. Vocabulary and grammar are incorporated into this program. Students practice their understanding of selections on a variety of subjects. With regard to listening, they will be able to comprehend to a degree, and recognize written forms of the language. Students are helped to develop wider skills, so that they may communicate both in speaking and in writing with a certain ease in French, in different ways of communicating related to their needs and interests.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

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

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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)

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Information not available

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

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

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        This course will introduce students to various techniques of artistic expression from painting to sculpture. Forms of modern art are investigated along with the historical context for the origins of various artistic movements. The joy and possibilities of art will be emphasized in hands-on creative projects and guided instruction. It will trace the journey of western art since the invention of photography. With realism no longer necessary, art became more abstract. A timeline from impressionism onward will be established, and the various genres investigated in tandem with practical exercises. Significant artists will be profiled, and students will present their style, technique, history to the class.. Instruction will center around adapting different methods to the students’ practical work realizing the inventive possibilities of mistakes fueled by imagination.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        College Prep International

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Dearcroft Montessori School

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        Light integration

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        COLLEGE PREP INTERNATIONAL

        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.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

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        This course is designed to introduce students to a number of basic concepts in both Chemistry and Physics. Major studies include the classification and properties of matter; physical and chemical changes; the modern atomic model, atomic structure, bonding; molecular models; solution phenomena; acids and bases; magnetic phenomena; electrical phenomena, power, generation and transmission. During this first year of Cycle II, the students use experimental problem solving to develop their understanding of science. They explore Waves, Sound, Light, Electricity and Magnetism. They also participate in the school science fair. Some topics covered in this course include: electric circuits, electric motors and how they work, electronics, computers, waves and their behaviour, light, mirrors and lenses.

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        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

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        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

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        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

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        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

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        The students continued physical development and the promotion of a life-time participation in physical recreation and sports is the goal of this course. Proper attitudes towards sports, recreation and healthy living are stressed. They take part in suitable team sports and individual exercise, and are encouraged to engage in physical activities outside of school-time and to develop healthy habits. Students are assisted in the development of physical fitness, proper attitudes, and the skills that will encourage a lifetime of participation in physical recreation and sports. They take part in suitable team sports and individual exercise, and are encouraged to engage in physical activities outside of school-time and to develop healthy habits.

        DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The primary goal of the Dearcroft gym program is to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity and increase knowledge of each student\'s personal health to ensure a healthy future. These goals are achieved through active participation in a number of different sports and activities over the course of the school year.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

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      Pace

      Pace

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      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

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

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

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      Montessori Classrooms are multi-aged with three developmental years together. Toddler is 18 months to 3 year olds, Preschool is 3 to 6 year olds, Lower Elementary 6-9 year olds, Upper Elementary 9-12 year olds and Junior High for 12-14 year olds.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

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      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

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

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

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      Success comes with preparation The best way to be well prepared and succeed is to devote time to your studies. It is clearly documented that the probability of a high average in college increases with the time dedicated to studying in high school. The School Office is ready to help you during the day with extra coaching, problem solving, a friendly chat, and suggestions for self discipline.

      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

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

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    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

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      Primary

      Primary

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

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

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

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      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

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      DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Dearcroft will provide a high quality Montessori education to children aged 18 months to fourteen years on the Toddler, Preschool, Elementary and Junior High levels. Children of any sex, race, colour or religion will be educated by qualified Montessori teachers within a supportive matrix of care, encouragement and challenge.

  • 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:

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    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.
     

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    Additional support

    Additional support

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    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

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    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

     

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

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    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    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

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    CPI offered additional support for students with hearing and vision difficulties.

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available


    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

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    Information not available

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


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    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

     

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    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

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    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

    DEARCROFT MONTESSORI 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

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    • GMAA Sports Music Student Clubs
  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

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    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    AKASH & DARSHAN PATEL PATEL (2005)
    Best wishes for the future of Oriental foods
    BASSEEM SAIMEH (2005)
    Best legal mind in the east and west. Wishing you and family the best
    FAMILY ALHIRAKI AL HIRAKI (1990)
    Thank you for the years. Rakan and sisters. Send us your updates.
    FAMILY CHAN CHAN (2005)
    Send us your updates on business in the Orient. Love from all at C.P.I
    JESSICA PATEL (2008)
    You will be an amazing Teacher. All the best



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