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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Glenlyon Norfolk School

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1993

     

    1913


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    740


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate


     

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

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    16 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

     

    $10,300 to $18,350

     

    $17,135 to $34,045


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    5%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    SK to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $10,000

     

    $2,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    49


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    72%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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 JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Glenlyon Norfolk School

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Delta West was established in 1993 in order to provide families with something different, something new, within Calgary’s educational landscape. First located downtown, the school moved to its current location in 1998 in order to build programming and to accommodate a growing student body. Typically, when schools talk about bringing something new to the table, they often are thinking of all the things that fall under the umbrella of 21st century literacies: facility with technology, collaborative learning, student-driven inquiry, a focus on rhetoric and logic over rote learning. Delta West addresses all those things, though the focus, too, has been to consider the physical aspects of learning—the value of active learning, both within athletic and classroom settings. The classroom furniture is an indication of how the school approaches the learner in that regard; students can choose, for example, movement chairs, standing desks, or more traditional furniture. For many students, that’s a big deal. Movement, even very subtle movement, can help stimulate engagement and keep students on task. Again, that’s just one aspect of the school, but it’s an instructive one; Delta West has a history of working with students to increase engagement with the curriculum and with peers, and therein lies the school’s success. The ideal student is one looking for something different, and who will thrive in a very interactive, diverse, and stimulating environment.  

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Glenlyon Norfolk School started its long life in 1913 as a girls school, the founders intending to establish something better, something more forward thinking, much like other girls’ schools that have a similar pedigree. Later, a boys school was established nearby, and in 1986 they combined to become the school, at least in broad outlines, as it exists today. In keeping with the initial vision, the school intends to be at the leading edge of instruction, continually evaluating what it offers and ensuring that it’s in keeping with what students will need for success at post-secondary studies and beyond. In 1996 it became an IB World School with the adoption of the Diploma Programme, adding the Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme in 2004 and 2007, respectively. With them, GNS became one of the first schools in the country to offer the full continuum. The tradition of evaluation and evolution continues today, in a very literal sense, with the school in the midst of an ambitious strategic plan, one intending to keep the school at the forefront of innovation while reflecting the values and ideals that have informed the life of the school for more than a century. The offering, rightly, is highly regarded, and serves as an example to other schools nationally. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a challenging, vibrant, dynamic learning environment. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Glenlyon Norfolk School

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    • Our students and teachers have embraced an internationally recognized 'gold' standard of education.
    • International students at the school take part in our unique Family Boarding program.
    • GNS is the only school in Canada with a Junior School campus on the ocean.
    • Every GNS student is an IB student.

    Description

    Description

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    At Delta West Academy, we instill an "I can do that" attitude, called self-efficacy, in our students so they are inspired to be life-long achievers. They thrive in programs that are highly interactive yet academically rigorous, ultimately rewarding exploration & commitment. They are challenged in a dynamic journey of academic excellence, social intelligence and global citizenship. The result? A 100% transition of DWA graduates to university & colleges of their choice. Launch your child's inspired journey at DWA.

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Each child holds our attention at Glenlyon Norfolk School, a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 coed independent day-school firmly rooted in the values of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Round Square. As one of only 5% of IB schools in Canada authorized to offer the full continuum of IB programmes, GNS is proud of its unique 'IB Advantage': a 21st-Century approach which educates the whole child and creates global thinkers. GNS offers Family Boarding options for students who are not residents of Victoria.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Glenlyon Norfolk School

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Message

    There is only one Delta West Academy.   Why should you care about that?  For the same reason that you care about your child’s school experience…your child is unique and so is what DWA offers.

    We instill an “I can do that” attitude in all of our students.  Dr. Alberta Bandura calls it “self-efficacy: a person’s belief in his or her ability to succeed in a particular situation”.  Students develop this belief when they experience success over and over again in all areas…academically and socially, at school and globally, in their sports teams, debate teams and volunteer teams. It is a belief nurtured, modelled and put into practice by our staff when they seek out interesting science projects like building thermometers, introduce a Grade 4 class to SCUBA diving, have a high school Biology class watch a live knee operation via video link, or spend time after school helping a student refine their test preparation strategies.

    At DWA, it means students recognizing that every challenge has an approach angle and once it’s figured out, it is not really a challenge anymore, just another opportunity to succeed. It means developing strong problem solving skills whether that is tackling an algebra problem or a spat with a friend.  It means bouncing back from failure secure in the knowledge that mistakes are a means of advancing learning whether that is a better story, a truly resonant stage performance or more soccer practice. It means school experiences as unique as your child. 

    Visit Delta West Academy and imagine your child on an inspired journey.

    The Glenlyon Norfolk School Board of Governors is excited to announce Mr. Chad Holtum as the new Head of School starting July 1, 2020. Mr. Holtum has been instrumental in the growth of the GNS community since 2013, including helping to shape our Family Boarding program and the ongoing WONDER campaign. 

    Mr. Holtum has a strong commitment to community, and that starts right in our own area. He encourages local students to join the school through the GNS Community Scholarships program, which grants entrance scholarships of up to $10,000 to new domestic students in Grades 8 to 12.

    “The GNS Community Scholarships are an excellent opportunity for students to be part of our school while gaining exceptional university preparation,” said Mr. Holtum. “We are excited to offer these scholarships and give students opportunities that will help support them throughout life.” 

    Mr. Holtum fully believes in the benefits of the GNS experience as his two sons and nephew are all students at the school. 

    “My favourite thing about GNS is our community,’ he said. “It’s our students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents, grandparents and friends of GNS that help with our continued success. We are very fortunate to have such a strong community.”  

    Previous to joining GNS, Mr. Holtum taught in the public school system before moving to work with independent schools including Queen Margaret’s and Shawnigan Lake School. We are excited for Mr. Holtum to continue as an advocate for Glenlyon Norfolk School and want to wish him a warm welcome as the new Head of School.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Glenlyon Norfolk School

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      At Delta West Academy, students are provided with a well-rounded and enriching educational experience. Teachers create a learning environment that is exploratory with many active learning experiences and numerous field trips through all of the grades including high school. Students are in small classes to promote discussion, questioning and collaborative group work. Critical to their interactions with students, teachers encourage a growth mind set - an \"I can do that\" attitude and behaviours that reinforce persistence, critical thinking and problem solving for the achievement of academic excellence. The curriculum is based on the Alberta Program of Studies though enriched with second languages (French or Spanish), fine and performance arts, and physical education as mandatory components of the program from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      As an IB continuum school, Glenlyon Norfolk School offers a seamless approach to the International Baccalaureate programmes for students at all grade levels. Our uniquely designed and delivered educational program allows us to challenge and support students of all abilities, allowing them to do their best in everything they do. Students are inspired by knowledgeable, committed teachers who are IB experts, and are encouraged to take risks and make inquiries surrounded by supportive peers and classmates. Regular communication with parents allows us to foster a positive partnership between student, family and school for the benefit of all parties. We also provide comprehensive exposure to athletic, artistic and service opportunities that allow us to develop well-rounded students of character. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure students graduate with the tools necessary to find success in their post-secondary studies and to live happy and successful lives.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Reading is taught through the IB Primary Years Programme Units of Inquiry as well as a separate foundation skill. Teachers differentiate for all learners making it possible for all students to progress at their own pace.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        GLENLYON NORFOLK 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

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Students work on this skill by using a writing continuum that has been co-constructed by them. They develop their writing by being able to see where they are currently and where they are headed, making this a highly differentiated approach to learning. Writing is incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum. All teachers are considered teachers of writing, and this skill is part of every IB Primary Years Programme Unit of Inquiry.

      • Social Studies

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Social Studies is taught through the programme of inquiry which is the focus of the IB programme at the elementary years. There are overriding unit themes such as "Where We Are in Place and Time" and then broken into units of inquiry that reflect these broad ideas in age and stage appropriate ways. Key concepts are covered in every grade and, in the earliest grades, a global perspective is incorporated into these units of inquiry.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        GLENLYON NORFOLK 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)

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        GLENLYON NORFOLK 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

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Digital literacy at DWA is a core competency skill which is supported by a fully wireless environment and digital devices in all of the classrooms. The use of devices is increasingly personalized as the students progress through the grades. In Kindergarten to Grade 2, students use iPads primarily for independent skills practice at given times. By Grade 3, students are assigned a personal laptop which is now also used for research, presentations and writing as the students progress through the next grades. From Grades 6 to 9, students are able to take the laptops home. In high school, students choose their own devices and use them in an independent and responsible manner to advance their own learning needs. Ultimately, technological devices such as laptops, are viewed as tools that enable students to acquire and practice core learning skills.

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Glenlyon Norfolk School

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        DWA's philosophy about PE is grounded in the belief that all students require physical activity and the opportunity to participate in sports regardless of their ability and skill level. Sportsmanship, individual skill development and exposure to a wide variety of sports characterize DWA's athletics program. PE is important enough to have extended hours for all grades and is a required course from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Many of the sports modules are conducted off campus at recognized sports facilities such as the Canada Olypmic Park, Repsol Sports Centre, University of Calgary, etc. At these venues, certified instructors along with our PE teachers challenge the children to explore their physical personality with diverse activities that stretch their physical and mental boundaries reaching for new levels of fitness and skill. Sports Performance is a Boutique Option for Grade 4 - 9 focusing on mental and well as physical training..

        GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Glenlyon Norfolk School

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      GLENLYON NORFOLK 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

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Delta West Academy Kindergarten students learn and play in a balanced setting that actively teaches both academic and social skills. They imagine, construct and explore independently in stations, but also learn academic skills in structured lessons. Our little ones also travel off campus to various destinations like the Zoo, the fire station or the Science Centre every month to experience the world around them. Students from Delta West Academy\'s Kindergarten class who head off to Grade 1, have the understanding of what it takes to be a successful student in their first year of formal education.

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      Our students are engaged in an enriched, values-based curriculum delivered by well qualified teachers with warmth, friendliness and expertise. The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme provides a fabulous framework of inquiry to develop strong foundation skills that allows personalized learning to be at the forefront. Pastoral care is an important part of school life for our learners as it allows all students to challenge themselves to be their very best in a safe and supportive environment. Nature school each week complements our rigorous academic programme, as does our waterfront location allowing students to engage with nature in a meaningful way.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Glenlyon Norfolk School

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      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.

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Glenlyon Norfolk School

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The goal of DWA students is to have all post-secondary doors open to them when they graduate from high school. With this in mind, all teachers emphasize intellectual exploration, critical thinking, skill acquisition through practice supported by a strong work ethic. Students are actively mentored by teachers to improve specific individual skills. Parents are part of this collaboration and support from home speeds achievement. Competition is not encouraged between students, rather personal achievement is emphasized as all students are unique. However, a passing grade of 65% rather than 50% has been established to underscore the expectation of achievement.

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Glenlyon Norfolk School

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Delta West Academy

    Glenlyon Norfolk School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Glenlyon Norfolk School

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

    GLENLYON NORFOLK 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

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    • Clubs at Delta West Academy are as varied as our students' interests. Aside from perennial favourites, every year a changing roster of clubs is presented to students or initiated by the students themselves. Film Studies, Citizenship, and Gymnastics Clubs are just a few of the ones that expand the horizons of our students' curiosity.

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    • 100% of our students are engaged in the co-curricular life of the school
    • Our Fine Arts students excel each year in performances in the community (theatre companies, youth orchestra, music conservatory) as well as semi-annual theatre productions and regular concerts within the school.
    • 66% of our Grade 11 and 12 students participate in our Arts programs.
    • 71% of Senior School students played on at least one of our 22 athletics teams in 2019/2020.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    72%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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 JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The ideal DWA student is curious, active and wants to explore the world. He or she is interested in high academic as well as social success, participating in unique experiences, and ready for change. Our programming works best for average to above-average and gifted students, with parents ready to support school initiatives, home practice and extra-curricular activities.

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    We are looking for well-rounded students that exhibit the 5 As: Academics, Athletics, Arts, Adventure, and Active Citzenship. A student who is curious, engaged and kind and who will appreciate the small, close-knit community that is GNS and will take advantage of all of the opportunities given to them here whether it be in the arts, athletics, the IB program, service, or the Round Square.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Our Admission procedure is designed to inform you about DWA and to inform us about your child and family. We do this through a combination of a school tour, personal interviews, testing and the completion of an admissions package. The admissions package helps us to review your child's past learning experiences (unless they are applying for Kindergarten) from the point of view of academic standing, social interaction, and extra-curricular interests whereas the testing provides some independent evidence of skills and attitudes. For Grade 7 to12 applicants, testing is through the SSAT online service.  Finally, the tour and interview is an opportunity for in-depth discussion and for the student's personal qualities to be highlighted.

    The goal is determining an optimal educational fit between the DWA learning experience and you as the prospective family. 

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Application requirements include receiving a completed application form along with a $250 application fee and the two most recent report cards for the applying student. Older students must then complete the entrance exams. We also require the completion of a confidential student report from a current teacher. For international students, we also require copies of passports for both the student and his or her parents, as these are necessary for preparation of custodianship documents. Once these items are received, we perform an onsite or Skype interview. We also prefer, where possible, for the applying student to visit the school for a day.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Jonnie Penn (2004)
    Jonnie Penn is the creator, executive producer and cast member of MTV series The Buried Life and co-author of the book “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die?”.
    Atom Egoyan (1978)
    Atom Egoyan is one of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers on the international scene. His body of work includes theatre, music, and art installations.
    Timothy Williams (1983)
    Timothy Williams is a multi award-winning composer and orchestrator of film, TV, video games and theatre, with over 63 feature film credits.



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