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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1993

     

    2012


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    43


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    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."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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”.
     

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    8 to 15


     

    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

     

    $2,250 to $5,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    5%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $10,000

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    90%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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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.  

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    • Classically inspired curriculum
    • Experienced OCT and ECE qualified Catholic educators
    • Monthly Mass and daily devotions, an environment highlighting the liturgical seasons of the Church
    • Enrichment activities: guest speakers, pilgrimages, works of mercy
    • Busing available to most students
    • Located on a beautiful 8.5 acre site just west of Strathroy, Ontario
    • Chapel, library, gaga-ball pits, basketball courts, gymnasium and dramatic arts stage
    • Athletics (track and field, cross country, basketball, volleyball, tchoukball, floor hockey, soccer)
    • Instruction of students in French, music and computer programming
    • Small class sizes

    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.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    The mission of Our Lady of the Pillar Academy is to support parents in fulfilling their role as the primary educators of their children by providing a classically inspired education faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We endeavor to inspire students to grow in wisdom and virtue seeking all that is good, true and beautiful. Together we strive to help students to realize more fully their baptismal call to bring Christ to the world and become saints.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    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.

     

    At Our Lady of the Pillar Academy, we are passionate about our Catholic faith and growing in wisdom and virtue.  We cherish the knowledge that has been passed on to us from previous generations and we help our students to seek all that is good, true and beautiful in the world.  Our kindergarten students are immersed in an environment of calm order and wonder as they start exploring the world through their first formal educational experience.  Reaching the grammar stage of learning, our primary and junior students work to master the building blocks of language and mathematics, to learn through science, history, and geography how the world works and what has come before us, and to appreciate great works of literature, art and music and the growing control they have over their own bodies.  Our intermediate students, developmentally at the logic stage, continue their study of these subjects at a more advanced level as well as learning logic and reasoning skills.  With the socratic method of teaching, they learn to deeply think about what they are learning and to express their ideas eloquently.  They are also encouraged to be servant leaders in the school, seeing ways in which they can help others.  With very small class sizes (under 15 students), our teachers are able to get to know each child well, with his or her own strengths, weaknesses, and particular gifts.  We individualize learning as much as possible, particularly in mathematics and language arts, so that each child is able to grow to his or her potential and recognize the ways in which God is calling him or her to glorify Him and serve others.   

    We recognize parents as the primary educators of their children, and we seek to support them in their work of raising their children to be young men and women who strive to become saints.  In addition to developing the intellectual knowledge and capability of our students, we seek to foster growth in virtues so that each child continues to become more and more the best version of him or herself.  We hope that our students come to see themselves as beloved children of God, comfortable to grow and learn in the warm and caring environment that is Our Lady of the Pillar Academy. 

    Krista Huver

    Head of School

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      We follow a classically inspired curriculum emphasizing academics and the riches of the Catholic Faith. Classes are teacher-led, taking into account the grammar and logic stages of child development. Because our classes are small, the needs and strengths of each individual can be recognized. Rote learning and narration are used throughout our curriculum. Using a phonetic approach, students are taught to read and spell. They are taught to write well and think clearly through our writing and grammar program. We study classical literature which enriches their minds with great stories and lessons from the past. Following a four-year cycle, world history is taught and interwoven with other subjects. In addition, students are formally taught computer coding beginning at grade three. Central to delivering all of our curriculum, we strive to teach our students to see their learning as good stewardship of their God-given gifts, to be used for his purpose in a rewarding and joyful way.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Our grade 1 through 6 math curriculum is usually delivered by interactive software and supported by the classroom teacher. Students are shown the topic covered in each lesson and are guided through examples. Further examples are given to do on their own, with instant feedback and assistance from the computer and from the teacher as needed. Each day's math lesson includes questions from earlier lessons. Math facts are drilled daily. Our grade 7 and 8 math classes are guided by our specialist math teacher. Students are taught the traditional strands and emphasis is given to topics that grade 9 and 10 students typically find most challenging. Our students are very well prepared for high school.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Math-U-See, Teaching Textbooks, privately developed high school content.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        In late grade 7 and through much of grade 8, students are taught how and when to use a calculator.

      • Writing

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        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.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Pillar Academy is committed to using the writing and grammar programs of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. IEW's unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. They will learn several structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, and essays) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing. (www.iew.com)

      • Science

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        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.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        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

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Science is taught as the pursuit of empirical truth. Using the Ontario Curriculum as a guide, many disciplines of science are covered with both teacher-centered and hands-on delivery. The scientific method is employed to teach students how to arrive at factual knowledge through good questioning and logical experimentation. Ultimately, students are encouraged to develop their sense of inquisitiveness and wonder while observing the natural world.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Physics

      • Fine Arts

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        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.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        At Pillar Academy, we provide weekly music instruction which includes some theory, vocal, and instrumental components. As well, visual arts skills such as sketching, painting, and sculpting are explored throughout the year. During the Christmas season, the students have the opportunity to experience drama and theater by preparing an Advent and Christmas stage production.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Medium 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.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


        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.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Teachers model and teach appropriate use of technology. Our classrooms have sufficient computers for student use for the purpose of completing assignments. Our Internet use is carefully managed and students are taught safe practices for Internet use. Starting in grade 3, students are taught the fundamentals of computer programming with Scratch, and by grade 7 and 8 are working on HTML/CSS coding and higher level programming languages such as Python and Visual Basic.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        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..

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Our students learn common physical skills (e.g. basic movement, catching/throwing, fitness etc.) by means of play and games. By the middle grades students are using these skills to play modified sports requiring cooperation. By grade 7 and 8 students are playing games and sports that they can enjoy through adulthood.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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.


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      An age appropriate classical approach is used with an emphasis on using stories and hands-on learning to cultivate wonder and awe and introduce the virtues. Through nature study children's natural curiosity is nurtured. Learning skills including listening, math facts and phonics are taught to prepare for future learning.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      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”.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      This option allows you to "opt out" of selecting one of "rigorous" or "supportive". Doing so means you will not be shown on pages relating to academic culture, (your exposure will be diminished).


      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.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      We see characteristics of both Rigorous and Supportive widely in our school.


      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."

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      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."

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Our aim is to support parents to provide their children with a foundation of faith that permeates all areas of life. We aim to guide our students as they grow their gifts and talents, while nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We aim to accompany our students in their learning as together we embrace the universal calls to holiness and mission.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Delta West Academy

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    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

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


    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

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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


    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.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    90%


     

    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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    No


     

    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.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    OLPA serves to support the respectful, self-controlled, cooperative and autonomous student who is open to direction and who thrives in an independent learning environment; one who can participate in self-regulating activities not in need of assistance due to visual, physical or hearing impairments. One who responds well to a teacher’s coaching and desires to participate in a warm, enthusiastic and somewhat structured learning environment. Our highly successful students are physically capable of full body motor activities and are independent, self-motivated learners displaying personal initiative with a desire to improve on their past learning outcomes within a multi-grade level, learning environment and who are not in need of any considerable remedial support.

    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. 

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    It is a constitutional requirement for Families whose child(ren) are student(s) of OLPA to have an OLPA membership.($100.00 Annually)

    Pre-registration deposit (one month’s payment) is due August 1st and is non-refundable.

    Each monthly payment is due on the FIRST of the Month for the month following.




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