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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1993

     

    2003


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    80


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    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."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    8 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $10,300 to $18,350

     

    $24,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    5%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $10,000

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    information not available

    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.  

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The very heart of private education is providing options for parents looking to support their learner, and YMCA Academy sits at the very heart of that concept. It was founded and developed to support learners with needs that may not be adequately met within other settings. Likewise, it comprises an academic environment in which those students aren’t constantly reminded of their exceptionality. Here, they participate in a community that is supportive, sympathetic, and socially oriented around their personal needs. That, in itself—irrespective of the programs or the curriculum—can be transformational. This isn’t a school for others, making a concession for them. Rather, it is a school for them. That’s huge.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    • Helping your teen succeed in life
    • Building skills for academic success
    • Individualized Education Plans
    • Special Education support
    • Social & Emotional support
    • Experiential Learning
    • Small, supportive classes
    • Laptops for every student
    • Co-operative Education
    • A broad range of extracurricular opportunities, including clubs, events, and a cross-Canada exchange

    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.

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy is an alternative middle school and high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences. The school's small class sizes, individual education plans, life skills counselling, and experiential learning opportunities support students in their pursuit of college preparation and workplace level courses in a state-of-the-art facility located in the Central YMCA in downtown Toronto.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA 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.

    I have spent a quarter of a century working in independent schools in Ontario, having focused my career on curriculum development and research on learning and the adolescent brain. The following judgment, then, must carry some weight: The Academy is a uniquely impressive school, one that profoundly improves the quality of life of its students, and promises to multiply such improvement as they move on successfully to post-secondary studies or meaningful work placements. Of course, these are large claims, but they are supported by the achievements of our graduates. We have taken approved Ontario Ministry of Education courses and incorporated them into unique programs to meet the needs of our student population. Our goal is to give our students the skills to graduate from The Academy with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma in hand, ready to face the challenges of university, college or vocational endeavors.

     

    Our personal, differentiated approach, specialized programs and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to those students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences.  Our students typically have communication exceptionalities such as: learning disabilities, autism, giftedness and/or medical conditions that affect learning such as ADD and ADHD which have impacted their achievements in school settings. At the Academy we support our students from their first day of school with an Individual Education Plan outlining supports and accommodations specific to their needs.

     

    The  Academy team is made up of experienced teaching professionals with accreditation in their professional fields. They bring varied backgrounds and expertise in special education, IT, counseling, mentorship, curriculum development, guidance and career counseling, cooperative education, and many others.

     

    Given its history in education, and its wide-ranging social programs for youth, the YMCA connection enhances The Academy in many ways. We recognize that our students can benefit from the “wrap-around” services our connection to the YMCA of Greater Toronto makes possible. For example, each of our students has year-round access to all Health, Fitness and Recreation centres with the Central Y being the facility for all school-related fitness education. Co-operative education opportunities are readily at hand as well. Our students experience school-wide overnight leadership and outdoor education sessions at camp Wanakita and/or Camp Cedar Glen, and access to Canada Youth Exchanges through the YMCA Student Youth Exchanges program, amongst a large variety of supports.

     

    Finally, The Academy has been, and will continue to be, a school in which all students know that they are part of a supportive, safe and challenging community, dedicated to enrich their present and their future. We pride ourselves in our students’ success!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      THE YMCA 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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      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

      THE YMCA 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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy offers a full range of compulsory and elective high school courses, imbued with the school's focus on providing accommodations and assistive technologies and offering experiential learning opportunities and wrap-around support.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Writing

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        THE YMCA 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.

        THE YMCA 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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        THE YMCA 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

      • Literature

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Communicative

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA 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.

        THE YMCA 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

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        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.

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        We use assistive technologies in our classes to support students who learn differently. These include speech to text, text to speech, mind mapping, word prediction software, and so on.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The YMCA Academy

        THE YMCA 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..

        THE YMCA ACADEMY

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Academic

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Student-paced


      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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Rigorous

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Supportive


      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”.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      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."

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The YMCA Academy

      THE YMCA ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      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."

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      THE YMCA ACADEMY

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

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

    Delta West Academy

    The YMCA Academy

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

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Information not available

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    We offer a full suite of accommodations for learning style differences, as well as a dedicated counselor providing social/emotional support to individuals and the learning community. We welcome students with a wide variety of learning style differences.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Delta West Academy

    The YMCA 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

    The YMCA Academy

    THE YMCA 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

    THE YMCA 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%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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 9 - 12


     

    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

     

    Yes

    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.

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    The YMCA Academy is a Ministry of Education–inspected, alternative high school in downtown Toronto. Our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences. The YMCA Academy’s middle school is an alternative grade 7 & 8 program in downtown Toronto. Developed with a focus on building reading, writing and math skills, our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences.

    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. 

    THE YMCA ACADEMY

    For students entering our program at grade 9, we do an assessment of English and Mathematics to determine grade level and appropriate placement in our program




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