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  • LOCATION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    TMS

    TMS

     

    Map

    Address

    Address

    414 11 A Street NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4P3, Canada

    8569 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 3M7, Canada

    Distance

    Distance

    1,942.0 km

    346.0 km

  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    TMS

    TMS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1993

     

    1961


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    775


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    Preschool 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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Montessori, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Accelerated curriculum


     

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

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $10,300 to $18,350

     

    $18,300 to $31,350


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    5%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $10,000

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    48


     

    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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    TMS

    TMS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    TMS

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    TMS

    "TMS teachers nurture students’ abilities to be free-thinking, independent, passionate, and intrinsically motivated from such a young age.""
    Alexandra Makos - Parent   (Jul 11, 2019)
    We have one child that recently completed the Toddler program, and who is moving on to Children's Ho...
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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.  

    TMS

    TMS was founded by Helma Trass, who learned the instructional approach from Maria Montessori herself. Trass was at the leading edge of Montessori education in Canada, and the school is, today, home to one of the longest running programs of its kind in the country. The elementary program that she began remains vital today, and it retains her dedication to the core ideals of the Montessori method. With the addition of middle and high-school programs, the school grew to become one of the largest Montessori programs in North America. The rebranding, from the initial Toronto Montessori Schools, to the acronym TMS, was adopted along with the growth of the school into the upper Grades. While the program is continuous, it is divided between two campuses, with preschool through Grade 6 taught at the Bayview campus, and Grades 7 through 12 at the Elgin Mills campus, which was opened in 2009. That campus is also home to the IB program, one that further extends an already impressive breadth of instruction.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    TMS

    TMS

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    TMS

    • Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes
    • Two beautifully designed campuses in Richmond Hill
    • Co-ed student population of over 775
    • Extended care and extracurricular activities at Lower School
    • Co-curricular activities at Upper School
    • Competitive (CISAA) and house-league sports and athletic teams
    • Virtual Information Sessions Available

    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.

    TMS

    Founded in 1961, TMS is a leading, accredited independent school that offers a uniquely designed framework that combines the Montessori and International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. TMS operates from two campuses in Richmond Hill with exceptional learning environments for students of all ages and stages. Our Lower School (at Bayview Avenue and Hwy 407) offers a Montessori start for students from 18 months to Grade 6. Our Upper School (at Bayview Avenue and Elgin Mills Road) is the only independent school in York Region that offers the International Baccalaureate Programme for students in Grades 7 to 12. Our co-ed student population of over 775 thrives in academics while developing the life-changing mindsets of entrepreneurial thinking, positivity, and resilience that build a foundation for Significance not just at university, but in life. The unique design of the TMS student journey provides a framework within which your child can say I Am Known. Get to know us. │www.tmsschool.ca

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    TMS

    TMS

    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.

    Welcome to TMS. I'm thankful for your interest in our School; it is a community we love and in which we believe our students thrive.

    Choosing a school for your child is a centrally important decision. At its best, a school will provide a landscape and “family” from which your child can fall in love with learning and establish friendships that sustain them for a lifetime. A great school immerses children in a culture where they develop a strong sense of who they are and an understanding that engagement in their community is the true measure of goodness.

    By intention, TMS cultivates our students’ desire to pursue personal excellence in their areas of passion. Equally, we value goodness, particularly a commitment to practical engagement that benefits one’s own community; however you choose to describe community. This combination of excellence and goodness creates a palpable yearning in our students, not for mere success, but rather to stretch for significance and impact on behalf of others. It is beautiful and humbling to see.

    I Am Known is a central tenet of TMS. This phrase seeks to capture an aspirational truth about education that is dear to us: only when a child is deeply and individually known within a teacher-student relationship can a child navigate their own unique journey towards personal excellence both in terms of the development of their character and their learning.

    The combination of our Montessori start and IB finish provides a unique framework for learning. Our Lower School creates a landscape of exploration, extension and independence through which self-confidence, joy in learning and care for community are nurtured. Our Upper School then embraces this child of wonder and engages them in a learning experience that leads to new levels of excellence and compassion for the world.

    Our graduates attend top programs at top universities and are proactive about improving the communities in which they live and learn. They go on to successful careers and live their lives as considerate citizens. From the base of feeling known and genuinely cared for in their youngest years, they grow into adults who take for granted that they should excel in whatever they pursue and be passionately engaged whilst they do so.

    But don't take my word for it. Finding the right school for your child is too important. Words on a website can't be enough. You have to come by and see and feel it for yourself. We'd love to host you, introduce ourselves and show you the depth of who we are and the place within which your child can say I Am Known.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      TMS

      TMS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts

      TMS

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      TMS

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      TMS

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      TMS

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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      TMS

      Lower School - 18 months to Grade 6 Internationally Recognized Flagship Montessori Program Upper School - Grade 7 to 10 International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Grade 11 to 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) TMS students thrive in academics while developing the life-changing mindsets of entrepreneurial thinking, positivity, and resilience that build a foundation for Significance not just at university, but in life.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        TMS

        No

      • Writing

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        TMS

        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        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

        TMS

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        TMS

        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.

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        TMS

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Communicative

        TMS

        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.

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        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

        TMS

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Creative

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        TMS

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        TMS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Not applicable


        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.

        TMS

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        TMS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        TMS

        TMS


        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..

        TMS

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      TMS

      TMS


      Approach

      Approach

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Academic

      TMS

      Montessori


      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.

      TMS

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

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


      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.

      TMS

      TMS has garnered a reputation for creating an extraordinary learning environment. Up to Grade 6, the curriculum is based on the core premise of a Montessori education: that students need to drive their own learning. Using materials and processes that make abstract ideas concrete, students initiate their learning and can assess their own progress. This balance between the freedom and responsibility of a child produces highly competent learners who are self-reliant, self-disciplined and self-confident.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      TMS

      TMS


      Pace

      Pace

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      TMS

      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.

      TMS

      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

      TMS

      Montessori Program - Toddler to Grade 6 IB MYP and DP- Grades 7 to 12 Varies by level

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      TMS

      TMS


      Culture

      Culture

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Rigorous

      TMS

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      TMS

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      TMS

      TMS offers a uniquely designed framework that combines a Montessori start and International Baccalaureate (IB) finish. Our academics are rigorous and each student is "known" and supported. We deliver an accredited educational experience designed to inspire and challenge students to discover the best of who they are and to achieve their full potential.


      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."

      TMS

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      TMS

      TMS


      Primary

      Primary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      TMS

      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."

      TMS

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      TMS

      At TMS every student is "Known". TMS provides an environment where students are cared for. TMS students are given a foundation to grow, to be ambitious and bold. TMS creates opportunities for children to be inspired by learning through experimentation, exploration, and self-discovery.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Delta West Academy

    TMS

    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

    TMS

    TMS


    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

    TMS

    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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    Yes


     

    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.

    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. 




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