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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Aurora Preparatory Academy

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1915

     

    1979


     

    Enrolment

     

    370

     

    120


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    15 to 17

     

    12 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
     
    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

     

    $15,540 to $29,700

     

    $15,200


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    24%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    6 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $6,800

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    23

     

    11


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Aurora Preparatory Academy

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Elmwood was founded in 1915 by Theodora Philpot who, in addition to having a great name, was well ahead of her time in the world of education. Like Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, and others, she felt that traditional education wasn’t meeting the needs of students, both academically and personally. She wanted to offer an alternative, one that was student-centric, and that would stimulate a love of learning rather than the rote memorization of facts. She felt that there should be a bit of poetry in the course of daily life, and a bit of joy, too. She began that first year with just four students, all of whom were boys. Despite the obvious differences—it’s now home to nearly 400 students, all of whom are girls—the spirit of the school nevertheless is reflective of Philpot’s vision. The school is one very much centred on possibility, creating opportunities for students to explore their world and to find their place within it. The ideal student is a girl looking for a vibrant, challenging, community-oriented academic environment.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Elmwood School

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    "...this school took me in with a smile and great attitude."
    François LeFantôme - Student   (Nov 06, 2018)
    I absolutely love Aurora Prep! It is a bit small but it comes with plenty of charm and smiles. It ha...
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    "They had high expectations with him and really encouraged him to rise to the level he was capable of."
    Patty Keele - Parent   (Nov 19, 2018)
    Both my children have had a fantastic experience at APA. The teachers and administration are very re...
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    "The academics are so relevant and well-applied. The kids know why they are learning something and are using this knowledge to relate to and understand real-life situations."
    Meave Mastracci - Parent   (Dec 10, 2018)
    Making the decision to switch my eldest to APA was literally one of the best decisions we have ever ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Elmwood was founded in 1915 by Theodora Philpot who, in addition to having a great name, was well ahead of her time in the world of education. Like Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, and others, she felt that traditional education wasn’t meeting the needs of students, both academically and personally. She wanted to offer an alternative, one that was student-centric, and that would stimulate a love of learning rather than the rote memorization of facts. She felt that there should be a bit of poetry in the course of daily life, and a bit of joy, too. She began that first year with just four students, all of whom were boys. Despite the obvious differences—it’s now home to nearly 400 students, all of whom are girls—the spirit of the school nevertheless is reflective of Philpot’s vision. The school is one very much centred on possibility, creating opportunities for students to explore their world and to find their place within it. The ideal student is a girl looking for a vibrant, challenging, community-oriented academic environment. 

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    We all want to go where everyone knows our name, and while there is a strong academic program at APA, that sense of place is one of the primary draws for the families that enroll here. Students are known throughout the school, and their successes are routinely recognized, shared, and celebrated. For many students, that in itself can provide a transformative learning experience. The community of the school actively includes the parents and siblings of the students who attend, something that brings a welcome warmth and familiarity to the lived experience of the school. The size of the school also allows for faculty to approach each student individually, providing appropriate challenge and support to ensure that all reach their academic and social potentials. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a close-knit, personal, challenging academic setting.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Aurora Preparatory Academy

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    • Recognized for academic excellence
    • Welcoming, inclusive and diverse community
    • International Baccalaureate World School (PYP, MYP, DP)
    • Round Square and Apple Distinguished school
    • Merit- and need-based scholarships available

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    • Supported and Enriched Ontario Curriculum
    • Small Class Sizes (Average 12-16 Students)
    • Personalized Support From Our Team Of Dedicated Teachers
    • Full Sports Programme
    • All-Grade French, Art, Music, Phys. Ed. and Technology
    • Unrivalled School Community
    • Affordable Payment Options
    • 19,000 sq. ft. Facility

    Description

    Description

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Elmwood is one of the most innovative girls’ schools in North America, offering all three levels of the IB Programme. Acclaimed for its academic excellence, caring atmosphere and strong community spirit, Elmwood is a school where girls are encouraged to stretch themselves, try new things, create and explore. We strike a balance between traditional academic goals and innovative approaches to achieving those goals. We create inquiring lifelong learners, engaged global citizens, and confident, compassionate leaders.

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Aurora Preparatory Academy is a small school that produces big results. With our smaller class sizes, teachers develop a meaningful connection with each child, facilitating higher academic performance and stronger overall development. Our welcoming, inclusive community ensures an environment where students, teachers and families work together for the success of every learner. By meeting and enhancing the Ontario curriculum, our approach to education promotes independence, responsibility and confidence. We provide an impressive programme with an ideal balance of academic, athletic, artistic and social development – including positive discipline and effective problem-solving strategies. In addition, we have an abundance of extra-curricular activities, including swimming, skating, team sports, intramurals and numerous after-school clubs. We even have an annual school musical that is the highlight of our third term. For those families who need it, aftercare is available daily until 6 pm. Finally, Aurora Prep’s tuition is one of the most affordable in York Region, offering convenient installment plans.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Aurora Preparatory Academy

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Message

    When we talk to the girls about what makes their school special we get as many different answers as we have students. Not far from every girls answer though is family and confident young women. There is something here for each and every girl to love, to get involved in and to find inspiring. 

    Over 100 years ago, Theodora Philpot, an entrepreneurial and visionary woman, founded Elmwood School. Although the subjects we teach and the manner in which we teach have evolved dramatically since 1915, Mrs. Philpot would still recognize the essence of the school she created. Every girl here is known and valued-we see them as individual girls on individual journeys, and we inspire each girl to reach her full potential. That is the School's mission statement, and it is something every member of our community lives every day 

    Our holistic approach to girls' education combines superior academics with outstanding co-curricular activities and healthy lifestyle choices. The powerful and supportive all-girls environment here gives students the freedom to stretch themselves, take risks and learn from their mistakes. We are specialists in how girls learn, so we can tailor things to exactly what works best for them. 

    At the base of everything is our reputation for academic excellence. Elmwood is the only school in Ottawa accredited to deliver all three levels of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme ranging from preschool right up to the senior grades. This is a fully transferable, world-class education, and the combination of the "gold standard" IB program and a strong Ontario curriculum is the best preparation for university and beyond 

    When girls graduate from Elmwood they are ready to move on to the next phase of their education with confidence. They have become inquiring, lifelong learners with an exceptional education, confident, caring leaders and compassionate, engaged global citizens. 

    I hope you will come visit us soon. We all look forward to sharing our school with you.

    Best regards,

    James Whitehouse, Head of School 

    We would like to introduce you to Aurora Preparatory Academy, an institution that offers an exceptional elementary education in York region at a surprisingly reasonable cost. Aurora Prep is owned and operated by a small, select group of teachers committed to continuing the unparalleled 35 years' success its predecessor, Foundations Private School, on the occasion of its principal's retirement. It has been an exciting year of transition and updates, honouring the past while embracing the future, and many of our current families are already registering in advance of the anticipated public interest.

    Aurora Prep is a small school that produces big results, currently boasting a student population that allows us to provide exceptional individualized support to each of our students. Teachers and students enjoy a strong rapport that facilitates higher academic performance and stronger emotional development. In addition, we encourage our families to get involved in school life, and we provide many opportunities to do so. Together, our approach produces a welcoming, cohesive community that creates the best environment possible in which elementary students can thrive. While many schools may speak of foundation, community, and excellence, Aurora Prep espouses them as its fundamental, governing principles.

    Our students are encouraged to do their best at all times, achieving excellence in every subject and activity. We promote responsibility, independence and effort, recognizing the inherent importance of the learning process and not just the final result. Aurora Prep students develop the courage to try new things and the mindset that they are capable of anything. They recognize that striving for academic excellence must be complemented by striving for excellence in all other aspects of life. A committed involvement in athletic, artistic or altruistic pursuits is an essential component of our students’ lives.

    If you have any questions about our school, our approach, or our programmes, we invite you to contact me personlly and I would be happy to provide you additional information.

    Sincerely,
    Rhonda Vissers

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Aurora Preparatory Academy

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      We believe that the best kind of education is one that combines a world-class curriculum, passionate teachers, innovative teaching methods and small class sizes, so every student gets individual attention. Elmwood exceeds the expectations of the provincial curriculum and is more rigorously evaluated than any other school in Ottawa. At Elmwood, we encourage and challenge our students to strive for academic excellence and inspire them to develop a lifelong love of learning, knowing that this strong foundation of knowledge and skills is crucial for success in the 21st century. Our outstanding faculty draws on best practices in girls’ education as they inspire students to be principled, knowledgeable, and reflective learners. From the early years to graduation day, Elmwood students benefit from a program of study that is student-directed, inquiry-based, rigorous, relevant and specifically designed to prepare students for life and work beyond the classroom.

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Aurora Preparatory Academy’s curriculum is aligned to the Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, resulting in a student’s seamless transition into secondary school. We introduce all areas of study, including French, Music, Art and technology, at the Junior Kindergarten level and recognize the inherent value of traditional areas of study, such as grammar, spelling and hands-on math. Our instructor–to–student ratio is purposely kept low to ensure that every student receives the assistance, supervision and direction that he or she needs. We provide a platform for high-achieving learners who require a more challenging curriculum and are capable of completing enriched work in multiple areas of study. We are also able to supplement in-class lessons with additional support for those who may be currently working below grade-level. In each case, we make sure our students meet or surpass curriculum benchmarks set forth by the Ministry. Our goal is to give our students the skills and the confidence needed to be successful in the next phase of education and for the rest of their lives.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Writing

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        AURORA PREPARATORY 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

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        AURORA PREPARATORY 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)

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Social Studies

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        AURORA PREPARATORY 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)

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Aurora Preparatory Academy

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        At Elmwood, we believe that competitive sports help our students develop into determined, well rounded global citizens and teach them the grit and determination that gives them the stamina to see things through. We also believe that every girl can find an activity she can become passionate about. Elmwood is a place where the beginner can dip her toe and try new sports or national competitors can develop further and receive focused academic support. The girls regularly take on new sports and quickly learn the skills needed to not only progress but to excel in their chosen activity. In the middle school, our aim is to give the opportunity to play on a competitive team for whichever sport they choose.

        AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Aurora Preparatory Academy

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Our nurturing environment encourages our youngest students to feel secure and helps them start to build their independence. We balance a rich, academic environment with creative and purposeful play, helping students construct a solid base of knowledge of the world around them. A skilled, dedicated educator who is an expert in early childhood education and inquiry-based learning leads each classroom. In our purpose-built Junior School, the Kindergarten classrooms are designed to meet the needs of our youngest students. Through experiential and imaginative play, Elmwood students engage in early literacy activities and tackle mathematical problems using a variety of strategies, helping them establish a strong foundation for their future studies.

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      At Aurora Prep, we offer a strong academic programme right from Junior Kindergarten. We integrate reading, writing, math, and social studies, in addition to supplemental programmes in technology, music, French, physical education and art. Our teachers also balance the need for social development, discovery and exploration. Young children are eager to learn and we are happy to be partners in their academic and emotional growth. We believe students must be provided a solid foundation to experience optimal success in later grades, and this groundwork begins with our youngest learners. Without exception, they thrive in any subsequent academic environment.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Aurora Preparatory Academy

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Accelerated

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Aurora Preparatory Academy

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      AURORA PREPARATORY 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

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Elmwood offers an enriched programme combining the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). The IB promotes an internationally recognized, inquiry-based curriculum, which focuses on skill development and brings together learners and teachers from around the globe. Girls thrive in our nurturing community where they are challenged by highly engaged teachers who are experts in personalizing the learning of each girl. Elmwood graduates exemplify the school motto: Summa Summarum—the highest of the high. They are academically strong, socially adept, confident and resilient young women.

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Our instructor–to–student ratio is purposely kept low to ensure that every student receives the assistance, supervision and direction that he or she needs. We provide a platform for high-achieving learners who require a more challenging curriculum and are capable of completing enriched work in multiple areas of study. We are also able to supplement in-class lessons with additional support for those who may be currently working slightly below grade level. Our goal is to give our students the skills and confidence needed to be successful in the next phase of education and for the rest of their lives.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Aurora Preparatory Academy

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Elmwood’s curriculum focuses on developing the whole girl – we want students to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically during their years with us. Here they feel free to take risks, stretch themselves, and by doing so learn the true extent of their abilities. Our graduates are inquiring, life-long learners, compassionate, engaged global citizens, and confident, caring leaders.

      AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      We espouse a balance of academic pursuits, athletic participation, artistic expression and community service, the goal of which is to provide the most well-rounded, engaging and comprehensive education possible. No one gets lost in the shuffle at APA, and we are exceptionally proud of the success stories that resonate through our halls. Our students are challenged, encouraged and guided, and they become academically successful and socially responsible, exceptionally well-prepared for future studies and for life.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Elmwood School

    Aurora Preparatory 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

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Aurora Preparatory Academy

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

    AURORA PREPARATORY 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

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    At Elmwood, we’re looking for motivated and enthusiastic girls who will contribute positively to the life of the school through their motivation, intellectual curiosity and willingness to try new things.

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    First and foremost, it comes down to “The Right Fit”. You want a school that feels like a family, a place where teachers are behind your child every step of the way, an environment that nurtures, supports, challenges and cares. Aurora Prep is that school. The best way to determine if APA is the right fit for your family is to experience it by having your son or daughter join us for a Trial Day. Spending a day at Aurora Prep allows you and your child to gain a sense of the way our school operates, the breadth of our academic programme and the strength of our community. This visit also allows us to assess your child to ensure he/she can develop at APA, academically, emotionally, creatively, and socially.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Interested families should fill out our online application form: http://www.elmwood.ca/application-form/

    AURORA PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Once a child has completed a Trial Day and been accepted to our programme, the following documents are required:

    • Completed Application Form
    • A copy of the Applicant’s birth certificate
    • Copies of the Applicant’s three most recent report cards (not applicable for kindergarten registration)

    A non-refundable deposit is required in order to secure placement. Please see our Tuition Schedule for further details regarding fees and payment options.




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