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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1915

     

    1995


     

    Enrolment

     

    370

     

    1100


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, eSchool, Homestay


     

    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

     

    Progressive


     

    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).
     
    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).

     

    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

     

    15 to 17


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $15,540 to $29,700

     

    $13,800


     

    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

     

    275


     

    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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    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.
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    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    "Students are able to choose courses of their own liking with the guidance of the administration..."
    Kevin Varghese - Alumnus   (Oct 05, 2020)
    My experience at Braemar was truly wonderful. Being an international school situated in the heart of...
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    "It gave me the opportunity to be the leader that I now translate into my own company."
    Erika Gilmandinova - Alumnus   (Oct 06, 2020)
    This school changed my perspective of the world forever. I became so open-minded that I never looked...
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    "Braemar College was quite astonishing since everyone works for everyone in the community."
    Frank Nguyen - Alumnus   (Oct 22, 2020)
    My experience at Braemar College was terrific, it was filled with a lot joy and education purposes. ...
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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. 

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    The quality of the academic program at Braemar College is a draw, as is the flexibility of the program: there are five annual intakes, and courses are offered throughout the entire calendar year. The location, though, is a principle draw as well, and rightly so. The school sits on the property of the University of Toronto, right in the very heart of the city. As such, it is adjacent to a wealth of world class resources, not limited to those of the university campus, but also museums, theatres, parks, urban hubs, transportation, and even the provincial legislature, which is a block or so away. Students get a sense that they are in the thick of things, and indeed they are, with so many cultural and academic resources so close at hand. Student life here is as close to a university program as you can have without actually being enrolled in university. For many, that can be an inspiring and galvanizing experience—students not only are preparing academically for post-secondary studies, they are growing into that social environment as well. Braemar College is large, though very comfortably so, and students report a vibrant and personal student experience with ample latitude for personalised support and enrichment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    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

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    • Since 1995, we have been teaching and caring for young people from Canada and around the world.
    • Owing to our tradition of excellence, we have pathway partnerships with top universities.
    • Our university partners include University of Toronto, Ryerson, York, and Waterloo.
    • Our Fast-Track term system allows students to graduate 50% faster compared to semestered schools
    • We have five annual intakes, September, November, February, April and July.
    • We are centrally located, in a safe, easily accessible downtown neighbourhood.

    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.

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Founded in 1995, Braemar College is a private secondary school located in downtown Toronto, on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Our programs are designed to ensure students realize their academic, personal and social potential.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    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 

     

    With the ripples of the pandemic still marking the water, it is all the more vital to focus on long term objectives, lest we be thrown off course. To this end, we look forward to academic 2020-2021 and our 25th Anniversary. We will celebrate this milestone with scholarships, special events, prizes and ceremonies throughout the year ahead. All our staff look forward to welcoming new students and setting them on a path to attain the academic, social and athletic goals fitted to their calling.

    In this, we hope to invite prospective students to inquire about our Anniversary Scholarships, our unrivalled Pathways agreements with Canada’s highest ranked universities, and the many awards, distinctions and prizes awarded to our college, its teachers and our students over recent years. We extend this open hand to all students and parents and we look forward to hearing from you in the days ahead. In the meantime, we wish you and your family good health, safety and the best of luck!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Progressive

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Our philosophy of education is based on the principles of personal autonomy, responsibility, and excellence. These are ideals with timeless appeal. Some of the features that have grown out of our philosophy of education are reflected in the following ways: An environment that places emphasis on autonomy; Small, well managed classes with limited enrollment; Teachers who teach by guiding, not lecturing, students; A rigorous emphasis upon practical academic skills; Knowing the measure of success is attaining one’s best; A school setting where personal responsibility is key.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Writing

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Inquiry

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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

      • Literature

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Communicative

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Our foreign language offerings are limited to courses in French, which is offered according to student interest.


        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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Our students benefit both from the work in the school, as well as the studio visits to the school's annually appointed Artist-in-Residence.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        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

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Braemar College

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE


        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.

        BRAEMAR COLLEGE

        Braemar College both physical education courses, including wellness and nutrition, as well as recreational sports.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Play-based

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Accelerated

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Accelerated


      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).

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      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).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Culture

      Culture

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Rigorous

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Supportive


      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”.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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."

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Braemar College

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      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.

      BRAEMAR COLLEGE

      We have developed a program which aims to prepare students to thrive in top Canadian universities. This requires a balanced approached, which would seek to foster key emotional and social virtues at least as much as the intellectual ones that tend to be represented by the numbers on a report card. We aim to help our students develop into well-rounded enthusiastic young adults ready for the next stage and all its challenges.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Elmwood School

    Braemar College

    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

    Braemar College

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE


    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

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    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

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    • Braemar College is more than a school – it is an experience. Our wide range of extra-curricular Activities and Programs ensures that students have every opportunity to engage more deeply in the vibrant lifestyle of our school and our city. Becoming a Braemar student means being willing to embrace and pursue the ideas, culture and values we represent. All of our activities are designed and supervised in such a way as to develop an appreciation and desire for these qualities. We are not just building great students, we are building great people.
    • Wellness: Mindfulness, Nutrition, Athletics, Mediation
    • Engagement: Orientation, Student Union, Town Hall, Student Clubs
    • Outreach: Guest Speakers, Community Service, Artist-in-Residence, Writer-in-Residence
    • Trips: Canadian Universities, Niagara falls, CN Tower, BMO Field, AGO, various Toronto Parks, Aquarium and Zoo
    • COVID Update: The holistic health that is required for each person to battle COVID is no less crucial for students to concentrate, memorize, debate,
  • 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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    No


     

    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

     

    No


     

    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.

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Since 1995 the team at Braemar College has taken pride in putting the individual student at the centre of everything we do. In short, we put our students first. That said, some reflection on our experience would seem to indicate that students who tend to take initiative, students who have interests and enthusiasms, have tended to get more out of the program.

    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/

    BRAEMAR COLLEGE

    Applicants are invited to apply online through our website. A PDF copy of the same form can also be downloaded if that is more convenient.  

    Along with the complete application form, the Admissions team would require a copy of the most recent academic information (these do not need to be notarized), as well as a copy of a passport or photo ID. We will also accept, on a temporary basis, older academic records where studies elsewhere are currently underway, on the condition that we receive the most recent as soon as these are available. 

    Once this has been received, the Admissions team will issue a pre-acceptance letter and an invoice, showing the expenses of the requested services itemized.  A place in selected term can only be confirmed once the payment has been received. 

     

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Catherine Clark (1995)
    Host of CPAC's Sunday Sound Off and Beyond Politics
    Elizabeth Smart (1933)
    Author of 'By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept'
    Mary MacKay-Smith (1966)
    Childrens television writer



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