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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1915

     

    1982


     

    Enrolment

     

    370

     

    190


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English, French, Mandarin


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    15 to 17

     

    16 to 19


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    Dedicated class; 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

     

    $11,742 to $24,550


     

    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

     

    16


     

    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

     

    Preschool, 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 Preschool - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    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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    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    "I personally appreciate the comradery and sense of community among the children."
    Justin Jones - Parent   (Nov 24, 2021)
    We have two children (twins) who have attended Fern Hill School – both absolutely loved their 9 ye...
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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. 

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    At Fern Hill, academics are important, just as they should be at any school, but culture is important too, including a desire to capitalize on the individual strengths of the staff. Cross-curricular links are a focus, as is a desire to allow students to experience things that may, for the moment at any rate, seem to reside outside their immediate areas of interest. The school takes good advantage of its location within the Ontario Greenbelt, and field studies—there’s a bird banding program, among other initiatives—are used as an entrée to the development of confidence, skill development, and team building. Families are drawn to the strength of the academic program, the small class sizes, the broad range of co-curricular programs, and an abiding dedication to academic excellence.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    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

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    • Strong Academics
    • Personalized, enriched curriculum
    • Wireless technology & SMARTBoards
    • Accelerated academic courses
    • Full sports program & facilities
    • Visual arts, band, vocal music, choir & musical productions
    • Mandarin study in Grades 7 & 8
    • Full and half day PS & JK
    • Bus Service
    • Member of Junior Round Square of the Americas

    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.

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    Since 1982, Fern Hill's mission has been to graduate students aged 3-14 who are dedicated to excellence, possess a sense of personal worth and confidence in their talents and abilities. The enriched curriculum is taught in a rotary timetable by qualified, subject specific teachers who are passionate about their individual subjects. This approach is reflected in the high level of engagement found in the classrooms. Our Math, Science & Literacy program is enriched with Sports, Mandarin, French, Art, Drama, Music etc.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    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 

    My vision for Fern Hill School began long before there was a building, a student body or even a faculty. It began with a wish list: small class sizes, a warm friendly environment, attention to intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and caring subject-specific teachers.

    Today,more than 30 years later, Fern Hill combines the best traditional learning approaches with individualized techniques that have proven to be effective in engaging young minds. Taught by teachers who are as passionate about their students as they are about their subject specialties, our enriched curriculum stimulates and challenges students to give their personal best.  

    Our familes choose Fern Hill not only because of its excellence in education, but also because our 22 acre campus is warm and inviting with indoor and outdoor spaces that are rich in purpose. In addition to spacious classrooms, a fully equipped gymnasium provides opportunities to be a part of school teams. A music room where vocal music is supported by Orph instruments and where band starts in Grade 5, offers a wide range of opportunities for performance. And a spacious art centre where students are led on an artistic journey that exposes them to all aspects of form, colour, light, perpective and Art History. 

    My honest opinion is that the only way to know what we do, is to come to visit and see for yourself. Ask our teachers why they love to teach here and our children what is it that makes them want to come to school each day. I know you will like what they have to tell you. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Since 1982, Fern Hill's mission has been to graduate students ages 3-14 who are dedicated to academic excellence, feel sense of personal worth, and confidence in their talents and abilities. Fern Hill's enriched curriculum is taught in a rotary timetable by qualified, subject specific teachers who are passionate about their individual subjects. This approach is reflected in the enriched program and high level of engagement in the classroom. Our strong Math, Science and Literature program is enriched with a breadth of subjects including Mandarin, French, Field Studies, Drama, and Vocal studies.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        There is no end to Mathematics. Students at Fern Hill develop a love of numbers through our individualized program that allows each student to progress through math concepts at their own pace. Students with a passion for math may work on problems beyond the grade expectation and graduate with accredited high school credits as a result.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Fern Hill students practice mental math techniques for multiplication, simple division etc. making calculators unnecessary as a regular tool. In Grade 7 and 8, our laptop program provides access to calculating tools that complement the advanced concepts being studied.

      • Early Reading

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Students in preschool are introduced to letters and numbers using fun, engaging materials. As fine motor skills develop in JK, students develop competency with the printing process, the begin blending letter sounds and reading begins. Reading takes flight in SK with students working on individualized programs based on their progress with phonetic decoding and vocabulary strength.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        No

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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

      • Writing

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Systematic approach


        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        While grammar, penmanship and cursive writing skills are important skills intrinsic to the Fern Hill Language programme, creativity is a central theme. Through journaling, poetry writing, and creative writing, students are provided with many opportunities for creative expression.

      • Science

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        History, Geography and Science are timetabled as separate subjects and often each have a separate teacher.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Heavy 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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Students attend weekly computer/technology classes as part of their timetable. Coding, hardware, and many software packages are explored. Tools including robotics are used to develop understanding and experience. Laptops are introduced in G7 & 8 to facilitate access to information and collaboration. .


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        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.

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Our athletic program teaches the skills and drills needed to experience and develop competency in a wide variety sports though-out the year. Opportunities for participation in team competitions begin in Senior Kindergarten with our House Teams, and progress to inter-school competitions in Grade 3-8.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      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.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Our Preschool class provides a safe and welcoming learning space for children who turn 3 before December 31st. Their busy and interactive days are filled with our early reading and numeracy program along with an introduction to mandarin, french, music, drama, and phys.ed. JK and then SK builds on this foundation, introducing writing and blending sounds so that reading blossoms and number sense becomes second nature. Very much a part of the school, our youngest students are active participants in school events and performances which creates anticipation and excitement about coming to school each day.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Pace

      Pace

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      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).

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Fern Hill students who are ready to reach ahead are challenged with work beyond their grade level while others are given resource help to build their confidence and build competence. Man y will graduate with accredited Grade 9 credits in their Grade 8 year.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      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”.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      As our youngest students begin what can be an eleven year journey at Fern Hill, we greet them with an environment where they feel welcome and safe and where they quickly start to learn who they are and that they are capable of trying anything. The confidence that quickly develops in these early years allows them to stretch their own expectations of what they can accomplish. As they grow, so do our expectations for academic performance as do the opportunities we provide for broader learning. Our students confidently move on to excellent high schools, well prepared both academically and socially.


      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."

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Primary

      Primary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Teaching compassion and empathy while fostering curiosity and confidence lets Fern Hill graduate boys and girls who are academically and intellectually prepared to achieve their goals; Leaders who possess a balance of spiritual, emotional, and social skills; Adults who are able to evaluate and reason with the demands of the times. A Fern Hill student will be both intellectually adaptable and morally grounded.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Elmwood School

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    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

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


    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

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    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

     

    Preschool, 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 Preschool - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    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.

    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/

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    1. Completion of our digital application form (contact the admissions office)
    2. Previous two year's report cards
    3. Copy of birth certificate or passport
    4. Completion of age appropriate admissions assessment and or interview (may be done in person or via zoom depending on restrictions)




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