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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1915

     

    1987


     

    Enrolment

     

    370

     

    324


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    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).
     
    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 18


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    $32,100


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    24%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    6 to 12

     

    7 to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $6,800

     

    $34,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    23

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    35%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    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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    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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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. 

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Boys' schools often state that they know boys, or are boy-friendly, though too often those statements aren't qualified. Sterling, thankfully, defines what they mean: energy, curiosity, and exploration. Certainly, boys from K to 8 typically have those in abundance, and the program at Sterling is intended to focus things a bit, channeling those natural attributes toward higher order growth and understanding. Confidence, resilience, motivation, goals—we think that boys naturally have these, but they don't. That Sterling places those kinds of values out front is telling of the overall instructional approach. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a structured, challenging, collaborative, and close-knit learning environment. Parent involvement in the life the of the school is both welcome and encouraged.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    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

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    • Character education program focuses on each boy's strengths
    • Dedicated teachers who are inspiring mentors
    • Focus on developing the whole boy
    • Leadership development starting in JK
    • 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio
    • Singapore math program taught in Grades 1-5
    • Warm and welcoming school culture
    • Founded in 1987

    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.

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    Sterling Hall is where boys belong. We understand that each boy will experience tremendous growth and change from JK-Grade 8. As elementary school specialists, we support boys in developing their interests, character strengths and leadership skills during these formative years. We celebrate boy energy! Our dynamic teachers use proven education strategies designed for boys including internationally acclaimed programs and research-based approaches. Your son will enjoy hands-on active learning and be inspired to develop his compassionate heart and capable mind through our character program. We, at Sterling Hall, offer a robust online and on-campus learning program with safety first measures in place to give you the confidence that your son is both challenged and cared for. At SHS, we ensure boys have a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy. Specialist subjects include drama, music, visual arts, tech, science and French. Boys are free to express themselves through Health & Physical Education, recess and over 80 team sports and clubs geared to age and ability. Sterling Hall is where your son will experience character growth, curiosity and a passion for learning.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Elmwood School

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    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 

    Dear Families:

    I have been asked with some regularity to describe the “typical” Sterling Hall boy. My answer always remains the same: there is no such thing as a “typical” Sterling Hall boy.

    Boys belong here, whatever their interests, whatever their aptitudes, whatever their learning requirements might be. We have a created an environment where boys have a sense of acceptance and belonging that gives them the confidence and security they need to take risks, try new things, be themselves and reach for their potential in all their endeavours.

    Our approach is unique among schools in Toronto. We focus entirely on boys during their formative years from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 – a period when a boy’s life is filled with energy, curiosity and exploration.

    We inspire our students by using the most successful techniques and approaches for teaching boys.  We treat every one of them as individuals, exposing each of them to a curriculum that is specifically catered to boys’ learning during the key foundational years.

    Our exceptional teachers are actively involved throughout the journey, providing support and encouragement. Parents are part of a warm and open school community that is made up of current and Alumni families, Old Boys, faculty/staff, friends, donors, volunteers and members of our Board.

    We welcome you to visit The Sterling Hall School and thank you for your interest.  We encourage you to get to know us and to see what makes us so proud of our program and our boys.  I believe that you will see a school that knows what makes boys tick and what they need to become caring, confident and empathetic young men who are capable of, and interested in, making a difference in their world.

    Sincerely,

    Rick Parsons
    Principal
    The Sterling Hall School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      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.

      THE STERLING HALL 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.


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      In our inquiry-based learning environment we develop the whole boy, offering opportunities for enrichment in strength areas, and strategies for success when faced with a challenge. Known by every member of the faculty & staff, each boy is supported in all aspects of school life as he develops and discovers his unique interests and love of learning. SHS’ low student to teacher ratio allows academic specialists to facilitate how your son learns best. At SHS boys are taught to collaborate and create partnerships to enhance problem solving abilities, social interactions and group learning, whether working through the steps of a challenging equation, brainstorming structural ideas or working with a teacher in the Guided Reading program. Small groups are proven to be highly effective and many classrooms are arranged in pods to ensure collaborative work is achieved. Assessment is integral to improving the educational experience. We provide boys with clear achievement markers to reach their goals. This enables student self-assessment and goal setting culminating in student-led conferences as boys pursue areas of passion and interest.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        We use an innovative approach based on Singapore Math in our Primary and Junior Divisions. Singapore Math is a teaching method based on Singapore’s national math curriculum. It is designed to connect math learning to a great variety of learners and its framework focuses on an in-depth understanding of essential math skills with a special emphasis on problem solving. The program emphasizes mastery of foundational skills on the well-tested assumption that higher levels of math learning require a students’ deeper understanding of math as a basis of success. Singapore’s three step learning model of concrete, followed by visual representation, followed by the more abstract (questioning and solving written equations) has become a finely tuned method for math learning in many educational jurisdictions worldwide.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        THE STERLING HALL 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.

        THE STERLING HALL 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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Guided Reading has become a proven method of helping boys use and develop strategies to read with greater independence and fluency. Each boy in Grades 1 – 3 receives direct support from a reading teacher as he reads and processes texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty. Reading teachers work with small groups of boys ( 6 or 8 boys) reading at a similar ability. Guided reading tends to deliver greater enjoyment of reading over the long term, because it helps boys to construct meaning from what they read and to master an understanding of increasingly complex words and grammatical structures. Interaction with their teacher and reading peers keeps boys' confidence with reading intact and evolving as they learn.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        No

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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

      • Writing

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

        THE STERLING HALL 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Our Grade 4 classes are piloting a new approach to the teaching and leaning of written composition. The 6+1 Trait Program is a world-renowned framework for guiding the instruction of writing. It is built around an educator-identified and researched common understanding of what good writing looks like; namely that there is a clarity of ideas, good organization, clear voice, effective word choice, fluent sentences, effective use of grammatical conventions and clear and effective presentation. The program gives teachers and students a common and easily-understood vocabulary for the teaching and assessment of writing in all disciplines. The approach answers the question of what is essential for good written composition, for all audiences and purposes. It is a tested foundational tool that sets up a boy\'s life-long approach to good writing, a skill that is essential to success at all levels of education and beyond.\n

      • Science

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Boys revel in our active, hands-on inquiry - a mainstay of Sterling Hall School science curriculum. Experiences are enhanced by adhering to a scientific method, in which boys become increasingly autonomous through their years at our school. Their experiential learning is deepened through a strong foundation in science concepts and thought. In addition to traditional classroom experiences, our boys enjoy the use of project-based learning challenges, opportunities for group and independent research and learning through experiments. Through innovative academic practices and boy-focussed programming, students are inspired and empowered to engage deeply in the sciences. We know that boys need to have strong relationships with their teachers in order to learn. Old Boys have even come back to SHS in their free time to pursue independent inquiry projects, accessing the resources of beloved teachers and our up-to-date learning environments and tools.\n


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Guided Reading has become a proven method of helping boys use and develop strategies to read with greater independence and fluency. Each boy in Grades 1 – 3 receives direct support from a reading teacher as he reads and processes texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty. Reading teachers work with small groups of boys ( 6 or 8 boys) reading at a similar ability. Guided reading tends to deliver greater enjoyment of reading over the long term, because it helps boys to construct meaning from what they read and to master an understanding of increasingly complex words and grammatical structures. Interaction with their teacher and reading peers keeps boys\' confidence with reading intact and evolving as they learn.


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities

        THE STERLING HALL 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.

        THE STERLING HALL 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.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Conceptual understandings learned through the social sciences are universally experienced by students through their years at SHS. Continuity and change, historical significance, ethics, perspective, cause and consequence and factual evidence are lenses through which our students experience and learn about their own communities and those around the globe. Our boys enjoy learning engagements that ignite their curiosity and require them to practice critical and creative thinking in social studies. Sterling Hall boys are ignited by the opportunity to engage in relevant, age-appropriate issues and share learning with authentic audiences. SHS boys are known for their exemplary community citizenship, a key criteria in how and what they learn in social studies. It is not unusual to find boys taking action from their learning and reaching out into their community to help. \n

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Many of Sterling Hall’s best educational practices are prompted by the best educational research. Studies repeatedly show that when subjects are taught in isolation from each other, students are denied an opportunity to connect with knowledge from a variety of angles and their experience with any one subject is limited, as is their retention. In our Grades 6 and 7 program, we have integrated our Social Science and English programs. A boy's examination of fictional works may find the subject matter set in the same period being studied in History. In Grade 8, we have integrated our Science and Social Science program. A mapping unit in Physical Geography may connect directly with an examination of the planet’s hydrosphere in an Earth Science unit. This interconnected approach to learning mimics how the learner’s brain itself is constructed; where knowledge is only retained through multiple connections in a web-like formation.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        We provide engaging second language instruction suitable for the age and stage of each boy. In JK - Grade 5, students benefit from oral repetition in which they participate actively and receive immediate feedback. Using the Accelerated Integrative Method (AIM), students build a foundation through role play, dramatizations, rehearsal of gestures and related vocabulary. This active method of learning a second language that mimics first language development increases risk taking, a skill that leads to greater language acquisition. Boys further develop their thinking and communication in the Grade 6-8 French program. In addition to explicit grammar instructions, they enthusiastically debate, role play, and collaborate on projects and presentations for authentic audiences. Throughout the years of study, SHS students are encouraged to communicate only in French. Technology enhances learning, providing access to the greater French community. Our goal is to develop our students’ love and appreciation for language learning.


        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL 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.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Unique to our school, our Visiting Artists Program offers Sterling Hall boys the opportunity to meet, observe and interact with a professional Canadian artist. This interpersonal connection adds life to our curriculum and lets our students observe artistic excellence and achievement first-hand.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        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

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Digital literacies enhance teaching and learning and are interwoven throughout the SHS curriculum. In JK- Grade 3, digital skill development and early digital literacy through IT classes are key features of early digital learning. By the time students are in Grade 4, they are well-versed in most of the Google Apps suite, and can navigate our Learning Management System independently. Students throughout the grades can choose to use a digital platform for many in-class tasks. Boys in Grade 6 enjoy opportunities to expand their interests and skills through our extension class. Grade 7 use Photoshop software to explore surrealism in our Visual Arts program. Grade 6-8 may choose a digital-coding elective class. In other curriculum areas, tech literacies enhance their learning experiences. SHS has multiple and varied devices available to our students and chas a Bring Your Own Device practice for Grade 7-8 students. \n


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Elmwood School

        ELMWOOD SCHOOL

        The Sterling Hall School

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


        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.

        THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

        Our Athletics Program is specifically designed for boys in their formative years. Boys receive daily physical education as well as many co-curricular athletics opportunities. As a small school, we are able to offer athletics activities for each boy, from the newest player to the competitive athlete, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Boys of all skill levels can try a new sport, strive competitively and enjoy inclusive team play with classmates and friends. The main goals of our athletics program are to help boys develop physically, socially and emotionally, build positive relationships with their teachers and peers, develop a lifelong ability to make healthy lifestyle choices and foster a love for physical activity.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Kindergarten is the beginning of an exciting learning journey for children and their families. We welcome our youngest learners by offering a safe, supportive and stimulating environment in the Kindergarten classrooms. This is a time of discovery, growth and wonder when we foster independence, self-help skills, confidence and a love for learning. The program follows a rigorous curriculum to ensure that students are well-prepared for entry into Grade 1 while also providing opportunities for learning though play-based exploration and inquiry. Students engage in activities that are hands-on and that offer opportunities for differentiated learning.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Accelerated

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      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

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      With our focus on individual attention to accommodate different learning styles, The Sterling Hall School provides every opportunity for students to be successful. Academic Success helps students with varying abilities achieve their academic goals.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      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”.

      THE STERLING HALL 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”.


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      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."

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Elmwood School

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      The Sterling Hall School

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

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

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ELMWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      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.

      THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

      Our Core Value of Sterling Character states that we value and develop confidence and resilience, kindness and respect, with the courage to advocate for oneself and for others. Our aim is to instill in each of our graduates a strong moral and performance character that will equip him to be a capable contributor and leader within his communities and an outstanding world citizen.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Elmwood School

    The Sterling Hall School

    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

    The Sterling Hall School

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL


    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

    THE STERLING HALL 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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ELMWOOD SCHOOL

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    • One of the ways in which boys may pursue their individual interests, strengths and passions is by joining a club. Clubs are important for boys to expand their knowledge and experience outside of the classroom environment and to participate in activities that are of personal interest to them.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    35%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    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.

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    We admit students with a wide range of backgrounds, provided that we feel they will have a good chance of achieving success in our program. During the interview process, we get to know you and your son in order to discover whether SHS is a good fit for him.

    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/

    THE STERLING HALL SCHOOL

    The SHS Admission Process

    The SHS Admission Process is designed to help you learn more about The Sterling Hall School in a fun and relaxed setting. We will learn about your son through group assessments or individual meetings. As well, we will meet with you to discuss the assessment and next steps. The meetings are casual and friendly. 

    We admit students with a wide range of backgrounds, provided we feel they have a good chance of achieving success in our program. During the interview process, we get to know you and your son in order to discover if SHS is a good fit.

    If you are looking for a small school offering single-gender education, a school whose values parallel yours at home, then The Sterling Hall School may be the right choice for your son.

    The SHS Admission Process is a simple, five-step process. To get started, please complete the Application Form online

    We look forward to hearing from you.




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