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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Fulford Academy

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2002

     

    2008


     

    Enrolment

     

    165

     

    100


     

    Grades

     

    6 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 6


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, eSchool, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Montessori


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    6 to 12

     

    10 to 24


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted class


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,060 to $14,120

     

    $18,700 to $20,700


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,605 to $30,030

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    24

     

    9


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    45%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    97%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Fulford Academy

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    FULFORD ACADEMY

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    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    FULFORD ACADEMY

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    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    "They have instilled in her a love for learning..."
    Georgina Lopez - Parent   (May 08, 2018)
    I cannot say enough good things about this school. I am so happy I discovered it 4 years ago for my ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    International education can mean different things in different contexts. Some educate students to adopt a global view. Others, as with Fulford Academy, it’s the student population that brings the international flavor, arriving from around the world, often with the intention of staying in Canada to complete their high school and post-secondary careers. The school communicates with families in 11 languages, something which is very key, and very welcome, for many of them. Cultural literacy is a focus, as is proficiency in English. For some, Fulford is a stepping stone other schools, though students are of course welcome to stay through the completion of their high school degrees, as indeed many do. The ideal student is a one intending to pursue post-secondary education in Canada, and who is also looking for a smaller, more personalized setting in which to get up to speed with the various fluencies they will need in order to achieve success.

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    There are various aspects to the Montessori model of instruction, though Westside nicely addresses not only what Montessori is, but also what it can mean in the longer-term. Maria Montessori didn’t think small—her classrooms, she felt, could be a doorway to many things, including world peace. That’s a very big thought of course, but within it is that idea of the longer-term, the belief that education is about the future of a society through addressing the future of each child. At Westside, that’s very much the intention: to give young students the basis for success in their education, and ultimately, success in life. The vibrancy of the surrounding Kensington Market community finds its way, very happily, into the classroom as well. Core literacy and numeracy are important, though there is also an attention to esteem, executive functioning, and social interaction. Rightly, families look to Westside, often principally, because of the program’s attention to those foundations.   

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Fulford Academy

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    • Fulford Academy is part of a global education network called BAU, and delivers the STEM+A curriculum
    • Fulford Academy accepts students from our local community, nationally, and all over the world.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) High School Courses.
    • Individual preparation & support to apply for Canadian Universities.
    • 100% university placement rate of Fulford graduates.
    • High School Athletic Teams compete in LGSSAA, OFSSAA
    • Community involvement through regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities.
    • Living and learning in a small and safe community.
    • Fresh, healthy, nutritious meals made daily on site by our Head Chef.
    • Students become true global citizens in our intercultural learning environment.

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Outdoor Education
    • French Language
    • Natural Playground

    Description

    Description

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Fulford Academy is a coeducational private day, boarding and online school in Brockville, Ontario Canada. Founded in 2002, Fulford Academy offers grades 6 to 12, leading to the OSSD - Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Our unique curriculum offers differentiated instruction, advanced placement and emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Arts (STEM +A). Our specialized programs include ESL Prep, University Prep, Fulford Online, Hybrid Dual High School Diploma Program, and Summer Programs.

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    WMS, in downtown Toronto, offers a nurturing and educational childcare environment for children (1.5 - 12 yrs.) Westsiders achieve their fullest potential; our students radiate self-confidence and exhibit a love for learning. Our children develop strong executive functions, a love of and connection to nature and a sense of belonging and commitment to their community.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Fulford Academy

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Message

    Our comprehensive co-curricular program includes community service, athletics, arts, music, clubs and other activities that give students many opportunities to discover their strengths and explore their passions. Each student is coached and guided to recognize and accept leadership opportunities and be a support to their peers. A Fulford education is much more than books!

    As a member of BAU Global, we are thrilled to offer increased emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics + Arts, (STEM+A). Our students will engage in cross-curricular studies that involve coding, robotics, mechanical design and engineering problem solving as an integral part of their learning.

    Our core values shape the inclusive atmosphere that is Fulford Academy. We emphasize collaboration and cooperation in our community; we celebrate our differences, but seek the common ground to form bridges between individuals and between cultures. We respect the courage required to leave home and study within a new language and culture, and always seek the wisdom to make our World a better place for everyone.

    Children present us with opportunities to think about the world in new and fascinating ways. I am blessed to share my days with our Westside students and my evenings with my own child, who is three. A few months ago, when explaining to my son Wyatt that I work at his school and we may see each other from time to time, he began with the “Why? Why?” that educators and parents are extremely familiar with. He wanted to know why I work at his school, “Because I like to help children and teachers.” “Why?” “Because I love children.” “Why?” Up until this moment, the conversation had been easy, really easy. This was a huge question and he was awaiting my response, “I love children because within each child lies an opportunity for a better world”.

    Maria Montessori, who lived through two world wars, believed that through children, we can achieve world peace, and I quote,  “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Mahatma Gandhi met Maria Montessori in 1931, and she invited him to speak to a group of Montessori teacher trainees. He said, “If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.”

    They are right, if peace doesn’t begin with the children, it doesn’t begin at all. Spending time with these beautiful souls reminds me on a daily basis that anything is possible and they will lead us there. We must give them the opportunity, trust and confidence to make it happen. We must have faith in their development and know that they will arrive. 

    I invite you to set up a time to come to Westside Montessori School and learn more about our programs and the independent, motivated and compassionate students we are guiding. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Fulford Academy

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      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.

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Fulford Academy applies the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics + Arts, (STEM+A) approach. Our students engage in cross-curricular studies that involve coding, robotics, mechanical design and engineering problem solving as an integral part of their learning. This unique and effective approach is applied across universities in Europe and we are leading the way in the future of education by offering it as the core of our curriculum. This type of learning gives the student a high-level perspective on how to solve a problem by using 2 or more approaches from different areas of study, giving them an advantage to apply deeper thinking when working on projects at school, and will apply this process throughout their education career all the way into the boardroom, the science lab and beyond. We also offer pre-advanced and advanced placement in our courses.

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Every child is an individual, captivated by different things at different times. We personalize your child’s learning experience by creating individualized lesson plans based on their interests, level of understanding and experiences. In this manner, every child is introduced to all aspects of our curriculum at the right time in their development. Children who graduate our program will be prepared for the next step in their education, private or public, with a genuine love of learning. They will have an increased curiosity about the world around them and the confidence necessary to take on new academic and social challenges.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        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

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        At Fulford Academy, we believe that students in mathematics learn best when the content of the math course, regardless of level, is integrated into the problem-solving model. Whenever possible we strive to present students with real-world problems that relate to the mathematical concepts they are learning each day. Our students explore situations using experimentation and other hands-on methods of gathering data and connect the calculations and problem-solving strategies they are using to the mathematical concepts outlined by the Ontario Curriculum. Our teachers work hard to ensure the mathematics is practical, engaging and applicable to a wide variety of life pathways. We work hard to ensure our students have the foundation and skills they need to be good problem-solvers in whichever future they choose. This open and engaging classroom style ensures that all students are able to contribute and fosters a positive and successful mathematics experience.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        When texts are needed our program uses the Nelson Education family of texts. We also rely on other multimedia tools such as Khan Academy, Desmos, Geogebra and other interactive mathematics tools.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        All Grade 7–12 students are expected to bring a scientific calculator (with features such as ,x , x2, and the primary trigonometric function sine, cosine and tangent) to every Math class. For grades 9 - 12, a graphing calculator is an asset, but not a requirement.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        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

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Our writing process consists mainly of students learning the basics of writing and then expanding on these skills through consistent practice. We do our best to make sure that whatever our students are writing about topics that are directly applicable to their own lives, but then also apply best practices such as peer and self-editing and review.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Fulford Academy’s science classes are hands-on and interactive. Students use an inquiry-based approach to learn essential skills and content. This approach gives students the opportunity to learn the scientific method by applying it to solve real problems. Emphasis is placed on developing safe work habits, collaboration skills and analytical abilities. Students are encouraged to show what they have learned through a variety of different forms and media, for example, videos, traditional lab reports, photo-journals, presentations, etc. This learning is reinforced by traditional lessons teach specific concepts and vocabulary clearly and directly. Students also explore areas of personal interest through research projects, guided discussions and readings.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FULFORD ACADEMY

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

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI 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)

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        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

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Literature can play an integral role in many courses as a lens for exploring real-world issues against the backdrop of fiction. Students learn to examine links between fictional and literal concepts, using literature as a framework to find meaning and to make their voices heard in unique and personal ways. Literature also provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn contextually, building their vocabulary and their mastery of grammar and figurative language based on the structures they encounter in various texts.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        FULFORD ACADEMY

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

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        All of our Social Studies courses are all-encompassing. While our students are studying History, they are also relating this to Geography and Sociology and vice versa. At the same time, while we make sure to cover the contents of the Ontario curriculum, we also make sure to include applicable real-world situations and studies. For example, if there is a world or local event happening that the students are interested in, but it is not part of the curriculum, we will always make time to integrate it into the courses. Students who are interested and can apply what they are learning directly to their lives, will also be motivated.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        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

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        When it comes to teaching humanities and social studies, it is important to approach the classroom with understanding. The idea that what has come before is important to understanding the present and the future. Teaching the foundations of the humanities and the social sciences, encourages students to think critically not only about the past, but also the present and future. Challenging students to look at the world through a new lens, for better understanding, and it is through this understanding, the classroom becomes more inclusive, more understanding, and more compassionate for all learners.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        The French language is an integral part of the cultural heritage of Canada. All middle school students get at least 1 hour of French instruction each day. Once students have entered into secondary school, they are required to take French in at least grade 9, with additional years of French language instruction available if numbers are sustainable.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FULFORD ACADEMY

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

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI 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)

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Creativity is of critically important in the arts, there is always something new to try, a new an idea to apply, or a new understand to build on. Students are encouraged to take risks in the arts, challenging their limits to see what they are truly capable of. Art gives students the freedom of expression, by teaching the fundamentals and encouraging their own self-expression, students are able to make new connections and new experiences. By experimenting in the arts students may find their passion in something new and different. The arts classroom not only encourages individual expression, but also collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Fulford Academy embraces technology in the classroom for the delivery of material to students (and their parents), and for assessment and evaluation purposes. All students at Fulford have, or are provided with, a laptop or Chromebook to have constant access to course material (like instructional videos, teacher-made notes, or tutorials). All teachers strive to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) learning through technology-based tools, and students are continuously encouraged to present their learning in as many different ways, and using as many different technologies, as they would like. Special focus is placed on developing skills in computer programming (coding), robotics, media arts (video creation and editing), 3D design and printing, and mathematical modeling (through Desmos). We strongly believe that these tools allow us to provide information to students in as many different ways as possible while allowing them to express their own talents and interests.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Fulford Academy

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        Westside Montessori School

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        FULFORD ACADEMY

        In Physical Education we focus on being safe and active throughout the student’s lifetime. Studies have shown that many of the activities that we are introduced to in our youth are likely to be a part of our adult life. We introduce a variety of sports and activities that they could continue as they get older such as baseball, basketball, soccer, badminton, swimming, volleyball, skating and curling. Many communities offer these sports in the form of recreational leagues for both children and adults. We usually start by introducing rules and equipment so that they understand how to play. This is followed by demonstrations of proper technique and skill building activities so that they can avoid injury. We finish by playing the sport so that they can get a feeling for the flow of the game. As the students progress into higher grades we introduce a fitness component.

        WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Fulford Academy

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Information not available

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Montessori classroom is a nurturing, bright and spacious environment specifically prepared for children. At WMS, children engage in a variety of activities; some enjoy a snack, one child writes a story, others work in a group and the teacher introduces a new lesson to a student. The mixed age setting enables the older children to build confidence and leadership skills through teaching and helping their younger peers. Meanwhile, the younger children are inspired to adapt the responsible, mature behaviours of their older classmates.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Fulford Academy

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      FULFORD ACADEMY

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

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      All classes at Fulford Academy use a blended learning model in which each course has a corresponding online classroom learning environment. With this, students learning can continue long after their in class sessions have ended.

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Fulford Academy

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      We are a very supportive environment where we do our best to accentuate the strengths of the students while also building up the areas where they may need enrichment.

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      FULFORD ACADEMY

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

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Fulford Academy

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      Westside Montessori School

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      FULFORD ACADEMY

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

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      FULFORD ACADEMY

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

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      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

      FULFORD ACADEMY

      We strive to create an environment where we are consistently enriching both the student’s Intellectual and Social intelligences.

      WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Fulford Academy

    Westside Montessori School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Fulford Academy

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Information not available

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Due to our small learning environment and attention to teacher training, students automatically receive extra attention when any need arises. If the teachers can manage all of the needs of the students in the classroom then this is done, if more attention is needed, local professionals are brought in to assist the student, their families, and the teachers.

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Fulford Academy

    Westside Montessori 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

     

    Fulford Academy

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Westside Montessori School

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    FULFORD ACADEMY

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

    WESTSIDE MONTESSORI 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

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    • Fulford Academy offers a variety of club options to day and boarding students. Students have the opportunity to improve their existing talents in areas such as athletics, music and the arts, or they can get out of their comfort-zone and try something new! Our clubs are geared to include options take place on campus, while other clubs take place in our surrounding community of Brockville.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    97%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    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

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    Fulford Academy is looking for students who want to be academically successful and are motivated to work hard, face challenges and enjoy living in a multicultural environment. Our students should be respectful, keen on learning new things and being involved in our community.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    FULFORD ACADEMY

    For our academic programs (grade 9-12, as well as summer credit programs) we require an English test.

    TOEFL jr:

    gr:9             minimum 775

    gr 10:         minimum 800

    gr 11/12         minimum 850

     

    TOEFL iBT     

    minimum 71 (gr 9/10)

    minimum 80 (gr 11/12)

     

    iELTS        

    minimum 5.0  (gr 9/10)

    minimum 5.5 (gr 11/12)


    DET (Duolingo English Test)

    minimum 39 (gr 9/10)

    minimum 50 (gr11/12)

     




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