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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Cambridge International Academy

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1984

     

    2010


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    Varies


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

     

    1 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Waldorf

     

    Traditional


     

    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.
     
    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

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    16 to 20

     

    6 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Waldorf
    Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,000 to $14,620

     

    $10,650 to $12,650


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    K to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    12

     

    0


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    98%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Cambridge International Academy

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Any school is more than the buildings or the setting, though perhaps especially with Waldorf programs, setting is an important piece. Halton’s program is established and proven, having been founded in 1984, and the facilities are notable as well, providing, in many ways, the ideal environment for the Waldorf approach. The buildings aren’t small, though they really confer a nice sense of place, some that is beautifully extended by the school’s proximity to green space. Waldorf intends to set students apart a bit from the bustle of daily live, and all the distractions that might be found there, and refocus students’ attention, and awaken a perception and appreciation of children’s talents and their place in the world. You’d be hard pressed to find a learning environment that better expresses and supports those goals. It’s idyllic, and matches the strength of the academic program and the experience of the staff.

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Cambridge International Academy is positioned to address a diversity of learners, including those who arrive domestically and those arriving from overseas. Families are drawn to the small class sizes and the individual instruction they allow, as well as the international gaze afforded through working and learning with students from a range of cultural backgrounds and experiences. English language learning and homestay programs support international students. While the academic program is strong, families are also drawn to the focus on interpersonal, emotional, and social development. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging environment, and who is preparing for success at university.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Cambridge International Academy

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    information not available

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • Customized Educational Path Ways
    • Full-time guidance
    • Safe, healthy environment
    • Small class sizes
    • Hot lunch program
    • Homework club
    • Visual Art and Drama
    • Computering Coding Program
    • International Trip
    • 100% university placement rate

    Description

    Description

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Halton Waldorf School, nestled in northeast Burlington, is an independent school with programs from early childhood through high school. We offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. The arts are integrated in all academic disciplines to enhance and enrich learning. Our curriculum respects the pace of child development and inspires life-long learning. Halton Waldorf School is celebrating 35 years; educating the head, heart and hands since 1984.

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Cambridge International Academy is a co-ed private school located in Ajax, Ontario, catering to the individual needs of students from grades 1 to 12. Our goal is to support and develop each student’s academic abilities so that they can thrive in their future endeavors. Our Elementary Programs are designed to provide students with the skills set needed to transition to high school. For high school students, we customized the educational pathways so that they can continue to work toward the goals, future education and career.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Cambridge International Academy

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Message

    My involvement with Halton Waldorf School began more than 30 years ago when my daughter was part of the grade one class. I was a teacher at the school for 25 years before taking on the role of Faculty Chair. In each of these roles, I have seen firsthand how the curriculum supports healthy and well-rounded childhood development that helps students to flourish and find fulfilment in life.

    Our faculty recognize that true knowledge is best attained through experiences that engage children physically, intellectually and emotionally. With a passionate commitment and a multi-disciplinary approach, we identify each child’s learning profile and support the building of their full potential.

    As members of a global community of Waldorf schools, we educate children within the context of their evolving awareness of the world. We foster intellectual flexibility, moral discernment, integrity and a love of learning that profoundly shapes their individual capacities.  

     

     

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to Cambridge International Academy. Our primary objective is to assure your child experiences a positive, productive, and safe school environment in which he/she will self-actualize and grow academically, emotionally, and morally. The staff at Cambridge International Academy creates an atmosphere of cooperative learning, and encourages each student to develop critical judgment and to become an independent thinker, able to work effectively with others, and be inspired with a life-long curiosity and love of learning. We believe achieving success is beyond the walls of a school classroom or an acceptance from a prestigious University; it is the inner motivation, solid work ethic, personal responsibility, drive, and an active way of life that helps students to thrive beyond post-secondary education.

    Recognizing that parents are the prime educators, Cambridge International Academy is committed to working with parents and host families to develop and promote a common philosophy. Together, we share the critically important enterprise of preparing our children for active and positive living.

    In addition to offering reach 'ahead credits' to grades 7 & 8, and promoting social responsibility, our small class sizes develop nurturing and positive working relationships with students. We support a learning environment that encompasses personal development, community involvement, academic achievement and leadership to be part of their Cambridge experience. Our teaching staff is dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of our students.

    On behalf of the entire staff at Cambridge International Academy, we look forward to inspire and challenge your child to excel in all facets of his/her learning and to attain his/her potential. Visit Cambridge International Academy and experience a difference in education and innovation. This may be one of the best decisions you will make in your life. We invite you to look at our information package and discover an enriching way of education.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Cambridge International Academy

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      How will your child benefit from a Waldorf education? Our students are not rushed through childhood by academic expectations that exceed their developmental stages. Instead, our teachers cultivate a life-long love of learning with an academic curriculum that is developmentally-appropriate and includes engaging, hands-on activities. Our children learn by doing, figuring out problems and finding opportunities while building respectful relationships in an environment that highly values individuality. What does this look like in a classroom? Our students are engaged both physically and cognitively with projects that strengthen the logical and creative sides of the brain. They do not sit still for long stretches of time or use screen technology that limits creativity and learning capacity by doing the work for them. Our students also spend a lot of time outdoors for projects, recess breaks, and on field trips. Our property includes over five acres of forest and provides unique opportunities to engage children in hands-on learning.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Our teachers acknowledge students learn at different times and in different ways therefore they use an interactive teaching strategy to best suit a student's learning profile and our teachers are facilitators and mentors, encouraging critical thought and self-reflection, while also promoting cooperative and independent learning. We provide an enriched, balanced curriculum with a focus on core academics, as well as music, art, and drama. We offer continuous, varied and appropriate formative as well as summative assessments which provide evidence about every student's learning progress. This information helps teachers to immediately flag areas of concern to help a student in that subject. Triangulation assessments also help students, parents and teachers to select attainable learning goals. For students in high school, we administer Aptitude Tests to help each student plan their further education. The high school programs offer a rigorous university preparatory curriculum and give special attention to soft skills needed for success such as students learn organization, self-advocacy, note-taking, study skills, collaboration, and communication.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        As a core main lesson subject, the key concepts of mathematics are taught by the class teachers. To broaden children's knowledge, the main lesson concepts are repeated in different ways by subject teachers during their lessons in art, woodworking, handwork, French and German. In the early grades, students experience an inherent understanding of numbers, both qualitative and quantitative. The four mathematical operations are worked on with rigorous practice and through imaginative stories, drawing pictures, movement and song. This knowledge is deepened in the higher grades with increasing complexity, timetabled skills classes and regular assessment supporting ongoing skill development and preparedness for grade nine mathematics in public school.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Our Grade 1 through 8 Mathematics program is built around the Singapore Math approach, which by design ensures foundational mastery in underlying mathematical procedures and teaches students to learn and master mathematical concepts at greater detail as well as having them learn these concepts using a three-stage learning process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. As well, Singapore Math uses the three-stage learning process to engage students in thinking critically about mathematical problems and concepts. The high school mathematics program delivers the Ontario Mathematics curriculum. The program emphasizes mastery of a wide range of mathematical skills and logic-based thinking with regular opportunities for discovery through proofs, manipulatives and technology. Our teachers use us a variety of teaching approach between exploratory methods and formal methods, where the latest technologies are utilized for exploring the wide range of mathematical applications while providing foundational mastery for the development of mathematical fluency.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Textbooks we use are from the Ontario Trillium List.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Our classrooms do not use screen technology because we believe it compromises a child's potential to learn for themselves and develop problem-solving skills.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Calculators are used in the classroom for high school math courses which require the use of a scientific calculator.

      • Early Reading

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        HALTON WALDORF 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.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Our curriculum is based on a fundamental belief that childhood should not be rushed and therefore we do expect children to read before they are developmentally ready. Our early childhood programs emphasize learning through play and provide a nurturing environment rich with stories, plays, songs and poetry to foster a love of language and the power of stories. Hearing advanced and complex language from teachers helps young children have an understanding of phonetics, rhythm, plot, setting, and story structure. These are all key to story comprehension so that children deeply understand language and love to read rather than memorizing patterns of letters. Grade one students work on clear speech with daily recitations of poems, tongue twisters and songs. Every day includes written and oral reviews of the previous day’s lessons. Some children will learn to read in grade one but for others this may happen in grades two or three.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        we offer accelerated or individualized reading and writing approach whereby students work at different levels individually in a classroom, at their own pace. Critical thinking is fostered through novel studies and the reading of various genres. Writing for different purposes is a focus of our elementary language program.

      • Writing

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        HALTON WALDORF 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.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Waldorf curriculum places a strong emphasis on hand-writing skills particularly on cursive writing which begins in grade three. Students fill their lesson books with handwriting and illustrations regarding their new knowledge about the focus subjects such as ancient cultures, botany, physiology or physics. This requires a deep understanding of each topic in order to summarize and illustrate what was learned. In grade one students are introduced to letters, and learn the vowels and consonants, often through story images. They also learn phonics and the writing of short sentences. In grade two, students compose abbreviated stories from folktales, begin learning grammar and punctuation, short and long vowel sounds, vowel and consonant blends, and word families.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Our students learn to develop effective thesis and supportive ideas based upon the structure (sentence, paragraph, essay), planning, grammar, editing skills, student-teacher feedback. Through use of selected referencing, students build sound writing with the ultimate goal of refined expository writing.

      • Science

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        HALTON WALDORF 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.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Waldorf emphasizes sense-based science. Awareness of the world depends on our capacity to sense and pay attention to the phenomena surrounding us. It also depends on the student being able to organize the world into an understandable experience. In grades one to five students develop an awareness of their environment and their relationship to it through the study of zoology, botany, gardening and farming. This is facilitated through hands-on activities and experiences and these important sensory experiences develop capacities for later observations and the development of scientific concepts. In later grades, the development of concepts calls for flexibility as well as rigour of thought at a time when students are trying to consciously make sense of their world. Building the foundation for these capacities is the goal of the sciences taught in grades six, seven and eight including physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy and meterology.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Science is an exciting subject to teach students how things work in our world. In our Elementary grades, Science is inquiry-based and in the context of real-world phenomena, using real materials to make connections between scientific theory, technology, and their everyday lives. Most lessons focus on acquiring skills and knowledge through hands-on experiences and supports direct-instruction of scientific theory. The high school Science program delivers the Ontario curriculum thoroughly and emphasis placed on inquiry-based learning and on knowledge acquisition through a variety of instructional methods such as peer to peer teaching, current events, case studies. Experiments are thoughtfully designed to enrich the students’ learning and give experience with instrumentation, procedures and lab reporting skills that will be utilized in their futures.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Literature programs are rooted in the humanities and through experiential learning in multiple subject lessons. Our comprehensive approach discusses fundamental concepts, universal and cultural themes to encourage intellectual flexibility, creative thinking, independent judgement, and moral discernment. The cultural context of stories is further explored with practical work, field trips and theatrical productions. The chosen literature for each grade reflects the childrens' developmental stages and offers lessons to be learned that are directly related to their own evolving awareness of the world and their place within it.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Literature is authentic material that promotes interaction among students in a classroom. Our teachers carefully choose material that will suit the interests of their students to spark in-depth class discussions, share opinions, and critical thinking. We have been successful to increase a student's reading interest by implementing Socratic Seminars, web-quests, current events, and reading journals. After completing a unit on literature, students feel a sense of achievement at understanding a piece of highly respected literature. In addition, teachers use the personal growth model which encourages students to draw on their own opinions, feelings, personal experiences and writing skills.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Our social studies are a balance of the Core Knowledge and the Expanding Communities approaches. In geography, we foster an understanding of the students' own surroundings and an awareness of different cultures and human conditions throughout the world. We give the picture of earth and civilization as being inseparable and sharing a need for sustainability. The school's diversity offers an opportunity for abundant first-hand knowledge of many cultures. The teaching of history lives strongly in story-telling, bringing vivid images and using biographies to illustrate specific eras and the role played by individuals in the context of geography, technological, economical and cultural developments. Students also experience historical eras through music, art, poetry and field trips.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Social Studies program is an essential component of the development of cultural literacy. The curriculum focuses on developing an understanding of culture and history as well as a more particular knowledge of Canadian history. Art and drama enhances the social studies program in all elementary grades.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        As students move into and adjust to early adolescence in grades seven and eight, teachers nurture their growing capacity for independent critical thought and encourage them to creatively express themselves. They are given biographies of striving individuals who made an impression on the world and took responsibility for their actions. The elements of reasoning and self-reflection are steadily emerging at this age and the curriculum supports this development. The history curriculum covers the Middle Ages, Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, and from the 17th century to modern times focusing on the profound social consequences of the revolutions of several eras. Studying world geography brings together physical, cultural, spiritual, and political conditions to create a vivid picture of the earth as a totality. Our membership in the global community of Waldorf schools supports this perspective.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Humanities promote active listening, critical thinking skills as well as encouraging students to make connections to history, and the world in which they live in. Students learn to make decisions based on values and discover the truth about the human person and the human experience. Our teachers uses a number of strategies such as direct instruction, visual strategies, reciprocal teaching to increase dialogue between teacher and students, inquiry teaching where students develop their own questions, collect and organize data and draw inferences and problem solving. Field trips and role play may also be incorporated as part of the teaching strategies to give students the opportunity to be motivated in their learning.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL 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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Students experience a different view of the world and humanity through learning other languages. Differences are expressed in tenses, tonal elements, sounds of vowels and consonants, rhythm, vocabulary and sentence structure. Learning another language contributes to a more complete experience of civilization and the world. It complements individual development by practicing perseverance and strengthening the capacity of observation, flexibility in thinking, and interest in other cultures. German is studied from grades one to five. French begins in grade one and because public school students take French in grade nine, there is a stronger emphasis on French in grades seven and eight. Foreign language teachers work with class teachers to address pedagogical questions and to coordinate with the main lesson work.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The French curriculum is a comprehensive and seamless program that builds on communication skills. students develop their French communication skills in part with a variety of online French resources, wherein learning situations are presented with engaging themes and a wide variety of text forms designed to promote communication in French.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The aim of the visual arts program is to support the students’ physical and emotional development and to enrich their academic work through painting, drawing and modelling. Grades 1 to 5 have art lessons once a week reflecting the subject of the main lesson. Artistic work permeates all facets of the main lesson and many subject lessons. As students progress through grades 6 to 8 all artistic work becomes more refined and detailed reflecting the development of the students and the curriculum. By the end of their grade 8 year students have the opportunity to work with a variety of artistic material and gain a comfort level in the artistic realm.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The art curriculum is designed to facilitate an appreciation for art through the study of art history, various artistic techniques and mediums. This involves exposing students to art through trips to galleries, inviting in guest artists from the community and being challenged to think about the importance of art in the world. The curriculum encourages self-expression through the creation of two and three dimensional art projects. The visual arts include the traditional fine arts of drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, architecture, and photography, as well as crafts. the art curriculum focuses on creating a sense of curiosity, creativity and confidence in students.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        For the age of our students, the transfer of knowledge and the development of capacities for learning are closely connected to the teacher, not technology. Working with an oral tradition, personal relationships and human interaction are enhanced and the subject becomes alive for the student through the interest, engagement and knowledge of the teacher. This approach allows for the emotional, intellectual and physical engagement of the student and the strengthening of their perseverance and will. For their ages, a computer is considered impersonal compared to the connection they feel to the material when it is experienced in music, poetry, science experiments, story-telling and creating their own main lesson books by hand. Students in the upper grades are given the opportunity to use the internet and other resources for research projects. Other media are occasionally used to provide a visual impression or illustration related to a main lesson.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        CCIA recognizes the importance of information literacy, media literacy, and information and communication technology literacy as critical 21st century skills. Students use robotics, electronics, and multimedia equipment to support learning across many subject areas. CCIA accommodates students who require the use of a computer during the class to help them thrive academically. Some of the software used within the curriculum include Java or Python, and Scratch.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Cambridge International Academy

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Physical movement is closely tied to neurological development and forms a fundamental component of a Waldorf curriculum. In the early grades, stepping, rhythm, clapping and recitation are part of the daily routine during main and subject lessons. Movement classes include activities and games to strengthen individual balance, spatial awareness, gross motor muscles and fine motor movements. In the upper grades, students take part in skiing and snowboarding at a local ski hill and use a rented gym where team sports are taught. Grade 5 participates in the Greek Olympics in New York State and grade 8 students have swimming and springboard diving lessons. In grade 7 and 8 an annual basketball tournament is held in Toronto with neighbouring Waldorf Schools. Starting as early as preschool, our students spend abundant time outside in our natural playground which includes 5 acres of forest with trails.

        CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        CCIA's approach to physical education emphasizes regular participation in a variety of enjoyable physical activities that promote lifelong healthy active living. Students will learn movement skills and principles, ways to improve personal fitness and physical competence, and safety and injury prevention. we offer a wide variety of competitive and recreational sporting experiences for our students. Our students are encouraged to find their passion through physical activity and athletic involvements which will in turn compliment their academic endeavours as our students learn the value of hard work, commitment and discipline.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Cambridge International Academy

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Children and parents make an immediate connection to the nurturing environment of our early childhood classrooms. Teachers and assistants enhance the deep sense of wonder, joy and imagination of young children with enriching stories and activities. We support cognitive engagement through play, the true ‘work’ of the child, to create a love of learning, problem-solving skills and creativity. Social skills are developed through group activities, often outdoors in our natural playground and forest trails. Our preschool is licensed by the provincial government and catered lunches are provided to full day kindergarten and preschool students.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Cambridge International Academy

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HALTON WALDORF 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.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      At CCIA, we offer on-line courses to students who are motivated to propel their academic studies to enter post-secondary education sooner. In addition, we offer School-Work Transition Career Pathways such as Early Childhood Education and a Business Focus. Co-op Classes are offered to gain work experience and OSSD.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Cambridge International Academy

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HALTON WALDORF 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.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      We do not see school culture as needing to be exclusively either rigorous or supportive. Our culture is rigorous but also balanced with respect and support for the three stages of childhood development. This means our academic expectations revolve around the specific needs of each stage and do not require students to be rushed through childhood. Our children are engaged with activities of interest that are relevant to their current development needs. At each stage, our teachers aim to provide balance for the child's gifts and challenges, cultivating an enthusiasm for learning and an age-appropriate interest in the world.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Cambridge International Academy keeps student-to-teacher ratio low so that we may focus on the individual needs of the student and support each student on his or her individual path to success. At Cambridge International Academy, we recognize that students have different learning styles. Our learning environment is set up to meet the needs of students .We use a complete approach, which reinforces verbal instruction with visual and written support, allowing the students to engage on many levels regarding the material being presented.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Cambridge International Academy

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Waldorf curriculum and teaching methods are designed to nurture intellectual flexibility, creative thinking, independent judgement, moral discernment, refined written and oral communication skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively. Children will have the same teacher over several years, sometimes from grade one to grade eight, to allow a deeper support and understanding of each student's needs. It is the goal of a Waldorf teacher to cultivate a sense of wonder and to inspire children to embrace life with enthusiasm, initiative, and purpose.

      CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Cambridge International Academy pays equal attention to the emotional, social, and physical aspects of our students with emphasis on intellectual ability to inspire students to become critical thinkers.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Halton Waldorf School

    Cambridge International Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Cambridge International Academy

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    HALTON WALDORF 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

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • CCIA offers a variety of extracurricular programs designed to support the whole school.
    • Extra-curricular sports provide opportunities for students to develop their physical capacities, as well as providing balance to the rigor of academics and an arena for character development such as annual school camps, international trips, etc.
    • Extracurricular opportunities complement and enhance the academic program and are essential to student success. CCIA offers a variety of after school and weekend programs, homework clubs, math contests, debate, public speaking, and robotics.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    98%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Cambridge International Academy promotes a school environment where students are self-motivated, have a positive disposition toward learning and have aspirations to contribute to the school and the community in a meaningful way.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Refer to our website for application forms.

    CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Future students will be required to attend a scheduled interview as well as provide their written responses to two questions. Cambridge International Academy will request a confidential school report from a current homeroom teacher or guidance counselor.
     




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