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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1984

     

    2010


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    10000


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    eSchool


     

    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."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    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.
     
    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

     

    16 to 20

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    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

     


     

    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

     

    1,667


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    "I enjoyed how even though this was an online course I could still interact with others and get feedback from both the teacher and fellow students..."
    Stephanie Sassi - Alumnus   (Nov 19, 2018)
    Ontario virtual school provided me with one of the best experiences. They cared about my marks and h...
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    "OVS is the PERFECT school...You can keep going back to the content, even if it is hard, and spend as much time as you like to understand that content completely before moving on"
    Wajiha Fatima Syeda - Student   (Nov 22, 2018)
    Ontario Virtual School has provided me with a very valuable learning experience. The best thing abou...
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    "The course material is similar to that of a physical school."
    ricky Randhawa - Student   (Jan 15, 2019)
    I enjoyed the Ontario Virtual School. I took 2 courses during grade 12 here and I was working at the...
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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.

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    Since it was founded in 2010, it has grown to an annual student population of 3000, easily dwarfing the largest brick-and-mortar private schools in Canada by a third and more. The student body is comprised nationals, in addition to those in Canada, in more than 15 countries. The teaching staff of 25, all Canadian certified, and the school is accredited in Ontario, able to confer the OSSD. In all, this isn’t a new or developing concept, rather one that reflects a growing need. OVS students register for a much broader range of reasons, all of which signal the diversity of needs that OVS is serving. This includes students who are seeking to fill out a few courses in addition to their current school work, those striving to upgrade existing marks, and those who are scheduling around other commitments, from elite athletics to time spent in medical care. For overseas students, it’s an opportunity to earn an Ontario Secondary diploma, and therefore apply to Canadian universities, without incurring the costs the cost of boarding and travel. The delivery may be different that many are used to, but the teaching is strong, with a range of supports to ensure learner success. As such, OVS offers a valuable option to a growing number of students, in Canada and around the world.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    information not available

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    • Register for a course at any time.
    • Ontario Certificated Teachers
    • Tuition includes all learning materials.
    • Student progress at their own pace

    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.

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School is an accredited online high school operating since 2010. We provide a wide variety of high school courses leading to the Ontario Secondary School diploma. Our students can register at any time and can complete a course in as little as 4 weeks. This allows for students to develop their own pace and schedule. All learning materials and textbooks are included in the course fees.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    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.  

     

     

    As Principal of Ontario Virtual School (OVS), I cannot tell you how proud I am to work with the team of experienced teachers who are all committed to providing a thriving educational environment that supports all learners, maintains high expectations for all, and strives to develop caring, compassionate global citizens.

    OVS has been operating for several years now and our vision remains the same:

    “To empower all learners, through the use of technology so that they can experience academic success”

    We aim to propel students to achieve their highest academic potential at their own pace which supports their specific learning style and needs.

    The inspiration behind launching OVS originates from recognizing that there was a need for an online school that could better meet the needs of todays' students. For example students who cannot attend classes on a regular basis due to personal/family reasons, health/emotional reasons, athletic commitments or a full time jobs can still reap the benefits of a learning experience. Ontario Virtual School also assists students with upgrading their marks in challenging courses in order to improve their understanding and increase their chances of gaining acceptance into competitive post-secondary programs.

    Knowing that we are able to serve our community in supporting their academic goals; whether it is to go to post-secondary institution, go into a trade or apprenticeship, join the workforce or simply graduate from high school, is a very rewarding feeling.

    Thank you for exploring our profile and its various links to learn more about our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Gary Michael

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Ontario Virtual School

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      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

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      All of our lessons are interactive and professionally animated, including voice narration and video multimedia to enhance the learning environment. Course instruction and study are done both online and offline, so students can spend more time on a lesson requiring extra attention and move more quickly through a concept that is more easily grasped. Our Learning Management System brings the school to you and allows access to course material 24 hours a day. If you ever need any assistance, our qualified teachers and staff are an email, phone call or Skype/Facechat away!

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.


        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

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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)

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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).

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        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.


        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

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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)

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        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

        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.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Light integration

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Heavy 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.

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        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.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Ontario Virtual School

        ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


        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.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Ontario Virtual School

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Ontario Virtual School

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      Our non-standardized pace is responsive to the pacing of each student. There is no such thing as "behind schedule", if they need extra time to master a module, we're ready to help support them.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Ontario Virtual School

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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

      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      The vision of Ontario Virtual School is to empower all learners through the use of technology to experience scholastic success. We strive to promote students to achieve their highest academic potential at a pace that best supports their personal learning style.


      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."

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Ontario Virtual School

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

      At OVS, we enable learners to gain confidence, develop self-awareness and personal motivation. With teacher support, our students learn to persevere through an independent and self-regulatory learning model.

  • 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:

    Halton Waldorf School

    Ontario Virtual 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.
     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    OVS recognizes the tremendous demands and stress that students can experience throughout their high school lives. Making course selection choices, looking at a host of post secondary options, as well as personal & socio-emotional problems are all barriers that obstruct students from achieving to their academic potential.


    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

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Based on classroom observation, discussions with class teachers and initial assessment activities, our educational support teacher works one-on-one with students several times a week for areas of need or challenge. We also offer therapeutic classes, at extra cost, in art and eurythmy. Through a combination of physical movement and spoken verses, eurythmy focuses on individual needs to support emotional or physical imbalances. Art therapy can address physical, developmental or emotional challenges and may include water colour painting, drawing or sculpting. When a student needs both therapeutic eurythmy and art therapy the therapists communicate on a regular basis.

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    “Awesome school, courses are clear and precise! They teach all five styles of learning, therefore, it easy to complete a course and get good grades. My son has an L.D. and has now got a 90+ average in grade 11 Academic courses. He was told in public school to go applied his grade average was 70%. Let kids learn the way they want to and they will succeed.” S. Clarkson, Parent

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Halton Waldorf School

    Ontario Virtual 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

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Ontario Virtual School

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL


    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

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL 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

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    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

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    At OVS, we believe all students are capable of success in the online learning environment, so long as they are provided with the proper support system and motivation. We work to ensure our system is as robust and supportive as possible to allow all students to succeed in our courses.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Refer to our website for application forms.

    ONTARIO VIRTUAL SCHOOL

    Students can join our school and begin courses at any time of the year.

    Most courses do have prerequisites. You are required to submit a copy of your report card or transcripts that show you have earned a credit in the required Prerequisite courses, before your registration can be complete with Ontario Virtual School.

    Students from Quebec, you are required to register through OVS Quebec – Northern PreUniversity (NPU)




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