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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    The Giles School

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1984

     

    1989


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    120


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French, Spanish, Mandarin


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Waldorf

     

    Progressive


     

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

     

    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

     

    10 to 16


     

    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.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,000 to $14,620

     

    $13,300 to $23,400


     

    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

     

    10


     

    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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    The Giles School

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    "As the students are encouraged to try new things, they often operate 2 years above their grade level..."
    Nadia King - Parent   (Sep 12, 2019)
    Our children have learned the joys of trying something new without fear of failure. From the time th...
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    "...with relatively small class sizes, children have many opportunities to engage with their teachers and receive extra support should they need it."
    Lauren Dade - Parent   (May 21, 2020)
    My two children have attended from Kindergarten through to Grades 6 and Grade 8 (final grade offered...
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    "She enjoys going to school, seeing the teachers the best."
    A Cheung - Parent   (May 21, 2020)
    As a new explorer to Canada, our child has gained her first school experience in the Giles School. W...
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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.

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    The Giles School provides an enriched language immersion program from preschool through the middle grades. The French program starts in preschool, and a Mandarin program begins in grade 1 with a period a day spent in an immersive Mandarin environment. It's perhaps safe to say, in terms of language learning—both in terms of when immersion is introduced, as well as providing multilingual immersion—the program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Classes are small, and academics are rigorous, covering the entire core curriculum and then some. The ideal student is one who can benefit from enrichment and who will thrive within a play-based, curiosity-driven environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    The Giles School

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    information not available

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    • Open door admissions
    • Licenced French Immersion daycare beginning at age 2
    • Students accepted age 2 through Grade 1 with no previous French
    • Small class sizes (average 12:1)
    • Mandarin introduced in Grade 1 four times a week
    • High International Standards
    • Free before/after school childcare
    • Emphasis on a nurturing family environment
    • introduction to Spanish, Russian and Arabic (overall 6 official languages of the UN)
    • students receive coding, chess, robotics, debating, film production and Model UN as part of curricu

    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.

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    The Giles School is a co-ed, French immersion independent school and fully-licensed daycare program. Children in the Giles French immersion programme display superior academic performance across all subjects, including English, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian. The Giles School is a deliberately small school that fosters inclusive , innovative and inclusive education to prepares Pre-Kindergarten (age 2 & 3) to Grade 8 students, to be “world ready,” learning about culture through language and industry.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    The Giles School

    THE GILES 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.  

     

     

    What does learning look like? For me, it mirrors the motto of the Giles School. It should awaken the mind , quicken’ the spirit and stir the heart. The Giles community is a deliberately small school that fosters an inclusive, innovative and international education. I am thrilled to be a part of a school team dedicated to supporting students in their quests to make incredible contributions in their school, work and family lives. If you want to be part of an ambitious learning community, you have come to the right place. As a lifelong learner, I have been inspired by many creative minds including Marie Curie (her selfless devotion to science); Martin Luther King, Jr. (his art of peaceful protest) and Gene Roddenberry (the Star Trek genius, who shares my birthday).

    So what makes The Giles School worthy? When you invest in this small school, your child has access to:

    • a culture where it is safe to take risks
    • a force of talented teachers
    • people who build on individual student strengths
    • a focus on the whole child
    • small class sizes (from 10-18/class)
    • an emphasis on multilingual immersive cultural experience
    • French immersion at the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2
    • Mandarin as a third language in Grade 1
    • an activity-based ‘hands on’ education
    • a recognition that each child is unique and exceptional
    • an inclusive learning environment where all learners belong
    • opportunities to pursue their own interests
    • cutting edge technology
    • a first-come, first-served admission process
    • a chance to learn what it takes to thrive in an increasingly complex world

    Barbara J. Smith, PhD ~ Principal of The Giles School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Giles School

      THE GILES SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE GILES 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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      THE GILES 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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      The Giles School has created a strong program that supports infinite possibilities for growth and development. Founded on the concept of early enriched learning within a bilingual setting, the academics at The Giles School challenges students with enriched standards. Students engage in a fully French immersion setting from PK to grade 2; mandarin programming begins in grade 1. Students experience extensive field trips and benefit from artists in residence. Families will have an opportunity to be co-learners with their children when we embark upon our first trip to go the the NASA Pathfinders Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama in March of 2020. Coupled with intense expectations, the Giles Community is committed to the whole child. Love and individualized attention ensures the well-being and success of each student. We aim to awaken the mind, quicken the spirit and stir the heart. Taught by the school principal, students in Grade 4 through 8 will take a weekly leadership course (Be Brave) focusing on character education, the ideals of the United Nation and service learning.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Students engage in hands on learning while using the Singapore Math program as a resource throughout their course work at The Giles School. The Mathematics Program is particularly rigorous as we set expectations typically two grades ahead of the provincial norms. Students apply measurement and data units, in particular within projects. All students present their own Science Fair projects which demonstrate many math applications, as well.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        At the Giles School, all students work with the Singapore math textbooks and workbooks to support the accelerated curriculum,


        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Students are used often to check manual calculations.

      • Early Reading

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Students in pre-kindergarten focus on letters, sounds and simple words. By JK and SK, students focus on reading and writing sentences, and in grade 1 students read French paragraphs and short stories. Students in the Introductory French program that begins with new students coming in Grade 4 - focus on words and sentences at first - and then move to reading short paragraphs and stories after they have mastered basic vocabulary and French conjugation.


        DIBELS testing

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        No
        We use the Canadian Test of Basic Skills annually.

      • Writing

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Inquiry

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        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.

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        THE GILES 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

      • Literature

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        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).

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        We also offer Arabic as an introductory course linked with Social Studies.


        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

        THE GILES 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

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        We are introducing Film Production introductory course in 2020-21.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Light integration

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Medium 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        The Giles School

        THE GILES 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.

        THE GILES SCHOOL

        The school focuses on teaching dominant movement patterns that students master so they can apply in competitive and recreational athletics.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Giles School

      THE GILES SCHOOL


      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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      As a French immersion school, The Giles School introduces French as the core language in preschool (age 2). Children learn French through playful interaction involving stories, games, songs and other stimulating activities. A safe, intimate and nurturing classroom environment encourages children to take risks when speaking French and students’ efforts are consistently motivated by patient, positive reinforcement.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Giles School

      THE GILES SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      Accelerated


      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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Giles School

      THE GILES SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Supportive

      THE GILES 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.

      THE GILES 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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      The Giles School is built on a foundation that supports being international, innovative and inclusive. Students and staff come from many different backgrounds and by working in a small class setting, they are able to have a supportive learning experience where the teacher is in regular contact with the students and his or her work. We survey our students, staff and fparents each year to be sure we are making a difference in their lives. We believe to be "world ready", we must provide with a wealth of experiences that includes a context for planning and implementing service learning projects. In this way we are both rigorous and supportive.


      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."

      THE GILES SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      The Giles School

      THE GILES SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

      THE GILES 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

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      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.

      THE GILES SCHOOL

      The Giles School offers a special leadership program that focuses on the multiculturalism, character education and service learning. Given our school aims to support a French and English bilingual culture, it is important to pay attention to cultures internationally. Service learning, therefore, is where character is applied at the school, local and global levels. The Giles Leadership course aims to prepare young people for success in high school, college, work and life. Students work with The Leader in Me, as well as the Leadership for Dummies texts, resources that will serve them throughout their lives.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Halton Waldorf School

    The Giles 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

    The Giles School

    THE GILES 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

    THE GILES 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

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    • Giles Competitive Robotics Team
    • The Giles School is a member of the Small Schools Athletic Federation (SSAF).
  • 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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    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

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    We offer open admissions because we believe every child can excel in our nurturing educational community.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Refer to our website for application forms.

    THE GILES SCHOOL

    The Giles School adheres to a first-come, first-served admissions philosophy.

    We do not pre-screen children entering our school from the Pre-K level through Grade 1 on the basis of standardized tests or any other form of evaluation. We believe that when children in the early years are placed in a highly stimulating academic environment infused throughout with strong emotional sustenance, they will thrive, regardless of their initial aptitudes. Students who wish to transfer to The Giles School from Grade 2 on must fulfill minimum French language criteria and join us for a French language ability evaluation before being considered for our programme. Our goal is to ensure that every student who enters The Giles School programme will learn consistently and with confidence, achieving the same level of excellent fluency as his/her peers.




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