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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1984

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    240


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Waldorf

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate


     

    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

     

     


     

    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.
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,000 to $14,620

     

    $12,500 to $15,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $43,950 to $51,500


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    30%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    K to 12

     

    1 to 11


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $3,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    12

     

    16


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    25%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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    UNISUS SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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    UNISUS SCHOOL

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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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The setting for the campus couldn’t be more attractive, nestled comfortably on 17 acres in the Okanagan Valley. The school prides itself on a ability to remain agile, and to innovate programs and approaches. It’s a candidate for the full IB continuum, though, as any school in a similar position, is of course already teaching to that curriculum. While we think of  innovation in terms STEM instruction—engineering and digital design perhaps particularly—there is also a core belief in what outdoor education can offer, something that adds dimension to the academic delivery and the student experience. The boarding program adds depth and diversity to the student population. Founded in 2016, Unisus is comparatively a young school, though the leadership brings a wealth of experience in private schooling. The school was founded to offer an exceptional learning experience, something that it has proven, through hiring and program development, to be very adept at achieving.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    information not available

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    • Beautiful 17 acres safe and secured gated campus
    • The school is situated in the Okanagan Valley, the natural surrounding to learn indoor and outdoor
    • Four pillars program: IB, Outdoor education, Tech and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
    • Local Canadian day school students welcome 70 international boarding students around the world
    • University and Colleges in the surrounding area: UBC, Okanagan College, Digital Arts School
    • Our pathway program helps students, as early as grade 8, to prepare their path to univerisities
    • BC Curriculum is one of the top program in the world
    • Immersion and short term exchange program available
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program School
    • CARES Program of health wellness, emotional, financial, and academic supports

    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.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    The Unisus (IB World School) is the Okanagan’s innovation school, fully accredited International Baccalaureate Primary Years (PYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) school and MYP (Candidate). STUDENTS have the opportunity to graduate with both the IB Diploma and/or BC Dogwood Diploma. BOARDING available and HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMIES in DANCE ; GOLF; HOCKEY and DOWNHILL SKI RACING with professional coaches, offering professional level training (sports psych, weights, nutrition, etc) and supports academically,

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Halton Waldorf School

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Unisus School

    UNISUS 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.  

     

     

    Unisus School was founded on the desire to create an exceptional learning institution in the heart of the Okanagan. Significant resources have been utilized to ensure that from the beginning, Unisus is offering a world-class curriculum with dedicated and engaged teachers. To grow a new school takes patience, but we are sure that within a few short years Unisus will be recognized as a top BC School. 

    This growth requires dedication and perseverance, but perhaps it is the early arrivals to the school who benefit the most. We are still small and we can pay a great deal of attention to each student’s needs. Every child is known by all the staff. There is a great sense of community – and an entrepreneurial spirit of families who are benefiting from the strong learning environment.

    The school is based on a few sound principles. First, our location and site create wonderful outdoor education opportunities. We will continue to develop this part of our curriculum so that students in all grades gain an appreciation of the environment and a sense of adventure as they try new activities.  

    Second, the collective experience of the founding team is rooted in the International Baccalaureate, the world’s top educational framework. We are on target to be fully authorized in all 3 programs in the shortest possible time: We are already a candidate school for both the IB Primary Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme. We all believe that the overall philosophy of the IB provides us a global foundation.

    It is that international experience that is our third focus. Our Senior School will attract students from around the world, who will stay in a new and welcoming residence facility. They will learn using proven innovative strategies that pay attention to independence and engagement. We are developing partnerships with schools around the world so that our outlook goes well beyond Summerland. The mix of local and international students will create a unique global perspective. 

    You can also see that we are putting an emphasis on math, science, engineering and technology, while at the same time understanding that students need strong foundations in humanities and the arts. Indeed, the IB itself ensures that students have a well-balanced education.

    We believe that our mission is to prepare our students for an increasingly unknown future. We will create thinkers who can analyze information and determine what is useful, and what is not. Our graduates will have developed a personal and independent approach to their learning, and will be able to approach problems and issues from a variety of perspectives, and through critical and creative thinking, come up with inventive solutions. 

    All of this is in a very nurturing environment. All of us care about each and every student, and want to engage with parents as partners in this journey through primary and secondary education. 

    In the end, it is the quality of the teaching staff that makes the difference. We have been looking globally for the best teachers possible, and you will experience their special contributions on a daily basis. They have taught all around the world, and are trained as International Baccalaureate practitioners. The culture is collaborative and supportive, striving for excellence through constant reflection and commitment to modern approaches to teaching.

    We welcome you to explore this site, and contact us for a visit. We hope you will be part of this exciting journey.

    Dr. James McConnell

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Information not available

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      UNISUS 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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Our program: STEAM focused education Our trans-disciplinary focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) will prepare our students to take on leadership roles driving change and innovation. Inquiry-based curriculum We believe our students should have strong foundational skills. They should be global minded and collaborative thinkers. It is also important for our students to express their creativity and pursue their curiosity. Our approach: Our interdisciplinary inquiry based approach to learning is enabled by application of proven state-of-the-art technology to learning. Students are inspired to learn and to excel in areas of interest. As part of our effort to educate global thinkers and leaders, competency in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese will allow our students to communicate with over 90% of the global population. We offer these languages starting from kindergarten. Unisus School a fully approved International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme school and IB Diploma Programme School. We are currently awaiting full designation for our MYP Programme but teach in this capacity.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We stress on problem-solving techniques but also use traditional approach to help solve math problems


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Information not available

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Phonics is used in the lower grade while we use whole language reading program in the high school years.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We focus on basic writing skill as well as creative writing.

      • Science

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We used IB framework to teach science well discovery and research are important aspect of learning.


        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

        UNISUS 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

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        We emphasis social justice but the curriculum also touche on contemporary and classic literature.


        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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Thematic


        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).

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        IB PYP and MYP program emphasis on theme-based units of inquiry learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        IB framework emphasis on both perennialism and pragmatism learning

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Balance approach is the most effective way to learn foreign language.


        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

        UNISUS 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

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Creative


        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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Our mission is to foster creative thinker and therefore art is one subject where students can freely express their creativity.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Light integration

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        In our high school program, all students are required to own an ipad air as their technology tool. Programs and applications are taught where students gain skill in coding, robotics, animation, VR and AR.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Halton Waldorf School

        HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

        Unisus School

        UNISUS 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.

        UNISUS SCHOOL

        Physical Ed integrates Outdoor Education in our program. We encourage students to be the stewart of our planet. We start our outdoor program as early as preschool age so that students enjoy the outdoor to balance their busy life. Our students are encouraged to complete the Duke of Edinburgh gold, silver, or bronze program. Archery is another sport we focused on so that students can compete nationally.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Waldorf

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Play-based


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Pre-K OUTDOOR EDUCATION At our Pre-K Outdoor Education Programme, we believe that children are naturally resourceful, imaginative, intelligent, and inquisitive beings who thrive in a natural setting. Each day the children are encouraged to develop a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and our responsibilities related to its preservation. Children are provided with extended periods of time for working, playing and learning in a variety of areas of interest, thus creating an atmosphere that extends learning and encourages in-depth studies. By adapting to the natural pace of the children we allow them to explore their interests to the fullest.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      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.

      UNISUS 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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      Learning at Unisus is personalized. Each student's learning plan is carefully tailored to the need and interests of each student with lesson planning guided by IB and BC Curriculum. IB takes the approach to teaching and learning to the next level.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Supportive

      UNISUS 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.

      UNISUS 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.

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      NURTURING A LOVE OF LEARNING AND CREATIVITY We instill a love of learning and encourage each student to express their creativity through the arts, music, and physical activity. We develop a spirit of inquiry and foster learning through strong sets of habits and skills, We teach students to know themselves; to be reflective, independent, At Unisus, student’s education is personally tailored to their unique abilities and interests.•, we provide innovative programs that blend inquiry and student-driven learning.


      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."

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Halton Waldorf School

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Unisus School

      UNISUS SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      UNISUS SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

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

      UNISUS SCHOOL

      The IB curriculum is renowned at post-secondary institutions worldwide. We offer an enriched environment with small classes, a personalized approach, and a STEAM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) that integrates languages, arts and culture, technology and outdoor education. Balance of academics, sports, culture, outdoors and extracurricular Our innovative programs of inquiry and student-driven learning blend technology, arts and culture and the outdoors.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Halton Waldorf School

    Unisus 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

    Unisus School

    UNISUS 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

    UNISUS 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

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    • Outdoor Education, Tech and Innovation, Entrepreneurship and IB are the four pillars of our program. Everything we do including extracurricular activities relates to our core pillars.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    70%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    We intake different types of students to make the class dynamic. We do not only look at academics but what makes each student special. Students who are excited and motivated to learn is what we are looking for.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HALTON WALDORF SCHOOL

    Refer to our website for application forms.

    UNISUS SCHOOL

    Please visit www.unisus.ca and apply online.  All applicants will be date and time stamped.  As our classes are at capacity in many grades, only full applicants will be considered for the wait list if applicable.




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