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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2010

     

    1912


     

    Enrolment

     

    48

     

    1216


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 8

     

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Accelerated curriculum


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia 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

     

    $14,300 to $17,500

     

    $7,875 to $16,380


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $51,350


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    26%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    6 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $7,500

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    76


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    27%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    45%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    "They definitely guided her and she had all the tools necessary to succeed, and get into a college of her choice."
    Irizabell Rivera - Parent   (Jan 31, 2019)
    My daughters love Montverde Academy for their diversity and the education they receive. Overall the...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Amanda Dervaitis, one of the founders of Summit Micro School, is a champion of the micro school, and she created the school in light of the benefits a small school can offer. The program is, in a sense, the reinvention of the one-room schoolhouse with mixed age classrooms and very close student-teacher relationships. Likewise, the programming is very responsive to the needs of the students, and adaptable to a wider range of resources, including those within the neighbouring community—while the student body may be small, the classroom extends well beyond the walls of the school, including regular interaction with local businesses and services. It’s perhaps not a typical model, though for many families, it’s rightly a very attractive one. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a flexible, vibrant learning environment.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Founded in 1912, Montverde offers a unique blend of old and new, tradition and innovation. It’s a preparatory school in the classic sense in that the students who enroll here are preparing to advance to post-secondary study. The academic and co-curricular programs are broad, as are the athletics, which in some sense define the school. Montverde was voted in 2017 by USA Today as the best basketball program of the decade. The campus is, frankly, stunning, with all the necessary supports and then some for students looking to learn and grow with others who, like them, prise academic achievement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a vibrant, extensive learning community, and able to make the most of a broad, varied offering.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    • Entrepreneurial Thinking
    • Futures Thinking
    • Experiential/Field Learning
    • Outdoor Education
    • Regular guest educators and experts
    • 'Lab School'. In collaboration with educational researchers, developing cutting edge practices

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    • One hundred percent college acceptance rate
    • Accreditations include SAIS, FCIS, and SACS
    • Thirty-three Advanced Placement courses
    • Six Study Area Concentration (SAC) diplomas
    • Over 70 percent of our faculty have advanced degrees
    • Award winning theatre and music programs
    • Advanced Placement course offerings include five fine arts classes
    • Our Boys’ Varsity Basketball program are four time National Champions
    • Our Boys’ Varsity Soccer program are seven time National Champions
    • Girls’ Varsity Basketball and Soccer both ranked in the top 10

    Description

    Description

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Modern learners deserve a nimble, responsive education. Our Reggio Emilia, Inquiry and Project-Based learning frames a relevant and engaging program that fosters critical and innovative thinking and builds sophisticated communication and collaboration skills. Advanced STEM and Computer Science reflect our priority to develop key technical skills and responsible digital citizens. Focusing on community and connection allows students to thrive, build 21st century competencies and become confident lifelong learners.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Montverde Academy is a coeducational day and boarding college preparatory school located just 25 minutes from Orlando, Florida. Our boarding program serves grades 7-12 and post-graduate studies. With a 100% college acceptance rate, our graduates have been accepted to prestigious schools including Boston College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, University of California Los Angeles, Yale University, and Wake Forest.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Message

    information not available

    The experience created at Montverde Academy is rooted in three simple yet complex ideals: Knowledge, Character, and Community. The culture created at Montverde Academy is established with one primary objective — to achieve success in all that we do. In order to achieve that success our students will ultimately encounter moments of adversity, perhaps even failure, but this, too, is a part of the journey to achieving success. Being willing to take on challenges, developing the skills to meet those challenges and achieving success is founded in the rudimentary expectation that in each of our students we will develop a work ethic complemented by character qualities that acknowledge diversity, mutual respect and tolerance and a commitment to the greater community around them.

    Montverde Academy is a family of learners, students, and faculty, working together to accomplish something truly transformational. Our website is but a snapshot of who we are; I encourage you to make a visit to the campus and see, feel and experience the truly special place that is Montverde Academy!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Progressive

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      SUMMIT MICRO 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.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Summit Micro School prepares a diverse community of learners for success in the 21st Century. Project Based Learning provides experiential and collaborative learning opportunities with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and social skill development. An integrated curriculum is offered through exciting and relevant thematic units. Engaging and meaningful projects inspire and foster self-driven, lifelong learning. Our STEM curriculum focuses on technology, computational thinking, coding, 3D printing and robotics to give students an advantage in our technological world. Students develop innovative thinking and creative problem solving skills while getting hands-on in our Maker Space. Authentic and unique field trips and guest educators enhance our lessons and offer rich learning experiences. Character Education is at the core of the curriculum, while formal Service Learning projects instills social responsibility and citizenship. Language and math program are mastery-based to ensure a strong foundation of fundamental skills. Skill development is highly focused on what's needed for success in the 21st century - communication, collaboration, critical thinking, innovation and creativity, and technology.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Academics are the foundation at Montverde Academy. Students have the opportunity to work with teachers in an innovative, college preparatory setting. With an average 15 to 1 student-faculty ratio, classes are focused on cultivating critical thinking skills and developing life-long knowledge while encouraging students to do their best both in and out of the classroom. Our focus is on leading you down the path to fulfill your highest potential.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        We use individualized JUMP Math programs to help students achieve higher standards in mathematics; students work at their level and pace to reach their highest potential. Even the most apprehensive math students learn to love math and gain confidence in their math abilities. Learn more at www.jumpmath.org. Math is also integrated into interdisciplinary STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Through real-life challenges, students must think critically to discover how to apply mathematical concepts and methods to solve problems.

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Our lower school curriculum is Math in Focus, the Singapore Method. This method focuses on mastery of specific concepts at a very deep level. In middle school, the comprehensive nature of the mathematics program meets the needs of each student. It also allows our students to easily transition from one level of mathematics to the next level within the Middle School division and then into the Upper School division. Beginning in grade 9, students are taught courses to enhance and continue the study of mathematics and provide a college level foundation to those who are not aspiring to a math, science or technical major.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO 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.

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Being a Reader is the first piece of the curriculum which integrates reading instruction with the social learning needed to build a caring classroom community. The curriculum teaches foundational skills in the context of rich literacy experiences that foster students’ growth as responsible, caring and collaborative people. This program combines the strengths of whole-class and small group instruction to develop confident readers who love to read, understand what they read, and can discuss their ideas and opinions with others. The curriculum uses authentic literature and is leveled to meet each child specific needs.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO 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.

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        The third piece to our lower school curriculum is Being a Writer. Being a Writer teaches children to write with conviction and purpose, for multiple audiences and to demonstrate their understanding. Creating classroom experiences that develop a love of writing and allow children to express their thinking requires thoughtful and intentional instruction. Using authentic children’s literature, the program provides support for creating a Collaborative Classroom environment where teachers facilitate student discussion, provide a model for the respectful exchange of ideas, and help students develop their own voice.

      • Science

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Inquiry

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO 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.

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Students are exposed to science at Montverde Academy beginning in grade Pre-K3. Using a blend of expository and inquiry based learning, our students develop their knowledge and understanding of science throughout their educational career, preparing them for higher learning.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Communicative

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      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

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Our child-driven, inquiry-based program incorporates both play-based learning and academic development (literacy, phonics, math, and fine-motor skills). Science and the Arts are taught through thematic units and regular field-trips, giving students an opportunity to learn in an enriched environment. Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance celebrate the innate imagination of children and foster the growth of the creative mind. Physical education and healthy, active living round out our program.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      With the objective of educating the whole child, our program incorporates Computers, Foreign Language, Drama, Art, Music, Library and Physical Education. Our teachers combine the science, the art, and the “heart” of teaching to create inspirational learning environments that successfully keep each child actively engaged in the learning process. Our goal is to create a lifelong love of learning in our children.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Accelerated


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SUMMIT MICRO 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.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      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

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Skill building focus - set goals that allow them to master foundational skills and develop a deep understanding of the curriculum concepts

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SUMMIT MICRO 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.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Summit students strive for personal excellence through self-reflection and goal-setting. Academic rigour is embedded in our Project-Based curriculum; students’ project work is purposeful, reaching authentic audiences beyond the teacher, often in our Toronto community. Students are accountable to members of their group and the "audience", raising the bar for the quality of their work and academic contributions. Students can make mistakes in our supportive environment, building their resiliency when faced with challenges. Instead of content knowledge, focus is placed on the development of 21st century skills: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation, character, global citizenship and computer and technology.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Highly motivated students are attracted to Montverde Academy for our demanding academics and stellar athletic and fine arts programs. Montverde Academy has 33 Advanced Placement courses, over 13 honor courses, and nine different honor societies. We partner with several colleges and universities allowing students access to special programs such as the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy. One-hundred percent of Montverde Academy graduates are accepted into four year universities. Our students matriculate to elite colleges and universities across the country and the world.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      We focus on the development of the whole child. We believe that each of the child's needs must be considered and that these needs may change regularly; we must be responsive to this so that the highest learning potential can be achieved. We believe self-awareness is critical for students to understand their needs so they can self-advocate, find assistance, and drive their own learning, further adding to their resiliency. Individual academic programs, regular collaboration, daily Physical Education, mindfulness practices and individual student support are but a few approaches to addressing the various developmental needs of our students.

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      As our students learn new things, we encourage them to explore relationships between new discoveries and the things they already know. Between what they’ve learned and their own experiences in the world, they learn the lifelong skills of finding, evaluating, synthesizing and applying new knowledge in their lives.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

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

    Summit Micro School

    Montverde Academy

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

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Project Based Learning and our individual programs allow for teachers to naturally differentiate for a broad range of abilities in the classroom.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Project Based Learning (including STEM) is a framework that supports a broad range of learners, especially those who are "out-side-of-the-box" thinkers with big ideas and the ability to conceptualize abstract and complex concepts, but may struggle to demonstrate these strengths within a traditional curriculum and program. Students work collaboratively in small groups with direct support from teachers. Individualized math and language programs also allow for enrichment, support and remediation when necessary to enable students to move forward without gaps. While we are able to support a diverse population, we do not have dedicated resources and programs for more complex diagnoses.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    When a student has a documented disability we will work with the family to provide reasonable accommodations.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Summit Micro School

    Montverde Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    SUMMIT MICRO 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

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    • Maker Club! SMS now hosts a Maker Club after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students from SMS and other schools code, 3D print, craft and many other innovative activities.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    • We offer 46 clubs, including 11 Honor Societies, six SAC clubs, as well as an Academic team and math team.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    45%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    At Summit we welcome a broad range of interests and abilities. Those who struggle to work cooperatively with their peers will find our collaborative approach challenging. Students who are most successful with us are curious, creative, engaged, self-motivated, respectful and have a positive attitude towards learning.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    We are looking for motivated individuals who will immerse themselves in the life of our Montverde Academy community. We want to know how you will make a difference in our community if you are eventually enrolled.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Enrollment into Summit Micro School is open year round. Our admissions process is as follows: submit an Inquiry Form found on our website:  www.highparkdayschool.com.  A member of our admissions team will contact you directly to set up a private information session. An application package will be available at the information session.  

    *Summit Micro School is a small school. Although we are well equipped to support diverse learning needs, we do not have the resources to accommodate extreme exceptionalities.

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    • Apply by completing the online application and paying the fee of $100.
    • Request an official copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
    • Lower School – Please request transcripts from your current school for grades 1 through 5, and any standardized testing (if applicable).
    • Middle School – An official copy of the previous (two years) and current school transcripts, including prior year’s standardized testing (if applicable) and attendance information.
    • Upper School – An official copy of the 8th grade through 12th grade school transcripts, including prior year’s standardized testing (if applicable) and attendance information.
    • International Students – All international students must submit two copies of your transcripts: one copy in the native language, and one copy translated into English.
    • Submit recommendation forms from your current English teacher, math teacher and Principal or Guidance Counselor.
    • Submit a copy of your passport or birth certificate.
    • International students are asked to submit TOEFL, IELTS, ELTis, SLATE standardized test scores, if available.
    • For additional requirements and entrance exam testing information for all grade levels, please visit montverde.org/application process.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    D'Angelo Russell (2014)
    American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association
    Luc Mbah a Moute (2005)
    Cameroonian professional basketball player who has played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association
    Ben Simmons (2015)
    Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
    Dakari Johnson (2013)
    American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association
    Joel Embiid (2013)
    Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
    Oumar Diakhite (2012)
    Senegalese footballer who currently plays as a defender for Kazma on loan from Estoril.
    Luka Vujanovic (2013)
    A Montenegrin football midfielder playing for Vojvodina.
    Diego Campos (2014)
    Costa Rican footballer who plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
    Pape Gassama (2015)
    Senegalese footballer who plays for US Créteil.
    Hassan Ndam (2016)
    Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for New York Red Bulls.
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