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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2010

     

    1956


     

    Enrolment

     

    48

     

    75


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 8

     

    12 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay


     

    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."
     
    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

     

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    14


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,300 to $17,500

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $30,000 to $56,000


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    12 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    75


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Neuchâtel Junior College was founded in 1956 and, from then to now, there’s been nothing else quite like it when it comes to options for North American students. It’s so unique that, in some ways, it’s hard to believe that it exists at all: a school, offering the Ontario curriculum, nestled within the stunning natural and diverse cultural environments of Europe. The views are inspiring, as is the proximity to international organizations, including the UN in Geneva. Skiing in Zermatt, visiting Flanders Fields on Remembrance Day … it goes on and on. The instruction is rigorous, and classes are intimate. The majority of students arrive from Ontario, though the student population is drawn from across Canada, the US and abroad. The ideal student is one who is inclined to make the most of the vast range of opportunities that the school provides through this unique educational experience.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    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

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    • Consistent admission to the world's finest universities
    • Ontario teachers | Grade 12 & AP
    • English academic environment
    • Authentic French immersion living with local hosts
    • Extensive travel
    • International service
    • Student leadership
    • Sports, clubs, Model UN
    • Bursary program
    • Alumni with an uncommon advantage

    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Students from across Canada and beyond choose to step outside of their comfort zones at NJC. While studying Canadian grade 12 curriculum and living in Switzerland, they explore Europe and make their best friends. Authentic immersion in French language and Swiss culture enables them to learn about themselves. Newfound independence and international experience help them to realize their passions and talents. Academic preparedness and a global perspective lead to acceptances from the finest universities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Message

    information not available

    One characteristic of all good students is an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Our unique school, perched on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel in the beautiful Swiss town of the same name, is ideally suited to students of this kind. Students come to us eager to learn more about the world around them; drawn to change, they sense that the world has more to offer them if they could just step outside the boundaries of their local experiences. Neuchâtel Junior College exists for these types of students at this pivotal time in their lives, and here, they learn about themselves as much as they learn about the world. 

    In 1956, NJC’s visionary Founder, Leonard Wilde, knew that, “To be a leader today, one must travel the world.” This enduring idea is just as – if not more – relevant today. As much as our students have likely travelled to places with their families before, in most cases, they have not gone on an extended, independent journey. The Neuchâtel experience offers a view to the world beyond childhood borders, and our trips are integrated with the curriculum to make the learning experience richer and fuller. The fact that students have chosen this journey to NJC sets them apart both geographically and personally from where they began, thereby transforming them well beyond the potential of any single school trip experienced before.

     Over the course of many months, our students explore centres of Western European civilization, which helped to shape our own culture, giving them knowledge of the past with which to consider the future. They visit unfamiliar and exotic places to gain an insight into the similarities and differences of other cultures in this increasingly global community. Inspired by NJC’s program, our students also learn that they can have a positive impact on each place they visit. This may be through participation in a service rip, involvement in a Model UN activity, or by helping to make our school community a better place through personal character, talent, ideas and leadership. All of this they experience while immersed in their studies, surrounded by inspiring teachers and classmates, and living with a local Swiss, French-speaking family. This formula, unique in the world for over 60 years, consistently opens minds, broadens perspectives, and inspires graduates to make their place in the world more meaningful and purposeful.

    Who is best suited to attend Neuchâtel Junior College? I would encourage you to take advantage of this transformational experience if you are willing to meet two very important expectations. You must come prepared to work hard in your academic studies and be curious about the world around you; these are prerequisites so that you will be able to apply your newfound knowledge, confidence, independence and leadership in your chosen university, in the career that you wish to pursue, and throughout your life.

    I look forward to meeting you soon. A bientôt!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      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).


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Applicants are those who seek to challenge and advance themselves through a transformational experience of personal and intellectual growth. Students attend exclusively for the pre-university year, be it for Grade 12 or a gap year of enrichment. We offer Ontario Grade 12, university-preparatory curriculum as well as Advanced Placement (AP). All instruction and life on campus is in English, yet students live as Europeans in the French-speaking, Swiss town of Neuchâtel.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Neuchatel Junior College assembles a body of excellent students together. The MHF and MCV courses follow the Ontario ministry of education guidelines, but there is room for some remediation and enrichment. We run an after school math club for several months to help prepare students for the Euclid math contest from the University of Waterloo. Ten students participated in this contest in April 2016 and the results were very good, especially for a school of our small size.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Inquiry


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        The approach to teaching science at NJC is to engage students with the scientific concepts of physics, chemistry, and biology through a variety of activities including, (but not limited to) laboratory experiments, demonstrations, video presentations, field trips, class discussions, and research projects. The European environment provides the opportunity to connect both with European scientific organizations such as CERN (Conseil Européen de Recherche Nucléaire) as well as local organizations (ex. Musée de l’histoire naturelle et le Jardin Botanique – both in Neuchatel.) These experiences allow students to see first-hand that science lives beyond the classroom and to meet international scientists and ask questions about their work/careers. The students at NJC have been very enthusiastic in their pursuit of such opportunities and it has allowed for frequent follow-up discussions within the classroom.


        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

      • Literature

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        The approach to teaching literature is closely connected to the trips the school offers, both optional and compulsory. Since many students choose to participate in school excursions to either Krakow, Poland, or Munich, Germany, where they will visit Auschwitz or Dachau, it is fitting that two of the works we teach are connected to the Holocaust.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Humanities is not a dry academic exercise. It’s real life, and people are living it right now. At NJC we have a double focus on developing core skills — formulating questions, research and analysis, critical thinking, essay composition, debate and rhetoric — and applying knowledge and understanding to current affairs: for example, finding similarities and differences between the current situation in the Middle East and the 16th Century European Wars of Religion. Our numerous field trips throughout Europe and beyond lie at the core of our program: students are expected to relate classroom learning to extramural experience. Teachers draw on a broad repertoire of instructional methods, from traditional chalk-and-talk to student-led explorations, Harkness tables, primary source analysis, debates – variety is the spice of learning! Students have many opportunities to pursue topics of personal interest, and then demonstrate and reflect on their learning in formats of their choice.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Communicative


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Teaching French is greatly facilitated in the French part of Switzerland. We use the town of Neuchâtel to organise many cultural trips for all classes to emphasize using the language in authentic contexts. Excursions are differentiated according to French level. For the intermediate to advanced, we do a guided tour of the Castle and visit the permanent exhibition about the millennium of the city of Neuchâtel in the Musée d’art et d’histoire. For beginners, we visit the local market and various shops and cafés where the students need to manage in the target language. We always refer to students’ pension life experiences—living with local Swiss Families—and teach vocabulary that is relevant and practical. We also focus on current events in Switzerland and European countries using written or oral media sources. For Ontario curriculum credit classes, the programs are accentuated by the themes of the school trips.


        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        The Visual Arts course offers pre-university training while exploring diverse aspects of the Arts. Students work on different units during the semester, one of them being of their own choice. Students are encouraged to explore creativity and train their skills. Each unit is closely linked with art history, and, frequently illustrated with field trips. Students are encouraged to link their own work with styles and movements mainly found in the last 150 years and to gain a strong critical sense in order to evaluate their own work. Individual research in art history, theory of art, and studio processes are meant to help students acquire originality and individuality in their creation. They are encouraged to evaluate their own creation and define its inner specificities that will help them improve the quality of communication as artists.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Medium integration

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Our classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and staff are allocated laptop computers for instructional purposes. Students benefit from the expertise of our trained staff in 21st century differentiated instruction methodology.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      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.


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      We offer university-level academic courses with an option to select from a rich variety of Advanced Placement exams. We are a university-preparatory school with expectations of high academic performance to meet entrance requirements for the best universities and programs around the globe.


      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."

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      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."

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      We strive to create a community of confident independent global citizens through a life-changing educational experience. Living abroad with a French-speaking Swiss pension family assists with the acquisition of linguistic abilities in the target language. Our students foster independence and responsibility for themselves as they prepare for the next phase of their lives in their post-secondary destinations.

  • 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

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    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

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    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

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    NJC is able to accommodate many different learners and those with psychological educational assessments are offered all the possible accommodations on our campus. We have a quiet learning space for students who need a distraction-free zone, we are also able to provide extra time and use of technology. We have tutorial support within the community and therapeutic services are available via our medical team affiliated with our school.


    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Summit Micro School

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    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

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


    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

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    • "This year, I hiked up the Swiss Alps during the summer and skied back down them during the winter."- Declan Seviour '14
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 12 - 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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Neuchâtel Junior College selects on the basis of their academic performance, character, interests, talents and potential. Successful applicants are those who seek to challenge and advance themselves through a transformational experience of intense personal and intellectual growth. The College favours applicants who respond positively to new challenges and who express sufficient maturity, international curiosity and personal responsibility.

    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    • Admission Application Form
    • Character Reference Letter
    • Official Transcript
    • Report Card
    • Student Essay
    • Application Fee




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