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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2010

     

    1987


     

    Enrolment

     

    48

     

    150


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 8

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    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."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Waldorf


     

    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.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    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.
     
    Waldorf
    Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,300 to $17,500

     

    $4,160 to $19,150


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $9,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    13


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    information not available

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    information not available

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    " ... a home away from home"
    Caroline Blouin - Parent   (Feb 13, 2018)
    Our daughter has found a home away from home, a place where she is loved, nurtured and appreciated f...
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    "a small town school in the big city"
    Tyler Hague - Parent   (Apr 08, 2018)
    Waldorf Academy has the best elements of a small town school in the big city. Small class sizes, car...
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    "I feel like my son is developing in a way that's true to him and who he is, and yet he is also learning all the things you'd expect..."
    Michael Bernstein - Parent   (May 22, 2020)
    My son feels seen and cared for the way a family member would care for him. His individual needs, c...
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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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    We often consider the ideal student for a certain educational setting, though with Waldorf schools, it's important to also consider the ideal parent. Instruction student directed; benchmarks are less important than engagement. Multiple intelligences, multiple-sensory learning, cross-curricular instruction, visual learning—it's perhaps the epitome of what we think of as alternative education: constructivist rather than didactic. Waldorf Academy is one of the first of its kind in Canada, and was created when a group of parents decided to come together to create the kind of school that they wanted for their children. It's grown since then, and the organization and infrastructure has been formalized as well, including the creation of a purpose-built learning environment. Nevertheless, the core concept remains. The successful student is one who thrives in an interactive, transactional, arts-enriched setting. The ideal parent is one who sees the value in a constructivist approach, narrative-based assessment (letter grades are given in Grade 6 and up) and who prizes a considered and careful approach to the use of technology.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF 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

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    • International Waldorf curriculum in downtown Toronto
    • Comprehensive enriched academic programme
    • Integrated drama, music, visual arts, woodwork, handwork, and movement
    • Outdoor education
    • Strong middle school athletic programme
    • Encourages creativity, social awareness and moral thinking

    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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Celebrating 100 years, Waldorf is a global name in holistic, arts-enriched education. Our approach integrates experiential learning with academic depth and rigour. We place a premium on thinking imaginatively: turning challenges into possibilities so graduates emerge with a strong sense of purpose, ability to solve problems and the courage to meet the world. Nestled beneath majestic Casa Loma, Waldorf Academy provides a world-class education that centers your child amidst beauty, meaning, inclusivity and wonder.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Message

    information not available

    “I have been asked, “Why did I decide to move to Waldorf Academy?”. The answer is a simple one; Waldorf education is the ‘art of awakening’ that aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. At the core of my educational philosophy is the belief that we must embrace creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, authentic assessments and deep inquiry to awaken a passion for lifelong learning. And through this belief, is the reality that it is no longer about asking students what they want to be when they grow up, but instead, we challenge and ask them what problems they would like to solve.”

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      WALDORF 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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Waldorf schools are available from preschool to Grade 12, though they are most popular at the younger ages. Waldorf schools are unmistakably "progressive". Rudolf Steiner, their intellectual forefather, believed the educator's first task should be to help students develop an aesthetic appreciation for life and learning. Sometimes incorrectly conflated with Montessori schools, Waldorf schools focus on developing the "whole child" - emphasizing collaborative, hands-on learning, along with the arts and music, which are integrated into other areas of study.


      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).

      WALDORF 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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      The essence of Waldorf can be thought of as follows: The use of art and creative play across the spectrum of subject areas brings out a child’s imagination and the joy of learning. Our interdisciplinary approach to mastering subject areas across the academic spectrum encourages children to make connections and deepen learning. Waldorf Academy’s E.Q. approach is designed to enhance a child’s sense of connection to the world and to grow spiritually. We stress hands-on, experiential, inquiry-based learning that carries with it the ability to take risks, reach beyond our comfort zones and test our mettle. We work with a child’s natural tendencies to encourage their curiosity and figure out answers their own way. Sometimes they fail the first time, but then they learn how to get back up and see it through.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Making Math More Meaningful - A Waldorf curriculum guide. Middle school math specialist


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        WALDORF 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.

        WALDORF 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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Lower school literacy is supported by the Nelson Literacy program and Waldorf curriculum.

      • Science

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        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.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Science is based on a phenomenological approach.


        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

        WALDORF 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

      • Literature

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        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.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        The first Waldorf school that opened in 1919 was based on social justice. Social Justice is embedded in the curriculum and the school structure. It is important to note that we build meaningful relationships with cultures when the children are younger through implicit strategies and then look at it critically in the middle school.


        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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Social studies program is based on child development and is matched with historical themes.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Communicative

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        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.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        French is offered from grade 1 to 8


        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

        WALDORF 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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Waldorf Academy

        WALDORF ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Medium integration

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Light 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.

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        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

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        We offer cyber civics in middle school. We teach the base number system in grade 8 and students build a basic computer using the binary code.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WALDORF ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF 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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Highly group-oriented and with a strong emphasis on creative and imaginative play, Waldorf preschool and Kindergarten programs have very little to no emphasis on academics. A Waldorf environment will often feel more like a home than a traditional classroom -- the goal being to instill comfort and and a sense of predictability in students’ day. This emphasis on comfort and predictability also manifests through a heavy use of repetition: for example, teachers might read the same story multiple days in a row. Waldorf schools ask parents to refrain from offering children TV or computers at home, and aim to develop in children a connection to the natural world. If you want to learn more about Waldorf education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Early childhood programs are based on child development and imitation. Science, numeracy and literacy are fostered through real experiences in cooking, nature walks, building and art as well as storytelling, poetry, singing and recitation. Movement and self directed play as well as emotional intelligence are high priorities. There are group activities as well as small group and individual activities. Healthy physical development of the child is a critical prerequisite for proper mathematical and scientific education. Self directed play promotes questioning, problem solving, higher level thinking skills, discovery, self-directed activity and speech.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      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

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      The elementary class teacher travels with one cohort through the grades for many years. This allows the teacher to understand how each child is learning and to ensure their needs are met.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Supportive

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available


      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."

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Waldorf Academy

      WALDORF ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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

      WALDORF 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."

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      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.

      WALDORF ACADEMY

      Information not available

  • 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

    Waldorf 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

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WALDORF 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

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WALDORF 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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    All applicants are considered based upon the capacity of the class as a whole and the capacity of the teacher.


    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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    We assess each child on an individual basis. We do not have EA's the class so we determine a balance in the class and the capacity of the teacher. We can offer two sessions of resource support a week for a limited number of students.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Summit Micro School

    Waldorf 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

    Waldorf Academy

    WALDORF 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

    WALDORF 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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    • Aftercare Program: This program focuses on meaningful social engagement, outdoor and artistic activities, quiet focused time and occasional guest programming/visits. Programming balances rhythm to ensure that children have an opportunity to rest and digest their school day. Outdoor activities include outdoor play and camp skills Indoor activities include chess and board games, reading, instrument practice, painting, woodwork, and crafts.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    We want children to feel free to become themselves and we will guide them along the way. We are building intrinsic motivation, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and a love of community.

    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.

    WALDORF ACADEMY

    Grade school students must complete a 3 day visit after a family interview.

    Kindergarten requires a family meeting and visit in the morning if senior kindergarten.




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