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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2008

     

    2000


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    180


     

    Grades

     

    5 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Academic culture

     
    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”.
     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    12 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,750

     

    $16,750 to $20,750


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $1

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    29

     

    11


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2020

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time, the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it reopened in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, Holy Name is supported by the Felician Sisters, as well as by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though it was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes are those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    HNMCS began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it was re-established in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, HNMCS is supported by the Felician Sisters, and is also supported by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    La Citadelle was established in 2000 with just 5 students and operating out of a church basement. The program has grown considerably since then, with an annual enrolment of 200 students spanning prep-K to Grade 12. Further, in 2015 the school moved into a new space, doubling the size of the physical plan and providing an opportunity to grow the student population and its programs significantly. Despite that growth, the approach to instruction remains true to the original intentions. Since its inception La Citadelle has been progressive, and while achievement is one of the six core values, so are compassion and harmony. There is a high level of individual support, in part a function of a low teacher/student ratio. The ideal student is one that is operating ahead of her peers, able to thrive within a challenging, varied, and multilingual teaching environment. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Catholic academic tradition
    • University preparatory school
    • Academic Excellence
    • Entrance exam (SSAT)
    • Scholarships & Financial Assistance
    • Private transportation options available
    • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
    • Leadership & Outdoor Education Programmes

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    • Advanced University Bound Curriculum
    • Bilingual Education (French & English)
    • Development of Global Citizenship
    • AP Program
    • IB Program (MYP)
    • Francisation (Grades 2 & up)
    • Admission & Academic Scholarships
    • Local & International Field Trips
    • Extensive Fine Arts & Sports
    • Spanish or Mandarin

    Description

    Description

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12. Set on a picturesque 25 acre setting in Mississauga, HNMCS empowers young women to transform the world through intellectual curiosity and personal growth as grounded in the Catholic traditions of the Felician Sisters and Basilian Fathers. Holy Name of Mary College School provides a high achieving, university preparatory programme to guide bright, curious and dedicated students by shaping their minds and touching their hearts.  With a distinctive balance of support, encouragement, and nurturing relationships HNMCS prepares students to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a changing world with resiliency and a strong moral compass.  A unique tapestry of academic excellence, focused on 21st Century competencies, combined with athletics, arts, outdoor education, co-curricular activities and leadership experiences, provides countless engaging opportunities for girls to be inspired & leverage their voices. HNMCS is A Connected Community: Building Curious, Courageous and Compassionate Young Women through respect, justice, compassion and transformation.

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    La Citadelle is a highly regarded private educational institution rooted in the fundamental concepts of Canadian bilingualism, holistic education, mastery learning, and excellence in both instruction and education. Founded in 2000, La Citadelle offers a highly academic reach-ahead IB and AP curriculum in Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology, Humanities, and Fine Arts together with a panoply of co-curricular activities to an exceptional group of students, from PrepK (2 1/2 years old) to Grade 12, who excel academically, share an enthusiasm for knowledge, are outstanding world citizens and value ethics, personal achievement, and responsibility as fundamental traits of character. Inspired to learn and achieve by exceptionally competent and dedicated teachers, they are guided and encouraged to embrace challenges and reach their goals while being provided with extraordinary opportunities to develop individual interests and talents.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    Message

    The true spirit of the HNMCS experience is the relationship between caring, inspiring educators and the brilliant, curious minds of our engaged and talented students. We hold high expectations for our girls and their learning achievements, and our community accomplishments continue to make us proud. 

    We strive to shape the Catholic women leaders of tomorrow to “Be the Change” - knowledgeable, hopeful, confident and resilient for their future.

    It is through a rich learning landscape focused on girl’s learning that we not only foster quality standards for teaching and learning, but empower leadership, cooperation and teamwork with every girl. We are a school committed to preparing young women to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a constantly changing global future with a good moral compass.  

    Catholicity, being the cornerstone of our work, promotes core values focused on the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ that nurture faith development and cultivate global awareness, community outreach and service leadership. We are supported by the Felician Sisters, and the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School who bring a rich history of faithful service. Our school culture not only shapes the minds of our girls, but touches their hearts while preparing them to become compassionate women leaders of integrity. 

    Alfred Abouchar is the Headmaster and founder of La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science. With a rich and diverse educational background spanning 40 years in both Canada and internationally, Mr. Abouchar has created this unique educational institution to instill in children a profound value for education while offering them a curricular program of study that leads students to the highest standard of academic achievement.   For the past 17 years, La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science has been the living testimony of his vision that All children can succeed!

    Fluent in both English and French, Mr. Abouchar holds an Honours B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry from the American University in Cairo, a B.Ed. from Althouse College of Education of the University of Western Ontario, a M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Western Ontario and a M.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

    Beginning his extensive career in education by teaching Physics and sciences at the secondary level, Mr. Abouchar was recruited by the Ministry of Education as Education Officer, Provincial Consultant in Mathematics and Sciences and Secretary General of the Council for Franco-Ontarian Education.  He has among his various academic contributions also occupied the positions of Principal Investigator & Coordinator of the Ontario Assessment Instrument Pool in Chemistry and Physics, Professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa and Superintendent of Curriculum, Research and Continuing Education with the Ottawa-Carleton French Language School Board. Mr. Abouchar has also lead the Ontario delegation at the joint Canada-France Educational Workforce in Chad, founded the Multicultural Francophone Association of Ontario, and served for 9 years on the Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism and Citizenship.

    Mr. Abouchar has furthermore participated in the provincial overhauling of the Ontario Science Curriculum, written Physics and sciences textbooks, developed innovative educational software and related films, and lectured extensively on a variety of topics in Education.

    A passionate musician and composer, Mr. Abouchar has successfully merged his musical talent with his expertise in computer technology and pedagogy to create a unique Computer Music Program of study which is offered exclusively to all elementary and secondary school students at La Citadelle.  The annually produced albums of their collective compositions are but tokens of the authentication of the development of their creativity and their power of learning and achieving at La Citadelle.

    “Since 'seeing is believing ',  I gracefully extend an invitation to all parents of school children to visit La Citadelle and experience first-hand its harmonious and scholarly perspectives and to join us on our fascinating endeavor of distinctly shaping the lives of our children and leading them to success,” - Mr. Abouchar.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

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


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      HNMCS provides an exemplary university preparatory programme that combines traditional curriculum with experiential learning experiences and integrates technology with 21st Century skill development. Driven by a student-centric focus on teaching and learning, we surround bright, curious minds with caring and supportive teachers who inspire a passion for learning.

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

      La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science offers an exceptional well-rounded international education and a truly comprehensive advanced instructional program from PrepK to Grade 12 in a multilingual environment within the Canadian experience. Promoting good education and a balanced instructional program of study covering languages, the arts and sciences in its pedagogy of excellence, which is based on the Ontario and French Curriculum, the IB and the AP programs, La Citadelle strives to create a well-rounded learning process that is geared to establish a marked impact on the holistic development of the learner.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        At La Citadelle, we believe that one can more effectively teach a subject if they have a passion for it. As such, specialized teachers are designated for specific subjects, and mathematics is no exception. Guided by the textbook, the approach to teach mathematics combines both the traditional and the discovery math approaches in an effort to equip the student with an array of skill sets relevant to the assimilation of mathematical concepts.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Calculators may be used in an upper elementary class at the request of and under the supervision of the mathematics teachers. Secondary School students will possess a scientific calculator to use at their discretion, primarily outside of the classroom.

      • Writing

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Our program aims to develop a strong writing foundation that focuses on the improvement of grammatical and spelling skills, while allowing students to explore the writing process in a real world context; connecting literature, personal interest and current events into both formal and creative writing.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Beginner writing is systematic in both mechanics and content. As of Grade 1, there is a balanced approach to teaching a student the proper techniques to write cursive (how to hold a pencil, how to respect a line, forming letters, letter sizing, etc.) and what it is that they are writing. It begins with the ability to write sight words and to reproduce words containing sound blends seen in reading. From there, there is a gradual progression towards sentences, paragraphs and longer pieces of written works, all with a strong emphasis on correct sentence structure, and proper spelling.

      • Science

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Based on the textbooks, we cover all strands required by the Ministry of Education at the elementary levels: Life Systems, Matter and Energy, Earth and Space systems and finally, Structures and Mechanisms. In grades 11 and 12, Science subjects are divided into the respective disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics which are offered as University Preparation courses.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students have the opportunity to be immersed in traditional literature and the importance of structure and literary devices in significant texts. HNMCS' Core Values are at the root of learning in the school and texts are selected that reflect larger social justice themes and allow students to make deeper connections and ask critical questions about the world while being engaged in meaningful texts and resources.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Our integrated programme allows historical and geographical information to come alive in a variety of ways, using an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Through the use of technology, the arts and language arts, students participate in meaningful learning opportunities that bring content to life in a relatable way.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        The Ministry of Education conglomerates History, Geography and Civics into one big umbrella called Social Sciences. At la Citadelle, we believe, in preparation for the upper grades, that, though interconnected, each facet of the Social Sciences is a subject to be treated independently. Grades 1 & 2, are given a generalized Social Science course using an Expanding Communities approach. From Grades 3 to 6, History, Geography and Civics are treated as distinct units. We further divide the curriculum in the following manner. History is taught more with regards to world history, and Geography is taught with a heavy Canada slant. Civics remains a course with an Expanding Communities approach. At the secondary levels, each facet is considered a different subject in which separate credits are obtained.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        By integrating the significance of big ideas and present day experience, students are engaged in meaningful lessons that bring the content in social science classes to life. Experiential lessons, simulations, field trips and wide range of apps and online programs, help to make these courses educational and engaging.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        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.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        These courses balance the importance of language development and the need for a deeper understanding of language structures. Teachers work with students to develop a solid foundation of language acquisition skills and develop engaging lessons where students work alongside their peers in meaningful collaborative projects that develop a deeper understanding of the language being explored.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Students are required to take a 3rd language (either Mandarin or Spanish), in addition to their bilingual (French, English) core education. This 3rd language is taken from Grade 2 all the way up to Grade 9. Guided by textbooks which are divided into units pertaining to everyday life, students are given the tools to actively communicate in every-day situations using the target language. Writing, though a key component, is not the primary focus of our 3rd language programme.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        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)

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        In Visual Art courses students are taught how to 'see'. They learn technical words and techniques to produce works which may be included for presentation in their senior years in a portfolio while applying to post-secondary programs. Assignments cover drawing, perspective, painting, printmaking, design, art history and Visual arts exams which are studio based. Each grade explores different mediums in the different disciplines.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        At La Citadelle, our main goal is to bring out the artist in every student. Through Fine Arts, Music, Drama, and other forms of creative courses our students receive an in-depth hands-on experience from specialized teachers who are passionate in what they do and bring to each student and the classroom curriculum.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students are best served when the use of technology enhances the learning that takes place in the classroom. HNMCS embraces the use of technology throughout the curriculum, and our broad use of Smart Boards and interactive projectors in all classrooms recognizes the importance of technology in education. Our school is fully accessible through wireless connectivity, leverages on site servers and cloud based technologies, utilizes educational software and communities, promotes the safe use of social media, and offers a green room multimedia environment for study and exploration. All students are encouraged to bring their own device to school and engage in learning with their tablets, laptops or phones in a stimulating way. This results in the development of their expertise and competency and their development as self-directed users. Students have full access to our comprehensive technology lab and all teachers incorporate the use of technology in their teaching and assignments.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Computer literacy is an increasingly important skill in today's society, and it is a very valuable teaching and learning tool. We do not however believe that it should replace traditional teaching and learning skills as these too remain valuable assets. To maintain our students' level of computer proficiency, without it deterring teaching of other subjects, students from Kindergarten to Grade 10 take a mandatory computer technology course, in which they progress from learning basic computer and keyboarding skills to more advanced programmes and web design.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        The Holy Name of Mary College School Athletic Department provides opportunities for girls to pursue athletic excellence in a variety of sports while upholding Catholic core values and developing determination, resilience, balance, a sense of fair play, and pride in self and community. The athletic program at HNMCS is an integral part of the total growth experience. Student-athletes will mature physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. They will learn to take responsibility for personal growth by developing commitment, balance, and resilience as part of a strong and caring community. Pride in self and school, integrity and commitment are continually strengthened through participation on our teams. We believe that the life lessons learned through sport help to strengthen the Catholic values that will guide our students well into the future.

        LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

        Across all grades, the physical education programme combines both Health and Physical Education where students learn to make healthy active living a part of everyday life by participating in the classroom and gymnasium, out of doors, in schoolyards and school gardens, and in the community. Beginning with Kindergartens, students gradually develop their kinesthetic awareness and understanding of movement concepts as well as acquire an extensive subject-specific vocabulary. As students become adolescents, and are beginning to face important life decisions more advanced knowledge and skills are developed to help them better understand and cope with the changes they are experiencing and to make responsible decisions about the health of their adult bodies. In this programme, they have the opportunity to learn and establish patterns of healthy, active living

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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”.

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Our main goal at HNMCS is to develop the whole person. Building a strong academic foundation allows our girls to become innovative thinkers who can draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience to tackle real world problems.

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

      La Citadelle provides a rigorous curriculum in a holistic and supportive environment whereby our students excel academically, share an enthusiasm for knowledge, are outstanding world citizens, and value ethics and personal responsibility.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

      LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Holy Name of Mary College School

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

    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

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    La Citadelle International Academy of Arts & Science

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    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

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Mini-Medical Programme: HNMCS has established an innovative program to help develop a passion for science in our students. The overarching mission of the Mini Medical Program is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the sciences and the vital role they play in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire - humbly. The program is structured with active participation from the students and in partnership with key medical and science professionals in the community.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2020

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School welcomes applications from candidates eager to be a part of the school's enriched academic environment. At Holy Name of Mary College School, we offer you the opportunity to develop your academic interests, as well as a wide range of sporting options, visual and performing arts and other clubs and activities to engage in. HNMCS is fortified by a strong liberal arts education, a sound understanding of the role of technology in the world, and a belief that in our community we acknowledge and celebrate the many and varied gifts and talents of our classmates and teammates. We offer applicants the chance to demonstrate that they can be successful here. Each application is considered and assessed individually. We look for demonstrated academic achievement and the ability, and desire, to reach your true potential. There are no hidden social criteria; we simply want the best students to apply, regardless of their background. So whoever you are, and wherever you come from, if you have the ability, the enthusiasm and the motivation to study here, then we want to hear from you.

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    At La Citadelle, we believe that every child is unique in their own way, and that it is our duty to help each student shine and thrive through the grades and life itself. A Positive attitude and a willingness to learn always helps.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    The admissions process to Holy Name of Mary Catholic School is a straightforward once you've decided that this is the school for your daughter:

    1. Complete application online: apply.hnmcs.ca 

    2. Attach a recent student photograph. 

    3. Provide Academic Documents Online Scan and upload copies of the applicant’s final report cards from the previous two years and the most recent report card for the current year and, if applicable, a current Ontario Student Transcript copy. 

    4. Complete the Confidential Student Profile and ensure that it is sent directly from the applicant’s current principal, guidance counsellor or teacher to HNMCS. 

    5. Submit Application Fee Payment of a non-refundable $125 application fee. Application fee for international students is $250. 

    6. Please submit all the above application information by November 30th. Applications received after this date will be reviewed and applicants will be notified following the March break. 

    7. Register for the Admissions Test, which will be written on Saturday, December 12, 2020. To register for the test, go to: https://www.holynameofmarycollegeschool.com/admission/. 

    8. Once all requirements have been completed, the Office of Admissions will contact the family to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the candidate. 

    9. Offers of Admission will be sent out on February 19, 2021. 

     

    While Holy Name of Mary College School is an independent school, the tuition is not intended to exclude students on a financial basis. An income-based bursary programme is available for those in need and we encourage families to seek financial assistance when it is required. Families apply for bursaries during the application process to Holy Name of Mary College School. Apply for Financial Aid by November 30th. For more information, contact [email protected] 

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    LA CITADELLE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Stavros Angelopolous (2006)
    • Life Science Program at University of Toronto • Business Administration at University of Toronto
    Donald Belfon (2010)
    • Humanities Program at Trinity College, University of Toronto • Honors Arts Program at St. Jerome’s at University of Waterloo • Global Studies at Huron College at University of Western
    Giovanni Murga (2006)
    • Electrical Engineering Program at Ryerson University with a $2,000 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship • Architectural Program at George Brown College • Marketing Program at McMaster
    Andrew Ilkay (2009)
    • University of Toronto • University of Western Ontario • York University
    Nils Fischer (2009)
    • University of Western Ontario • York University • OCAD University
    Kosta Vuckovic (2010)
    • Life Sciences Program at University of Toronto
    Anthony Xanthis (2010)
    • Life Sciences Program at University of Toronto • Psychology Program at York University • Arts & Science Program at University of Waterloo
    Andrew Arding (2011)
    • Hospitality and Tourism Program at Ryerson University
    Arshia Ghadimi (2011)
    • Business Management at University of Western
    Sébastian Reme (2011)
    • General Arts Major at York University
    view all



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