One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Kingsway College School

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1989

     

    2002


     

    Enrolment

     

    480

     

    220


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 10

     

    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."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     
    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

     

    16 to 21

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $26,740 to $30,280

     

    $19,000 to $19,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    37

     

    18


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, 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 JK - 10

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Kingsway College School

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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    RICHLAND ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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    RICHLAND ACADEMY

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, "imagine how different the world would be, if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'" Kingsway College School poses the same question, and has worked to augment a strong academic program with a cross-curricular attention to values. It can risk sounding a bit grand, as when Derek Logan, the head of school, notes that a goal is to teach students to "lead with vision and humility." These are little kids, after all, given that the program ends at Grade 8. Nonetheless, the attention to values, and providing opportunities for social development, in addition to a sense of mastery with core skills, is a strength of the school. The ideal student is one who is able to thrive in an active, academically challenging environment.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Richland is a Reggio Emilia inspired school, though the administration historically hasn’t been afraid to innovate and put their own spin on things. One example is the house system around which the community of the school is organized. It’s emblematic of the culture of care, and the house names—Suzuki, Fox, and Keilburger—are emblematic as well. Those things hint at an undercurrent of service and engagement that runs through the culture of the school. The instructional programs are strong, but often it’s that culture/values piece that is also a primary draw.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Kingsway College School

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Small class sizes
    • French from JK
    • Rich Arts program including drama, music, and visual arts
    • Rigorous P.E. program at all grade levels
    • Extensive extra-curricular program
    • Compulsory service learning and student leadership
    • Environmental stewardship
    • Dedicated attention to well-being
    • Project Based and S.T.E.A.M. Learning
    • Entrepreneurship

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    information not available

    Description

    Description

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    KNOWING WHAT MATTERS IN LIFE. At Kingsway College School, students learn the habits that matter most for success in life. Through our Four Doors to Learning Program, students explore all aspects of Academics, Arts, Athletics and Citizenship and uncover a wealth of hidden talents and interests. Key habits such as persistence, resiliency, making a difference and leadership capabilities make up the foundation of a KCS education. We are stewarding a learning environment that inspires us to reach our ultimate potential.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Richland Academy is a Reggio-inspired accredited IB World School with a unique warm and welcoming environment for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We are a community of learners who are active, responsible, and compassionate global citizens. At Richland we cultivate students who are deeper thinking, confident, and world ready. “Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill 4 years in a row by The Readers’ Choice – Metroland Media Group, and for the first time this year by Top Choice Awards (2021)!”

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Kingsway College School

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Message

    It is said that learning is an end in itself. That may be. Our belief is that learning is inextricably a part of life. Strangely, this belief makes us different from other schools. Our faith in this idea makes Kingsway College School a place of joy, respect, fulfillment and... superior individual development.

    The children who graduate from Kingsway College School leave knowing what matters in life. They know how to lead with vision and humility. Though they may go on to excel in specialized areas, they have the advantage of beginning as generalists. They have avid appetites for life’s experiences. And, they have the surety to dive into their future comfortable in themselves and their abilities. Our children (your children!) are ethical, responsible, concerned. They are exceptionally sound of mind, body and spirit.

    One hundred percent of KCS students graduate with more than sufficient academic standing to go on to the schools of their hearts’ desire.

    Richland is committed to being a leading Reggio inspired IB World School; inspiring, supporting, and nurturing our multi-cultural students to be well- educated, balanced and empathetic global citizens. Founded in 2002, Richland continues to build upon a solid foundation of academic excellence and rigor combined with a warm, nurturing and inclusive environment in which all students feel welcomed and valued.

    At Richland Academy, our committed faculty facilitate student learning about the world in which we live, helping them become internationally minded global citizens. Exciting and engaging learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage in school musical productions, in the art studio, learning commons, and natural outdoor learning spaces. Our students also learn about the importance of giving and sharing with the wider world through action. We are a professional learning community following a holistic approach to education. We educate the whole person; academically, artistically, physically and socially. No two students or journeys are alike and we will go out of our way to find and nurture each student’s unique abilities. Ultimately, we work together to shape 21 st  century leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks as they work effectively with others.

    The first thing you will notice when you arrive at Richland Academy is that the excitement is tangible; you will feel the energy and sense the vibrancy as soon as you enter the school. You will grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as each student and faculty member engage in authentic critical thinking and learning. I invite you to come and join me for a tour of Richland Academy where I am confident you will feel the same joy I did when I walked through the school and was reminded that there has never been a more exciting time to work in the field of education!

    With best wishes,

    Sandi Fischer
    Head of School

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Kingsway College School

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Progressive

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      KINGSWAY 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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE 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).

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      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

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      We know every child is unique. The KCS curriculum is carefully designed by teachers so that it prepares, inspires and challenges each of our students every day. Core skills are taught through direct instruction, often in small groups. Ample time is also dedicated to developing the KCS Habits of Mind, Body and Action through project-based learning, school-wide student leadership, hands-on creation, field trips, student-initiated learning and much more. Our new Senior School will build on the foundation of the Junior School by offering an enriched experiential program that includes regular student engagement with external experts, regular offsite learning, and an introduction to entrepreneurship for all. The Senior School also offers a unique program called 'Path' every Wednesday afternoon where students are challenged to independently pursue learning in an area of interest. A Faculty Advisor will support students in developing as independent, resourceful learners and an external Mentor with expertise in the student’s chosen area will support them in this pursuit.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      We offer Reggio-inspired inquiry learning within the International Baccalaureate framework, cultivating students who are deeper thinking, confident and world ready. We are committed to excellence, which resonates through the work of our students and teachers. Our rich and challenging curriculum ensures we deliver a solid academic foundation, which is enhanced by our comprehensive Arts programming. We are a warm and welcoming school that delivers personalized learning to ensure that no student is left behind. Within this supportive environment, we explore the Ontario curriculum and prepare students for future academic success.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Kingsway College School

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        No
        We administer diagnostic testing on an ongoing basis, throughout the course of the school year.

      • Writing

         

        Kingsway College School

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        KINGSWAY 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.

        RICHLAND 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

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Kingsway College School

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        RICHLAND 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

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        RICHLAND 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)

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Zoology

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Kingsway College School

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Traditional

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        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.

        RICHLAND 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

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Kingsway College School

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Thematic

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE 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.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        We approach Social Studies through an Inquiry model, under the umbrella of the big ideas as outlined in the Ontario Social Studies curriculum and IB Framework.

      • Physical Education

         

        Kingsway College School

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Richland Academy

        RICHLAND ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students at Kingsway College School receive regular physical education instruction. The focus is on learning and practicing the fundamental movement skills necessary to participate in a wide variety of physical activities and sports. We also focus on physical literacy to nurture the motivation, confidence, and physical competence required to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life. We help our students along this important journey with our physical and health education program in conjunction with our extensive extracurricular program.

        RICHLAND ACADEMY

        Richland students strive for excellence in everything they do, including sports. Our students are exposed to a breadth of skills appropriate to their development over the course of their elementary education. From a very early age, the physical education curriculum at Richland is designed to develop large motor skills, as well as fine motor skills, and self-regulation. Students experience a program of sports ranging from basketball, soccer, badminton, golf, and track and field. These sports are complemented with other physical training such as yoga and boxing.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Kingsway College School

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE 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.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      The KCS Early Learning Program includes junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten. Much of the program is Reggio-inspired and emergent, and evolves based on the students’ demonstrated interests and areas for growth. Some direct instruction is also introduced as children become ready, including the introduction of printing with the Handwriting Without Tears program, as well as reading with Reading Mastery. Ample time to socialize, create, and play in our award-winning Outdoor Classroom makes for a rich and healthy day of learning.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Our Reggio-inspired preschool and kindergarten classrooms transition children to an enriched and personalized curriculum while they continue their journey of wonder, exploration and discovery. Students explore the Ontario curriculum within the International Baccalaureate framework, and engage in rich, hands-on experiences that foster creative thinking and problem solving.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Kingsway College School

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

      RICHLAND 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

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      While the general pace of the program is steady, adjustments are made as needed for individual students. In addition, our Super Skills and Workshop programs, from grades 1-8, offer small-group dedicated instruction in reading and math.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Kingsway College School

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Richland Academy

      RICHLAND ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      KINGSWAY 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”.

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      RICHLAND ACADEMY

      We are a warm and welcoming school that sets high standards for its students and then supports them to achieve those targets.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

      RICHLAND 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:

    Kingsway College School

    Richland 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.
     

    Kingsway College School

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    RICHLAND 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

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    RICHLAND 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

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    With our commitment to differentiated instruction, faculty actively get to know each student and work with colleagues to develop a program that supports strengths and addresses challenges. KCS has three Learning Strategies faculty who work with teachers and students with exceptional needs. Our Super Skills and Workshop classes in Grades 1-8 allow for targeted instruction, whether for advanced learners or those requiring remediation. Partnership with parents as well as extensive resources and best practices within the classroom, including an FM audio system in every room, allow faculty to meet the needs of all KCS students.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    We would work with the family and their clinician in order to establish an Individual Education Plan to best meet their learning needs.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Richland Academy provides an inclusive program which supports all learners within the classroom. Students remain in a regular classroom and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within or outside the classroom from a qualified special education teacher. Our learning strategist reviews and creates IEP's and student growth plans which are shared with the staff. Based on the IEP's and growth plans; accommodations and modifications are put into place to ensure student success.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Kingsway College School

    Richland 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

     

    Kingsway College School

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Richland Academy

    RICHLAND ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    KINGSWAY 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

    RICHLAND 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

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Over 40 extracurricular clubs and teams are offered each term at KCS. Offerings are in the areas of academics, the arts, athletics and citizenship. The House Point system encourages students to get involved in many clubs and teams so they can discover new interests while also enjoying their favourite activities. Our athletic teams participate in the CISAA and the PSA tournaments, and the many banners in our gymnasium are testament to their commitment and skill. The first Lego Robotics team and numerous other technology opportunities allow students in all grades to explore the world of IT.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, 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 JK - 10

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 10

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    We take students as they are and move them along their learning pathway. We are supportive and nurture each child's individual needs and strengths.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    If you wish to receive an application, please navigate to the Admissions portion of our website at kcs.on.ca/admissions/apply-to-kcs then complete and submit the Online Inquiry form.

    RICHLAND ACADEMY

    Applying to Richland Academy involves three steps:

    1. Submit an Application Online!

    Please go to richlandacademy.openapply.com to submit an application for your child.

    With your completed form, please include:

    • A copy of your child’s three most recent report cards (if applicable)
    • A copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport
    • Application fee of $300.00 (non-refundable) from Early Years to Grade 8 

    2. Arrange for a Personal Day Visit at Richland

    After reviewing your application, we will schedule an appointment for you to visit our school and meet with the Head of School. All applicants are welcome to spend a day or two at Richland. During this visit, we will conduct an assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8 to determine their academic abilities. For children in Early Years, we schedule a family meeting with our Early Years Lead Teacher. For the JK-SK, we use a comprehensive tool to get to know them better. 

    3. Receive your Offer of Placement

    We want to ensure that we are able to meet, and exceed, the needs of all of our students.  Decisions are made based on the thoughtful observations and assessment by Richland faculty and staff; and are made in the best interests of the students.   Richland’s student population benefits from a range of abilities, and we recognize the potential in every child.  Once a decision has been made to offer your child a placement at Richland Academy, you will receive a written offer of placement along with a registration package.




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