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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1982


     

    Enrolment

     

    31

     

    190


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to K

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English, French, Mandarin


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    16 to 19


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,100 to $15,608

     

    $11,742 to $24,550


     

    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

     

    6

     

    16


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    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 Nursery/Toddler - K

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    "My child appreciates the independence"
    hina marsonia - Parent   (Feb 13, 2018)
    My child appreciates the independence she has in choosing her activities and material that she works...
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    Teachers instill confidence and motivation
    Christine Johnson - Parent   (Feb 16, 2018)
    My child's experience has been better than I ever could have imagined. Even if we have had a bad mo...
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    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    "I personally appreciate the comradery and sense of community among the children."
    Justin Jones - Parent   (Nov 24, 2021)
    We have two children (twins) who have attended Fern Hill School – both absolutely loved their 9 ye...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    La Villa rightly prides itself in offering a very authentic presentation of the Montessori method, and for many families that is a primary draw. As such, students are engaged in an active, hands-on, cooperative environment, where the core curriculum is delivered in consort with a growing understanding of their place in the community of the school and beyond. Close attention is given to the acquisition of skills as well as interpersonal, physical, and emotional development.

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    At Fern Hill, academics are important, just as they should be at any school, but culture is important too, including a desire to capitalize on the individual strengths of the staff. Cross-curricular links are a focus, as is a desire to allow students to experience things that may, for the moment at any rate, seem to reside outside their immediate areas of interest. The school takes good advantage of its location within the Ontario Greenbelt, and field studies—there’s a bird banding program, among other initiatives—are used as an entrée to the development of confidence, skill development, and team building. Families are drawn to the strength of the academic program, the small class sizes, the broad range of co-curricular programs, and an abiding dedication to academic excellence.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    Highlights

    Highlights

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) recognized
    • Young Children's Community (15 months-30 months)
    • Primary (30 months-6 years)
    • Elementary (6-12 years)

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    • Strong Academics
    • Personalized, enriched curriculum
    • Wireless technology & SMARTBoards
    • Accelerated academic courses
    • Full sports program & facilities
    • Visual arts, band, vocal music, choir & musical productions
    • Mandarin study in Grades 7 & 8
    • Full and half day PS & JK
    • Bus Service
    • Member of Junior Round Square of the Americas

    Description

    Description

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    La Villa Montessori School is a charming community school house dedicated to fulfill the intrinsic needs of each child by following Dr. Montessori’s principles and guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.). Our mission is to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that satisfies a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. By addressing these needs, the children become active and productive members of society while fostering a life-long love of learning.

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    Since 1982, Fern Hill's mission has been to graduate students aged 3-14 who are dedicated to excellence, possess a sense of personal worth and confidence in their talents and abilities. The enriched curriculum is taught in a rotary timetable by qualified, subject specific teachers who are passionate about their individual subjects. This approach is reflected in the high level of engagement found in the classrooms. Our Math, Science & Literacy program is enriched with Sports, Mandarin, French, Art, Drama, Music etc.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    Message

             La Villa Montessori School came to fruition after years of imagining what the ideal environment would be like for my own children. I had come to truly understand the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" in order to provide the most positive and healthy environment for the children to thrive in every way. In Latin, the word Villa (Villam) refers to a farm or village and so it became La Villa Montessori School and the very essence of our community. After our first year of operating in 2015, I saw that having a strong cohesive community between the parents and staff at La Villa being a pillar of support and guidance for the children in our care.  We continue to provide the highest level of care and compassion for the children while fostering a trust and support with our parents. 

    As one of a handful of internationally recognized Montessori schools in Canada following AMI’s standards of quality and authenticity, we are very proud to have this distinction to support and grow the Montessori movement around the world. 

    I invite you to visit us and see what La Villa Montessori School is all about. Thank you.

    My vision for Fern Hill School began long before there was a building, a student body or even a faculty. It began with a wish list: small class sizes, a warm friendly environment, attention to intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth and caring subject-specific teachers.

    Today,more than 30 years later, Fern Hill combines the best traditional learning approaches with individualized techniques that have proven to be effective in engaging young minds. Taught by teachers who are as passionate about their students as they are about their subject specialties, our enriched curriculum stimulates and challenges students to give their personal best.  

    Our familes choose Fern Hill not only because of its excellence in education, but also because our 22 acre campus is warm and inviting with indoor and outdoor spaces that are rich in purpose. In addition to spacious classrooms, a fully equipped gymnasium provides opportunities to be a part of school teams. A music room where vocal music is supported by Orph instruments and where band starts in Grade 5, offers a wide range of opportunities for performance. And a spacious art centre where students are led on an artistic journey that exposes them to all aspects of form, colour, light, perpective and Art History. 

    My honest opinion is that the only way to know what we do, is to come to visit and see for yourself. Ask our teachers why they love to teach here and our children what is it that makes them want to come to school each day. I know you will like what they have to tell you. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Since 1982, Fern Hill's mission has been to graduate students ages 3-14 who are dedicated to academic excellence, feel sense of personal worth, and confidence in their talents and abilities. Fern Hill's enriched curriculum is taught in a rotary timetable by qualified, subject specific teachers who are passionate about their individual subjects. This approach is reflected in the enriched program and high level of engagement in the classroom. Our strong Math, Science and Literature program is enriched with a breadth of subjects including Mandarin, French, Field Studies, Drama, and Vocal studies.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        There is no end to Mathematics. Students at Fern Hill develop a love of numbers through our individualized program that allows each student to progress through math concepts at their own pace. Students with a passion for math may work on problems beyond the grade expectation and graduate with accredited high school credits as a result.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Fern Hill students practice mental math techniques for multiplication, simple division etc. making calculators unnecessary as a regular tool. In Grade 7 and 8, our laptop program provides access to calculating tools that complement the advanced concepts being studied.

      • Early Reading

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Students in preschool are introduced to letters and numbers using fun, engaging materials. As fine motor skills develop in JK, students develop competency with the printing process, the begin blending letter sounds and reading begins. Reading takes flight in SK with students working on individualized programs based on their progress with phonetic decoding and vocabulary strength.


        DIBELS testing

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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

      • Writing

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        While grammar, penmanship and cursive writing skills are important skills intrinsic to the Fern Hill Language programme, creativity is a central theme. Through journaling, poetry writing, and creative writing, students are provided with many opportunities for creative expression.

      • Literature

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        Approach

        Approach

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        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

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Students attend weekly computer/technology classes as part of their timetable. Coding, hardware, and many software packages are explored. Tools including robotics are used to develop understanding and experience. Laptops are introduced in G7 & 8 to facilitate access to information and collaboration. .


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        La Villa Montessori School

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Fern Hill School - Burlington

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

        Our athletic program teaches the skills and drills needed to experience and develop competency in a wide variety sports though-out the year. Opportunities for participation in team competitions begin in Senior Kindergarten with our House Teams, and progress to inter-school competitions in Grade 3-8.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Approach

      Approach

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to fulfill the intrinsic needs of each child by following Dr. Montessori’s principles and the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale ​(A.M.I.). Our mission is to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that satisfies a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. By addressing these needs, the children will have a wholesome growth while developing a life-long love of learning.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Our Preschool class provides a safe and welcoming learning space for children who turn 3 before December 31st. Their busy and interactive days are filled with our early reading and numeracy program along with an introduction to mandarin, french, music, drama, and phys.ed. JK and then SK builds on this foundation, introducing writing and blending sounds so that reading blossoms and number sense becomes second nature. Very much a part of the school, our youngest students are active participants in school events and performances which creates anticipation and excitement about coming to school each day.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Pace

      Pace

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Fern Hill students who are ready to reach ahead are challenged with work beyond their grade level while others are given resource help to build their confidence and build competence. Man y will graduate with accredited Grade 9 credits in their Grade 8 year.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Culture

      Culture

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      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

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      As our youngest students begin what can be an eleven year journey at Fern Hill, we greet them with an environment where they feel welcome and safe and where they quickly start to learn who they are and that they are capable of trying anything. The confidence that quickly develops in these early years allows them to stretch their own expectations of what they can accomplish. As they grow, so do our expectations for academic performance as do the opportunities we provide for broader learning. Our students confidently move on to excellent high schools, well prepared both academically and socially.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Fern Hill School - Burlington

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


      Primary

      Primary

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable
      Not applicable

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

      Teaching compassion and empathy while fostering curiosity and confidence lets Fern Hill graduate boys and girls who are academically and intellectually prepared to achieve their goals; Leaders who possess a balance of spiritual, emotional, and social skills; Adults who are able to evaluate and reason with the demands of the times. A Fern Hill student will be both intellectually adaptable and morally grounded.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    La Villa Montessori School

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    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

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Fern Hill School - Burlington

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI 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

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    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

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    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 Nursery/Toddler - K

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    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

    What the school says

    What the school says

    FERN HILL SCHOOL - BURLINGTON

    1. Completion of our digital application form (contact the admissions office)
    2. Previous two year's report cards
    3. Copy of birth certificate or passport
    4. Completion of age appropriate admissions assessment and or interview (may be done in person or via zoom depending on restrictions)




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