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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2002

     

    1996


     

    Enrolment

     

    345

     

    300


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed, Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, Hebrew


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Arts


     

    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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

     

    5 to 15

     

    18


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $16,295 to $19,355


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $21,200

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    40%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $4,485

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    86

     

    27


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    100%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    London International Academy was founded in 2002 with an explicit attention to preparing students for success at university in North America. In the years since the student population has grown considerably, as has the school’s mandate. Today annual enrollment is 350 students who arrive from around the world. The school has developed a full palette of services with the international student in mind, including language instruction, university guidance, cultural exchange programs and a challenging curriculum. The ideal student is one with an eye to succeeding in post-secondary studies in Canada.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    The Toronto Heschel School was founded in 1996 in part as an expression of the work and values of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leader who championed empathy, justice, and wonder. Among many other things in his life, Heschel participated in the civil rights movement and marched alongside Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama. He later commented that, “When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.” It’s that spirit that the Toronto Heschel school continues to embrace today. The community of the school is diverse, with families drawn to the provision of a strong, challenging academic program within the context of social justice and the values of caring and respect for others. When students arrive they enter a community that expresses those values in all aspects of the life of the school, and are inspired to actively participate within them.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • STEM Elite Program
    • ESL Courses
    • Four academic intakes in a year
    • Summer School
    • Summer Camps

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    • Bilingual Hebrew/English learning environment
    • Curriculum integrates general and Jewish studies with learning through the arts
    • Fostering social-emotional learning and derekh eretz
    • Platinum EcoSchool! Outdoor education on our 6-acre campus includes classrooms and a hands-on garden
    • Multi-denominational Jewish student body
    • Active parent chevra community
    • Before- and after-school care and onsite extra-curricular activities available
    • Subsidized bussing offered
    • Optional hot kosher lunch program
    • Voted Best Private School by readers of the North York Mirror (2020) and Covenant Award winner

    Description

    Description

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    London International Academy (LIA) is a Private Secondary Day and Boarding School, located in the beautiful forest city of London, Ontario. LIA is the only private secondary school in London, Ontario to be authorized as an IB World School and offer the IB Diploma Programme. LIA offers academic OSSD courses from Grades 9 - 12 for both international and domestic students. LIA offers not only OSSD and IB, but also a STEM Elite Program, Summer Courses, Summer STEM Camps, and offers four intakes throughout the year.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Heschel provides a progressive Jewish education within a close, caring community. We aim to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in your children, and a lifelong love of learning. Heschel offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum built upon arts-based activities and Jewish culture and literacy. Our welcoming and egalitarian school promotes mutual respect, concern for others, and social justice. Graduates embody the confidence, skills and compassion to be thought leaders and engaged community members.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Message

    The Academy prides itself in providing students with a challenging and excellent high school educational program almost invariably leading to admission to one of the leading universities in Canada. The school also provides a well rounded education with much organized social, recreational and educational activity at the school and class level. As testimony to the quality of our students and our educational program students from the Academy have achieved and continue to achieve outstanding results in mathematics, computing and physics contest organized by the Canadian Mathematics Society and the University of Waterloo.

    London International Academy has a first rate academic program, a fully qualified and very well educated teaching staff, bright and comfortable classrooms, continuous student counseling and advising, and a very effective and enthusiastic student support staff. All of these factors contribute to student enjoyment, motivation and adaption to North American culture which obviously includes the rapid acquisition of English. This is confirmed and illustrated by the tremendous disproportionate success of international students enrolled in the school in obtaining university and college places.

    London, Ontario is a healthy, safe and pleasant small city which facilitates student involvement in the local community. Students who enroll in the Academy will be embarking on a pleasant but rigorous and stimulating educational journey culminating in acceptance by an excellent university.

    Yours Sincerely,


    Paul Debenham
    Principal

    Please click HERE to watch video greetings from Moreh Greg!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      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.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL 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

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      London International Academy (LIA) is certified in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education to offer academic courses from grades 9 to 12. LIA is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma to all successful students. An optional program offered at LIA places a strong focus on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, we also have several clubs with a STEM focus.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Heschel's award-winning, Integrated Curriculum helps each student develop their potential to think deeply, creatively and flexibly. The Curriculum is organized by thematic units, rooted in a Jewish theme, enabling students to make meaningful connections across the disciplines. Heschel's teaching methodology is based on the "Teaching for Understanding" model that originated at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Heschel teachers use many tools to achieve understanding, including the arts, multiple intelligences and multi-sensory learning. Children are taught in small skill groups, which provide each student with a high level of personal attention. Heschel's immersive Ivrit b'Ivrit program produces graduates with a very high level of Hebrew competency. Our kindergarten classes are completely bilingual, with two teachers in the room at all times, one of whom speaks only Hebrew with the students. By elementary school, students converse fluently in Hebrew. By junior high, students write essays, poetry, scripts and screenplays in Hebrew. Heschel is a leader in environmental education and is the first Jewish Day School in Ontario to achieve Platinum Eco School Status.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Traditionally, mathematics programs emphasized quick and accurate paper and pencil calculations. However, to be successful in the 21st century, students must learn to think numerically. The best math teachers now focus on students’ numeracy skills, teaching them to be mathematically literate. They make sure students understand the why and how. Learning mathematics is more than manipulating symbols and numbers. It involves fluency with how numbers combine, break apart, group and regroup, and investigation into the relative size of numbers and their relationships. Heschel students develop a toolkit of mental math strategies. Visual images, concrete materials, strategy games and practice materials are presented in a carefully thought-out sequence. Teachers ask students to represent a problem in different ways, in different contexts and for different ends. Multiple representations allow students to develop strong number sense, approaching calculations flexibly and creatively and noticing when a calculation is required in the “real world.”


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        We discourage the use of calculators in order to encourage students to practice mental math strategies and enhance their global understanding of numeracy.

      • Writing

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        All children seek to express their ideas and experiences, both orally and in writing, and are curious about the ideas and experiences of others as portrayed in books and other media. Our approach to teaching literacy at Heschel is informed by our commitment to shaping lifelong readers, writers, and both expressers and investigators of meaning. Students are encouraged from an early age to decode and construct meaning in what they read, to think like writers, and to use models for writing in various styles, be it poetic, narrative, expository, or persuasive. Thinking like a writer begins with learning what great writers do and how they do it. Students learn from model texts and ‘writers in residence’ and synthesize what those writers do well in order to convey their messages clearly. Students then use those techniques, in conjunction with previously learned skills and devices, to craft their own pieces of writing.

      • Science

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Children are curious by nature. Be it about birds, trees, flowing water, the stars, or the soil beneath their feet, they are naturally moved to ask questions, make observations, form hypotheses and conclusions, without conscious awareness that they are behaving like scientists. Science classes at Heschel, in contrast to many modern science classes that attempt to fill the heads of the students with the scientific knowledge that has been amassed over centuries, aim to kindle within students wonder and amazement while honing the skills necessary to use the scientific method for satisfying that curiosity. Science classes at THS are designed for students to take risks and explore unknown ideas, focusing on the scientific method as a way to train the mind to think clearly and logically. As a result, students have the tools they need to make sense of their world and feel empowered and confident in their conclusions.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        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

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        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

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Studying history at Heschel is not about memorizing facts like key dates and events but understanding the impact of these events and experiences on different cultures. It is an active process in which students engage in inquiry, research, observation, hypothesizing, and refining their thinking. Students learn how to analyze different sources, make connections between different events and experiences to uncover universal themes that emerge throughout history, and make history relevant by relating it to events that may be occurring today. Understanding gained through prior learning becomes a foundation for structured inquiry, promoting creative thinking and enabling students to ask questions and effectively seek out more precise knowledge. Looking at artifacts, geography, architecture, texts and artwork helps students to form a holistic understanding of different times and their impact. Students learn how to form their own ideas and make their understanding personally and culturally relevant.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        One of the most effective models for bilingual learning involves making a clear demarcation between the primary adult speakers of each language. Heschel utilizes a two-teacher model in JK and SK, whereby one teacher communicates with the students in English while the other communicates only in Hebrew. Students learn through visuals, facial expressions, gestures, songs, and repetition. While at first, children may find it unusual to encounter a teacher speaking only in Hebrew, it does not take long before they adapt to this new, interesting, and cognitively stimulating environment. Learning Hebrew in elementary grades involves complete immersion during lessons in Hebrew. Immersion is a highly effective approach to promote comprehension and speech, as language acquisition occurs via osmosis. We encourage students to speak Hebrew by having real conversations in natural circumstances. By Junior High, students are able to explore Jewish texts in Hebrew, graduating with a high degree of fluency.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        London International Academy

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The Toronto Heschel School

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Thinking as an artist helps students to express their knowledge in a creative, often non-linear way, unconstrained by written or oral expression. It teaches them to think metaphorically or abstractly, and to approach a problem in an interpretive or inventive manner. Our students create multimedia artworks, expressing complex ideas that integrate their knowledge across multiple disciplines. Students use a wide range of materials in traditional and experimental ways, thinking flexibly and imaginatively about how form can convey deep meaning. Grade 5 students create macramé sculptures that reflect slaves finding freedom in Exodus, and via the Underground Railroad. Grade 8 students sculpt activists “praying with their feet,” reflecting deep understanding of AJ Heschel’s march with Martin Luther King Jr. and their commitment to social justice through action. Students’ work is displayed to the Heschel community, invoking further reflection and discussion, and elevating the importance of the arts within the school.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Our Kindergarten program is a bilingual (English-Hebrew), immersive program where students learn through hands-on activities, discussion and play. Lessons are multi-sensory. Our curriculum is organized according to generative topics that integrate learning across all disciplines. Building social and emotional skills is also at the forefront of the program.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      London International Academy

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      The Toronto Heschel School

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL 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”.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      In a safe, supportive environment, LIA will provide learning and living opportunities for all students to strive to realize excellence, their personal potential, and to develop an understanding of social responsibility and respect for individual and cultural differences. Our professional and highly motivated staff will challenge student thinking so they they will grow in knowledge through inquiry and quality learning, and foster interest and love of science, technology, and the arts.

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      Heschel's teaching methodology is based on the “Teaching for Understanding” model that originated at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Heschel teachers use many tools to achieve understanding, including the arts, multiple intelligences and multi-sensory learning. Children are taught in small skill groups, which provide each student with a high level of personal attention.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

      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:

    London International Academy

    The Toronto Heschel School

    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.
     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    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

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    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

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Information not available

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    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

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Each semester, teachers will indicate at-risk students and provide additional tutoring and counselling support.

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Small ratios, with capacity for accommodations for students with learning challenges and different learning styles. Generally do not provide one-on-one support outside of the classroom. Open to conversations with families about working together to meet the needs of children with exceptionalities \n\nhigh level of Hebrew fluency important; significant language difficulties may not be set up for success

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    London International Academy

    The Toronto Heschel School

    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

     

    London International Academy

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    The Toronto Heschel School

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL 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

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL 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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    London International Academy (LIA) is looking for well rounded students with a focus on academics, who wish to continue their studies to post-secondary education. A student will be successful at LIA if they are community minded, a global citizen with respect for individual and cultural differences.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    LONDON INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • completed application form
    • photocopy of your academic transcripts from your last two years of study 
    • photocopy of your passport
    • Skype interview with Admissions and Academic departments
    • application fee
    • tutition deposit 

    THE TORONTO HESCHEL SCHOOL

    Our admission process includes the following steps:

    1. Come and visit

    We encourage you to join us for a private tour or for an Open House to see for yourself what a Heschel education could mean for your child. Please contact the admissions office at 416-635-1876 ext. 334 or email [email protected] for further information.


    2. Application Form and Fee

    Please complete and submit the Application Form online, together with the Application Fee of $500 and all supporting documents, including report cards.


    3. Parent Meeting and Student Visit

    Depending on availability and eligibility, we may contact you to schedule a meeting between the parent(s) and the Head of School, as well as a time for the prospective student to visit Heschel. The purpose of the parent meeting and student visit is to ensure that the school is a good fit.


    4. Admission Decision

    Through our admission process, we liaise closely with applicants and their parents. Admissions decisions are based on various factors, including the best interests of the child and his/her family, and the school’s guiding principles. We will notify you in writing whether your child is being offered admission. For students entering JK, the admission process is expected to be completed by the end of January preceding their entry. For students entering other grades, most places will be awarded by April. If vacancies occur, we may accept additional students later in the year.


    5. Deposit

    Upon acceptance, the Application Fee of $500 will be applied as a deposit towards the tuition fee for the year of entry. No refund will be available after an offer of admission has been issued. If we do not admit your child to The Toronto Heschel School, for any reason, the $500 Application Fee will be refunded to you in its entirety.


    6. Tuition Assistance

    We are committed to removing financial barriers for families who choose to provide their child(ren) with a Heschel education. Applications for Tuition Subsidy are available after a student has received a Letter of Acceptance. Any questions about tuition assistance should be addressed to Mark Abramsohn, Director, Business Operations, at 416-635-1876 ext. 225 or [email protected].

     

    Should you have any questions regarding our admission process, please contact Bailey Daniels, Director of Admissions, at 416-635-1876 ext 334 or [email protected]




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