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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    ABC Montessori

    ABC MONTESSORI

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1994

     

    1995


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    150


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 5


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Traditional, Montessori


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    10 to 20

     

    10 to 14


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     


     

    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,800

     

    $9,200 to $9,800


     

    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

     

    0

     

    15


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    ABC Montessori

    ABC MONTESSORI

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    ABC MONTESSORI

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    ABC MONTESSORI

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    McDonald was founded in 1994 to deliver a quality university preparation for students in Canada as well as those arriving from around the world. Ever since, it’s been doing exactly that. The school maintains a small, almost exclusive feel, especially when compared with some of the larger international schools found in Ontario and beyond. The two campuses augment that feel, and students enter a close-knit academic and social community. All of the important supports are in place to appeal to the international learner, from language support, to assistance with daily life, to university counselling. The downtown campus, perhaps especially, is proximate to a rich range of resources, including the nearby University of Toronto campus. The school prides itself on offering a strong academic basis for university entry, as well as a rich and rewarding social experience. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a very vibrant, diverse, challenging and urban academic context.

    ABC MONTESSORI

    There’s a lot to learn in the early years, one of them being a confidence to learn and to engage effectively with others. ABC, in keeping with the core tenets of the Montessori approach, was founded in 1995 to create a caring, supportive, family-centred environment, and that remains foremost in the school’s approach. An impressive roster of extracurricular activities is a draw, as is the attention to values. ABC’s reputation has been rightly gained through an individual attention to the needs of each student, and providing a solid foundation for their ongoing academic life.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    ABC Montessori

    ABC MONTESSORI

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    ABC MONTESSORI

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    Description

    Description

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Est. in 1994, McDonald International Academy (MIA) is a fully accredited secondary school with two campuses located in Downtown Toronto and North York. MIA is a vibrant academic and social community through a collaborative effort from teachers, staff and students. Since our inception, over 15,000 students from over 40 countries have graduated from MIA and successfully continued their post-secondary education in Canada and the USA. Over 20% of our graduates are offered university scholarships each year.

    ABC MONTESSORI

    Our goal is to provide every student with the most rewarding and fulfilling education experience. Recognized for academic excellence, ABC Montessori offers a developmental pre-CASA program, a modern Montessori program for students aged 2 to 5 years, and an enriched traditional elementary program from SK to grade 5. Our students excel academically through a rigorous study program and grow socially, emotionally, and physically through a variety of arts, athletic, and extracurricular activities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    ABC Montessori

    ABC MONTESSORI

    Message

    Welcome to McDonald International Academy, your home away from home. Our school offers a wide variety of programs and subjects: each with a stimulating curriculum taught by highly qualified, experienced, professional educators who help our students succeed - not only in our school, but also in the future studies and career paths they choose after completing their studies at MIA.

    Our school promotes more than academic excellence. We know that students' moral is important too, so we provide a pleasant atmosphere where students can thrive socially in a secure environment. Students tell me how much they like McDonald international Academy and how rewarding this time in their lives has been. I trust that you, too, will greatly enjoy and benefit from your time here.

    Your principal and friend,

    Mr. Fraser Rose

    ABC Montessori is an academic school with an educational philosophy based on the development of the whole child. We believe in helping a child to develop academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. In addition to teaching academic subject matter, students at ABC Montessori are taught practical life and social skills, good work habits, time management, and respect of others and the environment.

    At ABC Montessori, we offer our toddler and CASA students a hybrid learning approach which includes the use of Montessori materials and traditional learning materials and methods.  Our Elementary students undergo an advanced traditional curriculum based on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s base curriculum.

    As a parent, you likely worry not only about your child’s academic success, but also about the social and physical environment of the school where he or she spends their day and about the teachers who are responsible for their learning and care. At ABC Montessori, our foremost priorities are to provide students with a friendly, nurturing and supportive school atmosphere and teachers who are caring, encouraging and dedicated to the overall success of every student.

    ABC Montessori has a strict code of conduct that all students must follow.  Students are taught to respect their teachers and classmates and how to behave in the classroom.  Teaching a student respect, good manners, and how to conduct themselves is a cooperative effort between the school and parents and is a part of a student’s overall education. ABC Montessori does not tolerate physical or verbal abuse by anyone. Any student who abuses or causes harm to another student, or teacher, will not be permitted to continue at ABC Montessori.

    Every student is an individual with a unique personality. We understand that each student learns at a different pace, and has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, interests, likes and dislikes and personal habits. Students receive a great deal of personal attention in the classroom; thus, the teachers have a good understanding of each student’s academic as well as social requirements. Teachers can assess the progress and understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses much more accurately by spending quality time with each individual student.

    Every child deserves the support, encouragement and the opportunity to reach their full potential. At ABC Montessori, we promise to provide every student with the opportunity to succeed by giving him or her tools to build a strong foundation, in an environment that is stimulating, challenging, and very supportive. It is our goal to make every student’s experience at ABC Montessori as rewarding and fulfilling as possible.

    At ABC Montessori, we believe that education is the foundation for life. The education that a child receives at an early age, along with his or her home life, are the most important factors in determining   his or her future.  The   impact of early education is   felt throughout   a person’s life.   A child’s school experience must be positive and fulfilling. We believe   that  the   responsibility  of  ensuring  that a child receives  a  good  education   is  shared  by  the school  and  parents jointly. We  believe  that  building  self-confidence,  independence   and   motivation  will  give  a  person the   ability to   attempt   new   things, be  a  leader  and  to always  put forth  their  best  effort.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      ABC Montessori

      ABC MONTESSORI


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional

      ABC MONTESSORI

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ABC MONTESSORI

      Montessori


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      MCDONALD 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.

      ABC MONTESSORI

      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

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      ABC MONTESSORI

      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.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      MIA implements guidelines from the Ontario Ministry of Education and works with various education consultants that help guide our teachers and staff. MIA also believes learning extends beyond the classroom and incorporates many field trips throughout the year to facilitate real world learning. A variety of courses are offered at MIA, enabling students to take the specific subjects required to prepare them for their post-secondary education.

      ABC MONTESSORI

      We offer a modern montessori program for children aged 2.5 yrs to 5 years. In their senior kindergarten year, the students reduce their reliance on montessori materials in favour of a more traiditional approach in time for their entry into Grade 1. From Grade 1 onward, our curriculum is academically intense and one that focuses on the basics of writing, reading, communication, and numeracy. Students learn traditional subjects such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, French, Art, Music, and Physical Education.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Our Math curriculum is focused on perfecting the basics. A thorough combination of exercises and problem solving help the student to solidify the Math base which will aid them in understanding future concepts much better.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        We utilize the "Math Advantage" series of textbooks.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Students are not allowed to use calculators. They are encouraged to be able to think on their feet and to work though mathematical calculations using their mathematical abilities only.

      • Early Reading

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Teachers present the reading curriculum using the phonics approach. Children learn to "sound-out" words using the concept of blending consonants and vowels. By using this approach, students learn to read any word. As the years progress, students have ample opportunities to read daily and to improve their reading and comprehension skills


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Students learn to write short sentences at the JK level and progress to writing short journals at the SK level. At the Grade 1 level, students begin to learn how to write book reports and answer reading comprehension questions. As students progress through the grades up to Grade 5, students are presented with ample opportunities to write many different types of writing including descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository.

      • Science

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        MCDONALD 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.

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Our Science program is theme based and students explore the various themes at each grade level through the inquiry approach, often resorting to experiments to help them learn about the themes.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Students at the Grade 4 and 5 level dwell into novel studies, reading and studying in depth one novel per term. Each novel is dissected to help students explore the literature by exploring not only the facts, but also symbolism and imagery.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

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

      • Social Studies

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ABC MONTESSORI

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        The Social Studies curriculum focuses on Canada and its people; however, as the students progress, activities help to tie in the rest of the world. Students learn not only about Canadian geography and history but also the history and geography of the countries from where Canada's immigration originated.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Our French program commences at the pre-school level and its main objective is to have the students become familiar with the language, both phonetically and grammatically. Through a mix of grammar lessons, oral lessons, reading, and writing, students become proficient in the French language so that they are able to converse, read, and write the language with reasonable fluency at the Grade 5 level.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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)

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Every class integrates the subject of arts to include visual arts, dance, drama, and music. Students explore various mediums of visual arts through out the year and tie these explorations with various themes during the year. Our drama, dance, and music program culminates into a fantastic Concert each year in which, every student participates and learns to appreciate the various cultures represented at our school.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        ABC MONTESSORI

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ABC MONTESSORI

        As a pre-school, kindergarten, and lower elementary school, technology use is still at its infancy. We believe that students must first perfect their ability to read and comprehend before they learn to use technology in the classroom. As students progress to our upper grades 4 and 5, the use of computers are encouraged to supplement research for project and to produce research reports.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ABC MONTESSORI

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        ABC Montessori

        ABC MONTESSORI


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        The instruction emphasizes constructive teaching and experimental learning. All activities are designed to ensure students' physical and emotional safety, engaging and encouraging learning experiences to meet diverse individual needs and abilities.

        ABC MONTESSORI

        The objective of the physical education program is to help students improve their fine motor and gross motor skills, while improving their strength, flexibility, and fitness as they grow. Various routines are taught to address our objective and game play is introduced to further enhance the program.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      ABC Montessori

      ABC MONTESSORI


      Approach

      Approach

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      ABC MONTESSORI

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      ABC 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ABC MONTESSORI

      Our CASA program is much more academic focused than the traditional material-only based Montessori program. Students work with textbooks, workbooks and readers as well as the Montessori materials and related activities. Language and math are the core of the curriculum.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      ABC Montessori

      ABC MONTESSORI


      Pace

      ABC MONTESSORI

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      ABC MONTESSORI

      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

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ABC MONTESSORI

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      ABC Montessori

      ABC MONTESSORI


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      ABC MONTESSORI

      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

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      MIA is a student's home away from home where the students, teachers and staff make up one big family. We believe strongly in helping students beyond the classroom by providing constant emotional support and individualized care.

      ABC MONTESSORI

      The academic culture at our school is strong. Our main focus on the whole schooling approach is highly academic.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      ABC MONTESSORI

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      ABC Montessori

      ABC MONTESSORI


      Primary

      Primary

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      ABC MONTESSORI

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      ABC MONTESSORI

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ABC MONTESSORI

      We are committed to academic excellence, personal growth and most importantly, fostering a love for learning.

  • 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:

    McDonald International Academy

    ABC Montessori

    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.
     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    ABC Montessori

    ABC MONTESSORI


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ABC MONTESSORI

    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

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ABC MONTESSORI

    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

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Information not available

    ABC MONTESSORI

    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

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Information not available

    ABC MONTESSORI

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    McDonald International Academy

    ABC Montessori

    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

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    ABC Montessori

    ABC MONTESSORI


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    MCDONALD 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

    ABC MONTESSORI

    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

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    • Students are grouped into 4 different houses at the beginning of each school year. These houses compete regularly in a variety of games throughout the year to promote comradery and friendly competition amongst our students.
    • Clubs are an integral part of MIA's social fabric. They are created and maintained by both staff and students. Everyone is always encouraged to join at least one club!
    • MIA has many field trips throughout the school year to facilitate learning outside the class room.
    • School trips are often organized to places such as Centre Island, ice skating at City Hall and the Toronto Beaches just to name a few!
    • Fun times and new friends are always made at our Welcome Party, Halloween Party and Christmas Party!
    • Our annual Prom is always the social event of the year at MIA and cannot be missed!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 5


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    We are looking for inquisitive and socially active students from a diverse cultural background.

    ABC MONTESSORI

    Our students have a natural curiosity for learning and are well adjusted individuals who exhibit good behaviour and a sense of respect for their teachers and classmates alike. We believe that a well adjusted and well mannered child will have the necessary traits to gain the most out of their classroom exposure.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Students need to complete the application form and submit copies of their most up to date transcripts, identification documents (such as passport), and study permit if applicable. Students from overseas must allow for enough time for visa application as times can vary per country. Our school can help process visa applications upon request.

    Students will need an English Assessment Test once registered. Math Assessment Tests may also be required.

    For further assistance, please contact us at 1-416-322-1502.

    ABC MONTESSORI

    For students entering Grades 1 to 5, an entrance assessment covering reading, writing, and numeracy is administered. Following a successful assessment, an admission offer is presented and parents may subsequently prepare the application package available at http://www.abcmontessori.com/elementary_admissions.htm for elementary applications or http://www.abcmontessori.com/Casa_admissions.htm for nursery, preschool, and kindergarten applications.




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