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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Albert College

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1994

     

    1857


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    270


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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


     

    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

     

    15


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    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

     

    $20,800

     

    $17,800 to $28,700


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $54,100 to $71,500


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    JK to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $7,746

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    18


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    30%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Albert College

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    information not available

    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.

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    When Albert College was founded, British North America was a group of colonies—confederation was still decades away—and Prince Albert, for who the school is named, was still alive. The college has had, clearly, a very long life, something that grants a unique life to the school and a unique perspective on learning. When students study WWII, for example, they learn about Lloyd George Bishop, an alumni who was killed in action in the first full year of that war. When they gather at the holidays, they sing the “Boar’s Head Carol,” just as their predecessors have done for, literally, more than a century. Yes, those are just details, but what they suggest to students can be quite galvanizing, namely that they are participating in something far larger than themselves. Moreover, the school, throughout its life, has remained at the leading edge of education in the country—when it was founded, it was co-ed, which was unusual for the time—offering a robust liberal arts education, with a focus on citizenship and character, preparing students for post-secondary study. Classes are small, the feel is close knit. More than ever, the school attracts a diverse student population, drawn from across Canada and around the world. The campus is very well appointed, with access to outdoor athletics and recreational spaces, and host to a long list of co-curricular activities. In every way, there's a lot to love.
     

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Albert College

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    • Over 160 years of experience
    • Student leadership
    • Dedicated faculty and staff
    • International student body from 15 nations
    • Inclusive, welcoming and supportive family environment
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) programming and instruction
    • Unique English Foundation Year (EFY) Program
    • 100% of graduates are attending post-secondary schools
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer School offered

    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.

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    At Albert College, every student, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 experience all 5 of Albert's 'A's that are integral to an Albert College education. Academics is, of course our primary focus, but all students participate in the Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure programming as well. We strive to inspire excellence in all 5 of the 'A's, ensuring students develop into well-rounded global citizens within our close family environment. Our students graduate as confident and courageous individuals who are well prepared for their post-secondary education and beyond.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Albert College

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    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

    Albert College is a wonderful day and international co-educational boarding school, steeped in history and tradition. Not only does it have a stellar reputation for preparing young people for university and for life, but Albert College is also recognized for developing global citizens within a close family environment. The international makeup of Albert College helps foster understanding and tolerance. As technological advances continue to make our world truly a global village, what better environment could there be in which to prepare students for the world that awaits them? 

    As a small Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 school, Albert provides opportunities for its students, which would be impossible in a larger school. With a focus on the 5 'A's: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure, our students have an incredibly wide array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities in these areas. Our objective is to help students polish talents and discover new ones all within a caring and nurturing environment that values individuality, compassion, integrity, and inclusiveness.
     
    You can find our beautiful 25-acre campus in Belleville, Ontario. Belleville is located on Lake Ontario with easy access to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Words and pictures can only begin to tell the story. It is my hope that soon you can visit us in person; you’ll be glad that you did!
     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Albert College

      ALBERT COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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.

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Albert College exceeds the standards set by the Ontario curriculum at every grade level. Students study with like-minded individuals who are encouraged to aim higher and succeed. Our graduates are well-prepared for post-secondary studies. Armed with knowledge and confidence, students graduate from Albert College determined and driven to take on the challenges that lie ahead in their post-secondary studies and beyond.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        At Albert College, students are provided with the traditional skills through both a procedural approach as well as inquiry-based learning. They expand upon their understandings of concepts through collaborative discussions in 'thinking classrooms.' Teachers are keen on making sure that students have the necessary tools to show their understandings by using appropriate assessment techniques to ensure greater appreciation for metacognitive processes.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Elementary school students use Jump Math as well as other online resources. We also use Nelson Mathematics throughout the Middle School. Teachers in the Senior School provide instruction based on a wide variety of resources tailored to the students' needs.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Graphing calculators are required throughout Grades 9 to 12.

      • Early Reading

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        At Albert College, we provide a phonics-intensive program, specifically at the younger ages (JK to Grade 1). We then switch to a balanced literacy approach. We supplement our already rich offerings with carefully selected programs that cater to various age levels in a differentiated manner.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Our phonics-intensive program goes hand-in-hand with our writing program. As students learn to read, they also practice writing with a kinaesthetic approach that transfers to pen and paper writing. More formal lessons in printing and cursive writing continue into the elementary grades where students are exposed to writing in various genres. They are also provided with many opportunities to cultivate their creative writing skills through imaginative free-writing.

      • Science

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Teachers favour an inquiry-based approach for teaching most curricula, including the sciences, as Albert College provides the necessary equipment to perform a deep/hands-on investigation into questions based around scientific concepts.


        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Being a school that emphasizes an academic stream, Albert College makes a concerted effort to ensure that students build the skills necessary to critically think about literature and write well-formulated essays on a variety topics.


        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        ALBERT COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Our social studies program consistently focusses on the value of understanding various types of communities—from local community organizations to examining Canada's impact in the global community. We use the Ontario curriculum as a guide to direct inquiry-based learning opportunities but we often diverge to explore topics that are related to the students' interests.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        At Albert College our teachers strive to build a passion for Social Studies through telling vivid stories that also build an appreciation for diverse perspectives. One topic will be looked at through a variety of lenses and visible thinking tools are used extensively along the way to help students create a working template to negotiate material.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        In our Junior School students are first introduced to French in our Kindergarten program to foster a curiosity and love for learning another language. Starting from Grade 1, the AIM method is utilized to help students build French mastery through song, drama, and movement. This approach blends nicely into the neurolinguistic approach that is offered our Middle and Senior School. We also have an extensive ESL program for students requiring support in their English Language Development from Grades 7 to 12.


        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        THE ARTS PROGRAM ENABLES STUDENTS TO BECOME CREATIVE, CONFIDENT INDIVIDUALS. Students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 participate and engage in artistic instruction. All classes are led by faculty, specialized artists and instructors and are tailored to each student’s abilities to ensure a challenging program. Specialized courses are offered at the Senior School for credit. School-wide events and drama productions, musical performance opportunities and art exhibits provide students the opportunity to share their talents and build their confidence in all areas of the arts. Students are exposed to the arts either in class or during Arts Period - a unique program that is offered three times per week, in addition to regular arts classes.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Medium 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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

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


        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

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        At Albert College, we have online working expectations through which students can seamlessly shift from being in-person to being at a distance as a learner. Digital citizenship concepts and understandings are integrated into our offerings as required for various age groups. The understandings are developed through class-wide and school-wide expectations and discussions.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Albert College

        ALBERT COLLEGE


        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.

        ALBERT COLLEGE

        Our athletes are coached by a dedicated group of staff and faculty members that are highly certified in their respective sports and tireless in their dedication and enthusiasm. Students are given the opportunity to play on a team, refine their skills, try new things and develop a healthy, active lifestyle. Our athletes compete regularly against teams from the Conference of Independent Schools and those in our local associations. Each term there is a wide range of athletic opportunities. Some are competitive, some developmental and some simply recreational. Specialized courses at the Senior School provide the students with an academic credit.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Albert College

      ALBERT COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      In Pre-Kindergarten children need a warm, inviting, accepting and supervised program that will stimulate their growth and development and maintain their curiosity about learning. Pre-K students experience active, experiential learning through play and a comprehensive, integrated curriculum of carefully-planned and child-centred daily activities. The purpose of the Pre-K program is to focus on the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional, and intellectual – in preparation for early and ongoing success in our formal Junior and Senior Kindergarten.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Albert College

      ALBERT COLLEGE


      Pace

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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).

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Albert College uses learning platforms that provide the students with the opportunity to explore the curriculum and monitor their learning progress at their own pace under the guidance and support of their teachers.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Albert College

      ALBERT COLLEGE


      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.

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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.

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Our focus is on an academic curriculum with the ultimate goal that students obtain an acceptance to a post-secondary program of their choice. Students are regularly recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.


      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."

      ALBERT COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Albert College

      ALBERT COLLEGE


      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."

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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."

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      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

      ALBERT COLLEGE

      Albert College grads are global citizens who are confident, open minded leaders of character and are prepared for post secondary education and life. Albert College grads are creative, inquisitive and innovative thinkers with a love and excitement for learning. Albert College grads are collaborative learners with a strong foundation for their ongoing educational journey. Albert College grads are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, exhibiting empathy and humility in their dealings with one another and with the world around them. Albert College grads are self-motivated problem solvers, aware of issues both locally and globally, who honour others similarities and differences and act with honesty and integrity while striving for a safe and welcoming community for all.

  • 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

    Albert College

    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

    Albert College

    ALBERT COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    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

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    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

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    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

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    We work with families to assess the needs of our students and we follow up on the recommendations and accommodations to provide the best support possible.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    McDonald International Academy

    Albert College

    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

    Albert College

    ALBERT COLLEGE


    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

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    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%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    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.

    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.

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    In order to complete the admission process the applicant is required to:

    • Complete our on line application ($100 CAN fee applies)
    • Provide past two-years academic reports*
    • Submit our teacher's evaluation*
    • Write our entrance test and complete an in person or video call interview (for students in Grades 7-12)
    • If the applicant's first language is not English they may be required to provide language test results (IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo)

    *IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE THESE DOCUMENTS AT THE TIME OF SUBMITTING THE ONLINE APPLICATION, PLEASE EMAIL THE DOCUMENTS IN PDF FORMAT TO [email protected]

    If you are not ready to apply, but would like to learn more about Albert College please submit an online inquiry and one of our Enrolment Associates will be in touch with you shortly.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ALBERT COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Prescott F. Cogswell (1882)
    Born in Thamesford, Ontario on October 23, 1859, Prescott moved to El Monte, California in 1882. Here he would distinguish himself in public service, business and industry.
    Herbert Norman (1929)
    Born on September 1, 1909 in Karuizawa, Japan to Methodist missionary parents, Herbert was to become a scholar, author, foreign service officer and a career diplomat.
    Alfred W. Purdie (1932)
    Born in Wooler, Ontario in 1918, Alfred (Al) is best known (along with Milton Acorn, Alden Nowlan and Patrick Lane) as a “working class” or “poet of the people” writer.
    Jean Pigott (1943)
    Born on June 3, 1924, Jean is a woman whose career has spanned business, government, education and politics.
    Lois M.R. Perinchief (1944)
    Ms. Perinchief, who was born and raised in St George’s, Bermuda made history in 1968 when she became Common Councillor for the Corporation of St George’s — the first woman to attain the position.
    Walter D. Baker (1950)
    Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1930, Walter was a Canadian parliamentarian and a lawyer. He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1972 and was re-elected three times.
    Thomas A. Buell (1951)
    Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1931, Thomas was a highly respected businessman and environmentalist.
    Cornelius F. Burk (1952)
    Born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1933, Cornelius (Neil) was employed by the Public Service of Canada as a geological research scientist.
    Paul D. Fleck (1952)
    Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1934, Paul became an English professor at the University of Western Ontario and later Head of the English Department.
    David S. Scott (1955)
    Born in Quebec City, Quebec, David joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1966 where he later became Department Chair in 1976.
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