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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Havergal College

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1994

     

    1894


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    950


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Girls


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    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

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    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

     

    18 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     


     

    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

     

    $35,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $64,000


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    7%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    7 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $16,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    63


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    5%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    30%


     

    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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Havergal College

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Founded in 1894, Havergal is one of the oldest girls' schools in Canada, and it shares a tradition with those of its vintage. The school was formed with a strong tie to a religious community—though, even then, it was looking beyond tradition, charting new territory for girls to occupy. As such, the school was disruptive, educating girls to take new, more robust roles within society. Famously, the first principal, Ellen Mary Knox, asked her students, "What are you going to do?" She meant it very much in the way we'd think of that question today: you've got an opportunity to do something, to play a role—what is it going to be? Knox was emblematic of the kinds of women who were leading schools at the time. In turn, they played a larger role in the development of education in Canada than their male counterparts did. All of this is important in that it really does underscore the goals of the school today: to challenge girls, and to be socially disruptive in the best sense of that term. It's easy for us to look back and see that girls' schools were necessary all those years ago. What Havergal continues to demonstrate—as do other schools that operate with the same goals and intentions—is that they remain necessary today. The current principal is Catherine Misson, who assumed the role in 2019 as the school’s 12th principal.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Havergal College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    "The school has harnessed many of our daughter's positive traits and stimulated her growth and development, not just academically, but socially, emotionally, and physically."
    robert gabor - Parent   (Sep 12, 2018)
    Our daughter has had a wonderful time in her three years at Havergal, and is very excited about comp...
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    "...it is these types of special moments and acts of kindness from the faculty and staff that make Havergal stand out above all the other schools."
    Ruth Ley - Parent   (May 29, 2019)
    My daughter loves attending Havergal and each year gets better for her! She looks forward to each an...
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    "We have always had very good communication with teachers at Havergal. We feel the teachers do a great job of appropriately challenging and supporting our..."
    Dana Rippon - Parent   (May 29, 2019)
    My daughter loves being a student at Havergal College. She really enjoys all of her classes and and...
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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.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Founded in 1894, Havergal is one of the oldest girls' schools in Canada, and it shares a tradition with those of its vintage. The school was formed with a strong tie to a religious community though, even then, was looking beyond tradition, charting new territory, as it were, for girls to occupy. As such, the school was disruptive, educating girls to take new, more robust roles within society. Famously the first principal, Ellen Mary Knox, asked her students "What are you going to do?" She meant it very much in the way we'd think of that question today: you've got an opportunity to do something, to play a role, what is it going to be? Knox was emblematic of the kinds of women who were leading schools at the time. In turn, they played a larger role in the development of education in Canada than their male counterparts did. All of this is important in that it really does underwrite the goals of the school today: to challenge girls, and to be socially disruptive in the best sense of that term. It's easy for us to look back and see that girls' schools were necessary all those years ago. What Havergal continues to demonstrate—as other schools that operate with the same goals and intentions—is that they remain necessary today.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Havergal College

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    • Beautiful 22-acre campus in the heart of Toronto.
    • Innovative curriculum and future-ready programming for students.
    • Small class sizes with a focus on wellness and student agency.
    • Award-winning Art, Music and Drama departments.
    • More than 80 co-curricular athletic teams.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered.
    • Supportive Boarding School community.
    • Scholarships and bursaries available.

    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.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    At Havergal College, each student is supported to make empowering choices and become the architect of her education. An all-girls school (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) in Toronto, Ontario, Havergal offers a rigorous curriculum designed around the pillars of academics and wellbeing. In collaboration with mentors, teachers and a supportive peer community, our students learn new ways to express themselves with creativity, enthusiasm and self-confidence. A Havergal alumna is connected for life to our network of Old Girls from diverse career portfolios spanning the globe. She graduates with an inquiry mindset, ready to solve problems and meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world. Learn more at havergal.on.ca.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Havergal College

    HAVERGAL 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

    For over 100 years, Havergal College has provided young women with an exceptional education in an environment that encourages both inquiry and curiosity, and celebrates community. In 1894, Havergal’s founding principal, Ellen Knox, defined the school’s mission with the question she posed to her students -- “What will you do?”

    That question continues to guide Havergal and its students through the challenges that come from a constantly changing world. Its influence is evident in our students and graduates to this day: women making a difference for good in the world by living their lives with purpose and as involved citizens.

    I encourage you to visit our beautiful 22-acre campus, to tour both our heritage and contemporary buildings and to speak with our faculty and students to see, first-hand, the benefits of a Havergal education.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Havergal College

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      HAVERGAL 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.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      HAVERGAL 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.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Our liberal arts program meets and exceeds the expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. All courses are university preparatory and are at the advanced level. A credit is granted with the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 has been scheduled. Many students elect to write Advanced Placement exams. Upon graduation, students receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. A Havergal education prepares students for a lifetime of learning, leadership and limitless possibilities. In a university preparatory school with rigorous academic standards, Havergal's students are challenged to reach their full academic potential. Learning is increasingly independent, fostering academic achievements while supporting students in their different interests and talents. Havergal students graduate as informed and responsive global citizens, ready to meet the challenges of university study in Canada and abroad.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Science

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        At Havergal, we are committed to developing young women with strong problem-solving skills and analytic abilities. We prepare our students for the rigors of post-secondary science education while nurturing a sense of wonder about the natural world around us. Our science programs not only encourage inquiry and exploration of ideas, but also provide challenging content in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Havergal students must be able to make informed decisions about the impact of science and technology as well as about environmental issues. These decisions can only be made with a solid understanding of the science involved. Evolution is the foundational biological theory and is taught as such.


        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

        HAVERGAL 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

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Havergal's approach to teaching is based on extensive research on how girls learn best. In the Senior School classroom, emphasis is placed on synthesizing and evaluating information to gain a deeper understanding of each subject area. Students construct meaning and understanding as they consider conflicting interpretations, arrive at their own informed opinions and actively participate in cross-discipline learning.


        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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        In our Junior School programs, teachers work in teams to develop themes across subject areas. Teachers continually monitor each student's progress and encourage her individual potential as she engages in learning that is increasingly independent and interdisciplinary. Each girls develops the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for further learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        The Social Sciences Department at Havergal offers courses in modern and ancient history, physical and human geography, law, economics and philosophy. At all grade levels, the approach in our courses is to treat historical subjects and current events not as facts to be memorized but as issues to be examined and resolved. We view our subjects as a record of the human condition and its ability to adapt to changing environmental, political, economic and social forces. Our collective aim is to prepare students for continued success in post-secondary education and to remain informed and active citizens in their present and future communities.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Havergal College teaches languages to young women so they will excel beyond mere linguistic competence and expression and begin to think about, imagine, participate in and understand the complex and diverse world beyond their own linguistic community. The learning of languages is not just central to establishing a more civil, just and equitable world; it is the essential golden key that will help prepare young women to make a difference.


        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

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Throughout a student’s experience at Havergal, she is able to explore a broad range of the Arts including dance, drama, music and visual art. At all grades, instruction and direction is provided by specialist teachers or practicing artists who possess a depth of knowledge, a genuine desire to inspire a love the arts in others and continued practice in their field.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL 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

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Havergal offers e-Learning courses through the eLearning Consortium Canada (ELCC), providing our ELCC students with a high level of student monitoring and support. In the Upper School, students can choose from a range of multimedia and computer science courses. In both the Junior and Upper Schools, our faculty incorporates technology into learning when relevant.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Havergal College

        HAVERGAL 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.

        HAVERGAL COLLEGE

        The Health and Physical Education program allows each Havergal student to develop an active and healthy lifestyle through participation in the various activities offered from Grades 7 to 12. Through their active involvement, students will have the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem and physical abilities that will enhance their personal growth. The Grade 7, 8 and 9 programs teach these elements through traditional sports, water activities, fitness activities and initiative and team-building tasks. The health units prepare students to make healthy choices. Topics include healthy eating, growth and development, healthy sexuality, personal safety and injury prevention and substance use and abuse. Health and Physical Education students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 explore and develop leadership skills through challenging individual and group activities. They practice self-assessment and goal setting and gain the knowledge, skills and understanding for healthy living.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Havergal College

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      HAVERGAL 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

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      We have a play-based program with a focus on academics. Students are supported in learning literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and social interaction skills.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Havergal College

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE


      Pace

      HAVERGAL 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).

      HAVERGAL 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

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Havergal provides "Reach Ahead" credits in French and Math to allow capable student to challenge themselves by taking a course the grade ahead.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Havergal College

      HAVERGAL 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.

      HAVERGAL 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.

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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."

      HAVERGAL COLLEGE

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

  • 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

    Havergal 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

    Havergal College

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HAVERGAL 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

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HAVERGAL 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

    HAVERGAL 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

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    We are responsible for student learning. Students are supported to the best of their ability and with accommodation. We have students with learning disabilities who do well with accommodations.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    McDonald International Academy

    Havergal 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

    Havergal College

    HAVERGAL 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

    HAVERGAL 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!

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    • Havergal offers more than 80 co-curricular athletic teams for students to join.
    • Havergal has a very strong music program and there are several groups that a student may join.
    • Havergal College offers an exemplary range of student-led clubs to cater to our diverse student body.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    30%


     

    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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 01, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 7


     

    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.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    A Havergal girl is a well-rounded individual who balances a wide variety of opportunities and feels connected to her community and experiences personal fulfillment and meaning in her individual choices. She is not afraid to ask questions and take risks. She is an excellent communicator who is adaptable and confident. She balances a variety of opportunities while living her life with compassion and integrity, knowing she possesses the academic and life skills to make a difference.

    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.

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    How to Apply for September 2021 – Applications open August 24, 2020
    We are delighted that you are considering Havergal for your daughter and the Admission team is here to help make the process a positive and supportive one. Our aim is for every family to receive all of the information they need to make a good decision for their daughter. The girls who apply to Havergal will have opportunities to express themselves in a variety of settings. Our role is to ensure that at each stage, applicants know we are looking for what would make them successful at Havergal.

    It is important to note that the assessment process is different at each entry level. Assessments are specifically geared to the age and stage of development of the girls applying. For detailed information about specific requirements for admission, please select your daughter’s grade of interest.

    Please Note: due to limited space available at non-entry levels, selected candidates will be contacted after the assessment date or once SSAT results are received.

    English Requirements
    Havergal does not offer an ESL program. In order for students to be successful at Havergal, they must be able to demonstrate fluency in both oral and written communication. Applicants applying to Grades 4 through 11 whose first language is not English may be required to complete an English proficiency test. Testing is grade-specific and details can be found under each grade’s application page.

    Looking for More Information?
    Please see our Virtual Admission Center to see our virtual tour and to connect with a member of our Admission team.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    HAVERGAL COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Alexandrine Gibb (1908)
    Professional female basketball player, manager of the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in 1928, sports reporter and assistant sports editor for the Toronto Daily Star.
    Nena Sedgwick Marsden (1943)
    Founder of the Georgina Historical Society, has worked to preserve historical icons in Georgina, Ontario for 40+ years. Nena received the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.
    Marcia Lamont Scott (1943)
    The first woman graduate in civil engineering in the province of Ontario.
    Betty Jean Ingraham Bankes (1945)
    In Canada, Europe and the U.S., she has been involved in camp experiences for inner-city children, accessibility for disabled individuals in their communities and various United Nations initiatives.
    Elizabeth Mason (1945)
    Donated +23 acres of land on Chief’s Island to The Muskoka Conservancy to create the Campbell-Mason Nature Reserve, ensuring that the property will remain in its natural state forever.
    Teresa Woods Snelgrove (1964)
    Co-founder of Timothy’s World Coffee (1975), she changed the way in which people consume coffee. Her current company ProFitHR provides skills assessment tools for both employment and professional school admissions.
    Rosemarie Tovell (1965)
    The first woman curator of the Canadian Prints and Drawings Collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Also an author who received the Ewell L. Newman Book Award.
    Paula Cox (1976)
    Premier of Bermuda from 2010 to 2012.
    Carol Welsman (1978)
    An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and pianist and six-time Juno Award nominee (winning Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 National Jazz Awards).
    Linda Frum (1981)
    The Honourable Linda Frum is the first Havergal graduate to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is also a distinguished Canadian journalist, author and philanthropist.
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