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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1994

     

    1987


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    950


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    Preschool to 11


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, 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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Physical
    The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."

    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

     

    9 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,800

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    63


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy

    KUPER ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    KUPER ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    KUPER ACADEMY

    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.

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Kuper was founded in 1986 as a means of providing an intensive, imaginative program for the early grades. The school has grown since then to include the upper grades, and housed within modern facilities, with physical expansion completed in 2008. The attention to an intensive curriculum remains, one that seeks to straddle the goals of a traditional liberal arts education with a range of 21st century literacies. While not expressly intended as a gifted program, the ideal student is one who is able to thrive within a traditional, challenging, yet diverse learning environment inclusive of a relatively large student body.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    KUPER ACADEMY

    • Integrated curriculum
    • Safe, suburban campus
    • After-school programs K4 to Grade 6
    • Advanced science and mathematics
    • Music, art and drama programs
    • Multiple French levels
    • Competitive sports
    • Educational travel

    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.

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy is a private, non-subsidized, coeducational preschool, elementary and secondary school serving the West Island of Montreal. A modern building complex situated on a six-acre campus provides a wealth of facilities, including two libraries, three gymnasiums, playing fields, three science and two computer laboratories. Kuper's reputation for academic excellence is built upon its challenging curriculum, the dedication of its staff and its positive learning environment.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy

    KUPER ACADEMY

    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

    We recognize that the selection of a school is an important decision for both you and your children. At Kuper Academy, we offer a challenging English academic program, French courses suited to individual ability, as well as a rich school life in a safe, suburban setting.

    Our teachers and staff guide our students as they move from childhood to young adulthood, preparing them to meet the challenges of life with confidence and enthusiasm. We always strive to ensure that each student enjoys academic success, experiences personal growth, and develops lasting friendships through participation in school activities.

    Welcome to our Kuper community!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Kuper Academy

      KUPER ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      KUPER ACADEMY

      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.

      KUPER 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.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      KUPER ACADEMY

      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.

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Kuper follows a traditional approach to learning that nurtures the relationship between the teacher and students. In the early elementary years learning is focused on the development of foundational skills, language, numeracy as well as exposure to physical and artistic activities. As learning progresses students continue to develop fundamental skills as well as become self reliant learners. In secondary school, grades 7 to 11, students are exposed to a structured six period school day focusing on the importance of self discipline. Learning is not limited to the classroom. It is reinforced at home through well thought out assignments.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        KUPER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Mathematics instruction follows two primary approaches, skills conceptual learning and problem solving. Students are expected to develop the mathematical concepts but must also apply these in the context of complex multi-layered problems. Hence reading skills are further developed within the mathematics context.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Students are encouraged to develop comfort with writing. Students at first learn to write imaginary words which become more robust as formal spelling is introduced. This is designed to nurture the passion for writing while introducing the rigor of formal structure.

      • Science

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        KUPER 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        KUPER ACADEMY

        The school places emphasis on experiment driven learning within the context of theoretical learning. In elementary, this is reflected in the bi-annual science fair. In senior school mandatory science fair participation obliges grade eight and advanced grade ten students to propose an original scientific experiment and present it in the annual science fair. Many students have gone on to provincial acclaim, some even starting commercial ventures based on their high school projects.


        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Traditional


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Focus is on students understanding and appreciating literature as a reflection of human thought and experience. Elementary students will study simple novels in the middle elementary years. Emphasis is placed on both comprehension and response to the narrative. In high school, students continue novel studies as well as yearly study of Shakespearean plays. Students become familiar with formal literature responses through structured writing.


        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        In addition to thematically studying social studies concepts in the context of history and geography, elementary students participate in a bi-annual international evening where each class studies a specific topic with the context of a broad theme. The class findings and projects are publicly displayed to the wider school community. Focus is to sensitize students to cultural sophistication within the school population.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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.

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Focus is on citizenship education centered on history and geography in the early high school years. Students are exposed to the study of world history and thematic geography. In the senior grades the study of history shifts to Canadian history with special emphasis on Quebec's particular situation. In the final year a special contemporary world course exposes students to issues of global interests.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        KUPER ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Spanish is taught in the first two years of high school, grade seven and eight. Students become conversationally functional and literate. Students are able to read and formulate coherent written sentences using the basic established grammatical conventions. French is NOT a foreign language and is taught at every grade to reflect the graduation requirements of the provincial ministerial requirements.


        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Arts education is a requirement at every grade level. This covers a wide range, including music and band, drama, dance, performing arts (Glee), and graphic arts. The focus is on students understanding the fundamentals of a specific discipline then learning to express these in the context of their own individual experience. For example, students may study a particular genre of painting and will be expected to apply this. Musical education/band allows students to learn to play a specific instrument within the context of the school's band program. In addition, school plays are performed at all levels, pre-school, elementary and high school.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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.

        KUPER ACADEMY

        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

        KUPER ACADEMY

        All classrooms are equipped with multi media projectors. In addition, students and teachers have access to various computing facilities, including labs and Ipad carts. Focus is technology as an adjunct to learning. Some students may also choose to follow more in depth programming and robotics courses in the later high school years.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Kuper Academy

        KUPER ACADEMY


        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.

        KUPER ACADEMY

        Focus at all levels is that students must be physically active in order to follow a health life style. Team and individual sports are practised. All instructors are also certified coaches who accompany students in formal sporting activities outside the classroom under the general umbrella of the Greater Montreal Athletics Association. It is of note that many Kuper students have achieved international acclaim within the sporting world.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Kuper Academy

      KUPER ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      KUPER ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Although social interaction plays an important role in the development of early learners, it is also important to awaken the intellectual curiosity of students through teacher guided activities. Letter and number recognition and mini word reading, are an integral part of the learning process. By the end of the year most students are able to read short basic stories in English. The program also introduces students to French language skills, focusing also on foundational vocabulary.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Kuper Academy

      KUPER ACADEMY


      Pace

      KUPER ACADEMY

      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).

      KUPER ACADEMY

      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

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Mathematics and French language instruction are streamed to reflect student ability and background. Math is enriched to incorporate calculus in grade 11 and students may be certified as native French speakers by ministry of education of the French Republic.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Kuper Academy

      KUPER ACADEMY


      Culture

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      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.

      KUPER ACADEMY

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      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.

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Focus is on students developing the foundational skills that result in academic excellence; specifically, self discipline and work ethic. Students are expected to complete daily homework and study as part of the educational process.


      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."

      KUPER ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Kuper Academy

      KUPER ACADEMY


      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."

      KUPER ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Physical
      The goal is to cultivate "strong, ?exible - bodied and active individuals, in tune with the joys of movement, sport and wellness."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      KUPER ACADEMY

      Kuper students are intellectually rigorous, hard working, ethically sound, generous and physically active.

  • 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

    Kuper Academy

    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

    Kuper Academy

    KUPER ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    KUPER ACADEMY

    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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    KUPER ACADEMY

    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

    KUPER ACADEMY

    At the elementary level, academic resource is available in order to bring students up to speed in the appropriate discipline. In high school students are expected to satisfy the academic requirements, though students may be given special accommodations in writing formal examinations, including, extra time and writing in isolation.


    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

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy recognizes that some students may require additional support in achieving their learning potential.. Specifically, a limited series of accommodations are available, including extra time on formal exams. Focus, remains, however, on students satisfying the school's academic expectations.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    McDonald International Academy

    Kuper Academy

    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

    Kuper Academy

    KUPER ACADEMY


    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

    KUPER 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


    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!

    KUPER ACADEMY

    • Kuper Academy has hosted Canadians of international notoriety through its unique Speaker Series. Studentsand parents have had the opportunity to meet Romeo Dallaire, David Frum, Margaret Somerville, Mark Kilburger, L Jacques Menard, Richard Pound, Herman Gruenwald, Lloyd Robertson, Brian Mulroney and most recently Gwynne Dyer. In addition, the Speaker Series rewards a graduating students who best espouses the Series' values.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    English Language Eligibility Certificate Required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No: grades K - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No: grades 7 - 11


     

    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.

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Kuper Academy chooses motivated students who are ready for a complete school experience. We expect them to pursue their studies diligently and to participate fully in all aspects of school life. They should be able to express themselves clearly in writing and demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning.

    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.

    KUPER ACADEMY

    For information about High School admission, please see: http://www.kuperacademy.ca/admissions/high-school-admissions-process For information about Elementary School admission, please see: http://www.kuperacademy.ca/admissions/elementary-school-admissions-process

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    KUPER ACADEMY

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Alex Radian (2004)
    Specializes in topics related to infectious disease, host defense and host-pathogen interactions. Undergrad from McGill University. PhD from Northwestern. Senior Life Sciences Consultant at Navigant.
    Mikhail Klassen (2003)
    PHD studies (McMaster University). Astrophysicist and co-founder/Chief Data Scientist at Paladin. Oversees the research and development of adaptive pilot and crew training technologies for the aerospace simulation and training industry.
    Ignacia Eugenin (2004)
    Pediatrician San Joaquin Medical Center, Chile. Graduated from with honors as the top student in her class at Pontifica Catholic University of Chile. Speaker for Emory University on autism.
    Kristofer Lachance (2006)
    McGill Law. Senior editor McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution. Stikeman Elliot.
    Tobias Klassen (2005)
    Baritone. Completed his Bachelor of Music, Voice and Opera at the Manhattan School of Music. Performs both a classic and contemporary repertoire. Part-owner of private vineyard estate in Mendoza.
    Marie-Philip Poulin (2007)
    Canadian ice hockey forward, Les Canadiennes. Star of Canada women's national ice hockey teams winning gold at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and 2014 Sochi. B.A. Boston University, Psychology.
    Louis Leblanc (2007)
    Selected 1st overall by the Montreal Canadiens. He then enrolled at Harvard University. Currently plays in the KHL.
    Eleanor Berryman (2004)
    Geochemist, Phd Candidate: Technische Universität Berlin & GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam. McGill University: Master of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences.



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