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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Nancy Campbell Academy

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1994

     

    1994


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    Varies


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    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."

    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

     

    5 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,800

     

    $13,750


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $28,325 to $34,325


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    15%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $11,700

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    0


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Nancy Campbell Academy

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    "The school has a unique educational sense and a commitment to the development of our children's education..."
    Walquiria Francato - Parent   (Nov 06, 2019)
    Nancy Campbell Academy for My Daughter and Family is the realization of a dream. The school has a u...
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    "The school staff cares deeply about the student body's well-being. There are constant consultations and actions being put into place..."
    Gabriel Quinn - Alumnus   (Nov 06, 2019)
    My experience attending Nancy Campbell spanned from age 15 to 18 and were the most formative years o...
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    "My child used to be shy, reluctant to talk, but changed a lot after attending NCA."
    Angela Zhang - Parent   (Nov 19, 2019)
    My child enjoyed and appreciated the warm, family-like atmosphere and a solid academic foundation at...
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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.

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    Founded in 1994, Nancy Campbell Academy is a preparatory school intending to provide a strong academic program, a foundation in character development, and to deliver students prepared to succeed in university. Gordon Naylor, the founder, remains as principal, giving valuable consistency to leadership. Over that time, curriculum was developed to address the overarching concepts of world citizenship, consistent with the provisions of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It can risk sounding lofty, though the school works to ground those ideals within the day to day. “If we can create an environment that is based in an ethical way of doing things,” says Naylor, “then we can demonstrate what we’re about, rather than just posting something on the wall saying this is what we’d like to be.” Certainly, reports from students, parents, and alumni vouch for the success of the approach. Students are encouraged not just to consider the concepts of ethical citizenship, but to think about what they, personally, can bring to the world. Academic achievement is a source of social capital within the setting; this is a place where it’s very much cool to be smart, engaged, and curious. The student body is diverse, and the program is designed specifically to address the needs of international learners arriving from overseas. The program, in turn, is strengthened by the breadth of and diversity of perspectives that they bring with them. The size of the student population—enrolment averages 80 students across the secondary grades—ensures that every member is known to faculty and peers, and feels part of the school community.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Nancy Campbell Academy

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    information not available

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    • Academic excellence
    • Small classes
    • Over 95 per cent university placement
    • Character-building
    • Virtues & Leadership Capabiliies
    • Non-denominational
    • Mentorship Program
    • International Service Trips
    • ESL Program
    • Scholarships & 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.

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    NCA offers a superior education with its unique education model that prepares students for a competitive university market. Students learn to find purpose in their academic and extra-curricular pursuits. With purpose, students are happier and life often feels more manageable making it easier to do better, even in academics. Our program of academic excellence blends the sciences and arts like no other institution. NCA delivers a learning experience that develops the capacities of young people to be future leaders.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    McDonald International Academy

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Nancy Campbell Academy

    NANCY CAMPBELL 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

    From Shanghai to Paris, from the Canadian Arctic to Argentina, Nancy

    Campbell Academy has welcomed students from all over the world to

    experience authentic happiness. As they pursue their academic studies they are

    morally strengthened by our capacity-building programme. By strengthening

    their ethical capability they are well prepared to make a difference to their

    families, their communities and the world!

    It is through the experience of learning to be of service to others as an integral

    centre of our curriculum that they build on their strengths. Giving creates

    happiness and joy. On our foundation of ‘Nineteen Moral Capabilities’, students

    develop positive qualities, attitudes and skills while gaining insight thus motivating them to

    build their inner moral architecture, so necessary to be successful.

    We have demonstrated our capacity to inspire leaders of the future. Our students do their

    best to contribute meaningfully, while achieving excellence in their academics! In the spirit of

    the pursuit of happiness through service to humankind we are confident students will be

    inspired to learn, to grow and achieve their true potential!

    Warm Regards

    Gordon Naylor

    Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Nancy Campbell Academy

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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.

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

      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

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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.

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

      At NCA fulfillment through capacity building is an essential element of a learning environment in which youth are motivated to strive for academic excellence. As youth are equipped with the conceptual framework, knowledge, and skills required to help their communities, they, in turn, gain the confidence, discipline, sense of purpose and focus required to excel academically. Choosing happiness is part of what we teach. When students are happy and at ease, the intellect is keener and the mind is better able to pursue excellence. Using the Ontario Ministry Curriculum, teachers strive to develop academic integrity. NCA students enjoy a safe and encouraging environment in which they can grow to understand that the purpose of studying the arts and sciences is to benefit the world.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy offers a blended Math program. Our advantage of small class sizes and mentorship allows teachers to build knowing relationships with your child. That strong rapport enables the teacher to differentiate instruction of the curriculum according to each student's needs. This enables your child to feel comfortable, engaged, and encourages continual learning in the mathematics classroom.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        In the delivery of the Ontario Ministry of Education, curriculum NCA uses the textbooks approved by the Ministry. A complete list can be found on their website by clicking on the Ontario Trillium list. This list is continuously updated.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Information not available

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        It is important that students have mathematical literacy and fluency so they are not dependent on calculators for simple mathematics. However, learning to use calculators quickly and effectively is important to be successful in many university math courses.

      • Science

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        NANCY CAMPBELL 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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        At Nancy Campbell Academy, students are exposed to an equal balance of inquiry and expository based sciences, in all streams (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space). In all streams, students are asked to explore the unknown with an inquisitive mind and are encouraged to ask questions and search for answers.


        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

        NANCY CAMPBELL 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

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Using the Ontario Curriculum, our teachers help Grades 9-12 students become adept in four strands of communication, including oral speaking and listening, reading, wring, and media. We expose students to a range of literary forms from various time periods and nations and encourage them to think critically about these texts' relationships to historical context, social justice issues, and to the students' own understanding of the world. Every grade builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the preceding grade. We review and add to a list of literary devices required for conducting literary analysis in oral discussion and writing. With each successive grade, students also engage in a more rigorous process of essay planning and writing. Finally, students acquire increasingly sophisticated skills in processing, research, and presenting that are needed in post-secondary and in the workplace.


        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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

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

      • Foreign Languages

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        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.

        NANCY CAMPBELL 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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        At Nancy Campbell Academy, Grade 9 Core French is offered. The course follows the Ontario French as a Second Language curriculum. The four areas emphasized are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. These skills are developed in order to use them for understanding, interacting and to promote intercultural understanding. The ESL program teaches Listening and Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Socio-Cultural Competence and Media Literacy. Furthermore the 19 Moral Principles that serve as the foundation to Nancy Campbell are included throughout these four traditional strands. Students enjoy the benefits of small group instruction, which include frequent opportunities to speak and one on one attention from the teacher. ESL is offered grade 9 to 12 in addition to our summer camp ESL credit program and our after school tutor program aimed at assisting ESL students with any of there current courses at all levels.


        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

        NANCY CAMPBELL 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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

        NANCY CAMPBELL 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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Art connects us across barriers of time, space, and language. It celebrates our diversity, brings beauty into the world, and can promote the noblest ideals of humanity. The arts come to life and fulfill their highest purpose when they contribute to the advancement of society and the betterment of the world. Arts Programs at Nancy Campbell Academy provides students with opportunities to develop their skills and capacities in various branches of the arts, cultivate their aesthetic sensibilities, and explore their own creativity. Emphasis is placed on positive personal transformation through the practice of focus, self-discipline, collaboration, and courage to push beyond personal boundaries. Our goal is to cultivate responsible young artists with a desire to use their artistic talents and capacities to enrich their lives and contribute to the lives of others.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Heavy 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.

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        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

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        All of our teachers are integrating technology into the classroom across every subject. A few courses revolve heavily around technology including "Introduction to Computer Studies" and "Communications Technology". Hardware and software are both used and learned in this courses to achieve a variety of goals including taking apart a computer and putting it back together, coding a game from scratch, recording and editing video, audio, and pictures, 3D design, and website implementation.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        McDonald International Academy

        MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

        Nancy Campbell Academy

        NANCY CAMPBELL 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.

        NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

        At Nancy Campbell Academy, students are encouraged to live a well-balanced life. As part of this, students are required to take one physical education course. This course allows students to participate in a wide variety of activities, allowing them to work individually and as part of a group to expand their capacity and understanding of the importance of being physically healthy. This course also exposes the students to the requirements of a healthy balanced life.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Nancy Campbell Academy

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


      Pace

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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).

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

      Students are given the opportunity to take courses online, pursue co-ops, and engage in internships in keeping with their unique interests, schedules, and goals. Those pursuing independent learning are paired with mentor teachers who are experienced in the subject matter and oversee the successful completion of the course.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      McDonald International Academy

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Nancy Campbell Academy

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


      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.

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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.

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

      At NCA it is expected that all students strive for academic excellence, cultivate discipline, and achieve high standards. In today's overly competitive environments that consider discouragement and criticism to be the norm, we stand apart by fostering encouragement combined with high standards. NCA students achieve distinction because they are motivated and happy. They seek out opportunities to support one another, realizing that the fulfillment of the unique potential of their friends and class-mates is important too. Our school prides itself in fostering a supportive and distinct learning environment, which promotes academic excellence within a framework of happiness and moral leadership.


      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."

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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

      Nancy Campbell Academy

      NANCY CAMPBELL 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."

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

      Information not available

      NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

      Our unique educational model and school environment transform students. We consider intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development as synergistic and inter-related. The discipline required for athletic sports, artistic pursuits, and moral leadership enable students to build capacity in multiple areas of their lives including academics. Every NCA student has the right to be one of tomorrow's leaders, and our program helps shape them into thoughtful, empowered, and high achieving young people.

  • 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

    Nancy Campbell 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

    Nancy Campbell Academy

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    NANCY CAMPBELL 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

     

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    NANCY CAMPBELL 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

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    We individualize learning strategies to match the strengths and needs of our students. All modifications and accommodations are on a case by case basis. Students who have behavioural or learning challenges are embraced just as gifted students are encouraged and enabled to be at their best.


    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

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    We believe all students have the potential to excel academically. We provide extra support to help all students achieve their best. If a learning disability is diagnosed while in our school, we support that student through his or her new diagnosis and equip them with the tools needed to succeed. Students who have a learning disability may apply to our school. We would prefer to know about their needs prior to admission so we may plan and support them further.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    McDonald International Academy

    Nancy Campbell 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

    Nancy Campbell Academy

    NANCY CAMPBELL 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

    NANCY CAMPBELL 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!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    9, 10, 11, 12

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

    What the school says

    What the school says

    MCDONALD INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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

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

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

    NANCY CAMPBELL ACADEMY

    Admission is based on three main components, the application and supporting documents, academic standing and an interview (character and conduct, goals and attitudes, placement compatibility). 

    Admission Procedure 

    Admission into Nancy Campbell Academy requires:

    Step 1: Complete this application and return to the school with a copy of the applicant’s most

    recent transcript or report cards from the previous school (previous 2 years) and a photocopy of

    passport (photo page only) and immunization record.

    Step 2: Documents are reviewed and the interview is scheduled for the student.

    Step 3: An Invoice for the deposit is issued to the student with instructions on how to pay.

    Step 4: Applicant is interviewed by the Principal or Vice-Principal (personal, telephone or skype).

    Step 5: A Letter Of Invitation is issued to the successful candidate with the final invoice.

    Unsuccessful candidates will receive a letter outlining the reasons and the deposit will be refunded.    

    Step 6: Upon acceptance of the invitation and receipt of the payment in full, a Letter of Acceptance, Custodianship, and an account

    a statement is mailed to the International students. The Letter of Acceptance and Custodianship

    declaration can be used as evidence to support an application for a Canadian study visa. 

    Step 7: International students arrive at the school with an original copy of the following documents: Study

    Permit and Visa; School records of the previous study; Immunization Record.

    *If documents are not in English, they must have an official notarized translation.

     




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