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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    2012


     

    Enrolment

     

    665

     

    43


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    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

     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    8 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
     
    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

     

    $22,500 to $32,500

     

    $2,250 to $5,000


     

    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

     

    44

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Meadowridge is a school that intends to inspire and teach through direct, personal involvement. They don't just teach art, for example, they immerse students within it, including an on-site collection of works from an a-list of Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Lawren Harris. The campus includes a forest, so the links between art and the environment are profound. Likewise, gardens and greenhouses provide an entrée to ecology and biology, and a design lab provides an entrée into technology and engineering. Those, and other examples, provide a unique balance between traditional learning and experiential learning. The buildings, the 27-acre campus, the proximity to Vancouver as well as a range of natural environments—all of it would rightly be the envy of any school. The ideal student is one who is curious, engaging, and prone to make use of the range of programs and opportunities that Meadowridge provides.
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    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Meadowridge is a school that intends to inspire and teach through direct, personal involvement. They don't just teach art, for example, they immerse students within it, including an on-site collection of works from an a-list of Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, Kenojuak Ashevak, and Lawren Harris. The campus includes a forest, so the links between art and the environment are profound. Likewise, gardens and greenhouses provide an entrée to ecology and biology, and a design lab provides an entrée into technology and engineering. Those, and other examples, provide a unique balance between traditional learning and experiential learning. The buildings, the 27-acre campus, the proximity to Vancouver as well as a range of natural environments—all of it would rightly be the envy of any school. The ideal student is one who is curious, engaging, and prone to make use of the range of programs and opportunities that Meadowridge provides.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    • IB World School
    • Safe, caring learning environment
    • Coeducational
    • 100% post-secondary acceptance
    • International travel opportunities
    • Full-day Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    • Average class size of 15
    • Over 35,000 library resources
    • Fine arts, athletics & community service opportunities

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    • Classically inspired curriculum
    • Experienced OCT and ECE qualified Catholic educators
    • Monthly Mass and daily devotions, an environment highlighting the liturgical seasons of the Church
    • Enrichment activities: guest speakers, pilgrimages, works of mercy
    • Busing available to most students
    • Located on a beautiful 8.5 acre site just west of Strathroy, Ontario
    • Chapel, library, gaga-ball pits, basketball courts, gymnasium and dramatic arts stage
    • Athletics (track and field, cross country, basketball, volleyball, tchoukball, floor hockey, soccer)
    • Instruction of students in French, music and computer programming
    • Small class sizes

    Description

    Description

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Meadowridge creates a safe space for children to learn through imagination, emotion, and community building. The entire school, from classroom to natural woodland, is the setting for our program that challenges students to find out more about their own beliefs and society through striving for excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and service to the community. As students prepare to graduate there is the profound knowledge that in order to change the world, they must first be a part of it.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    The mission of Our Lady of the Pillar Academy is to support parents in fulfilling their role as the primary educators of their children by providing a classically inspired education faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. We endeavor to inspire students to grow in wisdom and virtue seeking all that is good, true and beautiful. Together we strive to help students to realize more fully their baptismal call to bring Christ to the world and become saints.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    Message

    Often, we have people tour our school, thinking about investing in an education for their children. Such tours are conducted by our student ambassadors, and we often receive comments about how direct, polite, thoughtful, and friendly they are. Most parents want their children to be just like the students who conducted the tour. It is our best guide to how others see us: their delight in meeting our students.

    The students behave the way they do, of course, because families and the school share values, because we come to know each other, because we insist on similar things, because we stay involved with each other, and because virtually everyone here is noticed and is important. We are attached, all of us: old and young, students, teachers, parents, and staff, joined in the common cause of education that will make a difference to our children, and a difference to the world they will inherit and will lead.

    Our Mission Statement: Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community.

    We have a community of concern, and one that will help our children to grow into fine young adults. It is a pleasure to watch my children grow up within this fine community, and I know I share this pleasure with the parents of all of our students from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

     

     

    At Our Lady of the Pillar Academy, we are passionate about our Catholic faith and growing in wisdom and virtue.  We cherish the knowledge that has been passed on to us from previous generations and we help our students to seek all that is good, true and beautiful in the world.  Our kindergarten students are immersed in an environment of calm order and wonder as they start exploring the world through their first formal educational experience.  Reaching the grammar stage of learning, our primary and junior students work to master the building blocks of language and mathematics, to learn through science, history, and geography how the world works and what has come before us, and to appreciate great works of literature, art and music and the growing control they have over their own bodies.  Our intermediate students, developmentally at the logic stage, continue their study of these subjects at a more advanced level as well as learning logic and reasoning skills.  With the socratic method of teaching, they learn to deeply think about what they are learning and to express their ideas eloquently.  They are also encouraged to be servant leaders in the school, seeing ways in which they can help others.  With very small class sizes (under 15 students), our teachers are able to get to know each child well, with his or her own strengths, weaknesses, and particular gifts.  We individualize learning as much as possible, particularly in mathematics and language arts, so that each child is able to grow to his or her potential and recognize the ways in which God is calling him or her to glorify Him and serve others.   

    We recognize parents as the primary educators of their children, and we seek to support them in their work of raising their children to be young men and women who strive to become saints.  In addition to developing the intellectual knowledge and capability of our students, we seek to foster growth in virtues so that each child continues to become more and more the best version of him or herself.  We hope that our students come to see themselves as beloved children of God, comfortable to grow and learn in the warm and caring environment that is Our Lady of the Pillar Academy. 

    Krista Huver

    Head of School

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      At Meadowridge our Mission, "learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community" is woven into our everyday actions and interactions, both at the school and in the community at large. It acknowledges the importance of positive interactions with others and in seeking to better the community as we better ourselves. It looks beyond gender, nationality, culture and class. It guides staff, administration, students, and families to meet responsibilities and fulfill dreams. This atmosphere of respect combined with a challenging and enriched curriculum provides many opportunities for students to excel in the core academic subjects of reading, writing, math, science and areas of creative expression and original thought, such as performing and visual arts, athletics, clubs, computer science and drama - all of which foster a strong sense of personal and community pride and cause for celebration. We believe in the importance of celebrating our students’ individual and collective accomplishments as we strive for their highest level of performance, whatever their stage of development.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      We follow a classically inspired curriculum emphasizing academics and the riches of the Catholic Faith. Classes are teacher-led, taking into account the grammar and logic stages of child development. Because our classes are small, the needs and strengths of each individual can be recognized. Rote learning and narration are used throughout our curriculum. Using a phonetic approach, students are taught to read and spell. They are taught to write well and think clearly through our writing and grammar program. We study classical literature which enriches their minds with great stories and lessons from the past. Following a four-year cycle, world history is taught and interwoven with other subjects. In addition, students are formally taught computer coding beginning at grade three. Central to delivering all of our curriculum, we strive to teach our students to see their learning as good stewardship of their God-given gifts, to be used for his purpose in a rewarding and joyful way.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Our grade 1 through 6 math curriculum is usually delivered by interactive software and supported by the classroom teacher. Students are shown the topic covered in each lesson and are guided through examples. Further examples are given to do on their own, with instant feedback and assistance from the computer and from the teacher as needed. Each day's math lesson includes questions from earlier lessons. Math facts are drilled daily. Our grade 7 and 8 math classes are guided by our specialist math teacher. Students are taught the traditional strands and emphasis is given to topics that grade 9 and 10 students typically find most challenging. Our students are very well prepared for high school.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Math-U-See, Teaching Textbooks, privately developed high school content.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        In late grade 7 and through much of grade 8, students are taught how and when to use a calculator.

      • Writing

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Process approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Pillar Academy is committed to using the writing and grammar programs of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. IEW's unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. They will learn several structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, and essays) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing. (www.iew.com)

      • Science

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Science is taught as the pursuit of empirical truth. Using the Ontario Curriculum as a guide, many disciplines of science are covered with both teacher-centered and hands-on delivery. The scientific method is employed to teach students how to arrive at factual knowledge through good questioning and logical experimentation. Ultimately, students are encouraged to develop their sense of inquisitiveness and wonder while observing the natural world.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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)

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Fine Arts

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Students learn through creative expression: they learn to understand and to analyze, to problem solve and to self-express, and they learn about themselves and about the world around them. So while they strum, or stroke, or sing, or sculpt, they learn a new way to express themselves and to convey feelings; students learn to become active meaning-makers, not passive recipients. By learning from the entire symbolic range, students evolve as both artist and learner of the arts. Through language and art, dance and movement, photography, film and multimedia, students learn to understand the essence of things – of people, culture, art, business, sciences, politics – and the nuances within them.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        At Pillar Academy, we provide weekly music instruction which includes some theory, vocal, and instrumental components. As well, visual arts skills such as sketching, painting, and sculpting are explored throughout the year. During the Christmas season, the students have the opportunity to experience drama and theater by preparing an Advent and Christmas stage production.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        At Meadowridge, we teach our students to acquire, use, and share information in multiple forms and ways so that it becomes meaningful knowledge. When it comes to technology, every decision we make is based on learning, and that’s because technology cannot replace outstanding teaching or collaboration with other learners. We make sure that our school and our students control technology, and are not controlled by it.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Teachers model and teach appropriate use of technology. Our classrooms have sufficient computers for student use for the purpose of completing assignments. Our Internet use is carefully managed and students are taught safe practices for Internet use. Starting in grade 3, students are taught the fundamentals of computer programming with Scratch, and by grade 7 and 8 are working on HTML/CSS coding and higher level programming languages such as Python and Visual Basic.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        In Physical and Health Education, students learn to appreciate the value of physical activity and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. PHE is taught so that students learn about and learn through physical activity. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which contribute to a healthy and balanced lifestyle: a balanced lifestyle which includes a healthy body, mind, and spirit. PHE is a critical element of a well-rounded learner. All students in the PYP and MYP participate in PHE, and have additional requirements for physical and activity outside of their courses.

        OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

        Our students learn common physical skills (e.g. basic movement, catching/throwing, fitness etc.) by means of play and games. By the middle grades students are using these skills to play modified sports requiring cooperation. By grade 7 and 8 students are playing games and sports that they can enjoy through adulthood.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Play-based


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Meadowridge’s Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs provide developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities for children to explore, socialize and grow in a safe and supportive environment. This takes place in a brand new, purpose built Early Childhood Education building. Children are active learners. In Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten children learn by exploration and problem-solving in a safe environment. Students learn through play and units of inquiry based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This includes exploration into science, art, community, literacy, math, dance, athletics, technology, music, and more. Student develop skills through a hands-on activities where they can test, try, and engage.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      An age appropriate classical approach is used with an emphasis on using stories and hands-on learning to cultivate wonder and awe and introduce the virtues. Through nature study children's natural curiosity is nurtured. Learning skills including listening, math facts and phonics are taught to prepare for future learning.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Accelerated


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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).

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      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”.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      This option allows you to "opt out" of selecting one of "rigorous" or "supportive". Doing so means you will not be shown on pages relating to academic culture, (your exposure will be diminished).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our program challenges our students to find out more about their own beliefs, their own bodies, and society. When students graduate, they are equipped to deal with the complex realities of life, where critical thinking is at a premium. There are trained to question: how could this be better? In every unit of instruction, the children have a guiding question which they seek to answer. At the younger grades, the question is generated by the teacher, and smaller questions arise from the students. In older grades, we expect students to generate their own questions, and to personalize their learning.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      We see characteristics of both Rigorous and Supportive widely in our school.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      At the heart of all we do at Meadowridge is our Mission Statement, learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community. We have created a just community within the school – one that is shaped by caring and trust, and also clarity of expectation and rules. We teach our students how to care for themselves, because a balanced and happy life is critical to their future. Students also learn to care for others, because a successful future is one in which common welfare is shared by all.

      OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

      Our aim is to support parents to provide their children with a foundation of faith that permeates all areas of life. We aim to guide our students as they grow their gifts and talents, while nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We aim to accompany our students in their learning as together we embrace the universal calls to holiness and mission.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Meadowridge School

    Our Lady of the Pillar 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

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our Lady of the Pillar Academy

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    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

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR 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

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades K - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    A Meadowridge student is one that seeks challenges in order to grow. We are not looking for perfect children, as they don't exist, but children who love to learn and explore the world. Children who are kind, willing to make mistakes and learn from them, and share their knowledge with others. From Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 our students call Meadowridge home.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    OLPA serves to support the respectful, self-controlled, cooperative and autonomous student who is open to direction and who thrives in an independent learning environment; one who can participate in self-regulating activities not in need of assistance due to visual, physical or hearing impairments. One who responds well to a teacher’s coaching and desires to participate in a warm, enthusiastic and somewhat structured learning environment. Our highly successful students are physically capable of full body motor activities and are independent, self-motivated learners displaying personal initiative with a desire to improve on their past learning outcomes within a multi-grade level, learning environment and who are not in need of any considerable remedial support.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    Our admissions process is set-up specifically to determine if your child and family are the right fit for Meadowridge. From inquiry to assessment, we strive to get to know each family and the potential of each child.

    There are tests and assessments but what it really comes down to is the fit. If your child will flourish at Meadowridge and your family will be an active member of our community is one of the most important factors for admissions.

    Not all children and families are the right fit for our school. Meadowridge is a challenging school. We offer a rigorous curriculum and have high expectations of our students, not just academically but intellectually and emotionally. We expect them to take our Mission to heart, "Learning to live well, with others and for others, in a just community".

    All Applicants:

    • Online Application Form completed 
    • Visit Us! Learn about our school and let us meet you at one of our Open Houses
    • Student Assessment/Observation
    • Family Meeting
    • Teacher Recommendation
    • Examples of student work/hobbies
    • Grade 1+ two report cards from previous years
    • Grade 6 to 11 SSAT

    Click here for a detailed list of requirements.

    OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR ACADEMY

    It is a constitutional requirement for Families whose child(ren) are student(s) of OLPA to have an OLPA membership.($100.00 Annually)

    Pre-registration deposit (one month’s payment) is due August 1st and is non-refundable.

    Each monthly payment is due on the FIRST of the Month for the month following.




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