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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1985

     

    1906


     

    Enrolment

     

    665

     

    1007


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Progressive


     

    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”.
     
    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

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $22,500 to $32,500

     

    $20,090 to $41,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $54,850 to $71,770


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    20%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $11,685

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    44

     

    77


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    24%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    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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    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    "School leadership is exemplary"
    Bronwyn Tulloch - Parent   (Apr 06, 2018)
    Our daughter started at SMUS as a boarder in Grade 11. She moved from a very large public day school...
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    "Our son loves SMUS. There is no single thing that makes him love it, but rather the combination of..."
    Jonathan Barry - Parent   (May 14, 2018)
    Our son likes the quality of the students, the teachers and the professionalism of the school best. ...
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    "...they aim to have each student actualize their inner potential".
    Enoch Wuraola - Parent   (Jul 10, 2018)
    Both of my children have attended St. Michaels University School as boarders: my daughter from gr. 1...
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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.

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    The academic atmosphere at St. Michaels is supportive and progressive, beginning with a Reggio Emilia program that sets a tone of curiosity and collaboration that is carried through the upper grades. The boarding program sets the foundation for the school, establishing a community of service, involvement, and excellence not only in students’ academic life, but in their social lives and physical health as well. The program of pastoral care is broad and robust, something that derives in part from the context that the boarding program provides. The motto of one of the two founding schools is retained today: “nothing is great unless it is good.” That’s telling. Care and support are considered to be as important as challenge and excellence, and students are encouraged to engage with the entire spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular programs. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a rich, challenging, diverse academic and social atmosphere.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    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

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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    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.

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Located in the city of Victoria, St. Michaels University School is a coed boarding and day school with a global reputation for academic excellence. Students from around the world are challenged by an extensive curriculum, including Canada’s most established Advanced Placement program offering 27 courses. Intellectual stimulation combined with exceptional values-based athletics, arts and leadership programs make SMUS a school that seeks the excellence in all students while preparing them for life.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Meadowridge School

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    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.

     

    From all my enquiries, anecdotal, empirical, and statistical, SMUS is a world-class school built on the solid foundations of its extended community. At the heart of that community are the students, some drawn into boarding from a diverse range of cultures and others who are deeply rooted in Victoria and its environs. The students are inspired by a large, dedicated and highly qualified faculty who over the years have established a reputation for going beyond the call of duty to nurture individual interests and enthusiasm.

    The school mission is to aim for the “excellence in all of us.” As anyone who aspires for the highest standards will know, this is no easy task. A starting point is that “you have to be good to be great” but an outstanding education requires a holistic view that provides opportunities for the development of the mind, body, and the soul to enable young people to ask the big questions and really find out who they are.

    We believe in both passion – come with a spark of enthusiasm and it will be fanned into a blaze – and compassion – education is a shared experience and we all journey together. Indeed, the school’s commitment to service and leadership has a reach far beyond BC; it is truly international.

    Learning should be fun, but it should also be appropriately challenging. Rigor instills resilience, which we are told will be increasingly important as the world becomes more competitive. This should also be the time for reflection; the chance to pause and think and dream.

    SMUS students have achieved remarkable success in a broad range of professions. Many report that this is down to quiet inner confidence, the ability to think independently, and a commitment to civilized values.

    By providing a vast range of competitive sports, clubs, and activities, we hope to provide something for everyone to find their niche.

    We invite you to come and meet us at our beautiful sites on Richmond Road and Victoria Avenue, and to find out first-hand the blend of people, place, tradition and innovation that makes St. Michaels University School such a special place.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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 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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      SMUS's curricular approach is a blend of traditional, which ensures success in provincial and AP exams, and progressive enhancements that allow students to dive deeper into topics and find their passions. This is achieved through inquiry-based learning, which speaks to learners' natural curiosity, and project-based learning that gives opportunities for them to express creativity across subject areas. Additionally SMUS is an innovator in experiential programs - ensuring students of all grades gain hands-on experiences outside the traditional curriculum, including outdoor education, leadership and service. SMUS is also a committed champion of personalized learning, shaping education around the needs and interests of each student.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        At all levels, SMUS follows the provincial curriculum but adds enrichment using real world examples, problem solving and project work. Where possible, SMUS connects mathematics to other subject areas. At the Junior School, there is a strong focus on building foundation skills and math fluency through the exploration of number concepts, patterns and relations, spatial sense, and statistics and probability. By Middle School, students are continuing to develop concepts and skills, while emphasizing real world applications of mathematical ideas. At the Senior School, skills and concepts are developed in several different ways - numerically, graphically, algebraically, and written. After the Grade 10 level, students can choose which stream of mathematics best suits their post-secondary needs. As well, we have three levels of Calculus available to students. This includes two levels of AP Calculus to again offer the best possible preparation for university.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        There are no set texts but teachers make use of Maths Makes Sense, Quest 2000, McGraw-Hill and calculus texts from Stewart and Prentice-Hall. This is supplemented by iPads, laptops and other technological resources. Students can also enter mathematics competitions.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        At the Junior School, there are no calculators except where they are part of a personalized learning program. In the Middle School, calculators are introduced as a tool. By Senior School, authorized graphic calculators are a part of the curriculum but there are several chapters without calculators.

      • Writing

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        At the primary level, integrated learning - connecting science with language and mathematics - strengthens understanding of different concepts. By Grades 3-5, students learn lab procedures and the scientific process through an inquiry-based approach. In Middle School, many of the concepts and skills students learn are gained through "hands-on and minds-on" experiments and inquiries. Accordingly, Middle School Science classes take a variety of forms including: experiments, guided inquiries, student-designed investigations, mystery guests, field trips and field work. At the Senior School, the required science courses are more expository. Students interested in marine science can take an elective course. At the Grade 11 and 12 levels, students choose from several options and motivated students are offered the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses which prepare them for the Grade 12 Advanced Placement program.


        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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

      • Literature

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        The English department offers a variety of courses that address the interests and needs of the students. For capable students, we offer the chance to look at the traditional canon, where they study works ranging from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the 20th Century, which can lead to AP English Literature and Composition and AP English Language and Composition. These courses, particularly AP English Literature and Composition, are usually theme-based and seek to address a common question or subject, for example: literature of the road, literature of the absurd, indigenous literature and black humour. We also offer a course in creative writing, in which aspiring authors can receive guidance in writing their own poetry, short fiction and dramatic monologues, and meet visiting authors. In the years that this course has been running, SMUS students have won many provincial and national awards for their writing.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Thematic

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        SMUS offers a comprehensive language program. Beginning in Kindergarten, students learn French through story, theatre and music to put the language into context. In Middle School, students take French and Mandarin. In Senior School, students can continue their learning in French, Spanish and Mandarin. Languages help develop confidence, and students are often asked to put their skills into practice through public speaking.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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)

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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

        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Starting in Kindergarten, SMUS students are introduced to a variety of fine arts, including music, choir, strings, drama and visual art. In Middle School, students delve deeper into pursuits in visual art, choir and either band or strings. In Senior School, students have addition opportunities to broaden their skills with courses in subjects such as creative writing, drama and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Beyond the classroom, students hone skills through performances at professional theatre venues. In Junior School, the Grade 5 classes have an annual large performance - either an opera or a musical. In Middle School, students participate in a biennial musical production. In Senior School, students can participate in the annual musical program. There are opportunities for strings, band and choral performances throughout the year. Students also have access to a range of extracurricular art opportunities, such as jazz band, choral ensembles and student Art Councils.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Meadowridge School

        MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

        St. Michaels University School

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


        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.

        ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

        It is clear from the most cutting-edge brain research, that exercise during the school day is critically important to support optimum brain function in our students. At SMUS, our physical education program is focused on using exercise to help students learn. Our philosophy articulates it best: SMUS Physical Education Program aims to maximize students’ physical, emotional and academic well-being through exercise, while developing the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to support a healthy, active life. Our PE classes are high-energy, supportive environments inspired by a team approach and engaging modern workouts. Students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, while cultivating character through a variety of team and individual experiences, as well as different skill acquisition activities.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      The SMUS Kindergarten program is an inquiry and play-based progam inspired by the Reggio-Emilia philosophy. At SMUS, the child is a collaborator at the centre of their learning with teachers and parents acting as partners and guides. SMUS cultivates a joyful learning experience, fostering curiousity and a love of exploration, which includes the use of nature and the environment as a third teacher. Children benefit from small class sizes, two teachers to every classroom, and additional, specialist teachers in music, PE, library, French and art.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      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).

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      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

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      Rigorous


      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”.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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”.


      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      SMUS's academic culture is more supportive until grade 10. After which, students prepare for exams and university entrance, and the culture naturally becomes more rigorous.


      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."

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Meadowridge School

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

      St. Michaels University School

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

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

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

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


      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."

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      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.

      ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

      SMUS provides opportunities and feedback that supports students in becoming self-aware, both in terms of what they value and the role they can play in the world. Equally, the program positions students to be curious about those different from themselves, so that they learn to openly listen in a way that builds understanding of other perspectives. Finally, SMUS offers the reflective and technical tools to help students navigate those differences in a way that enhances the lives of all involved.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Meadowridge School

    St. Michaels University School

    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

    St. Michaels University School

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL


    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

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY 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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    MEADOWRIDGE SCHOOL

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades K - 12

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    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.

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    The profile of a SMUS student is that they are curious, passionate and ambitious. This means more than just academic success - it means challenging yourself in all areas. As a student here, you will be expected to engage in arts, athletics, leadership and volunteering. You will need to be open to new experiences, to meeting people from different walks of life, and to taking on leadership responsibilities. Admissions staff are looking for students that fit this profile and who will bring their passion and energy to the benefit of all in the school community.

    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.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Steve Nash (1992)
    Professional basketball player (two-time NBA MVP) and philanthropist.
    Kenneth Oppel (1985)
    Young adult and children's author - famous for the Silverwing series. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award in 2007.
    Stewart Butterfield (1991)
    Founder of Flickr, co-founder of Slack entrepreneur and businessman.
    Leslie Hope (1982)
    Actress - famously playing Teri Bauer in the Fox TV show 24.
    Rachel Curran (1990)
    Director of Policy in the Canadian government, reported directly the the Prime Minister.
    Simon Ibell (1996)
    Founder of the iBellieve Foundation.
    Melissa Sawyer (1994)
    Founder and Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) in New Orleans.



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