One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1982

     

    1986


     

    Enrolment

     

    250

     

    120


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    Preschool to 4


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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.
     
    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).

     

    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”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 18

     

    8 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,730 to $25,100

     

    $9,250 to $20,750


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    42

     

    15


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Metro Prep, in once sense at least, is very much what you might think a preparatory academy is for: the program is intended to prepare students for post-secondary education, particularly university. From there, however, all bets are off, and the school adopts none of the cliches or the stances that are hallmarks of the traditional, stereotypical prep school. The students don't wear uniforms, for one, the intention being to encourage individuality rather than conformity. Likewise, while the school intends student success, it's not defined in test scores, but by a creative engagement with the curricular content, and the world. Confidence over bravado; critical thinking over rote learning – in so many ways, this isn't your grandfathers' prep school. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a very active, engaging student environment, and intending to continue their studies at university.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    "I felt well-prepared going into university because of the style of the classes at Metro."
    Stephanie Ivanoff - Alumnus   (Mar 10, 2020)
    My experience at Metro Prep is something I will remember and be grateful for for the rest of my life...
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    "The school makes everyone feel included and appreciated."
    Lindsay Demagus - Student   (May 03, 2021)
    Metro Prep is the most inclusive school I have ever been a part of. I have never met a group of teac...
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    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Love the little things
    Wendy Arnold List - Parent   (Jan 24, 2018)
    We had 3 children go through CGS and each loved being able to do things that young children aren't n...
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    "the kids feel supported, happy, and special"
    Nina Chandarana - Parent   (Jan 24, 2018)
    My kids love CGS. They appreciate the family like feel of the school and how nurtured they are. Ev...
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    Nuturing and encouraging
    Irene Chai - Parent   (Jan 25, 2018)
    My kids enjoy the nurturing and encouraging school atmosphere created by the teachers and staffs at ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Metro Prep, in once sense at least, is very much what you might think a preparatory academy is for: the program is intended to prepare students for post-secondary education, particularly university. From there, however, all bets are off, and the school adopts none of the cliches or the stances that are hallmarks of the traditional, stereotypical prep school. The students don't wear uniforms, for one, the intention being to encourage individuality rather than conformity. Likewise, while the school intends student success, it's not defined in test scores, but by a creative engagement with the curricular content, and the world. Confidence over bravado; critical thinking over rote learning – in so many ways, this isn't your grandfathers' prep school. The ideal student is one who can thrive in a very active, engaging student environment, and intending to continue their studies at university.

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    CGS was founded in 1986 by Marie Bates, who remains as the principal at the school today. As that suggests, the school has remained very true to the founders’ initial intentions, namely to create a place that provides a strong academic foundation in a caring, open, and supportive environment. While reading, writing, and numeracy are key—just as they should be—so is the development of creativity and social engagement. Bates believes that children learn as much in music class as they do in math class, and she’s right of course. As such, the program promotes links across the curriculum, allowing children to see those connections while also broadening their horizons of interest. The strength of the program is reflected by the reputation that CGS has earned over the thirty-plus years of its life.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Highlights

    Highlights

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    • Strong Academics- University Prep
    • Comprehensive Math & Science Program
    • Personalized University Guidance
    • Extensive Athletic Programs-Bball
    • School of Music, Integrated Arts, Theatre and Humanities (SMITH)
    • ME to WE excursions
    • Metro Prep Alternative Orchestra
    • Trips to Various Cities in US
    • Charter Member SSAF
    • No Uniforms

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    • Specializing in the critical early years of education (Pre-K-Grade 3) for 34 years.
    • Warm, nurturing environment, a 'home away from home' for your child.
    • French four times per week/Extended French after school once per week.
    • Mindfulness practise throughout the week.
    • Significant focus on public speaking.
    • Exceptional performance arts and visual arts opportunities.
    • Real Food For Real Kids hot lunch.
    • Skiing, skating and swimming curriculum for Grades 1-3.
    • Trips to Norval (UCC's Outdoor Ed Centre) every year for JK-Grade 3.
    • Very active, positive parent community.

    Description

    Description

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Metro Prep was founded on the idea that educators with the right attitude, providing a supportive yet challenging academic environment,  can profoundly impact a student’s life. Since 1982, we’ve offered top-quality education, small class sizes and a real-world atmosphere for students in grades 7-12.   Faculty/Administration doors are open and no uniforms allow students to express their individuality and trust their instincts.  They are taught to think critically and creatively, and seek assistance needed to succeed

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    CGS has been the neighbourhood private school of choice in Leaside for 35 years. Academically stimulating and personalized curriculum, delivered in a warm environment. Well-known for their highly effective pandemic response and engaging online program. Phonics program addresses the unique learning styles of boys and girls, leading to high levels of early literacy for all students. Highlights include public speaking, character education, mindfulness, outdoor education, and daily arts. Extended care available.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Message

    A cordial welcome to those contemplating enrolment at Metropolitan Preparatory Academy. As we plan for the future, I ask you all to think about the challenges and opportunities that lie in the years ahead. To be successful, it’s essential to set attainable goals and develop the ambition to achieve those targets. In other words, decide where you want to go and establish how much time and energy it will take to get there. This may sound old fashioned, but little happens unless you believe in yourself and what you are doing. You don’t want to look back on your life one day and dream about what could have been. Set inspiring goals and work toward them now. When doors to opportunity open, walk through without hesitation.

    Consider our program if you are looking for a structured and caring environment. At Metro Prep Academy, we highly value involvement, new ideas and enthusiasm. We are committed to fostering the intellectual, physical, social and creative potential of university-oriented students through a supportive yet challenging academic environment. We believe young men and women flourish in a safe, inviting, learning atmosphere where they feel confident expressing their individuality, asking questions, and seeking the help they need to thrive. Because of this Metro Prep operates without uniforms and with open faculty doors. In preparation for both university and future careers, students are encouraged to trust their instincts and think both critically and creatively.

    I wish the best to all students in the upcoming academic year.

    Thank you for your interest in our school. CGS has been a home away from home for so many children, and their families, since it was founded in 1986. We pride ourselves on getting to know each child, to the fullest extent possible, while they are with us. Our young students, from Preschool to Grade 3 are protected, cherished, motivated and inspired during the first, and all important, years of their formal education. When you truly know your students it is easy to do what is best for them. 

    We are committed to our small class sizes and balanced curriculum. We believe that children can learn as much in Music class as they can in Math class. Along with our strong core curriculum, students are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the arts and physical activity. Our goal is to provide an education that is rich and diverse by placing importance on all aspects of a wide and varied curriculum.   

    As founding Principal, I have been honoured to work with, and support, a staff that is known for their dedication and commitment to the CGS philosophy. Each and every student is celebrated for who they are. The teachers deliver an exceptional program while keeping the heart in education. Please come and visit. See and feel first-hand what makes CGS the special place it is. 

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      CGS (Children's Garden School)

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims 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. They 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. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Metro Prep is a semestered, co-ed, university preparatory day school for grades 7 to 12. We offer a variety of courses from all disciplines, specializing in Mathematics, Science, Business and Computers. Courses are also offered in music, visual, media, film and dramatic arts. Metro Prep provides a structured program stressing academic excellence geared for success at the university level. Organizational skills and the development of good work and study habits are stressed. Teacher-parent communication is encouraged to facilitate the best learning environment for each student.

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      Our curriculum is ‘traditional’ in so far as it is very structured and sets high academic expectations for our students. Acquiring academic skill is a daily focus at CGS but to say we have a purely ‘academic’ approach to our curriculum is misleading. Our students are very young and incorporating play with a broad focus on physical education, the arts, culture, character education and mindfulness are equally important to their development as students and young people.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        CGS (Children's Garden School)

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


        Approach

        Approach

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY 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.

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN 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

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Methods for teaching math vary widely from school to school and it is a subject of great debate in the educational community. ‘New’ Math (the current multi-strategy, collaborative, language based approach to math) can be confusing for parents, as most of us learned math largely by rote. At CGS, children get the best of both worlds - they get the support they need to create and share the math strategies that work best for them as well as concurrent instruction in basic fact mastery - learning their doubles facts, multiplication tables etc. Our teachers have many creative ways of ensuring that students gain solid number sense as well as the conceptual skills required to become confident, young mathematicians.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Preschool: Touch Math. JK/SK: 'Think. Pair. Share.' approach with appropriate lessons from various sources. Grades 1-3: Nelson Mathematics, Math Makes Sense and Teaching Student Centred Mathematics by John Van de Walle


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        CGS (Children's Garden School)

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


        Approach

        Approach

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Our phonics program, Remediation Plus, was brought to Children’s Garden School by our Principal, Marie Bates, after discovering its' extreme effectiveness for her son. The program breaks phonetic skills into logical, step by step, highly organized units. No rules are missed. Watching our students independently sound out words, fingerspell, and check for vowels is a wonderful sight! They see something on the page and they go to work to figure out what is happening. R+ gives them the tools they need to do it. Teachers combine R+ with integrated language arts activities (storytelling, games and art). Our young students experience high levels of success and become confident young readers.


        DIBELS testing

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA). SK-Grade 3 students are assessed once per term. Additional assessments are added if required.

      • Writing

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        CGS (Children's Garden School)

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


        Approach

        Approach

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN 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

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Preschool children come to us with varying degrees of fine motor skill. Writing exercises are designed with each particular student in mind. For JK and SK students, printing exercises are built into the Remediation Plus program and students spend a lot of time practising their skills each day across their Language Arts curriculum. Grade 1-3 students use Handwriting Without Tears. Cursive is introduced at the end of Grade 2 for those students that are ready and all students begin cursive writing in Grade 3.

      • Science

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        CGS (Children's Garden School)

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Science is such a lively part of the curriculum at CGS. The children love hands-on experiments, indoors and outdoors. The Science Fair is optional for SK students and mandatory for Grades 1-3. Winners of the Science Fair join the Toronto Science Fair at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN 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)

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        CGS (Children's Garden School)

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


        Approach


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

        CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

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

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      CGS (Children's Garden School)

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


      Approach

      Approach

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      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

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      At CGS we believe preschool isn’t too early to set children on a purposeful path to learning. Learning is still totally play-based and nurturing (which is essential for children so young) but it is also structured to include a full phonics, printing and math program. This gentle, early academic start, brings joy and confidence to our students and gives them a true sense of readiness for JK. Our curriculum approach in kindergarten remains well-balanced with a strong focus on acquiring independent reading skills. Our highly effective phonics program, Remediation Plus, provides the foundation of instruction.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      CGS (Children's Garden School)

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


      Our Take

      Our Take

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      We praise high academic achievement while providing a very nurturing and supportive environment. Metro Prep follows the semester system, where strong academic students are able to take up to 5 courses each semester.

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      The academic culture at CGS is unequivocally supportive. Our students are very young children and, first and foremost, they require a nurturing, warm, encouraging environment for learning. Genuine academic achievement comes when children are in a challenging but flexible environment that acknowledges their learning style and pace. It is important to note that our supportive environment is never meant to hinder independence. Children are always encouraged to solve problems on their own, whenever possible.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      CGS (Children's Garden School)

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


      Primary

      Primary

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      We believe that young men and women flourish in a safe, inviting, learning atmosphere where they feel confident expressing their individuality, asking questions, and seeking the help they need to thrive. Because of this, Metro Prep operates without uniforms and with open faculty doors. In preparation for both university and future careers students are encouraged to trust their instincts and think both critically and creatively.

      CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

      Being a human being is a challenging thing to be. Learning to make good choices from moment to moment is a huge part of growing up. Our students are very young and giving them the support and structure they need to realize their best selves is one of our most important jobs as educators. We encourage our students to be kind to themselves and others, to take responsibility for their actions, to take risks and to consider the world around them.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


    Additional support

    Additional support

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Information not available

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    We are open to all types of learners at CGS. If we can meet a child's needs, and they can manage the program, we will work to create an environment for that child to be successful at school.


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Information not available

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    If a child develops difficulties while at CGS, staff will meet with the family to create a plan that best supports the child to be successful at CGS. We work with many kinds of learners.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    CGS (Children's Garden 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

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    CGS (Children's Garden School)

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY 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

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN 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

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    • Metro Prep’s Elementary Track team competed at the annual SSAF meet held at Brampton’s Terry Fox Stadium. The boys were led by Christian, earning a whopping 4 medals in 5 events. Luka also fared well claiming silver in the 400m.
    • SSAF Cross Country championships held at Sunnybrook Park. Over 500 athletes competed in six different categories for their chance to call themselves a champion. Metro athletes faired very well in the U20 boys division as Kieran and Kenny finished in the top 10 out of a competitive field.
    • Metro Prep’s U20 Boys and Girls Track team competed well at the annual SSAF meet held at York University. Cameron placed 2nd in the long jump. Daniel earned a silver medal in the 400 meter dash. The girls were just as successful earning two medals of their own. Melanie placed 3rd in the 200 meter and Randi earned gold for Metro Prep in the triple jump.
    • The Metro Prep Soccer team hosted the third annual Metro Cup Indoor Soccer Tournament earlier this semester. The tournament br

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    • Mindfulness Workshop for parents and students.
    • Performance Skating Program at Forest Hill Arena (Grades 1-3)
    • Field trips to Norval, UCC's Outdoor Education Centre (JK- Grade 1)
    • Science Fair (SK-Grade 3)
    • Holiday Concerts (Preschool-Grade 3)
    • Ski Days at Earl Bales Park (Grades 1-3)
    • Chess Club
    • Extended French Club (JK-Grade 3)
    • Talent Show (Preschool-Grade 3)
    • Public Speaking Contest (Grades 2-3)
    • Art Fair (Grades 1-3)
    • Yearly Musical (SK-Grade 3).
    • Field Friday Competition (Grades 1-3)
    • Track & Field Championships at Leaside Fields (Grades 1-3)
    • Sleepover at Norval, UCC's Outdoor Education Centre (Grades 2-3)
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 3


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    We are looking for conscientious students who are dedicated to both academic and athletic avenues.

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Our main criteria for acceptance, given that our students are still so young, is that they are able to manage our very busy program. Curriculum is personalized so different development stages and learning strengths can be accommodated.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Transcripts/ Report Cards

    Reference Letters

    CGS (CHILDREN'S GARDEN SCHOOL)

    Completed application and fee of $100. 

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    John Brunswick (2003)
    A leading shoe designer for Gina Shoes (London, England), John has many credentials from London College of Fashion and completed a Master in Arts for Fashion Footwear from Cordwainers College.
    Kate Ruby-Sachs (2003)
    Kate is Senior Addictions Counsellor at GreenStone Toronto. She graduated from McGill University and then completed her Master in Science in Social Work at Columbia University
    Eden Grinshpan (2004)
    Eden, a famous foodie and current host on the Cooking Channel, graduated from Le Cordon Bleu London with a grand diplome in both pastry and cuisine.
    Roxy Kirshenbaum (2005)
    Accomplished writer and photojournalist, Roxy currently works as an editor in NYC. After graduating from McGill, Roxy continued to complete a Master of Science in Journalism at Columbia University.
    Brain Vadasz (2008)
    With a Masters in Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, Brian works to better understand heart attacks, strokes and blood disorders and contributes to the development of therapies, clinical management and prevention.



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