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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1982

     

    1899


     

    Enrolment

     

    250

     

    650


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    5 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    12 to 18

     

    17


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $20,730 to $25,100

     

    $37,655


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $63,760 to $70,095


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    26%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    5 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $11,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    42

     

    81


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    40%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    62%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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    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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    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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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.

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    The program at St. Andrew’s has long been distinguished by a high rate of success, with the list of notable alumni providing an abbreviated who’s who of Canadian arts, letters, politics, and entrepreneurship. While Dr. Bruce Macdonald left the headmastership in 1935, the culture of the school, even today, remains very much an expression of his vision. This in part due to the fact that in a lot of ways he was well ahead of his time. For example, he was the first boys-school headmaster in Canada to hire a female instructor, something he did in 1905. Macdonald wanted the school to develop “the complete man, the well-rounded citizen”—athletics and arts, in addition to academics, were vigorously promoted. What’s interesting is that, even with those sorts of very progressive ideals, Macdonald was also very keen on tradition, something that he used to give students a sense of being part of something bigger than themselves. While there are a few schools that retain their cadet corps, St. Andrew’s is the one that has retained it entirely intact, with military ranks, pipes and drums, kilts and sporrans all firmly still in place. St. Andrews completed a substantial capital campaign in 2015 which included the creation of athletics facilities as well as the Wirth Theatre. All of that, as well all the development over the century of the school’s life, has created a school that is strikingly modern, while retaining a sense of participation in tradition. It’s a nice mix. The ideal student is one given to making the most of the varied programs on offer.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1899
    • Excellent university placement record
    • $42M in new facilities & renovations over the past two years
    • 72 rep. teams across 22 sports
    • Strong arts, music, & drama programs
    • Business, leadership, & robotics programs
    • Financial aid & scholarships available

    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    SAC offers a rigorous curriculum in an activity-based environment. SAC’s mission to ‘develop the complete man, the well-rounded citizen,’ is complemented by a range of co-curriculars. Boys participate in extensive athletics (72 teams across 22 sports), and in its internationally acclaimed arts, drama, robotics, and music programs. Graduates gain entry to top Canadian, U.S., and international universities, and are known for their strong values, dedication to community, lasting achievements, and lifelong friendships.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    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.

    Parents and students have the luxury of choice in selecting an independent school. As you investigate the options for your son, we believe you will come to view St. Andrew’s College as a truly unique place. With a tradition dating back to 1899, we remain the single largest all-boys boarding school in Canada. The many defining features of SAC provide a comprehensive and fulfilling educational experience.

    We offer a broad range of academic courses to satisfy the most curious minds. In an all-boys’ academic setting, teaching and learning styles are geared specifically toward how young men learn best. From our Middle School (grades 5-8) through Upper School (grades 9-12), our curriculum challenges each boy to reach his potential. We are proud of our 100% university placement from each graduating class. With more than 6,000 active alumni spanning the globe, SAC graduates benefit from worldwide connections.

    Our athletic, art, and co-curricular programs are among the most varied and comprehensive of any independent school in Canada and inspire our students to discover their passion by tackling new challenges. With a school population of approximately 651 students, comprised of 393 day and 258 boarding students, our boys learn to live in a multi-cultural setting, gaining a global perspective on world issues and viewpoints.

    Our 126-acre campus provides an ideal setting for learning and growth. While our facilities are exceptional, St. Andrew's primary strength is its people. Faculty, staff, and students combine to make SAC a wonderful place to spend one’s formative years preparing for university.

    To learn more about how your son can gain admission to SAC and better understand why our school mission statement is The development of the complete man, the well-rounded citizen, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      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.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      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

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Over 100 years of experience teaching boys has shown us that our students benefit when teachers prioritize organization, support active engagement with the topic at hand, and empower boys to work toward authenticity. Teachers at St. Andrew's design their courses to reflect both the Ministry of Education's curriculum and our beliefs that all students need to work in a collaborative environment where critical thinking is expected and a growth mindset is fostered. Our overarching mission statement suggests that being well-rounded is at the heart of the St. Andrew’s classroom experience, and boys are encouraged to seek breadth in their course selection. Advanced Placement courses are offered for those boys who seek to accelerate their learning in a particular field of study. Most importantly, we know that how a boy feels about his teacher has a direct impact on his capacity to learn; the positive rapport between students and teachers is tangible in the hallways, classrooms, and on the playing fields at SAC.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        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.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        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

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        The Science department strives to develop lifelong learners who are interested in understanding the world around them, are capable of generating their own questions, and have the skill set to find their own answers. Our courses are geared toward utilization and application of knowledge vs. acquisition of knowledge. To achieve this we include numerous inquiry-based labs (approximately 350 experiments across nine course offerings and 30 class sections), collaborative problem solving activities, critical thinking exercises, and student driven learning. All of our courses make an effort to contextualize the curriculum to make it relevant and meaningful to the students. We do this purposefully; we want to encourage our students to develop a natural curiosity in the sciences so they themselves strive for greater knowledge rather than having them feel that they just have to meet the basic curricular objectives of the course.


        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

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        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

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        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

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        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

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        St. Andrew's College

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

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

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Information not available

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      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

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      Information not available

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      Culture


      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”.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      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

      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.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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."

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

      METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

      St. Andrew's College

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


      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."

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      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."

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      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.

      ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • 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

    St. Andrew's College

    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

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    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


    Additional support

    Additional support

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Information not available


    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Metropolitan Preparatory Academy

    St. Andrew's College

    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

    St. Andrew's College

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE


    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    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

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    • SAC's Arts/Co-curricular Plus Program (ACPlus) is an after-school option for Upper School students to pursue their passions.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    62%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 11


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    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.

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    We look for well-rounded students with solid academics, character, participation in athletics and co-curricular activities, and leadership qualities.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    METROPOLITAN PREPARATORY ACADEMY

    Transcripts/ Report Cards

    Reference Letters

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    - Complete Online Application ($175 fee, payable online)
    - Register for an SSAT or CAT (Upper School vs. Middle School)
    - Submit Candidate Statement
    - Submit applicable Certificates and Awards
    - Submit applicable English Proficiency Exams (if necessary)
    - Submit two years of school reports (including most recent)
    - Have teacher submit the Confidential School Recommendation Form
    - Book Interview with Admission Officer

  • 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.

    ST. ANDREW'S COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Lawren Harris (1903)
    Pioneering Canadian artist and Group of Seven painter. Companion of the Order of Canada.
    Kiefer Sutherland (1984)
    Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning actor, best know for his role as Jack Bauer on the hit show "24".
    Anthony S. Fell (1958)
    Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. CEO of RBC Dominion Securities Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada
    Rob McEwen (1968)
    Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc. Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc.
    Graham Towers (1915)
    First Governor of the Bank of Canada. Governor for Canada at the IMF. Chairman of the National War Finance Committee. Order of Canada.
    Charles S.L. Hertzberg (1901)
    Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent structural engineer with many works
    H.F.H. Hertzberg (1904)
    Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC) during the Second World War. Quartermaster General and Adjutant General. Companion of the Order of Bath.
    John Crosbie (1949)
    12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal Minister of: Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, Transport, Justice, and Finance.
    Vincent Massey (1905)
    18th Governor General of Canada
    John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1904)
    20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Canadian aviation pioneer.
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