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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Hamilton District Christian High

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1912

     

    1956


     

    Enrolment

     

    1216

     

    510


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day

     

    Day, Homestay


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Varies

     

    18 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    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

     

    $7,875 to $16,380

     

    $18,125


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $51,350

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    26%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    6 to 12

     

    9 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $7,500

     

    $5,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    76

     

    128


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    27%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    45%

     

    97%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Hamilton District Christian High

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    information not available

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    "They definitely guided her and she had all the tools necessary to succeed, and get into a college of her choice."
    Irizabell Rivera - Parent   (Jan 31, 2019)
    My daughters love Montverde Academy for their diversity and the education they receive. Overall the...
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    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    "The academics at HD are strong and an important aspect of the school environment."
    Trixie Zimmerman - Parent   (May 26, 2021)
    High School can be challenging for any student and my son had his senior years even further challeng...
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    "The school leadership was very caring."
    Hannah Moerman - Alumnus   (May 26, 2021)
    For the first 13 years of my life, attending Hamilton District Christian High was what I most looked...
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    "Their communication levels with the students around expectations and objectives are clear."
    Anne van der Walt - Parent   (May 26, 2021)
    My son started in grade 10 as a newcomer to Canada and found a welcoming and caring school community...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Founded in 1912, Montverde offers a unique blend of old and new, tradition and innovation. It’s a preparatory school in the classic sense in that the students who enroll here are preparing to advance to post-secondary study. The academic and co-curricular programs are broad, as are the athletics, which in some sense define the school. Montverde was voted in 2017 by USA Today as the best basketball program of the decade. The campus is, frankly, stunning, with all the necessary supports and then some for students looking to learn and grow with others who, like them, prise academic achievement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a vibrant, extensive learning community, and able to make the most of a broad, varied offering.

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    HDCH was founded in 1956, and has been doing great and impressively consistent work ever since. It has a good size, with 470 annually, and a good breadth of curricular and extracurricular offerings to match. Instruction is project-based, allowing students to work together around authentic tasks which build and support a facility with the core curriculum. Families are also drawn by the values which undergird the academic program. The school rightly reaches out to resources and organizations within the local community, using those interactions to build an empathetic world view, and a genuine appreciation of diversity. Certainly, there’s a lot to love.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Hamilton District Christian High

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    Highlights

    Highlights

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    • One hundred percent college acceptance rate
    • Accreditations include SAIS, FCIS, and SACS
    • Thirty-three Advanced Placement courses
    • Six Study Area Concentration (SAC) diplomas
    • Over 70 percent of our faculty have advanced degrees
    • Award winning theatre and music programs
    • Advanced Placement course offerings include five fine arts classes
    • Our Boys’ Varsity Basketball program are four time National Champions
    • Our Boys’ Varsity Soccer program are seven time National Champions
    • Girls’ Varsity Basketball and Soccer both ranked in the top 10

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    • Wide curriculum, meeting a variety of learning needs
    • Experienced, professional, caring staff
    • Modern, high-tech, 20 acre campus
    • Nurturing learning environment
    • Global reach
    • Excellence in academics, sports and arts
    • Focus on cultivating student character
    • Per-family tuition
    • Our goal: for graduates to become a faithful presence in their community

    Description

    Description

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Montverde Academy is a coeducational day and boarding college preparatory school located just 25 minutes from Orlando, Florida. Our boarding program serves grades 7-12 and post-graduate studies. With a 100% college acceptance rate, our graduates have been accepted to prestigious schools including Boston College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, University of California Los Angeles, Yale University, and Wake Forest.

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    At HDCH, our mission is to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our vision is to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the communities that they serve.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Hamilton District Christian High

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    Message

    The experience created at Montverde Academy is rooted in three simple yet complex ideals: Knowledge, Character, and Community. The culture created at Montverde Academy is established with one primary objective — to achieve success in all that we do. In order to achieve that success our students will ultimately encounter moments of adversity, perhaps even failure, but this, too, is a part of the journey to achieving success. Being willing to take on challenges, developing the skills to meet those challenges and achieving success is founded in the rudimentary expectation that in each of our students we will develop a work ethic complemented by character qualities that acknowledge diversity, mutual respect and tolerance and a commitment to the greater community around them.

    Montverde Academy is a family of learners, students, and faculty, working together to accomplish something truly transformational. Our website is but a snapshot of who we are; I encourage you to make a visit to the campus and see, feel and experience the truly special place that is Montverde Academy!

    Exceptional learning is for every student. Each student has unique gifts, abilities, and learning styles. We work to differentiate learning so that each student can succeed. We provide support for academic planning and development, learning, and individualized programs where appropriate.

    Our staff takes a vested interest in student learning, growth, and spiritual well-being. They develop a mentor relationship beginning in Grade 9 and foster these connections through to Grade 12, often going above and beyond to get to know each student as a unique person with diverse interests, strengths, and gifts.

    We understand that ultimately God transforms the lives of our students at HDCH, and it is with this in mind that we trust in our mission to be clear and to be the directive of our school. We use the five habits of an HDCH graduate.They are:

    • Reflection
    • Resilience
    • Compassion
    • Competence
    • Creativity

    Exceptional education at Hamilton District Christian High is imaginative, innovative and interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. An exceptional learning community looks to produce and engage with culture by turning our visions into actions, our ideas into products. One of the ways that we will accomplish this is through the essentials of Project-Based Learning (PBL).  And it is our vision to have Project-Based Learning as an everyday learning experience for our students at Hamilton District Christian High.

    At the core of Project-Based Learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. This learning is contextual, creative, and shared.  Students collaborate on meaningful projects creating opportunities for groups of students to gather information, think critically be creative and communicate in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts.

    Hamilton District Christian High is registered as a private school with the Ontario Ministry of Education. It provides a curriculum that follows Ministry guidelines and standards and uses the credit system outlined in the Ontario Secondary School Document (1999). All the teachers have Ontario teacher’s certification. Graduating students will have completed the credits required for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

    We believe HDCH is a place to dream dreams and see visions, a place to learn and grow and be cultivated, a place to live as a healthy community, a place for exceptional learning. The learning that happens here is a launching pad for our graduates’ futures; this is exciting stuff.

    We’re always happy to welcome our friends and supporters to school. If you are in the neighbourhood, we hope you’ll drop by and experience exceptional learning first-hand.

    Sincerely,

    Duncan

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Hamilton District Christian High

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Information not available

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      MONTVERDE 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.

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Academics are the foundation at Montverde Academy. Students have the opportunity to work with teachers in an innovative, college preparatory setting. With an average 15 to 1 student-faculty ratio, classes are focused on cultivating critical thinking skills and developing life-long knowledge while encouraging students to do their best both in and out of the classroom. Our focus is on leading you down the path to fulfill your highest potential.

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Education at Hamilton District Christian High is imaginative, innovative and interwoven with our essential Biblical identity. This is achieved through Project-Based Learning. At the core of Project-Based Learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. Students collaborate on meaningful projects creating opportunities for groups of students to gather information, think critically, be creative and communicate in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Hamilton District Christian High

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        MONTVERDE 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.

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        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

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Our lower school curriculum is Math in Focus, the Singapore Method. This method focuses on mastery of specific concepts at a very deep level. In middle school, the comprehensive nature of the mathematics program meets the needs of each student. It also allows our students to easily transition from one level of mathematics to the next level within the Middle School division and then into the Upper School division. Beginning in grade 9, students are taught courses to enhance and continue the study of mathematics and provide a college level foundation to those who are not aspiring to a math, science or technical major.

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        We use Project Based Learning and Discovery Problem Solving that both focus on the application of math and using the problem-solving process to discover and make sense of new content. We use PBL to connect math to life outside of school to help our students gain a deeper insight into the role of math in careers, personal financial literacy, in our local communities. We also look at how math is discovered in the created order, such as in nature. Students have access and use technology as they study math. Our teachers are intentional to incorporate mathematical tools. Students will find a balance of these approaches mixed with traditional instruction.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        Students may be permitted to use a calculator based on teacher permission. Students will need a scientific calculator.

      • Early Reading

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Hamilton District Christian High

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        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

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Being a Reader is the first piece of the curriculum which integrates reading instruction with the social learning needed to build a caring classroom community. The curriculum teaches foundational skills in the context of rich literacy experiences that foster students’ growth as responsible, caring and collaborative people. This program combines the strengths of whole-class and small group instruction to develop confident readers who love to read, understand what they read, and can discuss their ideas and opinions with others. The curriculum uses authentic literature and is leveled to meet each child specific needs.

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Hamilton District Christian High

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        The third piece to our lower school curriculum is Being a Writer. Being a Writer teaches children to write with conviction and purpose, for multiple audiences and to demonstrate their understanding. Creating classroom experiences that develop a love of writing and allow children to express their thinking requires thoughtful and intentional instruction. Using authentic children’s literature, the program provides support for creating a Collaborative Classroom environment where teachers facilitate student discussion, provide a model for the respectful exchange of ideas, and help students develop their own voice.

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Hamilton District Christian High

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        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

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Students are exposed to science at Montverde Academy beginning in grade Pre-K3. Using a blend of expository and inquiry based learning, our students develop their knowledge and understanding of science throughout their educational career, preparing them for higher learning.

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        HDCH uses project based learning, laboratory experiments, sustained inquiry and other more traditional pedagogical practices in the science program. Students acquire the skills necessary to design and carry out scientific inquiries. Labs are equipped with modern technology and equipment. Students are encouraged to engage with the curriculum from a Christian worldview which results in a call to stewardship of all areas of creation.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Physiology

      • Physical Education

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Hamilton District Christian High

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

        In the Physical Education Department at Hamilton District Christian High, we focus on each student’s Total Health as a child of God. We recognize that each area of a person’s health affects the others, that taking care of Physical Health is a great way to help manage all other areas of health, and that our Spiritual Health is the foundation for the rest of our health. We teach the concepts of Physical Literacy to encourage students to be confident and competent in all types of movement. Our students experience a variety of activities in different settings, including traditional and non-traditional sports, low organization and creative games, and fitness activities. We encourage our students to make goals for the present and goals for the future. Through all this, we hope to meet the goal of our Physical Education program which is to help our students live healthy and active lifestyles.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Hamilton District Christian High

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


      Approach

      Approach

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      With the objective of educating the whole child, our program incorporates Computers, Foreign Language, Drama, Art, Music, Library and Physical Education. Our teachers combine the science, the art, and the “heart” of teaching to create inspirational learning environments that successfully keep each child actively engaged in the learning process. Our goal is to create a lifelong love of learning in our children.

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Hamilton District Christian High

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


      Pace

      Pace

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Accelerated


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      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

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Information not available

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Hamilton District Christian High

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


      Culture

      Culture

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      MONTVERDE 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”.

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      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

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Highly motivated students are attracted to Montverde Academy for our demanding academics and stellar athletic and fine arts programs. Montverde Academy has 33 Advanced Placement courses, over 13 honor courses, and nine different honor societies. We partner with several colleges and universities allowing students access to special programs such as the Health Sciences Collegiate Academy. One-hundred percent of Montverde Academy graduates are accepted into four year universities. Our students matriculate to elite colleges and universities across the country and the world.

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Hamilton District Christian High

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


      Primary

      Primary

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      As our students learn new things, we encourage them to explore relationships between new discoveries and the things they already know. Between what they’ve learned and their own experiences in the world, they learn the lifelong skills of finding, evaluating, synthesizing and applying new knowledge in their lives.

      HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

      Our Mission - to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our Vision - to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the community that they serve.

  • 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:

    Montverde Academy

    Hamilton District Christian High

    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.
     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Hamilton District Christian High

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    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

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    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

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Information not available

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    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

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    When a student has a documented disability we will work with the family to provide reasonable accommodations.

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    We would not advise a family against de-enrolling their child at our school if they had a clinically diagnosed learning disability that became apparent while studying at HDCH, so long as we were able to accomodate their needs.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Montverde Academy

    Hamilton District Christian High

    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

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Hamilton District Christian High

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    MONTVERDE 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

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    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

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    • We offer 46 clubs, including 11 Honor Societies, six SAC clubs, as well as an Academic team and math team.

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    • HDCH has a number of Social Justice clubs that have been developed to become better aware of our local communities and beyond. Through these clubs the HDCH community has been able to support charities and not-for-profit organizations such as 541 Eatery & Exchange, Hamilton Out of the Cold, and 30 Hour Famine Canada (World Vision). Students have also organized and particpated in Carol Sing-Alongs in Gore Park, collecting toys for Wesley Urban Ministries Christmas Store, collecting purses and toiletries for women's shelters, collecting warm clothes for the Share the Warmth Campaign, and organizing blood drives, and so forth.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    45%

     

    97%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    We are looking for motivated individuals who will immerse themselves in the life of our Montverde Academy community. We want to know how you will make a difference in our community if you are eventually enrolled.

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    The best way to get the most out of your high school experience is to get involved. Student life is rich at Hamilton District Christian High. We offer much more than academics and have very active extracurricular programs. Whether you’re into sports, inclined towards the arts, or serving in your community (or all), there are plenty of activities to help you stay active and connected. Our campus thrives on the involvement of the entire school community. Exceptional learning is for every student. Each student has unique gifts, abilities, and learning styles. We work to differentiate learning so that each student can succeed. We provide support for academic planning and development, learning, and individualized programs where appropriate.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    • Apply by completing the online application and paying the fee of $100.
    • Request an official copy of the applicant’s transcripts.
    • Lower School – Please request transcripts from your current school for grades 1 through 5, and any standardized testing (if applicable).
    • Middle School – An official copy of the previous (two years) and current school transcripts, including prior year’s standardized testing (if applicable) and attendance information.
    • Upper School – An official copy of the 8th grade through 12th grade school transcripts, including prior year’s standardized testing (if applicable) and attendance information.
    • International Students – All international students must submit two copies of your transcripts: one copy in the native language, and one copy translated into English.
    • Submit recommendation forms from your current English teacher, math teacher and Principal or Guidance Counselor.
    • Submit a copy of your passport or birth certificate.
    • International students are asked to submit TOEFL, IELTS, ELTis, SLATE standardized test scores, if available.
    • For additional requirements and entrance exam testing information for all grade levels, please visit montverde.org/application process.

    HAMILTON DISTRICT CHRISTIAN HIGH

    Application Form needs to be filled out entirely and is found here: https://hdch.org/prospective-students/admissions/

    • Depending on your needs, you may need to connect with one or more of the following:
      • General information about the school, and the application process, Director of Advancement and Admissions, Sandra Baker or by phone at 905-466-0237
      • Our Principal, Duncan Todd - to talk about a vision of Christian education for your child.
      • Our Student Services staff - to ensure we have a program suitable for your child’s learning.
      • Our Director of Finance, Sherry Osinga - to answer any questions you might have about tuition, bursary support and payment options.
      • School Bussing Transportation to and from HDCH is managed by Committees in different areas. 

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    D'Angelo Russell (2014)
    American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association
    Luc Mbah a Moute (2005)
    Cameroonian professional basketball player who has played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association
    Ben Simmons (2015)
    Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
    Dakari Johnson (2013)
    American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association
    Joel Embiid (2013)
    Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
    Oumar Diakhite (2012)
    Senegalese footballer who currently plays as a defender for Kazma on loan from Estoril.
    Luka Vujanovic (2013)
    A Montenegrin football midfielder playing for Vojvodina.
    Diego Campos (2014)
    Costa Rican footballer who plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
    Pape Gassama (2015)
    Senegalese footballer who plays for US Créteil.
    Hassan Ndam (2016)
    Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a defender for New York Red Bulls.
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