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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Play Island Explorers

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1912

     

    2019


     

    Enrolment

     

    1216

     

    46


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 12

     

    Preschool to 7


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Boarding, Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Traditional, Reggio Emilia


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    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

     

    16 to 30


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     


     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $7,875 to $16,380

     

    $5,000 to $6,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $51,350

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    26%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    6 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $7,500

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    76

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    27%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    45%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Aug 15, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 3 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Play Island Explorers

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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    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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    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    "In just a few hours in the morning my kids learn so much, and I know they are getting exactly what they need in..."
    Bryan Saito - Parent   (May 27, 2021)
    I absolutely love this school! I have two kids that attended this school. Between the ages of of 4-6...
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    "My son has improved in all aspects of his learning from counting to his ABCs and also just in his everyday vocabulary."
    Miguel Veneziani - Parent   (May 27, 2021)
    The teachers have been super helpful and very attentive to my son. My son has improved in all aspect...
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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.

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    Small classes, student-lead instruction, a community feel—those are the things that families are looking for in preschool program, and that’s what they find here. The name says a lot. It’s about playing, exploring, and doing that with others, building social skills along the way. And while many preschool programs stop there, with children essentially graduating from them as they move into elementary school, Play Island allows them to grow in tandem with that, accessing a familiar environment and familiar faces through to the move into middle school. All of learning is about transitions, and families righty appreciate the ability to support those transitions from preschool, through kindergarten, and beyond. Teaching and play spaces are clean, bright, and uncluttered. Instruction is creative and active, with lots of variety in programming.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Play Island Explorers

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    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

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    • Preschoolers graduate with readiness for kindergarten.
    • Kindergarten children will graduate with a readiness for grade one.
    • Childrens minds fill with lots of knowledge, and a love for learning.
    • Kindergarten children will learn how to read, write, and spell corrrectly with our one on one help.
    • Preschoolers will learn their lettters, numbers, counting, sounds, and language development.
    • Children will learn how to socialize with others, and develop their social skills.
    • Schoolage children will be able to learn about new interests they have, and grow in these areas.
    • We provide homework help everyday after school for those that need extra help.
    • Schoolage children will build respectful friendships with the children in our 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.

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    Half Day Preschool Program builds & encourages the potential in every child through nurturing, praising, & in an enriched, safe early learning environment. We see the potential in all children & strive to work with each child in a small group setting to reach their goals. Our educational after school program is based on the children’s interests. We provide a safe & stimulating environment to effectively meet the needs of the children. Offer homework assistance, healthy snacks, & a variety of learning activities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Montverde Academy

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Play Island Explorers

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    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!

    Play Island Explorers was founded on December 2019. We started our business for the children in our commuity to have a place where they can feel confident, express themselves freely, and learn while having fun. We have two half day programs Preschool/Kindergarten 3-6 yrs., and before and after school program 4-12 yrs. running during the school year. We are open for all school breaks, and during the summer we run a summer camp for children ages 4-12. We love to have the children in the community come and have a place where they can connect with peers, and staff that love them very much. During this short time being open we have connected with so many families, and love to see how happy, and confident the children feel when they walk through the doors. They have made friendships, and for some this is their first school, so we love to see how they have grown and continue to grow within our Play Island Explorers family. 

    Now I will share alittle bit about myself, and my family.....I am a mother of two little girls, and married to my wonderful husband for 8 years, and have been together for total of 22 years. Yes, that is my childhood boyfriend that I married. We have grown together, and know every little thing about one another, and I guess that is what makes us more than just a married couple, he is my best friend as well. With that said, we ended up having twins!! (which I always wanted, but didnt know I could have) but my wish came true and we were blessed with a beautiful surprise, two baby girls. At that time I made the decison to put my career on hold and do everything for my two little girls, and stay home with them until it was time for them to go to school.

    During my free time I always thought to myself that maybe one day of opening up a small business for the children in our community, to have a place where they can learn, and build long lasting friendships that could last a life time. It was years of planning (in my head) at first, and then slowly making it happen when the time was right, and when my kids were ready to take their next steps in the big school. It was January 2019, when we took that next step and started putting our plans together (with my children by my side the whole time) for what came next. Play Island Explorers first started off as a dream, and thought.... and then we made it our reality. I knew I had to make this happen some way or another. The futrue of our kids is in our hands and it is up to us to give them a great experience so they can live and grow into amazing, confident, and loving human beings.

    We hope to meet more of you lovely families soon!

    Yours Truly, 

    Jessica

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Play Island Explorers

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Information not available

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Reggio Emilia


      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.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      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

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      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.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      We follow a traditional curriculum of structured learning, along with the Emergent curriculum of Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the role and potential of ateliers in early childhood education, and How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the early years (2014) as its principal guiding document under the child care and early years act, (2014). We follow the four foundations of how learning happens? o Belonging o Well-being, o Engagement, and o Expression The Reggio Emilia Approach o Exposing the children to a wide variety of educational opportunities that encourage self-expression, o communication, o logical thinking, and o problem solving

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Traditional Math

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Equal Balance


        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Math is an important part of learning for children in the early years because it provides vital life skills. They will help children problem solve, measure and develop their own spatial awareness, and teach them how to use and understand shapes. Math is important to help young children develop their mathematical thinking. A child's math knowledge at the start of kindergarten predicts later academic achievement better than early reading or attention skills. Math is part of children's everyday lives.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Early Learning Math for kids 3-5 yrs. Kumon Are You Ready for Kindergarten 3-5 yrs.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        No calculator, wth our schoolagers we make sure they understand how to get the answer, and only use it to check if the answer is correct, when needed.

      • Early Reading

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Balanced Literacy


        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        The first thing we do to teach early reading is by expanding their vocabulary. Developing a child's vocabulary is crucial because he or she will find it much easier to read and write words that are already known. We do this by: Fostering a love of books, daily story telling, Show them plenty of print, Teach the ABC's, Play with sounds, and Present narratives.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Information not available


        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

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        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

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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

      • Fine Arts

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        Approach

        Approach

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Not applicable

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Montverde Academy

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Play Island Explorers

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        MONTVERDE ACADEMY

        Information not available

        PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

        We hae a private indoor playground with basketball and soccer arena for the childrn to keep active after school. We also have an outdoor field for sports, and extra outdoor activities to kee the kids physically active everyday.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Play Island Explorers

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


      Approach

      Approach

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Academic

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Reggio Emilia


      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.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Play Island Explorers believe that children can become anything they want to be if they work hard, and learn about what they really want to do and be when they are older. Learning happens when you find what you are great at, and continue to learn to be even greater. Our mission for the schoolage children, is to work with the children in our community and help build self-esteem, help to build respectful relationships with peers, keep the children active, work with the children in their area of interest, and expand in these areas with various learning activities. We make learning fun!

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Play Island Explorers

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


      Pace

      Pace

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Accelerated

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Standard-enriched


      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).

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      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

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Play Island Explorers

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


      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”.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      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.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      We love to teach our preschool and kindergarten children, and we work with each child in their area of need to ensure they grow, and reach their goals. We instill a love for learning, and excitment for school everyday.


      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."

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Montverde Academy

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

      Play Island Explorers

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


      Primary

      Primary

      MONTVERDE ACADEMY

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

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

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


      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."

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      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

      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.

      PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

      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:

    Montverde Academy

    Play Island Explorers

    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

    Play Island Explorers

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    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

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    MONTVERDE ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    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

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    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.

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    At our centre, we treat everyone equally. We teach the children to help others, and not to discriminate on others that are alittle different, or require extra support needs. We work with the children and make the best environment for them to learn, and fit in with our group of children.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Montverde Academy

    Play Island Explorers

    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

    Play Island Explorers

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS


    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

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    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.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    45%

     

    95%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Aug 15, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - K


     

    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.

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    We are looking for young learners that show a love for learning, love to socialize, and meet new people, and are ready to be apart of Play Island Explorers Centre for a wonderful, and memorable experience. Our Preschool/kindergarten class, and after school programs are staffed with amazing staff, that love teaching, and working with the children to make sure they are learning while having fun.

    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.

    PLAY ISLAND EXPLORERS

    Please email or call us and we will provide you with the registration forms, and details to follow. To secure our childs spot for 2021/2022 school year, we require a $50 registration fee upon registration. With all post dated cheques for each month for the school year. 

  • 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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