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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Columbia International College

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1996

     

    1979


     

    Enrolment

     

    300

     

    1750


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    9 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding, 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."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    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

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    12 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $9,800 to $15,400

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $2,700


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    23

     

    438


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    97%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    99%

     

    86%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Columbia International College

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    While some schools pride themselves on being small, Columbia finds its strength in being large—with a student population in excess of 1800, it is easily the largest boarding school in Canada. What Columbia might lack in intimacy it gains in the ability to provide a wealth of supports and programs that smaller schools simply can't. The school maintains extensive liaison offices, a dedicated guidance staff, and even its own medical clinic. The faculty, through size and experience, is remarkably adept at providing a quality, well-rounded education with an eye to success in postsecondary education. The school provides ESL to students who need it, and liaises directly with universities in Canada and beyond in order to facilitate the transition to postsecondary education. In all, the school excels at doing what it was created to do: to support the university-bound international learner who is living away from home within a culture, and at times a language, that is unfamiliar.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Columbia International College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Northstar isn’t your average Montessori school, in part because of its size—with an annual student population of 300, it’s a fair bit larger than the average—as well as its resources. The school was founded in 1996, though has grown its programs considerably in the intervening decades. There are some things that understandably stand out, such as the training pool, which is a recent addition, though they only underscore a more general awareness of the broad range of programming and facilities throughout the school. There are lots of bells and whistles, all of them welcome, though the core program is here too, with a fidelity to the Montessori method as demonstrated through CCMA accreditation. The program is offered from preschool through Grade 8, allowing families a consistency of approach and experience through the primary and elementary years.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    While some schools pride themselves on being small, Columbia finds its strength in being large—with a student population in excess of 1800, it is easily the largest boarding school in Canada. What Columbia might lack in intimacy it gains in the ability to provide a wealth of supports and programs that smaller schools simply can't. The school maintains extensive liaison offices, a dedicated guidance staff, and even its own medical clinic. The faculty, through size and experience, is remarkably adept at providing a quality, well-rounded education with an eye to success in postsecondary education. The school provides ESL to students who need it, and liaises directly with universities in Canada and beyond in order to facilitate the transition to postsecondary education. In all, the school excels at doing what it was created to do: to support the university-bound international learner who is living away from home within a culture, and at times a language, that is unfamiliar.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Columbia International College

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Terry Fox Walk
    • Grandparent's Day Breakfast
    • Costume Ball
    • Winter Concert
    • Badminton Tournament
    • Basketball Tournament
    • Soccer Tournament
    • Science Fair
    • Montessori Week
    • International Day

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    • Canada's largest boarding school
    • Total Care Education System® - Total Learning, Total Living, Total Development, Total Communication
    • Offers Grade 9-12 , ESL, and Summer Camp, Short-term/Exchange programs
    • Offer the only official University of Toronto partnership program - the Elite Pathway
    • Leadership programming and The Duke of Edinburgh award ( Bronze, Silver and Gold)
    • University Partners® provide exclusive scholarships to graduates
    • University of Toronto's official Global Partner School
    • # 1 in university admissions and scholarships among all high schools in Canada
    • Separate residences for boys and girls with door-to-door school bus transportation
    • Official Test Centre for TOEFL & IELTS

    Description

    Description

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Northstar Montessori is committed to providing students an experience where they are limitless in their academic and personal growth. The learning of life virtues and positive characterization is fundamental! We provide programs for Toddlers, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle School aged children. We encourage interaction between all ages to strengthen the understanding of community. Additional specialty rooms, play area and indoor gym and swimming pool, make our school complete! Call us for a tour!

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Columbia International College is Canada’s largest private boarding school, offering Grades 7 to 12 for day and boarding students. At the heart of our success is the holistic Total Care Education System® - an innovative approach to learning and living. Our Total Care Education System® ensures that every student’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs are tended to. We are #1 in scholarships awarded by universities and we offer the only official U of Toronto partnership program - the Elite Pathway Program.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Columbia International College

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Message

    We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide each child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of our school.  The teacher’s role is to respect the freedom of each child to forge his or her own unique path of learning and personal growth, energized by his or her natural curiosity. We are committed to inspire and encourage each child to take in hand a wealth of activities and experiences to ensure successful development.

    At Northstar Montessori we are committed to promoting the individuality of all our students and we aim to be an inclusive school. We endeavor to teach our students to appreciate, respect and value the differences they see in one another. We offer equal opportunities for participation and learning for all our students and will ensure that they feel secure in knowing that their contributions to the school are valued. Northstar Montessori is committed to the teachings of Maria Montessori and the Montessori curriculum.  However we do not limit our approach and we encourage all members of the teaching team and administration to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their abilities and understanding of the students and their developmental needs.  Workshops and conferences are promoted within the school that we believe will benefit our staff in their practice. We ensure an environment that allows for a range of different learning styles and where all children have challenging targets that enable them to succeed.

    Welcome!

    As Principal of Columbia International College, my belief is that in order for your children to be successful as international students, they need to be cared for as if they were at home with you. All my teachers and staff share the same belief.

    The need for students to learn in an environment where they are well supported is the chief concern that thousands upon thousands of parents have shared with us over the years. From its beginning in 1979, CIC was built to address this concern. We wanted to make sure that every international student could study in a fully supported environment of caring: academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

    We created an approach that would do just that – look after the whole child around the clock. We call it the Total Care Education System®. It’s a study environment where the academic program, the staff and the facilities are fully integrated as one – all geared towards helping students achieve success and give parents peace of mind.

    After almost 40 years, we are proud of how well our Total Care approach works. Our students are most successful in getting admitted to some of the world’s best universities and receiving admission scholarships. Our consistent, proven track record has gained the confidence among parents from over 100 countries.

    But most important to me, it’s how the students have achieved success: in a supportive environment, one where they can study in health, safety and happiness and where their parents can be fully confident that they are being cared for.

    Columbia International College can make the difference in how your child can go higher with their future: positively building their character and helping them to be responsible, global citizens. Through our brochure and website, you can learn more about how Total Care Education System provides peace of mind for parents and fosters success for students.

    If you have any questions about our approach, please reach out to me personally at [email protected].

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Columbia International College

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      We, at Northstar Montessori, take very seriously our responsibility to guide each child through a world of discovery on the path to constructing a secure, balanced personality with an active, competent mind. The happy balance of freedom to explore and work within a prepared, orderly environment, filled with specially designed, mind-engaging sensorial materials and activities, is the hallmark of our school. The classroom allows for the freedom of movement and for the development of a positive work cycle by allowing the students to choose their activities and to participate with them without interruption. Teachers prepare lesson plans as a guide to ensure that the students are participating in all areas of the class, however they remain flexible and respectful of the child’s need to make choices and decisions in their daily activities. The function of our school is to augment the development of each child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically so that the child may emerge as a well-rounded independent adult.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      CIC offers a wide variety of courses to enable students to meet the admission requirements for their desired university programs. https://www.cic-totalcare.com/total-care-education/total-care-learning/courses/ CIC has a Traditional approach to Curriculum. 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.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Columbia International College

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Northstar Montessori delivers an authentic Montessori Curriculum, while meeting all requirements of the Ministry of Education. Included in the program are Music, Gym, French, Computer, Swimming and Skating classes (program dependent). As the students progress through the program, new experiences are added including camping and community involvement. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including Chess Club, Yoga, Private Swimming Lessons and Tennis.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Columbia International College

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Northstar provides a supportive environment where students are involved in their leaning and assessments. Teachers consider the learning styles of their students as they deliver instruction. Students’ individual learning strengths and areas of concerns are discussed with students and we then set learning goals together. We communicate expectations and best practices with the students to ensure they are feeling supported and understand their assignments and how to achieve success. Remaining in the same classroom for 3 years, typically with the same teacher, encourages a bond of trust between teacher and student. In addition, Northstar celebrates students’ successes beyond the classroom, making students aware of their talents and abilities which will build a strong sense of self.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Columbia International College

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Northstar’s goals are always to have each of their students reach their full potential. While we pride ourselves on the academic achievements of our students, we are fully aware that strong personal development must go hand-in-hand with in-class success. Building strong characters that are aware of their environments and the influences they have is key to supporting the development of solid citizens who will think beyond themselves and their needs. Strong character coupled with academic success ensures a well-rounded individual who is prepared to participate in their community and world.

      COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

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

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    Columbia International College

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

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Columbia International College

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Northstar Montessori will make every reasonable effort to ensure that its policies, practices and procedures are consistent with the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity by: • ensuring that all customers receive the same value and quality; • allowing customers with disabilities to do things in their own ways, at their own pace when accessing goods and services as long as this does not present a safety risk; • using alternative methods when possible to ensure that customers with disabilities have access to the same services, in the same place and in a similar manner; • taking into account individual needs when providing goods and services; and • communicating in a manner that takes into account the customer's disability.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Information not available


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

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

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    The function of our school is to augment the development of each child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically so that the child may eventually emerge as a well-rounded independent adult. Students requiring supports outside of Northstar’s expertise will be supported through all avenues possible, including welcoming community partners and other professionals into the environment to help build a better understanding of the students’ learning needs. We will support both child and the family by meeting with all necessary persons to understand the child’s needs and to learn about and implement any individualized plans and accommodations that have been put forth.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Northstar Montessori Private School

    Columbia International College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Columbia International College

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Sports and Hobbies are meant to engage students to try new things or be part of a school team or club. Competition is minimal as it is an experience that normally a child would not try out for.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    • We run multiple varsity teams, including basket ball, soccer, badminton, table tennis, and dance.
    • 90+ clubs and extracurricular activities for students
    • School Club Fair is held twice a year where students can learn more about, and register for, extracurricular activities.
    • We have a very robust and highly competitive intramural program(Basket ball, soccer, badminton, and table tennis).
    • We have a competitive Model United Nation team, competes internationally.
    • Every student completes leadership training in our tiered leadership program.
    • We provide the opportunity for students to participate in all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program. We offer weekly community service opportunities for our students to meaningfully give back to out local community. We provide options for students to fulfill all aspects of the Award, including the Adventure Journey.
    • We offer a dynamic weekend program with a variety of trips and activities.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    99%

     

    86%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    A child coming from another Montessori school would be able to transition in our school easier as they are familiar with how the class is set up, the materials and how to work with it.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Students who are pursuing OSSD and post-secondary education.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Generally when we assess a child, we mainly focus on their language and math skills.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Students are asked to submit their transcripts from their previous school with their application form.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Aleeyah Samuels (2007)
    Honour Roll student. Accepted to all four universities applied to (all with entrance scholarships). Now attending the University of Guelph to a program called, "Criminal Justice and Public Policy".
    Jasmeer Sangha (2002)
    Received Math awards in HS, placed 90th percentile in Waterloo Math competition. Graduated from UofT with a major in Astrophysics. Currently pursuing a Master's Degree and working at York University.
    Ritu Shah (2007)
    IB graduate from St. Francis Xavier; Board of Directors at Mississauga Youth Advisory Committee; attending UniversityofWaterloo for Systems Design Engineering; co-op terms with Synaptive Medical and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.
    Bianca Mehrotra (2016)
    Congratulations to Bianca who has graduated from Grade 8. She was the recipient of the Academic Excellence award achieving the highest average out of 100+ students from her current school.

    COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Roger Tong (1981)
    Roger Tong is AsiaSat’s Chief Executive Officer. Roger has over 30 yearsʼ experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry.
    Ken Seng Tan (1988)
    Dr. Ken Seng Tan is a prominent figure in the world of Actuarial Sciences, professor at the University of Waterloo and member of Canada’s Research Chair in Quantitative Risk Management.
    Sasha-Kay Gilzean (2002)
    Sasha-Kay is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, the Bar Council (UK), the Jamaican Bar Association and the Law Society of Ontario.
    You Ming Tan (2007)
    You Ming Tan (谭佑铭) is a successful creative singer songwriter in China. In 2010, he won the 4th place in China’s Super Boy Singing Competition, a popular reality TV talent show in China.



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