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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Thetford Academy

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1996

     

    1819


     

    Enrolment

     

    300

     

    300


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Homestay, 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."
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Progressive


     

    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.
     
    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

     

    14


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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

     

    $17,998


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    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

     

    50


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    99%

     

    0%


     

    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

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Thetford Academy

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    information not available

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    information not available

    THETFORD ACADEMY

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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.

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    Thetford Academy is delightful in so many ways it’s hard to know quite where to start. Founded in 1819, it’s the oldest secondary school in Vermont, and has been coed since it first opened its doors. The location, charmingly, was chosen in order to allow students a chance to study in a location described at the time as “remarkably healthy, and free from business, excitement, and every temptation.” While finding a place apart from the real world is certainly no longer a goal—the school is very much an international one in light of its curricular gaze and student population—many of the founding values remain. That includes a dedication to the liberal arts, a rigorous delivery, and a commitment to diversity of thought, perspective, and experience. Instruction today reflects the best practices or our time, with experiential learning, cross-curricular investigation, and a focus on relationships (peer to peer; instructor to student) as the basis of instruction. The campus is extensive, and with a recent purchase of an additional parcel of land adjacent to the main property, has direct access to State Forest. Much, rightly, is made of those outdoor resources, including recreation, physical education, and outdoor instruction. There’s also a maple sugar shack. Again, it’s a stellar setting that hosts a world-class program, just as it’s been doing for more than two centuries.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Thetford Academy

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    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

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    • State-of-the-art Science labs
    • Weight room and gym facility
    • Timber-framed outdoor classroom
    • Greenhouse and outdoor vegetable gardens
    • Athletic fields with timber-framed dugouts designed and built by TA students; 2 batting cages
    • Thetford Outdoor Program (TOP) heated yurt and outdoor classroom
    • Groomed and maintained 5K cross country trail, the Dan Grossman Woods Trail
    • Honors courses offered in all core departments in the high school
    • Juniors and Seniors may be eligible to take courses for college credit at Dartmouth College
    • Recent state championships: girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys indoor track

    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!

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    Thetford Academy’s campus is 295 acres of field and forest, with stunning views of the highest peaks of the Connecticut River Valley. The historic White Building, built in 1949 after the original building burned in the Great Fire of 1942, is the centerpiece and hub of Thetford Academy. Sitting at the head of the quad, it is flanked by the the Arts and Science Building, the Vaughan Alumni Gymnasium, and Anderson Hall. Thetford Academy has an extensive trail network for hiking, walking, running, and Nordic skiing.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Northstar Montessori Private School

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Thetford Academy

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    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.

    Carrie Brennan joined Thetford Academy as Head of School in July 2019. With a new, five-year strategic plan in place, and with the school on the cusp of its third century, Carrie Brennan is focused on TA’s future: “I am awed by the rich history of Thetford Academy—and inspired by what a vibrant and dynamic 21st-century school TA is today!” Knowing that she would be leading a team of such dedicated and skilled faculty and staff, sold Carrie on the leadership position. “With this team we can accomplish anything for students.”

    Formerly the executive director and co-founder of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning in Tucson, Arizona, Carrie’s work in education and education leadership has been widely recognized. In March 2019, she was named one of Tucson’s “Women of Influence,” an award honoring the region’s most impressive female professionals.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Thetford Academy

      THETFORD ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        THETFORD 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.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori approach to Math involves providing the students with a physical and concrete experience of mathematical concepts and then moving toward the abstract understanding of concepts and the memorization of Math facts. Students will be initially be introduced to counting and number recognition and then move toward the understanding of the place value of numbers and the formation of 4 digit numbers. Once the students have mastered these concepts they will be introduced to the operations of Math. Areas of study in the Elementary Math curriculum include, the further understanding and memorization of Math facts, Geometry, Fractions and Algebra (program dependent). Our goal is to have students truly understand the process involved in completing their Math work.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Nelson Mathematics\nMath Makes Sense

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori Language program is phonetically based. Students are introduced to the phonetic sounds of letters through tracing the Sandpaper Letters; where in addition to hearing the sound they are experiencing the letter formation (early writing). Once a student has masters 10 to 12 sounds they will be introduced to a variety of early reading materials including word building, phonetic reading lists and eventually readers. Student will progress at their own pace and with guidance from their teachers. Through repetition and daily reading students will gain total reading, which involves reading with comprehension.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students are introduced to penmanship initially with the formation of cursive letters on a chalk board then on a lined paper. Students are encouraged to write words and then sentences. Phonetic word writing is encouraged initially and then a move toward correct spelling and sentence structure is made through various lessons.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        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

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Science/Culture curriculum includes the study of animals, their habitats, fundamental needs, external and internal construction, classification and characteristics. The students will learn to appreciate the unique traits of living things and their value and purpose on earth in helping to create a harmonized eco-system and life cycle. The students are also introduced to the characteristics and importance of plants through science experiments and plant study. They are also made aware of their role in ensuring that the environment is sustained for generations to come. Elementary students also participate in science experiments and an annual Science Fair.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        THETFORD ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Zoology

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students are exposed to a variety of literature throughout their time in the Elementary program. They read through classic novels and participate in novel studies where the story lines and characters are examined closely, Current literature and articles are also examined and analysed as students are encouraged to gain an understanding of current events.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        THETFORD ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our Social Studies/Culture curriculum includes History, Geography and world events study. We also include lessons designed for students to gain an understanding of themselves, their families and their communities. Cultural universals are also explored and may include topics such as Government and Schooling.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        THETFORD ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Students have computers as part of their academic year and begin in grade 1. By introducing them to various programs, it allows them to get familiar with the computer and eventually become comfortable as they move into their middle years. PC\'s are mainly used as it reflects the majority of users in the working world. Programs include Microsoft Office, web-based programs, MovieMaker and graphic programs. Aside from understanding the computer and using the programs, they are also shown basic design principles (font selection, margin allowance, white space, balance, flow). Middle school students begin to learn about photography and lighting and learn computer programming using Lego Robotics and 3D printing.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Northstar Montessori Private School

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Thetford Academy

        THETFORD ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The Montessori philosophy is still applied in the physical education program. Since students in each classroom have a 3yr mixed age range it is expected to see various degrees in their physical and social skills. By allowing the older students the opportunity to demonstrate for the younger ones, it increases their desire to participate even if their abilities are still developing. The younger ones are enthused with the effort and will apply the same effort. In addition, those that are not understanding clearly or have communication barriers, will use their observation skills to determine what needs to be done. Emphasis is on participation and working together.

        THETFORD ACADEMY

        Thetford Academy offers exciting physical education through a wide variety of activities. These units challenge the individual to master fundamental motor skills;develop coordination and overall fitness; maintain or increase positive attitudes toward peer groups; practice social skills necessary for participating in individual and team activities; demonstrate physical skills based on observation and listening to instructions; understand physical, mental, and emotional health; and increase knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Thetford Academy

      THETFORD ACADEMY


      Approach

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Thetford Academy

      THETFORD ACADEMY


      Pace

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Students are not limited by age as to the materials they are exposed too. The student\'s skills and abilities are assessed to determine if they are ready to move forward in the curriculum area.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Thetford Academy

      THETFORD ACADEMY


      Culture

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Supportive


      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      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

      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      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."

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Northstar Montessori Private School

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Thetford Academy

      THETFORD ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      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."

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      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.

      THETFORD ACADEMY

      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

    Thetford Academy

    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

    Thetford Academy

    THETFORD ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    NORTHSTAR MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    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

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    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.

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    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.

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Northstar Montessori Private School

    Thetford Academy

    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

    Thetford Academy

    THETFORD ACADEMY


    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

    THETFORD 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


    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.

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    • 2020 Champions! Panther Boys Earn Division III State Basketball Title
    • 2020 Champions! Panther Indoor Track and Field Takes Top Spots in State Finals: Division II title (boys) and a TA-best second place overall finish (girls).
    • TA’s Founders’ Day tradition began in 1944, two years after the original White Building was devastated by fire and with World War II raging across Europe. Then headmaster Carl Anderson hoped, that in this dark time for TA and the world, a celebration of Academy and its founders would raise the spirits of the school community. Since then, Founders’ Day has become a beloved tradition at TA, serving as both a connection to the school’s history and a celebration of its present. The day always begins with a retelling of the school’s early history and a candle lighting ceremony honoring TA’s commitment to the values of faith, hope, dedication, knowledge, cooperation, courage, and responsibility.
    • 2019 Champions! Panther Girls Win Third Div. III Stat
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    99%

     

    0%


     

    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

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12


     

    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.

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    Thetford Academy seeks students who will benefit from and contribute to the educational program at our school. We believe in five fundamental principles: excellence, commitment, cooperation, diversity, and care. We are especially interested in students who want to do their best, help others, and be a part of a respectful learning community.

    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.

    THETFORD ACADEMY

    International Student Application Requirements

     

    1. Online Application Form                                 

    Submit as soon as possible after November 1st.

    2. Additional Documents

    Mail, fax, or email as soon as possible after your online application is submitted.

    International Application Essays    

    • Have you ever studied abroad or lived away from your family? If so, please tell us more. Also, please tell us about any other international travel experience (150 words or less)

    • Thetford Academy seeks students who will benefit from and contribute to the educational program at our school. We are interested in students who want to try hard, help others, and join a respectful learning community. We believe in five fundamental principles: excellence, commitment, cooperation, diversity, and caring. In your words, please tell us what these principles mean to you (500 words or less). 

    • Individual and Family Photographs (4-6 total)

    International Physical Examination Report

    • Part 1 completed by Parents of Applicant

    • Part 2 completed by Family Physician

    ** Please note that proof of United States Medical Insurance will be required upon enrollment

     
    • TOEFL Test Results

    3. International Applicant Recommendation Forms

    Referees must mail, fax, or email recommendations as soon as possible after online application is submitted.

    4. Official School Transcripts

    Records must be sent directly from your current school to  Thetford Academy in a sealed envelope.

    All documents must be mailed, faxed, or emailed to:

    Susan Essex Luce

    International Student Program Coordinator

    Thetford Academy

    304 Academy Road

    Thetford Center, VT 05075 USA

     

    [email protected]

    Fax: 011-802-785-4805

  • 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.



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