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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1982

     

    1842


     

    Enrolment

     

    260

     

    440


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Boarding


     

    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."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Progressive


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    18 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $13,079

     

    $26,520 to $32,130


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $63,855 to $67,075


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    22

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    26%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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 Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Pickering College

    User reviews

    User reviews

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Strong academics, close-knit community
    Leanne Getty - Parent   (Feb 27, 2018)
    My daughters are currently in grades one and two and are both thriving at Oakville Christian School....
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    "a very positive experience for all four of our children"
    Kathleen Wilson - Parent   (Feb 27, 2018)
    We have had our children at Oakville Christian School for the last nine years. School has been a ve...
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    "I think it says a lot about a school if your graduates like to come back and help out where they can."
    Charlotte Jeneway - Parent   (Feb 28, 2018)
    My children have, and still do appreciate everything that Oakville Christian School offers them on a...
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    PICKERING COLLEGE

    "...encouraged by their teachers to develop their learning skills."
    Amy Wang - Parent   (Dec 13, 2018)
    My sons are always happy in the school. They have got the teachers’ help on their academics and ma...
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    "I believe that the teaching at Pickering College is one of the strongest features of the school."
    Shyam Subramanyam - Student   (Mar 08, 2021)
    As of writing this review, I am currently a grade 10 student at Pickering College. I began my journe...
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    "...opportunities to mature, develop and demonstrate ownership, accountability, and responsibility."
    Sonya Bonerath - Parent   (Mar 22, 2021)
    My daughter and son started their studies at Pickering College in grades 7 and 9. My daughter's joy ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    OCS was founded in 1982 to serve a need principally for a quality school that taught the Ontario curriculum through a Christian lens. Since, the school has built its reputation on precisely that: offering a Christian perspective on the core Ontario curriculum. The school has a strong community feel, a product to some extent of its size, though leadership has given close attention to developing instruction and extra-curriculars, including the development of a strong athletic program. The school continues to reflect its original mandate while also remaining agile, adopting new programs and practices to meet the needs of students in a changing world. 

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1842, Canada's only Quaker-founded school
    • Global Leadership Program Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
    • Reggio-inspired JK to Grade 3
    • 100% university placement
    • Extensive co-curricular program
    • Zoom tours: https://www.pickeringcollege.on.ca/admission/book-a-tour
    • Open houses: Oct 24 from 10:00 - 11:00 am, Jan 16 from 10:00 - 11:30 am, Feb 17 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

    Description

    Description

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Nurturing excellence in a Christ-centred academic environment is the key to education at Oakville Christian School. The Christian principles of the school reflect a strong belief in the value of each child. OCS seeks to develop the mind, body and spirit of each student within the context of a caring, safe community environment. In a world that expects you to fit in, we teach our students to stand out!

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    At Pickering College, our fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future. Our co-educational day and boarding school of 440 students, just 40 minutes north of Toronto, is a safe and respectful community where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. From JK to Grade 12, small classes ensure individualized attention. Enhanced by the use of technology, we provide unique, enriched and meaningful learning opportunities. Our diverse co-curricular programs include athletics such as soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, skating, snowboarding, skiing, equestrian, tennis, volleyball and mountain biking. Students can participate on one of Canada’s only CRTC-licensed high-school operated radio stations, instrumental and vocal music, and a range of clubs such as our Debate Team and Youth Action Organization. Our students experience a school that is intimate in size and global in perspective. Students choose Pickering College because of our strong school community and exceptional academic and co-curricular programs. Our graduates leave us to attend the university of their choice, prepared to make a difference in the world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Message

    Welcome to Oakville Christian School (OCS)! Our mission is “Nurturing Excellence in a Christ-centred Academic Environment”. Over the past thirty five years, OCS has experienced increasing success, combining Christian faith development with high academic standards.

    Oakville Christian School has a vibrant academic program that exceeds Ontario Ministry guidelines with programs in Athletics, French, Music and Art. Following the research-based School-wide Enrichment Model, OCS provides challenging high-end learning that is enjoyable for everyone. Our learning environment is supported by Smart board technology, a computer lab, a mobile laptop lab and two dedicated computers in every classroom. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of different sports, and OCS competitive teams have developed a high reputation for outstanding sportsmanship and skills in tournaments. Students are also given excellent opportunity for leadership activities among other students. In addition, participation in musical performances, drama, chapel presentations, interest clubs and community service provides students with the growth necessary to develop academically, physically, spiritually and socially.

    Families are attracted to the school because of the Christian environment, high academic standards, strong sense of community and the highly professional, experienced and dedicated teaching staff. Our reputation has grown through word-of-mouth as a result of family satisfaction, student well-being and graduate success in high school and beyond. As you browse through our website, you will discover the difference that our program has to offer.


    Jeff Kennedy  B.Kin, B.Ed, M.Ed.

     

    Pickering College is a very special place. Founded in 1842, we are a place that has a tradition of academic excellence based on almost 175 years of pioneering and original teaching and learning. Yet we are also a place that has a compelling and exciting future guided by a focus on innovation and creativity in a global context. It is this strong foundation and clear vision that allow us to prepare our students to be citizens and leaders in the 21st century.

    Throughout this profile, you will learn about the school and the programs we offer in a co-educational setting, that welcomes day students from our local communities  (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) and international students from around the world (Grades 7 to 12).

    I think what will really strike you is the degree to which students and teachers work together to create the learning experience. Our school is successful, and has always been successful, because our teachers create a caring, compassionate, safe yet challenging environment in which our students feel empowered to take risks and are encouraged to lead. Truly, we are a school unlike any other.

    If you are looking for a deeper educational experience for your child – an experience that sees and inspires the unique inner potential of every student – then I encourage you to start here. If you are looking for a broader educational experience for your child that uncovers all aspects of their unique talents and gifts – academic, artistic, athletic and altruistic – then I encourage you to proceed through these pages. And, if you are looking

    for a richer educational experience – focusing on values, character, leadership and creating the future – then I encourage you to come to Pickering College, visit and understand for yourself why our school is so extraordinary.

    Peter C. Sturrup
    Headmaster

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Traditional

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Not applicable

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      To guide our academic curriculum at OCS we use the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, which is a tool for total school improvement that allows each school to keep its unique characteristics, personality, and culture. It is a research-based model with roots in gifted education with goals to provide challenging high-end learning that is enjoyable for all students. The Schoolwide Enrichment Model at OCS is comprised of 3 main components – the total talent portfolio, curriculum modification techniques, and enrichment learning.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Pickering College is an independent boarding (Grades 7 to 12) and day (Kindergarten to Grade 12) school for boys and girls in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, global leadership development and community service. • 100% university placement at top universities in Canada and around the world • Fully integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) • Dedicated and caring teachers who are specialists in their field • Challenging and engaging academic curriculum • Full recreational and competitive co-curricular program • Safe and supportive nurturing environment • Dynamic boarding program • Small class sizes and personalized attention at every grade

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Writing

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        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

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Zoology

      • Literature

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Core Knowledge

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        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).

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Heavy integration

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        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.

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Approach

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      We believe that children should be nurtured in an intellectually and socially enhancing atmosphere where individuality, creativity, and spirituality are encouraged. Active learning is at the heart of the developmental process, making “play” an essential component of our preschool program. Children will have the opportunity to explore, question, observe, try new experiences, and take risks. Through play activities and discussions the children learn to think independently, gain confidence, and develop friendships. Our goal is to provide a happy and positive school experience for your child.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Our Reggio inspired program at Pickering College, offers a dynamic, nurturing and positive learning environment where your child’s curiosity is stimulated, leadership skills are cultivated, and fun-filled interactive learning is meaningful and focused. Small class sizes provide an ideal setting for building a foundation for lifelong learning, as students develop confidence, social conscience and acquire the skills and knowledge for success.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Standard-enriched

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      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.

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      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”.

      PICKERING 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

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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

  • 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:

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    Pickering 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.
     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PICKERING 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

    Modifications

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    PICKERING 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

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Information not available

    PICKERING 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

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Information not available

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    Pickering 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

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    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

    PICKERING 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

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Pickering College students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 participate on CHOP FM. Junior School students produced their own Global Leadership Program radio shows on CHOP FM with topics ranging from environmentalism to science and technology.
    • The Queen’s National High School Debating Championships is widely recognized as the most prestigious university tournament in Canada. This year, there were over 200 competitors representing schools from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Competing in six rounds of debate, our students used their critical thinking abilities and stamina to showcase the skills they have learned from our debate program.
    • Pickering College’s swim team achieved Gold and Silver in two events and placed in the top 10 in several others at the Ontario high school swimming championship, OFSAA.
    • The Senior Jazz Band traveled to the renowned Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. The group had successfully auditioned last year for this coveted spot, and did not disappoint. The revie
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 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 Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College is truly a special place for students from Canada and around the world (Boarding from Grade 7 to Grade 12). It is a place where our students and families tell us that they feel warmly welcomed and accepted from the first day that they arrive; where students come to make friendships that last a lifetime and where they feel supported to pursue their dreams. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, leadership development and community service. Our Global Leadership Program, fully integrated from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, builds on our longstanding mission and community service-oriented approach to education. The Global Leadership Program prepares students with the skills needed to be innovative, entrepreneurial, globally-focused and ready to tackle complex global issues. Pickering College is building future global leaders by providing a values-based education that helps students to develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and social conscience to prepare them for university and for life. At Pickering College we focus on the whole child. Students learn to excel, to develop character, to make friends and prepare for future endeavours and opportunities. It’s their community, and the experiences they have at school shape them as they become citizens of the world.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Application form (available online)
    • Report cards for current school year and final report cards from previous three years (Ontario residents in Grades 9 and up must also submit Ontario Student Transcript)
    • Student Essay
    • Birth certificate for Canadian applicants
    • Passport copy for International applicants
    • Wallet size photo
    • Teacher Confidential Report, sent in confidence, direct to Pickering College
    • Admission interview (child selects a sample of a graded assessment/project they have completed or an activity they participated in that they are particularly proud of and would like to share and explain during the interview)
    • Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6: academic assessment at Pickering College
    • Grades 7 to 12: After admission interview, candidates will be advised if additional assessment is necessary
    • Non-native English speakers: TOEFL Junior score is required

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Henry (Hal) Jackman (1945)
    His Honour Henry Jackman is a well-known figure in Canadian business and entrepreneurial circles. Additionally, "Hal" Jackman, as he is more widely known, was the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    Gabrielle Daleman (2016)
    Gabrielle "Gabby" Daleman, a Canadian figure skater, was the 2017 World bronze medalist and represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.



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