One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Walden International School

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1982

     

    2014


     

    Enrolment

     

    260

     

    180


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Liberal Arts, International Baccalaureate


     

    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.
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    15 to 18


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $13,079

     

    $9,600 to $19,200


     

    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

     

    22

     

    15


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Walden International School

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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    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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    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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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. 

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    The work of Walden, as suggested by the school’s name, is informed by the work of Henry David Thoreau, specifically the idea that working within a natural setting, allowing curiosity to guide you, is the basis to working with others and knowing your place in the world. The offering of the IB program underscores that world view, as does an emphasis on getting into nature. It’s a noisy world. Kids need quiet, and Walden rightly makes that a priority. Instruction is student driven, seeking to inspire curiosity, while also capitalizing on the interests that students bring into the classroom. While academics are strong, it’s the values that the school promotes that is a particular draw to the families that enroll here. The school includes a dedication to 21st century skills, fostering leadership and independence, developing communication and interpersonal skills, as well as much of the staff, students, and the culture. As such the school is at the cutting edge of curriculum delivery, with a gaze firmly set on the skills, behaviours, and values that students will need as they move forward in schooling and in life. The ideal student is one able to make the most of an enriched, creative, student-driven educational environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Walden International School

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    information not available

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • Enriched, challenging studies: average to gifted levels
    • 21st Century Skills: Leadership, Analytical Thinking Skills
    • STE'A'M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths
    • 'ARTS' - Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, Drama/Theatre
    • Intramural and Competitive Varsity Sports Programs
    • International Baccalaureate

    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!

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Walden International School delivers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) to PK-Gr 5 students, and is pursuing candidacy for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for Gr 6-8 students. Walden’s dedication to wellness, service learning, and international mindedness ensures students are well-prepared for post-secondary studies and beyond. Its authentic teaching of the IB Programme demonstrates its ongoing commitment to nurturing young people who will mature into globally responsible citizens.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Walden International School

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    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.

     

    “Welcome to Walden. Our motto, Imagine Explore Achieve, speaks to the potential that we seek in our students. We inspire even the youngest students in our Early Years classroom to reach beyond what they know through inquiry and reflection. And, by embracing daily challenges they learn resilience and gain confidence, both hallmarks of success.

    “What ultimately sets our standards at Walden is our team of dedicated faculty and staff who never cease to amaze me with their innovation, patience, and professionalism. They are educators who feel that every child is deserving of the very best, who are committed to delivering the very best, and who are not apologetic for demanding the very best.

    “We look forward to your visit to Walden. We are eager to share with you our promise of a quality education.”

    DAPHNE PERUGINI - BSc, MSEd, OCT

    Daphne Perugini was a teacher and Vice-Principal with the Peel District School Board for nearly two decades. She has had experience leading a comprehensive network of educators in Gifted Learning, Alternative Education, and the International Baccalaureate. Like many in the field who have inspired her, Ms. Perugini believes that education needs to be transformed.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Walden International School

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      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.

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Not applicable

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      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.

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Walden International School is an authorized IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and is pursuing candidacy for Middle Years Programme (MYP). Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden, our school is committed to fostering independent, self-reliant learners in a nature-centric environment. Our mandate is to model for our students the merits of subscribing to an unadorned approach to living while developing a worldly view in pursuit of academic excellence. As an international school with a globally-focused curriculum, we promise to deliver a rigorous, prestigious and necessary educational programme meeting the standards and demands of the world in which we live.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        MYP Mathematics is more than simply learning formulae or rules. Students do not have the impression that all of the answers to mathematics can be found in a book but, rather, they are active participants in the search for concepts and relationships. Our students learn that Mathematics is alive and are presented with the thrill of exploration and the rewards of discovery. New knowledge may then be applied to other situations, opening up even more doors for students. MYP mathematics promotes both inquiry and application, helping students to develop problem-solving techniques that transcend the discipline and that are useful in the world outside school.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Grades 1-6: Math Makes Sense Grades 7 & 8: Nelson Math


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Students memorize math facts in the early grades and by grade 6 are learning to use calculators appropriately for complex problems.

      • Writing

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        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.

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Writing allows us to develop, organize and communicate thoughts, ideas and information. Fiction and non- fiction in a variety of genres (for example, novels, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, diaries, letters, pastiches, parodies, cartoons, graphic novels, poetry, song lyrics, drama, screenplays, advertisements, blogs, emails, websites, appeals, brochures, leaflets, editorials, interviews, magazine articles, manifestos, reports, instructions and guidelines) are all text types students may engage with to develop their written communication skills, both as readers and writers.

      • Science

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        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.

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        With inquiry at the core, the MYP sciences framework aims to guide students to independently and collaboratively investigate issues through research, observation and experimentation. The MYP sciences curriculum must explore the connections between science and everyday life. As they investigate real examples of science applications, students will discover the tensions and dependencies between science and morality, ethics, culture, economics, politics, and the environment.


        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

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance


        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.

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        As well as being academically rigorous, MYP language and literature equips students with linguistic, analytical and communicative skills that can also be used to develop interdisciplinary understanding across all other subject groups. Students’ interaction with chosen texts can generate insight into moral, social, economic, political, cultural and environmental factors and so contributes to the development of opinion- forming, decision-making and ethical-reasoning skills, and further develops the attributes of an IB learner.


        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

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Core Knowledge

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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).

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. It encourages learners, both students and teachers, to consider local and global contexts.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach


        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.

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        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.


        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

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        MYP individuals and societies encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with the necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies and environments. It encourages learners, both students and teachers, to consider local and global contexts.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        The study of foreign languages in the MYP provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, behaving and viewing the world.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Heavy integration

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Light 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.

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Walden provides a balanced approach to computer use. Students at all grade levels use digital tools which are integrated in their programme. Teachers enhance lessons with Smart Boards, laptops, Chrome books and classroom computers or can work on whole class activities at one of the 2 computer labs.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Walden International School

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

        MYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle. Through opportunities for active learning, courses in this subject group embody and promote the holistic nature of well-being.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Walden International School

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      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.

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Early learning in the Early Years PYP is a holistic experience that integrates socio-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Very young learners need stimulating, supportive interactions with their peers and teachers and the effective use of curricula. In the Early Years classroom, learning takes place in dynamic environments that promote inquiry, discovery and exploration.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Walden International School

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      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”.

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      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

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      While we value rigour in academics, we promote a caring and student-centred learning culture that focuses equally on process and final product. We celebrate the whole child and instill a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      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."

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Walden International School

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

      Walden International School is dedicated to cultivating and preparing principled, compassionate and confident young people who will become globally responsible citizens. Walden students’ interaction with others is genuinely different. It is giving, curious and good. At Walden, we make good people in the knowledge that from goodness arises greatness.

  • 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)

    Walden International School

    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)

    Walden International School

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    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

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    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


    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

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    While we are not formally resourced to support students with clinically diagnosed learning disabilities, our mandate is to provide an inclusive learning environment that promotes confidence in all students. Teachers will work with students with observed academic and behavioural difficulties through providing the necessary accommodations that best support the student. The school will work collaboratively with parents to encourage the success of their child.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    Walden International School

    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)

    Walden International School

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL


    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

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL 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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    • To promote a passion for service, Walden supports various community charities including, but not limited to, ME to WE, United Way, Terry Fox, Heart & Stroke, Pink Day
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Walden students are resilient, curious, giving and good. At Walden, we make good people in the knowledge that from goodness arises greatness. We are dedicated to cultivating and preparing principled, compassionate and confident young people who will become globally responsible citizens. Our balanced world class education, with a unique focus on wellness, fosters respect and harmony for self and with others; and, empowers students to imagine, explore and achieve a peaceful and sustainable future.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WALDEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

    Parents wishing to enroll their child:

    a) Schedule a tour of the school. Brief meeting with Administration and/or Programme Coordinator.

    b) If interested, arrange a 2-day (or more, if required) class visit. Supporting documents may be requested.

    c) The visiting student will join a class at same grade level. Informal learning assessments will be conducted by the teacher(s).

    d) At the end of the classroom visit, parents will receive a written observation report and will meet with Administration to discuss acceptance decisison and next steps.




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