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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1982

     

    1980


     

    Enrolment

     

    260

     

    250


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    1 to 12


     

    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."
     
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional

     

    Liberal Arts


     

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    Varies

     

    10 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $13,079

     

    $18,100 to $23,500


     

    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

     

    21


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    information not available

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    information not available

    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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    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    "They help the students create, then build work practices that will set them up for success not only for exams but for life moving forward."
    Jonathan Landon - Parent   (Oct 24, 2018)
    In a word, transformational. Going from really disliking school in general to really wanting to go t...
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    "Each teacher has been able to identify and address our child's unique learning style. Not only do they give her the push that she needs to achieve, they have instilled a belief in her own ability..."
    Karen Snowdon-Steacy - Parent   (Oct 24, 2018)
    My child loves WillowWood and feels very safe at the school. She describes the day to day feeling a...
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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. 

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    By any measure, there’s a lot to love about WillowWood. The work of the school is dedicated to supporting learners who, for a range of reasons, need something different, and who, for whatever reason, aren’t adequately supported in other academic environments. Their personal needs are assessed, as are their strengths and interests, and instruction begins from that point, seeking to build on their abilities in order to grow engaged learners equipped with the confidence and the skills to establish a place in the community of the school and beyond.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    information not available

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    • Targeted, personal education
    • Consideration for each student's needs, inclinations and strengths
    • Low student to teacher ratio
    • Family style with a warm and caring environment
    • Support for diverse learners (including ESL, LD, Gifted LD, ADHD)
    • First Grade through High School Ontario curriculum
    • Robust Athletics program and Arts opportunities
    • Emphasis on mindfulness and opportunities to participate in our meditation club
    • Emphasis on environmental education and incorporation of climate action into curricula

    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!

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR DIVERSE LEARNERS. WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Take a walkthrough WillowWood School - virtual tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=DN2rjFLnLac

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD 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.

     

    When visitors walk into the building for the first time they often remark on the special feeling the school has.

    That feeling (which I call magical) is a combination of the history and philosophy of the school, the energy of the staff, and the spirit of the students.

    When I founded this school it was based on the belief that learning can and should be fun and that school should be a positive and rewarding experience.

    We know that one size does not fit all and that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. My staff and I have been successfully delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for over 30 years.

    That's the magic we make at WillowWood.
    If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you.

    - Joy Kurtz, Director

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Traditional

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD 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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood was founded on the idea that all students deserve to learn with dignity. We individualize our teaching to meet the needs and talents of each student, so they can find and achieve their potential. WillowWood is a family-style school. Students and teachers enjoy friendly, genuine interactions in and out of classes. Students at WillowWood find a remarkable lack of clique-competition and bullying, as students internalize the family feeling. Conflict is dealt with quickly and fairly, with understanding and through communication whenever possible. Students are given agency and encouraged to set personal goals, to develop self-advocacy and communication skills - all while knowing that help is available for the asking and that assistance provided will respect their dignity. All of this makes WillowWood a great school for a wide variety of students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal balance

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Process approach


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Literature

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Traditional


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        We encourage practice and critical thinking about literature and communication of all forms. We use a mixture of traditional materials and popular and modern works.


        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

        WILLOWWOOD 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)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Core Knowledge

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge


        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).

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Equal Balance

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Communicative


        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.

        WILLOWWOOD 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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available


        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

        WILLOWWOOD 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

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Oakville Christian School (OCS)

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        WillowWood School

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Heavy integration

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Medium 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.

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Information not available

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        We encourage teachers to use tech as needed, and to model healthy use of technology (balanced). We use assistive technology everywhere it can be used, and encourage students to find and use any that work for them.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Approach

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Standard-enriched

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      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”.

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members, innovative programs and friendly environment bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning.


      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."

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Oakville Christian School (OCS)

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      WillowWood School

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

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

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."


      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."

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

      Information not available

      WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

      WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small, the atmosphere is warm, and the pedagogical approach is holistic. Our effective teaching strategies, enthusiastic staff members, innovative programs and friendly environment bring out the best in students, build self-confidence and inspire a love of learning.

  • 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)

    WillowWood 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)

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WILLOWWOOD 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

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    OAKVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (OCS)

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    WILLOWWOOD 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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    We accommodate students in collaboration with them, their parents, teachers and our school therapist.


    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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    WillowWood is ideal for students with learning disabilities, due to our individualized programming and trained staff. We excel in this area.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Oakville Christian School (OCS)

    WillowWood 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)

    WillowWood School

    WILLOWWOOD 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

    WILLOWWOOD 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)

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    • Annual Musical: every Spring, we put on a full-school musical production. Students act, manage tech, crew the stage, etc.
    • Music Club: Students are encouraged and guided in creating and performing with bands/acts of all genres.
    • Robotics Club: a new Middle School initiative!
    • Camping: annual camping trip for High School students.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    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

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    We are looking for students who want to succeed, want a supportive environment, and hope to discover and uncover their full potential in school.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WILLOWWOOD SCHOOL

    WillowWood admissions involve determining the fit between the student and school. Our process involves several steps:


    Domestic Applications

    1. An information interview with the parent(s) or guardian(s)
    2. In Lower and Middle Schools (gr.1-8), the prospective student usually visits a classroom for a morning. In Upper School, (grade 9-12), the prospective student comes in for an interview with a member of the admissions team, and a tour.
    3. A review of documentation is conducted by the admissions team.
    4. Placement is offered.



    International Applications

    1. A parent, guardian or agent contacts the school and receives a list of necessary information.
    2. The information is assessed by our admissions team.
    3. An interview meeting (in person or via telephone/ Skype) is held with the prospective student's parent(s)/guardian(s)/agent, our admissions team, and the student.
    4. Placement is offered.


    Admissions are welcome all year.To contact WillowWood with regard to enrolling a student, please call 416 444 7644, or email [email protected].




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