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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    King Heights Academy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2013

     

    2004


     

    Enrolment

     

    45

     

    150


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Homestay

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    4 to 10

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    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

     

    $12,500

     

    $15,598 to $21,998


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    1 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    11

     

    9


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 11, 2020

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    King Heights Academy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    "The environment is very friendly and supportive. The classes are dynamic, with hands-on activities, creating a more inviting experience for the students."
    IVANI MANCINI - Parent   (May 28, 2019)
    My son is attending OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology since September, 2018. Overall the experienc...
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    "The class sizes are very small (4-7) and the teachers are very flexible in their approach. You never feel afraid to ask questions..."
    James Davies - Student   (May 28, 2019)
    This place is fantastic. I started going to OAT in the summer after grade 9 to learn grade 10 math. ...
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    "Both my sons began with supplementary tutoring and enjoyed the experience so much they asked to take their full math credits with OAT."
    Beth Herst - Parent   (May 28, 2019)
    Both my sons have struggled with the math teaching in the public system. They were frustrated and de...
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    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    In a general sense, OAT is a specialty school in the way that, say, a ballet school is a specialty school—it brings together students who share a passion, and builds the curriculum around their engagement with that curriculum. And, like a ballet school, or a hockey school, it’s not for everyone. But, for the students that it’s for, the experience can be transformative. At OAT students work and learn alongside true peers, those who share an abiding interest in technology. The core curriculum is the provincial one, though delivered in a technology intensive learning environment.

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Parents are drawn to King Heights principally by its reputation for delivering high-quality academics. Not all schools perhaps have the same working definition for quality, though King Heights, in many ways, presents the most sound: challenging, collaborative, creative, and active. While not all students are required to enroll within it, the IB program provides a foundation for the life of the school that is inclusive of the values of global, linguistic, and cultural diversity. Also notable is a willingness to continually evaluate best practices, combining elements of traditional curriculum delivery with innovative tools and approaches. The culture of the school is one based in an empathetic world view, with parents and extended family welcome to participate actively in the school community.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    King Heights Academy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    • Small classes with a focus on STEM.
    • 3000 sf of open and bright space
    • We have 6 classrooms/labs, a study room, computer lab and a very large game/lunch room.
    • Extra-curricular available every day (included in the tuition).
    • Minimum of one field trip/month.
    • Passionate teachers who love to be there.
    • A balanced combination of use of technology and human interaction is embedded within our program.
    • A mix of local and diverse international students.
    • Zero tolerance on drugs, bullying, harassment of any kind. A safe place to learn!
    • No hidden fees!

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    • 2 Campuses, Thornhill & Woodbridge
    • Preschool, Prekindergarten, Elementary, Intermediate & Secondary Programs
    • Multi Sports Program
    • IB World School
    • Optimal Small Class Sizes
    • STEAM incorporated into every Program
    • High caliber, nurturing Teachers and Staff
    • International Student Program
    • Guidance counselling, SAT preparation, NCAA planning, OUAC planning
    • Transportation Services

    Description

    Description

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Toronto STEM School is a private high school specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with an emphasis on hands-on-learning. Our teachers are Ontario Certified and more importantly, have a passion for teaching. Our class sizes are small. We offer 3000 sf of prime educational space close to Eglinton Subway Station. There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities to choose from.

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    In the city of Vaughan, King Heights Academy pioneers the approach to interweave the provincial & the IB PYP curriculum by providing a safe & nurturing environment where children are given every opportunity to develop a range of cognitive, critical thinking, creative problem-solving & social skills. Our academic program is enriched with extra-curricular activities that create a broad range of opportunities to be stimulated, challenged & inspired. Our new Thornhill Campus offers a Sports Program from grades 1-12 as well .

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    King Heights Academy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Message

    At OAT, we offer the full Ontario Curriculum with an emphasis on math and science. The idea is to eliminate the shortcomings of prior years and truly prepare students for their tough undergraduate journey. We claim that students are here for one simple reason: quality of instructions! 

    Times are difficult and those with a better grip of intense knowledge and stronger character manage to reach to the top. Our vision is to continually amplify the quality of education we provide our students with. We do this by actively seeking additional resources and planning educational activities to bring accessible and inspiring modes of learning inside and outside the classroom. For those students who have had negative experiences in previous schools, we aim to prove that school can truly be a place of positivity, genuine connection, and fun.  

     

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      King Heights Academy

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Information not available

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      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

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      OAT Education (Ontario Academy of Technology) is a private high school that offers Grades 9-12 courses for students to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. We focus on mathematics, science, and engineering studies by supporting those who seek admission into such post-secondary disciplines. At OAT, we value small classes to facilitate close relationships and to best support the needs of our individual learners. When you or your child attends OAT we offer: - University Pathway Program - Hands-On Learning - IELTS Preparation Sessions - Fast Track Courses - One Field Trip per month - Enthusiastic teachers certified by Ontario College of Teachers Guarantee your place in a Top Canadian University!

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      King Heights Academy is a fully authorized IB World School. The IB Program nurtures independent learning skills, developing students' academic, social and emotional well being, focusing on international mindedness and strong personal values. King Heights Academy offers a transdisciplinary program that interweaves the Ontario curriculum and IB program and includes specialty programs such as Art, Information and Communication Technology, Music, Physical Education and daily French.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        TORONTO STEM 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.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We aim to offer students a taste of what lies ahead. For many students graduating from high school, it isn't obvious, for example, how their math courses will relate to physics and chemistry courses encountered in their post-secondary studies. We value foresight in our teaching methods so that students become proactive learners who accurately predict what concepts and skills await them in future courses.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        King Heights Academy's Math curriculum approaches numeracy skills and concepts in a balanced way. It engages students in a cycle of constructing, transferring and applying meaning as they develop understanding of mathematical concepts in order to provide them with a base for further learning. Specific instruction and exploration in mathematics occurs as both a part of our mathematics program and through the program of inquiry.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Nelson and Mcgrawhill

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We do not recommend calculators for grades 10 and below; however, all students are allowed to use scientific calculators for tests and exams.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        King Heights Academy's students are encouraged to communicate their experiences, knowledge and understanding through writing.

      • Science

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        TORONTO STEM 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.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Our goal is to offer these students a taste of what lies ahead. For the student graduating high school, it isn't obvious how their math courses relate to physics and chemistry courses. We would like to paint a clear picture of the relationship between these courses to give students a head-start on their university careers. What isn't standard about our courses is the view ahead our instructors offer. Our tech workshops are a key component to this philosophy.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        At King Heights Academy Science is taught through the IB Units of Inquiry. Our program views science as the exploration of behaviour and the interrelationship among the natural, physical and material worlds using the process of scientific inquiry; technology is viewed as the application of the principles of science. The inclusion of science and technology within the curriculum leads students to an appreciation and awareness of the world through the eyes of the scientist. The science and technology process, by encouraging hands-on experience and inquiry based learning, enables the students to make informed and responsible decisions, not only in science and technology but also in other areas of life.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Traditional

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        TORONTO STEM 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.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We teach literature primarily through a "Reader Response Theory" approach, where students are empowered to discover meanings from texts through their subjective experience as unique readers with differing identities and backgrounds. Through this method, we enact inquiry-based learning, where students are prompted with questions to help them delve into texts and develop their critical thinking skills. Students are encouraged to become reflective independent thinkers who confidently express their views on literature with clarity and persuasion. This approach encompasses the belief that there is not one correct interpretation of a text, but rather many possibilities. We see our students become active learners, engaged with a text and with their peers through discussion, rather than passively listening to the teacher. In addition to our reader response approach, we also teach elements of literature so that students have foundational knowledge to refer to in their interpretations.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Students engage daily in meaningful and developmentally appropriate literacy experiences that support their growth in reading, writing, listening and oral communication. Language experiences are also built into the Units and Inquiry and literacy experiences support the development of strong communication skills.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        King Heights Academy views Social Studies as the study of people in relation to their environment and their society. Social studies helps students to develop their personal, family, ethnic and cultural identities; to make informed and reasoned decisions about their classroom, the school and the world; and to understand themselves in relation to the past, the environment and society. Social Studies in an IB school is international. It teaches tolerance of diversity, social diversity and diversity of gender. It actively values all cultures and people. Emphasis is placed on the reduction of discrimination and prejudice within the classroom, the school and the world. Social Studies in an IB school is grounded in a strong strand for human rights, justice and equality. Social Studies is integrated into the IB Units of Inquiry.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        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

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We use a student-centred learning approach in our humanities and social science classes, where students are encouraged to research topics of personal interest and choose project directions suited to their individual preferences. By facilitating projects and activities centred on students' freedom of choice, we see learners become genuinely invested in their own education journey. We incorporate inquiry-based practices to help students become critical thinkers and cultivate their motivation in delving further into class concepts.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We offer French, German, Latin and Spanish courses to reinforce the importance of global citizenship. We encourage students to expand their perspective by learning any one of these foreign languages.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Students participate in daily French language classes which are stimulating and engaging. It encompasses oral communication skills, writing and reading skills and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Students also learn functional vocabulary to support their Units of Inquiry as well as meaningful and spontaneous language interaction.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        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)

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Information not available

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Creative

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        We offer music courses at OAT. The technology element is essential since our instructors use up-to-date methods of digital sound mixing techniques.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        King Heights Academy's Fine Arts programs are taught by Specialist Teachers. The Arts program at King Heights Academy offers students opportunities to express themselves through creation and response. Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being. The Arts nourish and stimulate the imagination, and provide students with an expanded range of tools, techniques, and skills to help them gain insights into the world around them and to represent their understandings in various ways. The Arts are also integrated into the IB Units of Inquiry.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Students analyze algorithms for effectiveness. They investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Students use technology appropriately and effectively to enhance inquiry and learning experiences. Students explore ways to investigate, create, communicate, organize, and collaborate using technology. Digital citizenship and academic honesty are taught explicitly as students become increasingly proficient in their use of technology.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        King Heights Academy

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Through GoodLife Fitness, which is conveniently located across the street from our school, we offer students an 8-month membership that they can use during their spare period or lunch break. Students have the choice to participate in fitness classes, engage in games of squash, or plan their own workouts using the extensive exercise equipment available to them. Students are not rushed during their choice of physical activity, given that our school day consists of 1 hour and 45 minute periods.

        KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

        The health and physical education curriculum helps students develop an understanding of what they need in order to make a commitment to lifelong healthy, active living and develop the capacity to live satisfying, productive lives. Students will learn the skills needed to be successful in life as active, socially responsible citizens.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      King Heights Academy

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      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

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Information not available

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      King Heights Academy offers a holistic, nurturing child-centered kindergarten curriculum in a friendly and nurturing environment. We introduce children to the world of wondering and wandering, exploring and enjoying, observing and understanding that comes naturally to them. We offer a well balanced and engaging curriculum which addresses practical life skills, sensorial and language development, logical reasoning, artistic pursuits and physical and social education. Activities are designed keeping in mind the distinct learning styles and individualized to the students' pace so that each student progresses through the elementary grades with assurance, ease and confidence.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      King Heights Academy

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      To accommodate different schedules, we offer correspondence courses where students earn credits through online platforms that allow flexible pacing, suited to individual needs. Additionally, we provide evening and night classes for students occupied during the day, or for those who simply prefer to be in school after typical hours.

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      King Heights Academy

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      TORONTO STEM 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.

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      We set high standards to prepare our students for success in their post-secondary education journeys while simultaneously nurturing the curiosity and liveliness of our students by encouraging a learning process that is not based on rote learning or dominated by direct instruction. The academic culture we promote is one of COMMUNITY and APPROACHABILITY, where we seek to eliminate the barriers between teachers and students that are often found in the public school system. We aim to do more than simply impart knowledge on students; we aim to build relationships founded on mutual trust and respect.

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      King Heights Academy

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      Not applicable
      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Our faculty is comprised of teachers who prioritize - intellectual development - emotional intelligence - social awareness - physical wellness - spiritual resourceful Through these differences, our students are exposed to various teaching philosophies and practices that ultimately bring them a balanced experience. We aim, both individually and collectively, to offer our students a wide-lensed perspective of these multiple modes of development. Extra-curricular activities are key in order to help students develop a better sense of belonging to school community. Arts, Math, Games, Drones and Language Clubs are available on a weekly basis for students.

      KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

      As an IB World School we focus on developing a well rounded and balanced student.

  • 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:

    Toronto STEM School

    King Heights Academy

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

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    King Heights Academy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    The accommodations and modifications we apply to the learning process for our special needs students is derived from communication, observation, and interaction. Our small class sizes allow us the time and energy to understand our students on a deeper level so that changes to instructions, projects, activities, and teaching strategies can be made to help maximize the receptivity of our learners to reach their full potential.

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    Information not available


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

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

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    We very much value the individuality of each student, and with that, comes the recognition that each individual learner is comprised of distinct needs. We aim to meet these needs through one-one-one interactions, positive feedback and conferences where each student is fully supported and accommodated during his/her learning process. Our small class sizes allow ample attention to be given to each learner so that tailored teaching strategies can be applied to provide the highest quality of student-centered education.

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    King Heights Academy addresses differentiation within the written, taught and assessed curriculum. This is demonstrated in the unit planner and in the teaching environment, both of which are reviewed during program authorization and evaluation. King Heights Academy has created and implemented an inclusion/special educational needs (SEN) policy that explains assessment access arrangements, classroom accommodations and curriculum modification that meet individual student learning needs.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Toronto STEM School

    King Heights Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    King Heights Academy

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    TORONTO STEM 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

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    • OAT's math and science clubs are for those students interested in learning how the concepts studied in the classroom can be applied in the real world. We also have a wide range of different activities for students on a daily basis!

    KING HEIGHTS ACADEMY

    • King Heights Academy is a member of the SSAF.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 11, 2020

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    At OAT we welcome students wishing to learn outside the standard school system. We aim to accommodate students seeking a higher quality of education than what their current school provides. Generally, students at our school have a passion for math and sciences. They love learning through projects: 3D-printing, Drone Building or Math Modelling. If you feel like you need a school that gives you a great opportunity in STEM and provides you a calm, engaging and welcoming environment, then we are what you're looking for!

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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    •  Your IEP




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