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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2013

     

    1956


     

    Enrolment

     

    45

     

    75


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    12 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Homestay

     

    Homestay


     

    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."
     
    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


     

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    4 to 10

     

    14


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Behavioral

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $12,500

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $30,000 to $56,000


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    10%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    12 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    11

     

    75


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 11, 2020

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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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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    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Neuchâtel Junior College was founded in 1956 and, from then to now, there’s been nothing else quite like it when it comes to options for North American students. It’s so unique that, in some ways, it’s hard to believe that it exists at all: a school, offering the Ontario curriculum, nestled within the stunning natural and diverse cultural environments of Europe. The views are inspiring, as is the proximity to international organizations, including the UN in Geneva. Skiing in Zermatt, visiting Flanders Fields on Remembrance Day … it goes on and on. The instruction is rigorous, and classes are intimate. The majority of students arrive from Ontario, though the student population is drawn from across Canada, the US and abroad. The ideal student is one who is inclined to make the most of the vast range of opportunities that the school provides through this unique educational experience.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    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!

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    • Consistent admission to the world's finest universities
    • Ontario teachers | Grade 12 & AP
    • English academic environment
    • Authentic French immersion living with local hosts
    • Extensive travel
    • International service
    • Student leadership
    • Sports, clubs, Model UN
    • Bursary program
    • Alumni with an uncommon advantage

    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Students from across Canada and beyond choose to step outside of their comfort zones at NJC. While studying Canadian grade 12 curriculum and living in Switzerland, they explore Europe and make their best friends. Authentic immersion in French language and Swiss culture enables them to learn about themselves. New-found independence and international experience allow them to realize their passions and talents. Academic preparedness and a global perspective lead to acceptances from the finest universities.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    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.  

     

    One characteristic of all good students is an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Our unique school, perched on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel in the beautiful Swiss town of the same name, is ideally suited to students of this kind. Students come to us eager to learn more about the world around them; drawn to change, they sense that the world has more to offer them if they could just step outside the boundaries of their local experiences. Neuchâtel Junior College exists for these types of students at this pivotal time in their lives, and here, they learn about themselves as much as they learn about the world. 

    In 1956, NJC’s visionary Founder, Leonard Wilde, knew that, “To be a leader today, one must travel the world.” This enduring idea is just as – if not more – relevant today. As much as our students have likely travelled to places with their families before, in most cases, they have not gone on an extended, independent journey. The Neuchâtel experience offers a view to the world beyond childhood borders, and our trips are integrated with the curriculum to make the learning experience richer and fuller. The fact that students have chosen this journey to NJC sets them apart both geographically and personally from where they began, thereby transforming them well beyond the potential of any single school trip experienced before.

     Over the course of many months, our students explore centres of Western European civilization, which helped to shape our own culture, giving them knowledge of the past with which to consider the future. They visit unfamiliar and exotic places to gain an insight into the similarities and differences of other cultures in this increasingly global community. Inspired by NJC’s program, our students also learn that they can have a positive impact on each place they visit. This may be through participation in a service rip, involvement in a Model UN activity, or by helping to make our school community a better place through personal character, talent, ideas and leadership. All of this they experience while immersed in their studies, surrounded by inspiring teachers and classmates, and living with a local Swiss, French-speaking family. This formula, unique in the world for over 60 years, consistently opens minds, broadens perspectives, and inspires graduates to make their place in the world more meaningful and purposeful.

    Who is best suited to attend Neuchâtel Junior College? I would encourage you to take advantage of this transformational experience if you are willing to meet two very important expectations. You must come prepared to work hard in your academic studies and be curious about the world around you; these are prerequisites so that you will be able to apply your newfound knowledge, confidence, independence and leadership in your chosen university, in the career that you wish to pursue, and throughout your life.

    I look forward to meeting you soon. A bientôt!

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Information not available

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Information not available


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      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


      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!

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Applicants are those who seek to challenge and advance themselves through a transformational experience of personal and intellectual growth. Students attend exclusively for the pre-university year, be it for Grade 12 or a gap year of enrichment. We offer Ontario Grade 12, university-preparatory curriculum as well as Advanced Placement (AP). All instruction and life on campus is in English, yet students live as Europeans in the French-speaking, Swiss town of Neuchâtel.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Traditional Math

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Traditional Math


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Neuchatel Junior College assembles a body of excellent students together. The MHF and MCV courses follow the Ontario ministry of education guidelines, but there is room for some remediation and enrichment. We run an after school math club for several months to help prepare students for the Euclid math contest from the University of Waterloo. Ten students participated in this contest in April 2016 and the results were very good, especially for a school of our small size.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Nelson and Mcgrawhill

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        The approach to teaching science at NJC is to engage students with the scientific concepts of physics, chemistry, and biology through a variety of activities including, (but not limited to) laboratory experiments, demonstrations, video presentations, field trips, class discussions, and research projects. The European environment provides the opportunity to connect both with European scientific organizations such as CERN (Conseil Européen de Recherche Nucléaire) as well as local organizations (ex. Musée de l’histoire naturelle et le Jardin Botanique – both in Neuchatel.) These experiences allow students to see first-hand that science lives beyond the classroom and to meet international scientists and ask questions about their work/careers. The students at NJC have been very enthusiastic in their pursuit of such opportunities and it has allowed for frequent follow-up discussions within the classroom.


        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Traditional


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        The approach to teaching literature is closely connected to the trips the school offers, both optional and compulsory. Since many students choose to participate in school excursions to either Krakow, Poland, or Munich, Germany, where they will visit Auschwitz or Dachau, it is fitting that two of the works we teach are connected to the Holocaust.


        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Humanities is not a dry academic exercise. It’s real life, and people are living it right now. At NJC we have a double focus on developing core skills — formulating questions, research and analysis, critical thinking, essay composition, debate and rhetoric — and applying knowledge and understanding to current affairs: for example, finding similarities and differences between the current situation in the Middle East and the 16th Century European Wars of Religion. Our numerous field trips throughout Europe and beyond lie at the core of our program: students are expected to relate classroom learning to extramural experience. Teachers draw on a broad repertoire of instructional methods, from traditional chalk-and-talk to student-led explorations, Harkness tables, primary source analysis, debates – variety is the spice of learning! Students have many opportunities to pursue topics of personal interest, and then demonstrate and reflect on their learning in formats of their choice.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Teaching French is greatly facilitated in the French part of Switzerland. We use the town of Neuchâtel to organise many cultural trips for all classes to emphasize using the language in authentic contexts. Excursions are differentiated according to French level. For the intermediate to advanced, we do a guided tour of the Castle and visit the permanent exhibition about the millennium of the city of Neuchâtel in the Musée d’art et d’histoire. For beginners, we visit the local market and various shops and cafés where the students need to manage in the target language. We always refer to students’ pension life experiences—living with local Swiss Families—and teach vocabulary that is relevant and practical. We also focus on current events in Switzerland and European countries using written or oral media sources. For Ontario curriculum credit classes, the programs are accentuated by the themes of the school trips.


        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Creative


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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.


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        The Visual Arts course offers pre-university training while exploring diverse aspects of the Arts. Students work on different units during the semester, one of them being of their own choice. Students are encouraged to explore creativity and train their skills. Each unit is closely linked with art history, and, frequently illustrated with field trips. Students are encouraged to link their own work with styles and movements mainly found in the last 150 years and to gain a strong critical sense in order to evaluate their own work. Individual research in art history, theory of art, and studio processes are meant to help students acquire originality and individuality in their creation. They are encouraged to evaluate their own creation and define its inner specificities that will help them improve the quality of communication as artists.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Medium 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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        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

        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Our classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and staff are allocated laptop computers for instructional purposes. Students benefit from the expertise of our trained staff in 21st century differentiated instruction methodology.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Toronto STEM School

        TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

        Neuchâtel Junior College

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


        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.

        NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

        Not applicable.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      We offer university-level academic courses with an option to select from a rich variety of Advanced Placement exams. We are a university-preparatory school with expectations of high academic performance to meet entrance requirements for the best universities and programs around the globe.


      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."

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Toronto STEM School

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

      Neuchâtel Junior College

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

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

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      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."

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


      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.

      NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

      We strive to create a community of confident independent global citizens through a life-changing educational experience. Living abroad with a French-speaking Swiss pension family assists with the acquisition of linguistic abilities in the target language. Our students foster independence and responsibility for themselves as they prepare for the next phase of their lives in their post-secondary destinations.

  • 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

    Neuchâtel Junior College

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

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    NJC is able to accommodate many different learners and those with psychological educational assessments are offered all the possible accommodations on our campus. We have a quiet learning space for students who need a distraction-free zone, we are also able to provide extra time and use of technology. We have tutorial support within the community and therapeutic services are available via our medical team affiliated with our school.


    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.

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Toronto STEM School

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Toronto STEM School

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    Neuchâtel Junior College

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE


    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

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    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!

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    • "This year, I hiked up the Swiss Alps during the summer and skied back down them during the winter."- Declan Seviour '14
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Dec 11, 2020

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    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

     

    Yes: grades 12 - 12


     

    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!

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    Neuchâtel Junior College selects on the basis of their academic performance, character, interests, talents and potential. Successful applicants are those who seek to challenge and advance themselves through a transformational experience of intense personal and intellectual growth. The College favours applicants who respond positively to new challenges and who express sufficient maturity, international curiosity and personal responsibility.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    TORONTO STEM SCHOOL

    •  Your most recent transcript
    •  Your most recent report card
    •  Your photo ID
    •  Your IEP

    NEUCHâTEL JUNIOR COLLEGE

    • Admission Application Form
    • Character Reference Letter
    • Official Transcript
    • Report Card
    • Student Essay
    • Application Fee




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