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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Parkdale Montessori School

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Astolot Educational Centre

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2007

     

    1997


     

    Enrolment

     

    78

     

    65


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to K

     

    1 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    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

     

    Montessori

     

    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.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    15 to 24

     

    6 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,700 to $18,695

     

    $14,500 to $16,500


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    16

     

    5


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Parkdale Montessori School

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Astolot Educational Centre

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    "My child was given the freedom to accelerate his learning where he was capable of doing so, and given support in those areas (e.g. social skills) where he needed it."
    Anne Marie Laurin - Parent   (May 24, 2019)
    Our son started at Astolot in grade 2 and is graduating this year. As a person with dual exceptional...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The approach at Parkdale remains close to the tradition, one that has proven itself for more than a century: connection, compassion, working together around a set of shared, collaborative tasks, meeting children where they are, building on their curiosities, interests and perspectives. The program is overseen by accredited teachers, and the program itself is accredited to meet international standards. Direction is given by Claude and Sandrine Flight, who founded the school, and while staff and enrollment has grown, they have rightly kept the feel close-knit, personal, with an open, active interface between parents and all aspects of the life of the school. The spaces at Parkdale are charming—warm tones, lots of natural light—and constructed with the goals of the approach at top of mind. The outdoor spaces follow in kind, both well-appointed and homey. Before and after care programs are offered, which is a plus, as is the bilingual environment.

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Not all children learn in the same way, and that’s been a guiding principle behind the Astolot Educational Centre since Jennifer Cowan founded it in 1998. Classes are small, and instruction is student-oriented, beginning with the talents, interests, and perspectives that the children bring with them into the classroom and starting from there. Learning is cooperative, with faculty and students working together to tailor delivery to best meet their individual learning styles. It’s not the typical approach, which is precisely why families turn to Astolot. In addition to reaching student potentials, the program encourages learner responsibility while growing the students’ awareness of how they learn best. While there are a range of student supports, the ideal student is one who is capable of thriving in a challenging atmosphere, and who operates at the top of his or her peer group.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Parkdale Montessori School

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Astolot Educational Centre

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    • Small Class Sizes
    • Accommodations, simply put in place
    • Dyslexia Reading Program

    Description

    Description

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Parkdale Montessori is Ottawa's only school accredited by the renowned Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Parkdale Montessori provides bilingual quality education from 18 months to age 6 in a warm community environment. The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration.

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Astolot Educational Centre was founded to meet the needs of students by understanding the learner's experience first, combined with environmental accommodations in order to deliver curriculum with success. Astolot staff consider Dyslexia requirements, have small groups, ADHD strategies, as well as programming for gifted students. Our mix of students results in positive learning experiences as challenges are matched with strategies to ensure student success. Full online learning during the Pandemic, provided.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Parkdale Montessori School

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Astolot Educational Centre

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Message

    information not available

    Welcome to Astolot! 

    We are a small, not-for-profit, Ministry Inspected private school serving grades 1 to 12. We believe that structured, individual learning, allows students to reach their full potential. Students who are considered gifted have the opportunity to excel and be challenged, while additionally students are accommodated or offered alternative programming to meet their learning needs. Our classroom ratio is small, on average 1 teacher to 10 students, and we emphasize life skills in all aspects in school.

    Principal Jennifer Cowan 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Parkdale Montessori School

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Astolot Educational Centre

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      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

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Parkdale Montessori School is an ideal environment for children to reach their fullest potential, develop a love for learning, and contribute positively to the community. Through an individual learning program, children learn at their own pace, according to their capabilities, interests and needs. Our curriculum is introduced to each child by a Montessori-trained teacher through one-on-one or small-group lessons. Emphasis is given on concrete learning using AMI approved sensory-based and self-correcting Montessori materials. French and exploration of the outdoors are an integral part of the children's curriculum. Mixed-age group within each classroom encourages all children to develop their personalities socially and intellectually.

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      Ontario Curriculum requirements will be met by accommodating for visual, auditory and kinesthetic leaning. Students working on the same topic may approach the curriculum or completion on their product (essay/power-point/oral presentation) with their learning style in mind. Involvement of students and parents is essential to establishing curriculum delivery for students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        Both Phonics and whole language instruction are focused on for Literacy. Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds. Whole Language reading programs eschew sublexical (under the word-level) training, focusing instead on getting students to infer and guess at words based on their understanding of the larger meaning of the sentence (“context-clues”). Students are given ample opportunity to read actual literature (age-appropriate) along with strategies for using semantic-based clues to pronounce unrecognized words.


        DIBELS testing

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
        Wilson Reading Program is used to assess reading level.

      • Writing

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        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

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        There is an equal balance between systematic writing approach and process writing approach. The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction. The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.

      • Science

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        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

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        We offer an equal balance between inquiry scientific approach and expository science approach. Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions. 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.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        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

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        There is an equal balance of traditional literature and social justice inspired literature. 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. 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. In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        Approach

        Approach

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        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

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience.

      • Physical Education

         

        Parkdale Montessori School

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Astolot Educational Centre

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

        Physical education takes place in the neighbourhood park and at outdoor education centres (MacSkimming Outdoor Centre). Elementary students get an hour an a half outside each day. High School students get an hour break with the option to go outside. During spring and fall, all students are outside most days. Physical Education classes follow curriculum, and go beyond the curriculum to focus on team building and cooperation.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Parkdale Montessori School

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Astolot Educational Centre

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


      Approach

      Approach

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Our Take

      Our Take

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      In most traditional learning settings, teachers are given a curriculum which all children follow together at the same time. The curriculum is structured with little regard to the children’s individual interests and abilities. Our curriculum is different. It is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace without feeling “behind” or “ahead”. Our curriculum is geared to children who have varying abilities, in a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes.

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Parkdale Montessori School

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Astolot Educational Centre

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


      Pace

      Pace

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI 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.

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      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

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      Gifted students have the opportunity to be placed in a higher grade level for subjects they excel in.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Parkdale Montessori School

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Astolot Educational Centre

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


      Our Take

      Our Take

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      This option allows you to "opt out" of selecting one of "rigorous" or "supportive". Doing so means you will not be shown on pages relating to academic culture, (your exposure will be diminished).

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      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

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      Astolot has a “supportive” academic culture focusing on developing student learning strategies and self-advocacy. Academic performance is a welcomed benefit of our focus. Astolot students proceed to post secondary with the necessary skills to be successful. We have a supportive academic culture to turn students from frustrated to engaged learners. Astolot is focused on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Parkdale Montessori School

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Astolot Educational Centre

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


      Primary

      Primary

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

      At Astolot, we believe that the basic needs (security, trust, health) need to be addressed before academic success can be obtained. Our goal is to increase student's intellectual level, through addressing their emotional and social needs. We want our students to be academically strong, creative, critical thinkers with the learning skills required for success beyond high school. We also want our students to be emotionally intelligent and confident, capable of learning both about themselves and others.

  • 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:

    Parkdale Montessori School

    Astolot Educational Centre

    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.
     

    Parkdale Montessori School

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Astolot Educational Centre

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

     

    Accommodations

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    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

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Astolot provides space for specialists to work with students to receive support for dyslexia, occupational therapy, social skills development and speech-language therapy.


    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

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Astolot has the ability to support students with mild disabilities, but not severe disabilities since we do not modify curriculum. Extra support is offered to students struggling to access the curriculum or demonstrate their learning. Our small classroom sizes allows teachers to provide specific attention to students with a learning challenge.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Parkdale Montessori School

    Astolot Educational Centre

    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

     

    Parkdale Montessori School

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Astolot Educational Centre

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI 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

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    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

    PARKDALE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    • Ski Club - Wednesday evenings, not during the Pandemic
    • Robotics Club - 2019 2nd place winner for design
    • Chess Club - 2 students have reach Master's level, ability to teach chess
    • Dungeons and Dragons Campaign - Fridays at Lunch, virtual also
    • Knitting Club - during lunch in the winter
    • Dance Party has been very popular during lock downs.
    • Among Us is a popular games played with grade 7 8 teachers one afterschool per during hybrid learning.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Rolling


     

    Interview required?

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    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

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Astolot attracts students who find large classrooms frustrating due to sensory overload, lack of time with the teacher or require individualized programing.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ASTOLOT EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

    Step 1 - Parent interview with Administration

    Step 2 - Shadow Day

    Step 3 - Review of relevant reports

    Step 4 - Parent School Conversation




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