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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    2005


     

    Enrolment

     

    600

     

    110


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    JK to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Science and technology

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Traditional, Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    16 to 20

     

    16


     

    Special needs support

     

     

    Learning


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $21,000 to $23,500

     

    $17,000


     

    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

     

    50

     

    10


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 17, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    information not available

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    information not available

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    "Each child is so engaged in learning and is given the opportunity to express their individuality."
    Christine Hoover - Parent   (May 22, 2020)
    Our son started at GAA midway through the year, and the teachers/staff/students all made him feel so...
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    "The teachers could be approached with any question and it would be met with kindness and understanding."
    Liana Fitzsimmons - Parent   (Aug 27, 2020)
    In September 2019 our family went on a tour and interview at Glenn Arbour Academy. We were intereste...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    RHMS was established in 1986, and has grown considerably over the years to where it sits now with an annual student population of 600. That’s big in the world of private schooling, particularly given that the program only covers preschool through Grade 8. Size can be a strength, to be sure, and Richmond Hill is a prime example of that. The program is broad and deep, with extensive curricular and extracurricular offerings. The campus has been developed throughout the life of the school, and today is an example, in every way, of how good a facility school can be, both aesthetically and practically. Classroom appointments are up to date throughout, including in-class technology that incorporates a full range of instructional devices and applications. All resources are applied in sympathy with the core program of the school and the values that undergird it. And, despite the size of the student population as a whole, the segmentation of the primary and elementary programs, in consort with the low student to teacher ratios, the lived experience of the school is quite close-knit and personal. Over the past three decades plus RHMS has done a lot, and in all the right ways, and the school certainly lives up to its reputation.

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Glenn Arbour positions its approach to instruction within a sense of possibility, building from a student’s sense of what they’re capable of and then extending it. Students feel that they are at baseline and building from there, rather than feeling that they are below baseline and reaching up to achieve it. Perhaps it’s a fine point, but the lived experience, for many students, can be transformational. The goal is academic excellence and personal confidence, and Glenn Arbour has built its reputation on delivering students into their high school careers with both of those. Families are also drawn to an impressive roster of extracurricular activities, one that is somewhat remarkable for a school of this size. As such, students not only have access to the activities of their choice, they are also challenged to try others that they may not consider in other environments.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    • Complimentary Before/After School
    • CAT 4 Annual Testing
    • Innovative curriculum with proven learning tools
    • Low student to teacher ratio
    • Specialty certified teachers
    • Daily onsite homework support
    • Single grade Elementary classes
    • Award winning choir, athletics, and science competitions
    • Over 25 extra-curricular programs
    • Comprehensive Computer Program

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    • Project Based Learning
    • Instrumental Band Programme, Grades 6-8
    • Cross Curricular Teaching
    • Technology Integrated Learning
    • Enriched Curriculum
    • Citizenship Programme
    • Variety of Extra-curriculars
    • Socio-emotional Wellness & Mindfulness Initiatives
    • Strong Athletics

    Description

    Description

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Over more than three decades of service, we have educated thousands of children in our positive and progressive learning environment. Our methods empower children to form their own identity, and strive with ambition towards the goals that they choose. The foundation that our private school provides, gives children the tools to succeed at higher levels of education and beyond.

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Nurturing Young Minds. At Glenn Arbour Academy, our belief is that an exciting, challenging curriculum, combined with a supportive, nurturing educational environment enhances the student's ability to develop the positive attitude "I can do it!" We encourage and support our students to achieve to their fullest potential. Our commitment is to foster the development of academic excellence, confident children, life long learners, creative analytical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Message

    Dear Friends,

    Be it ever so beautiful. There’s no place like home. (L. Frank Baum)

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School is my second home; and a home-away-from-home for our students and teachers.  Each morning when I arrive, I am reminded how fortunate I am to be here.

    The spirit thriving within these hallways is powerful. It’s a testament to the school’s culture, developed over decades of passion, friendships and education. Students, faculty, and parents form this incredible community; a community that is caring, compassionate and supportive – an environment truly fostering the love of learning.

    My own journey at RHMS began in the classroom, back in 2006. I have filled the shoes of many diverse positions, each with it an opportunity to learn about the school from another angle, and to understand the complexities of each role.

    It humbles me to have a steady stream of former students and alumni, returning to share their great feats, and many adventures. Knowing the considerable victories they achieve each year not only motivates me, but reinforces the notion our school’s community is empowering young minds to find ambition and purpose in life.

    Soon, my own children will be joining the RHMS community and walking its bustling, bright halls; they’ll witness all that RHMS has to offer, including innovative curriculum, cutting-edge resources, a variety of extra-curricular activities, enthusiastic peers, and a team of knowledgeable and supportive teachers. What a great joy it will be to watch my children grow, develop and find a sense of belonging here, like so many children before them have.  

    RHMS’ culture is organic; it is grown from within -- I want to thank our teachers and faculty. Your commitment to students’ well-being and your own professional development move me each day.

    And of course, thank you to the RHMS parents, who have continued to provide ongoing commitment and support. We remain dedicated to upholding our promise to you, “To nurture each child’s distinct talents and ensure every child feels comfortable, challenged and confident they can achieve anything.” By working together, we can encourage students to accomplish incredible things.

    For families interested in learning more about RHMS, I welcome and encourage you to visit and experience our programs first-hand. You too may find your home-away-from-home.

    C. Ingravalle

    Principal

    At Glenn Arbour Academy we believe that shared knowledge and understanding empowers and deepens the student learning experience. Our School Director and Principal work closely with all teachers and staff to ensure an enriched learning experience for all students. Collaboration, mutual support and creativity are nurtured as the GAA team works together to support student learning and promote positive growth mindsets and achievements. Through shared school community initiatives, outreach and spirit building campaigns, GAA educators ensure students feel positive and successful everyday. Together, we can make a difference! 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Glenn Arbour Academy

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      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.

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      At Richmond Hill Montessori Private School (RHMS), one of our directives is to bring the world into the classroom using a multitude of resources. The transformation of classroom into 'real world' requires not only physical resources such as textbooks, exercise books, maps, globes and an ongoing emphasis on incorporating technology into the classroom via everyday computer usage, presentations, smartboards, and other digital devices; it also requires very important abstract resources such as imagination, vision, and passion. These are all encouraged under the careful supervision of our nurturing staff. We believe that, together, these components are essential for a student's success in advancement of knowledge and development. RHMS is committed to remaining current and preparing its students to participate fully and effectively in today's society. That being said, it is our mission to ensure that the traditional core knowledge and the educational philosophy at the preschool and elementary levels has been, and will continue to be, consistent over time.

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      Our curriculum integrates multifaceted learning opportunities with instructional technology and hands-on discovery. It is a rich curriculum program that encompasses all disciplines in ways that encourage and support student curiosity, growth and learning. Students at Glenn Arbour Academy are engaged in dynamic learning experiences throughout their school day.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our Mathematics program is rigorous and demanding and includes learning basic mathematical principles and operations while developing problem-solving skills. Our students are given a solid foundation of core mathematical concepts to assist their understanding of more complex questions. Expectations for pencil and paper skills in mathematical operations are very high. Students are taught to describe what they are doing in mathematics and to explain why they are doing it. Students are able to identify the relationships between mathematical concepts and everyday situations and to make connections between mathematics and other subjects. Mathematics and numbers are used throughout our daily lives for financial planning, shopping, telling the time, driving, cooking, and so much more. Learning mathematics can often be a challenge for our logical and practical thinking; however, it is a necessary tool we cannot live without.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        The mathematics program at Glenn Arbour Academy is challenging and already proven to be successful. Lessons are presented in a structured hands on style. Emphasis is placed on developing a strong foundation for computational skills and problem solving strategies. The concepts and skills presented are never neglected. Every component of the math program is constantly reinforced. Frequent assessments are used as important valuable diagnostic tools to measure individual progress. Daily homework sheets reinforce the skills taught during the day, and also require the student to apply previous knowledge and understanding to complete a varied collection of problems. A high level of accuracy is promoted. Each student is encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of the steps involved to arrive at his/ her solution. • Number sense and numeration • Measurement • Geometry and spatial sense • Patterning and algebra • Data management and probability


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        The core textbook materials used throughout all grades in the Math program are based on the Saxon Math Program. Supplementary materials include Jump Math resources.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Calculators are permitted for use of students with Individual Education Plans and also during computation testing areas for the Canadian Test of Basic Skills (CTBS).

      • Early Reading

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        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.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Language is a core subject that is practiced on a daily basis. For a child to grasp the concepts of science, history, or geography, they must first be well-versed in language. The Montessori reading and writing learning sequence is categorized in three coloured-coded levels: the Pink, Blue, & Green series of readers. Once a child masters a level they move on to the next series. The Pink series focuses primarily on a child learning phonetic sounds, building and reading three-letter words. The Blue series places emphasis on learning how to read and write consonant blends. The Green Series introduces more challenging words that contain silent vowels sounds and phonograms. The Pink, Blue, and Green series create a solid foundation in language and provide a natural flow of Montessori phonetic education.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        The Reading program at Glenn Arbour Academy focuses on the development of reading skills, which will encourage students to become avid readers, both for knowledge and enjoyment. In the Primary Grades a very structured, strong phonetic based program is presented. Application of reading strategies to read unfamiliar words and acquiring automatic recognition of words is emphasized. Attention is given to programming to meet the individual needs of the student. As students become involved in the reading of short stories, a description of the plot, characters and settings is required.

      • Writing

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        In personal, academic, and workplace situations, students need to write clearly and coherently with precision and style. While doing so, they must also accurately apply the conventions of language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Our extensive program gives students the tools to develop confidence in their writing skills.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        At Glenn Arbour Academy students are challenged to think creatively and set the high standard of his or her personal best for their writing assignments. A solid foundation of the knowledge and understanding of the basic writing skills is developed through our writing program. Students become confident writers expressing their ideas and opinions in the written form. Frequent opportunities are made available to write for a variety of purposes, for example: poetry, creative stories, formal letters, postcards, and invitations. The writing process requires the students to draft, review, revise, edit and proof read their work. Teachers and peers continually monitor, provide suggestions, instructions and guidance to help students advance in their writing skills.

      • Science

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Science is both a body of knowledge and an experimentation process within the natural world. Our Science program encompasses a set of principles and methods for investigating all aspects of the physical world. Theories and methods are constantly re-evaluated as new information becomes available. Students are taught to have a deep respect for the environment and are shown ways to act as environmental stewards. Our Science program allows students to learn of scientific accomplishments, past and present. In addition, students have the opportunity to experience scientific studies that inspire a sense of wonder and respect for life and the environment. Our students are guided through the scientific process of developing a hypothesis, followed by experimentation, evaluation, and reaching a conclusion.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Visit a classroom at Glenn Arbour Academy during a science inquiry and you will observe curious learners actively participating in investigations and experiments. Through group discussions students share their observations, predictions and conclusions. Students engage in the Scientific Inquiry process to observe, predict and discover exciting information and learning. Our “hands on” style of programming for science, physical science, Earth and space give the students opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Critical thinking and problem solving techniques are strengthened through the study of science.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        The literature we provide students is very stimulating with a highly educational content. Accompanying the text is a multitude of reading comprehension exercises that require imagination, critical thinking, and attention to detail. Our students are encouraged to read independently and, in doing so, actively participate in a Reading Log program that expands on their reading choices. Students also write book reports to enhance their reading comprehension abilities. Exploration of literature allows for an extensive analysis of vocabulary. Building and elaborating on this new vocabulary provides students with a tool to research and discover all possibilities that the world has to offer.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        In the Primary Grades a very structured, strong phonetic based program is presented. Literature studies are based on reading materials that enhance phonetic decoding skills and build reading fluency. The concepts of plot, characters and settings are introduced in exploratory and hands on formats that may involve dramatic play or cooperative learning. In the Junior Grades students are involved in progressively higher more complex reading selections. Emphasis is placed on fluency and expression. An application of a higher level of thinking skills, reflecting upon personal experiences and previous knowledge will be required to further reading comprehension skills. In the Senior Grades students have the opportunities to engage in higher level independent novel studies, both fiction and non-fiction. Answers to reading assignments involve including detail and information from the text to support their answers. For completion of research projects students become engaged in analyzing higher-level reference material to support their results.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        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

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        At RHMS, the Social Studies curriculum is designed to give our students a solid knowledge of geography; an appreciation of the past through the study of history, helping them develop an understanding of the present; and how to apply this knowledge to daily life. We view our multicultural RHMS family as the perfect starting point to take our students on a fascinating journey around the world to study different environments, languages, architecture, literature, music, art, and traditions. This helps them develop pride in all achievements and responsibility for the future. Our Social Studies curriculum is integrated at all levels and exposes our students to a variety of hands-on activities meant to broaden their experience with various topics presented at different levels.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Students begin learning about the world around them through an interactive, engaging, and comprehensive social studies program in kindergarten and continue through to grade eight. Students have an opportunity to work collaboratively and independently, to explore aspects of community, culture, history, and geography. Research skills and oral presentation skills are developed through social studies. Field trips, guest speakers, models, and audio visual presentations, enhance student learning.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        At the Intermediate (Grade Seven and Eight) level, RHMS introduces its students to the world of business and the economy. This provides an opportunity to explore technology; understand ethics, the community, and the environment; and how these rapidly changing issues relate to business today. It further explores the nature of the competitive global economy and investigates how individuals and societies can gain the information they need to make appropriate economic decisions. Students are introduced to macroeconomics and microeconomics; applying economic models and concepts to interpret economic information; assess the validity of statistics; and investigate marketplace dynamics. Students use economic inquiry and communication skills to analyse current economic issues, make informed judgements, and present their findings.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        In the Humanities and Social Sciences Program, Senior School students (grades 7/8) explore the deeper meanings behind important historical events and eras. Students examine primary and secondary resources in order to gain thorough understandings of historical significance and consequence and engage with material through reading, writing, debate and dialogue activities.

      • Foreign Languages

         

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        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        French is a key component of our core curriculum. The ability to speak French in this global age provides a great advantage for students and is a key factor in academic success. Learning our country’s second official language will not only enhance a student’s overall skills in learning, but can also expand his/her career opportunities, promote understanding of different cultures, and create bilingual citizens of our children. Beginning in Preschool and continuing until Grade Eight, our students begin with simple words that eventually grow into complete and complex conversations. Our curriculum focuses on an intense study of grammar, creative writing, and conversations. Learning a second language at an early age is always a positive influence on a young student’s mind. We also believe it is important to learn about other cultures: how wonderful it is that within our own country we have another language to explore and research.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        The core French program at Glenn Arbour Academy begins in Junior Kindergarten. The Junior and Senior Kindergarten program emphasizes oral and aural communication through listening, speaking, singing songs and interactive activities. Students in grades 1-8 continue oral and aural communication but also focus on written communication and eexpression.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

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        Information not available

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Through the study of art, students are taken on a journey of discovery, development, and a quest for creativity. Beginning with the basic principles of art theory and technique, we complement their newfound knowledge with the study of Art History. We believe, to appreciate an art piece, a student must experience the joy of creation. Painting, sculpting, and drawing provide an outlet for emotions to surface in a positive way. At RHMS, we provide a well-rounded education in fine arts. This provides students with a solid appreciation of the world around them, from the CN Tower to Monet’s creations at the AGO to the city’s landscape.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Our arts curriculum is made up of visual and dramatic arts. The visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpting, design as well as other fine arts components. Visual arts foster creativity and imagination. We strive to provide the ability to communicate through visual arts. Dramatic arts provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of themselves and others. Through drama, students will learn about different people, cultures, places and times.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Medium integration

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Today’s child is more engaged with technology than ever before. Children intuitively and quickly learn to navigate electronic devices to surf the Internet, draw on a tablet, and create highly imaginative and complex structures in videogames, all with very little guidance. The objective of the RHMS Computer Studies Program is to have students become digital creators, not merely digital consumers. Our curriculum bridges the gap between students’ technological experiences and their understanding of how technology is made, and its functional use and purpose in the future.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        At Glenn Arbour, our Computers and Technology program begins in Junior Kindergarten. Students are taught the Microsoft Office suite as well as website development, coding, keyboarding, ipad use, digital photography and the proper use and care of technology. A major component to our program is safety. In age appropriate lessons, students are taught about the possible dangers associated with online communication, online presence and how to saferguard themselves, website and research evaluation and virus/malware protection. Our senior school students (Grades 7/8) participate in a Laptop Program where their lessons and work are done entirely on a laptop.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

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        Glenn Arbour Academy

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Our Physical Education program builds on the concepts learned at the preschool level by promoting self-confidence and reinforcing the benefit of physical fitness in maintaining good health. Our program fosters an environment where students can learn the skills, techniques, and rules of a broad range of sports such as ball hockey, badminton, volleyball, and basketball, among others. Our students build strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and co-ordination, and develop confidence, creative expression, freedom of movement, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work as a team to reach a common goal. Our two gymnasiums are well equipped with age-appropriate sports equipment and protective gear.

        GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

        Our physical education program is an integral part of the curriculum. Students are instructed and challenged to develop effective motor skills, work co-operatively with others and demonstrate good sportsmanship. Activities are age appropriate. Lessons focus on instruction to acquire co-ordination and control over their movements. As students demonstrate progress they advance to more complex movement skills. Students are engaged in activities such as basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, skating and skiing. They also will have the opportunity to participate in Varsity teams competing with other schools. Glenn Arbour offers extra-curricular athletic activities both compettive and developmental.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

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      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Glenn Arbour Academy

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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.

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The Montessori philosophy and method of teaching fosters a loving, independent environment tailored to the individual needs and development of each student. Our Montessori classrooms include students who are three, four, and five years of age, providing opportunities for learning, helping to create a sense of community where everyone contributes to and takes responsibility for the functioning and maintenance of the environment. The older children provide leadership and guidance, and act as models for the younger children; they benefit by helping the younger children, reinforcing skills and knowledge previously learned, and gain satisfaction and self-worth by helping others.

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      The Junior and Senior Kindergarten Curriculum is strongly based on the importance of integrating young student’s two passions, learning and play. The students work in groups, and are encouraged to problem solve collectively and learn how to be a team player. The students are actively engaged through hands on learning opportunities that integrate cross curricular authentic learning experiences. Kindergarten students are involved in all areas of the program. They begin French, Gym, Music Computers and Technology in Junior Kindergarten. Students are involved in both the Christmas and Spring Concerts, Choir, Monthly House Huddles and a variety of clubs hosted throughout the year.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Glenn Arbour Academy

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


      Pace

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      Pacing is tailored to the unique learning profile of students in order to accelerate their comprehension and understanding. Diagnostic assessments enable teachers to quickly identify areas of enrichment and areas of need in order to appropriately pace learning in the classroom.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Glenn Arbour Academy

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      At RHMS, one of our directives is to bring the world into the classroom using a multitude of resources. The transformation of classroom into 'real world' requires not only physical resources such as textbooks, exercise books, maps, globes and an ongoing emphasis on incorporating technology into the classroom via everyday computer usage, presentations, smartboards, and other digital devices; it also requires important abstract resources such as imagination, vision, and passion. These are all encouraged under the careful supervision of our nurturing staff. We believe that, together, these components are essential for a student's success in advancement of knowledge and development.

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      In Glenn Arbour Academy's supportive academic culture, the contributions of all students are valued and reflected in curriculum as well as extra curriculars. Students are supported to put forth their best efforts and maintain high standards of achievement for themselves. All are reflected and included in an academic culture that values diversity, achievement and inclusion.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Glenn Arbour Academy

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

      Glenn Arbour Academy maintains a balanced approach to the development of our students, which encompasses both academic and emotional priorities. Our holistic approach is used to nurture each student's individuality, self esteem and academic competence. Our rigorous academic program enhances the intellectual development of students that are challenged and engaged in curriculum materials in order to achieve their best. In this way, the emotional and intellectual health and development of all students are prioritized.

  • 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:

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    Glenn Arbour Academy

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

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    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    At Glenn Arbour Academy, the learning needs of all students are prioritized. Students with learning difficulties are assessed and the appropriate modifications and accommodations are implemented to ensure that high level learning is supported.Individual Education Plans are used as a teaching tool in order to provide support across the curriculum. Frequent parent communication is a vital component of special needs support, as learning priorities are communicated to maintain a strong home and school connection.


    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

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Information not available

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    At Glenn Arbour Academy, our trained teachers integrate learning needs into classroom teaching and assessment. A diagnosed student will receive the academic and emotional support needed to nurture their academic and emotional well being. Frequent parent meetings and close teacher communication ensure that learning plans are followed and adapted to meet changing learning priorities. Small class sizes and an adaptive curriculum approach ensures that students with learning difficulties experience a positive school climate and academic culture.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

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    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Glenn Arbour Academy

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE 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

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

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


    What the school says

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    • Green Team
    • Debate Club
    • Student Council
    • Me to We Charity Fundraising
    • Intramurals
    • Highlander Choir
    • Ensemble
    • Full School Choir
    • Boy's Choir
    • Chess Club
    • School Ambassadors
    • Model UN Team
    • Peer Tutoring
    • Instrumental
    • School Camps
    • Oratoricals
    • BRAVO Program
    • Yearbook Club
    • Highlander Debate Team
    • Yoga Club
    • Art Club - We offer Junior and Senior Art Clubs so that students can learn age appropriate skills and techniques and further their passion and creativity.
    • Fitness Club
    • Drum Line
    • Book Club
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 17, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 8

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Glenn Arbour Academy seeks students who are motivated, enthusiastic and open to new and challenging learning opportunities. We value self-discipline, respect for self and others and inclusion. Students who balance healthy social, emotional and intellectual development will add to the collaborative and inclusive culture at Glenn Arbour Academy. Strong study habits, listening skills and willingness to contribute to extra-curricular activities and clubs are highly sought after qualities. Inquisitiveness, intellectual curiosity and perseverance will ensure student success at Glenn Arbour Academy.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    We understand that choosing the right school not only for your child but for your entire family is an important decision and one that requires a great deal of care and research. We would like to therefore  give you the opportunity to learn more about our school, through a personal orientation visit. During the orientation you will view our facility, see our classrooms and be given sufficient time to ask all of the questions necessary to assist you in this very big decision. You will also be provided with information pertaining to program availability, curriculum, policies and guidelines, school fees and hours, as well as all application registration documentation, including a step by step, concise outline, of the complete registration process.

     

    To book your orientation visit please contact us at 905-508-2228.

     

    We thank you again for the interest you have shown in Richmond Hill Montessori Private  School and we look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

    GLENN ARBOUR ACADEMY

    Step 1: Inquire online or by phone

     

    Step 2: Schedule your personalized School Tour

     

    Step 3: Begin the Application Process: 

    • Schedule your child’s compulsory Two Day School Visit - Be sure to pack your child a peanut free lunch with snacks, water bottle, change of gym clothes & indoor shoes, jacket and outdoor wear for recess, and school supplies including pencil and paper!

    • Completion by current school of the Confidential School Report Form

    • Provide copies of most recent Report Cards, and any other supporting documentation*   

    • A Non-Refundable $150 Application Fee for Canadian students and $200 for International Students must accompany each Application

     

    Step 4: Admissions Decision

    • Glenn Arbour Academy will notify you of an Admissions Decision pending receipt and review of the Application Process Documents 

     

    Step 5: Deposit & Registration

    • $1000 Non Refundable Deposit due upon Admission to guarantee your child’s classroom spot (which is deducted from Tuition Payment)

    • New Student Registration Form and Payment Information due to the Office




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