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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1986

     

    1985


     

    Enrolment

     

    600

     

    230


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 3


     

    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

     

    Reggio Emilia


     

    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).
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    13 to 15


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    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.
     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $21,000 to $23,500

     

    $12,000


     

    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

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 17, 2020

     

    Nov 30, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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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.

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    information not available

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY 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

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    • Reduced class sizes
    • Reggio- inspired learning environment
    • Enhanced curriculum allowing students to work at the pace that best suits their needs
    • Programs focused a balanced education through the development of the whole child
    • Inquiry- and experiential- based learning
    • Justice Oriented Education

    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.

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    A staple in South Etobicoke for over 30 years, Vincent Massey Academy (VMA) has developed a long-standing reputation in the community for excellence in early education. VMA offers a Reggio-inspired environment where our mission at VMA is to support our students in discovering their individual potential through a balanced education, because we believe that young minds deserve an education that reflects our changing world, where they can develop, achieve, learn and explore fearlessly.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY 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

    Our goal in opening the Day School is to continue to question what it is means to learn as a young student; to truly observe and understand what types of skills and knowledge aid us as we advance through life. Our approach to learning strives to consider how we learn in all avenues of life and replicate that in our classrooms. Education is no longer about the answers; it is about the path and perspectives we take to get there. Now more than ever, we want support our students in communication and collaboration, as we ask real questions about the world around us. To know is one thing, but to build their own understanding allows young minds to apply their knowledge to everyday life.

    In part of this approach, we recognize the importance of collaborative support between teachers and families. With that, we hope to foster an environment that welcomes parent involvement, on-going open-communication and a sense of community. Our teachers and management alike, are a team of passionate educators that truly are in this field to bring out the best in each and every one of our students, and we are excited for the opportunity to work together to support our students in exploring their own paths to success.

    We are looking forward to having all of you apart of the journey with us. Your support and trust in us gives us all the faith in knowing that we will always continue to provide the highest level of education for your children.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Traditional


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Montessori

      VINCENT MASSEY 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.

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      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.

      VINCENT MASSEY 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.

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      The development of each student to reach their individual potential is the basis of all programs at Vincent Massey. We believe that a child’s potential is best met by setting a foundation that prepares them for all aspects of life, not just academia. The development of the whole child widens the scope of learning and provides a diverse, well-rounded education in social, physical, and emotional aspects of life. Learning is made approachable and engaging by our teachers who specialize in facilitating learning environments that meet the needs of all our students. Teachers develop lessons based on the interests, needs, and development levels of the students in their classroom, ensuring a well-balanced education for everyone. Our balanced approach to education is facilitated through experiential- and inquiry-based curriculum, cultural and character education, and enrichment programs, to ensure that success is felt throughout all avenues of life.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY 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.

        VINCENT MASSEY 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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Our Math Program follows the Ontario Curriculum. VMA tailors each student’s math learning to the individual student. Through observations and assessments, each child is met at their level to ensure they are being challenged daily. We use a mastery approach to math to ensure students completely comprehend a concept before advancing. This approach allows students to advance through these concepts at their own pace, never capping the grade level curricular expectations that they are working at. In small groups and/or individually, teachers are able to work along side students to reach their individual potential.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        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

        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Our Literacy Program follows the Ontario Curriculum. VMA tailors each student’s literacy learning to the individual student. Through observations and assessments, each child is met at their level to ensure they are being challenged daily. We use a mastery approach to literacy to ensure students completely comprehend a concept before advancing. This approach allows students to advance through these concepts at their own pace, never capping the grade level curricular expectations that they are working at. In small groups and/or individually, teachers are able to work along side students to reach their individual potential.

      • Writing

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Reggio-inspired learning puts the interests and inquiries of the children at the heart of the learning that takes place in all our classrooms. Our classrooms frame their learning based on the student's wonders, questions and ideas. We are continuously challenging our students to deepen their thinking by continuing to ask questions and explore concepts through their 100 languages. These languages can include drawing, sculpting, dramatic play, writing, and painting etc. They are used to represent a student’s thinking and theories around a topic or an encounter with a learning experience.


        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

        VINCENT MASSEY 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

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        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

        VINCENT MASSEY 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

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        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).

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Not applicable


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

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

        VINCENT MASSEY 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)

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY 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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Medium integration

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Light 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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.


        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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

        RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

        Vincent Massey Academy

        VINCENT MASSEY 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.

        VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

        In part of our approach to develop the whole child, we seek to ensure that our students take time to care for themselves throughout the day. Supported with conversations about taking care of our bodies and our minds, our programs include daily physical activity and meditation and/or yoga.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY 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.

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.


      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.

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      Our balanced approach to education ensures that success is felt throughout all avenues of life. We believe by equipping our students with the tools to succeed not just academically - but emotionally, socially, and physically - we equip students with the skills necessary to navigate all aspects of life. On a daily basis we provide leaders of the future with the opportunity to test and develop critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and innovation skills. We encourage them to ask questions, take risks, and collaborate with peers to help them in building a growth mindset and take agency over their learning.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

      RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

      Vincent Massey Academy

      VINCENT MASSEY 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”.

      VINCENT MASSEY 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.

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

      The first few years set the foundation for learning for the rest of a child’s life. VMA provides an inquiry-based, cross- curricular education in which students are presented with the opportunity to explore many different avenues of learning. Vincent Massey promotes confident, curious, resourceful learners who respect and value the individual differences of their peers.


      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."

      VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    Vincent Massey 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

     

    Richmond Hill Montessori Private School

    RICHMOND HILL MONTESSORI PRIVATE SCHOOL

    Vincent Massey Academy

    VINCENT MASSEY 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

    VINCENT MASSEY 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

  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, 1, 2, 3


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 17, 2020

     

    Nov 30, 2021


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 8

     

    No


     

    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

    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.

    VINCENT MASSEY ACADEMY

    • To confirm your placement, we will require a deposit of 100% of your first month’s fees which is non-refundable plus a $300 registration fee
    • Please contact the Admission’s Director ([email protected]) to confirm your placement for 2021-2022 and a Pre-Authorized Debit will be sent to be filled out and scanned back.

    If there are no placements left, you will added to our waitlist based on the date you contacted us and your child’s age




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