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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1889

     

    2016


     

    Enrolment

     

    690

     

    18


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    JK to 6


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    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."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    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

     

    17

     

    6


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     

    Learning, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Accelerated curriculum

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

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

     

    $18,870 to $35,650

     

    $3,600 to $18,900


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $63,495 to $72,165

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    16%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $16,000

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    46

     

    2


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    55%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    61%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Ridley expresses so many of the great traditions of private school, and it comes by all of them absolutely honestly. The school was founded in 1889, making it one of the oldest schools in the country. It began life as an Anglican boys’ school—it was named after an Anglican Bishop—but is non-denominational today, and has been co-ed since 1973. That said, many of the traditions that inform the life of the school date to the founding, including chapel meetings that serve to bring the school together around shared events and shared values. The school maintains a cadet corps, the largest of its kind in Canada. The chapel, and indeed all of the buildings that comprise the campus, are, frankly, gorgeous. It’s easily one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The strategic plan, implemented in 2014, provided an opportunity to take stock of the school at the time of its 125th anniversary, including a dedication to maintaining a global perspective across the breadth of the curriculum. Throughout its long history Ridley has maintained a reputation as one of the best schools in Canada, one that no doubt will remain for very many years to come. The ideal student is one who arrives predisposed to make the most of the wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that will be made available to them.
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    OAK LEARNERS

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

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    OAK LEARNERS

    "They work with children in small classes and create individualized plans for each child. I also receive regular updates about my son's strengths and areas that need to be worked on."
    Asha Rampersad - Parent   (Oct 16, 2018)
    My 6 year old thrives at Oak Learners. He loves the staff who are attentive, responsive and makes l...
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    "They have a knack for connecting with children and their challenges ... adjusting both the curriculum and the approach to fit each child's needs"
    Jana Machan - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    Our son loves the varied and fun activities at Oak Learners, which challenge him educationally while...
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    " ... our two kids love Oak Learners"
    Jasmine Bush - Parent   (Jun 13, 2019)
    For different reasons, our two kids love Oak Learners. The staff were very good at identifying skill...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Ridley expresses so many of the great traditions of private school, and it comes by all of them absolutely honestly. The school was founded in 1889, making it one of the oldest schools in the country. It began life as an Anglican boys’ school—it was named after an Anglican Bishop—but is non-denominational today, and has been co-ed since 1973. That said, many of the traditions that inform the life of the school date to the founding, including chapel meetings that serve to bring the school together around shared events and shared values. The school maintains a cadet corps, the largest of its kind in Canada. The chapel, and indeed all of the buildings that comprise the campus, are, frankly, gorgeous. It’s easily one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The strategic plan, implemented in 2014, provided an opportunity to take stock of the school at the time of its 125th anniversary, including a dedication to maintaining a global perspective across the breadth of the curriculum. Throughout its long history Ridley has maintained a reputation as one of the best schools in Canada, one that no doubt will remain for very many years to come. The ideal student is one who arrives predisposed to make the most of the wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities that will be made available to them. 

    OAK LEARNERS

    Oak Learners is the very definition of a community-based, student-centered academic environment. Classes are small, personal, and lessons begin with the talents, interests, challenges and curiosities that the children bring with them into the room. An emphasis on the arts is used as entrée to the curriculum, underscoring a cross-curricular approach to instruction. Classroom spaces are bright, open, and adaptable to large group, small group, and tutorial-style learning. Founder Kelly Ferrell is rightly a draw, bringing a wealth of experience to the offering, as well as a proven track record as an educator, leader and entrepreneur. The faculty she’s attracted shares her enthusiasm for active, hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Still relatively young, Oak Learners has quickly established itself as a key offering within its catchment area.   

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Highlights

    Highlights

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1889
    • 60 countries represented: Canadian school, global mission
    • Strong residential life program
    • Wireless internet access
    • MacBook computer integration
    • Outstanding athletic tradition
    • Comprehensive arts program: music, drama, dance, visual arts
    • CAIS,CESI,CIS,NAIS,TABS affiliate
    • Tiger Arena with an NHL-sized ice surface for training and competition
    • Field House with 20,000 square feet of synthetic surface including a four-lane track

    OAK LEARNERS

    • Reggio Inspired Curriculum
    • Art, Music, Dance Enrichment
    • 6:1 Ratio - Small Classes for student-centred learning
    • STEM Enrichment
    • LD Support
    • Outdoor Education Programming

    Description

    Description

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    A ticket to the world in your hand, the keys to knowledge in your pocket, true friends by your side and the resources of a legacy at your back. Ridley is a school that prepares students for the world. Co-educational, JK to Grade 12 with a Post-Grad option and boarding beginning in Grade 5, Ridley is the only IB continuum co-ed boarding school in Canada. Ridley offers students a forward-looking and university preparatory education relevant to the most selective colleges and universities around the globe.

    OAK LEARNERS

    Oak Learners is a private alternative school and learning centre offering a full and part time day school as well as a wide variety of after-school programming including Music, Tutoring and Art. Our school provides a supportive learning atmosphere, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. Our classrooms use interdisciplinary teaching methods and inquiry-based programming to create a unique student-driven and teacher-facilitated, enriched learning environment.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS

    Message

    Welcome to Ridley!

     

    One of the favourite times of my day is the opportunity to walk the halls of Ridley College, drop in on classrooms and watch active learning in action. At Ridley College, you will find that students are engaged in exploring new ideas, debating eternal questions and solving relevant problems. Learning is student centered and exciting to witness!

     

    In our Lower School, you will discover inquiry-based learning in all classrooms from kindergarten to grade 8. Students engage with ‘big ideas’ and pursue essential and enduring questions – ‘what is an economy and how does it impact the human experience?” You’ll see students Skype interviewing an anthropologist from Kansas. You’ll hear the excitement of innovation in the robotics lab. 

     

    In our Upper School, you will meet young adults who confidently pursue their passions – academic inquiry, athletic endeavor, or artistic expression. You will see focused and disciplined students leading a Socratic seminar in a literature class, singing a solo in chapel or persevering through a 2 kilometer time trial in our indoor rowing tank.

     

    Cultivating the full potential in each student requires a caring, committed and world-class faculty. The task also requires intimate relationships that are built day by day, year after year. At Ridley, you’ll find a community of adults who are excited to build those relationships. As a boarding school, Ridley provides students with a 24/7 experience that will help you cultivate those lifelong  bonds with peers and adults alike – in the classroom, in the House, on the ice or in the theatre.

     

    The reality is that one cannot be certain what children and young adults can do until we challenge them to be their best. At Ridley, students are surrounded by peers who share their sense of purpose, who believe in the value of hard work and who are building the courage to pursue their dreams. Add to this the experience and care of a community of adults who are dedicated to nurturing their potential, and you have the Ridley formula.

     

    I hope that our website offers you a glimpse into the life of our unique community of learners and that you are inspired to look deeper into the Ridley experience. Check out our Youtube channel to get a real glimpse into the Ridley difference. Better yet, I invite you to visit the School, to soak in its idyllic setting, to experience classes in action, to meet teachers and Head of Houses' and to talk with students. We warmly welcome you and your family to Ridley. 

     

    I look forward to greeting you on campus in the near future.

     

    Come experience the legacy that is a Ridley education.

     

    J. Edward Kidd

    Headmaster

    Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.

    Kelly is an OCT Certified teacher and has worked in classrooms and alternative learning environments since 1996 and as a certified teacher since 2004, working with students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Kelly has a passion for empowering students to develop confidence through building on their strengths to support their difficulties, particularly those with learning exceptionalities, including Learning Differences, ASD, social emotional needs, and anxiety.  Kelly subscribes to the tenants of Montessori, Reggio-Emilia and Constructivist methods of teaching and is always looking for ways to bring these strategies into the 21st Century through technology and environmental education. 

    Throughout her teaching careers, Kelly has been teaching, leading, and connecting students and staff with a global community of educators leading the way in 21st century personalized learning. In 2014, Kelly was awarded “Project of the Year” at the Water Docs @School Film Festival for her Inquiry-Based Learning project, “Kids Against Road Salt“.  This project has been used to train new teachers on the benefits and processes behind inquiry-based learning. Kelly’s teaching was also featured in Owl Magazine on the “Cool School” page in  2014 for a unique publishing project undertaken by her Grade 7/8 class that year.

    Kelly has also founded Teach Me Social in 2012, a social media marketing agency and training organization which continues to empower entrepreneurs to brand themselves online and share their messages through social media. Her experience in business and educational leadership lends Kelly a unique approach to technology training. She offers business owners a different perspective on technology, gaining participation in her sessions by energizing participants and inspiring them to dive into the Social Media world whilst also providing valuable skills, tips and strategies they can use to construct their online presence at their own pace.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Progressive

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      International Baccalaureate

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

      OAK LEARNERS

      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

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.

      OAK LEARNERS

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      A ticket to the world in your hand, the keys to knowledge in your pocket, true friends by your side, and the resources of a legacy at your back. Ridley College is a school of the world that prepares students for the world. Co-educational, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 with a Post-Graduate option and boarding beginning in Grade 5, Ridley College is certified in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, making Ridley one of 15 International Baccalaureate continuum schools in Canada and the only co-educational boarding school in Canada with this distinction. A Canadian school born of the new world yet built on classical British boarding school roots, Ridley offers students a forward-looking and rigorous university preparatory education relevant to the most selective colleges and universities around the globe.\n\n

      OAK LEARNERS

      Oak Learners offers progressive, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based programming in a student-driven, teacher-facilitated, alternative learning environment. Each learner goes through a cyclical process of identifying their unique strengths, needs, goals, and interests. Each day at Oak Learners brings new learning opportunities through an integrated and immersive approach to elementary education. Ontario Curriculum content and skill achievement guidelines are covered and enriched through a holistic approach to learning in a project-based inquiry model, leading to a much deeper and richer learning experience for the students.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        OAK LEARNERS

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


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Mathematics instruction at Oak Learners takes a very hands-on approach, using manipulatives as well as leveled workbooks to provide an enriched approach to learning Math.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Not applicable

        OAK LEARNERS

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Not applicable

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Students are immersed in literacy opportunities through our "Integrated Literacy" programming as well as receiving a multi-sensory approach to learning English phonetics as well as leveled reading activities to build confidence and scaffold literacy skills.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        No

        OAK LEARNERS

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal balance

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        At Oak Learners, we approach Literacy through an Integrated approach, which means that Reading and Writing skills are taught within other subject areas, such as Science or Social Studies. Children develop strong literacy habits and communication skills through meaningful experiences with text.

      • Science

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Inquiry

        OAK LEARNERS

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Science in the Elementary Years is all about understanding and respecting the world around us. At Oak Learners, we explore our neighbourhood daily and use the students' own questions and observations to form units of study.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        OAK LEARNERS

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Physics

        OAK LEARNERS

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        At Oak Learners, we approach Literacy through an Integrated approach, which means that Reading and Writing skills are taught within other subject areas, such as Science or Social Studies. Children develop strong literacy habits and communication skills through meaningful experiences with text.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        OAK LEARNERS

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Not applicable

        OAK LEARNERS

        Thematic


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Not applicable

        OAK LEARNERS

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Social Studies becomes part of everyday conversation at Oak Learners. Students and teachers may discuss community, family or school related topics and through inquiry, students learn about how they see themselves as part of the larger community.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        We offer enrichment opportunities for students interested in learning new languages through technology and guest-teachers. These decisions are made through consultation with parents and teachers.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        OAK LEARNERS

        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)

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        OAK LEARNERS

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

        OAK LEARNERS

        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

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Teaching the Visual Arts at Ridley College is a unique privilege as the school offers world class studio resources and a student body that brings to the learning experience a diverse range of cultural perspectives. The first key role of art education is to facilitate the development of fundamental skills that enhance a student’s capacity to engage with tasks involving refined hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and fine motor control. Through the careful observation required for various drawing, painting and sculpting exercises, students enhance their visual acuity and sensitivity to the complexity of the visual world. The second key role of art education is the development of an awareness of art as an essential component of civilization. Most importantly, students gain an understanding of why creativity, self-expression and the pursuit of aesthetic form are fundamental aspects of life.

        OAK LEARNERS

        We believe that Arts Education plays a very important role in educating young learners. We make sure to integrate Art, Music, Drama and Dance throughout our days, throughout every subject area. The Arts is what brings learning to life and provides a context for deep emotional and social learning.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        OAK LEARNERS

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        Approach

        Approach

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Heavy integration

        OAK LEARNERS

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        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.

        OAK LEARNERS

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        Technology integration is personalized for each learner. We offer a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) option for students and encourage the learning of typing and internet navigation skills as an integral part of our 21st Century Curriculum.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        OAK LEARNERS

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Ridley College

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Oak Learners

        OAK LEARNERS


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RIDLEY COLLEGE

        Information not available

        OAK LEARNERS

        All students are expected to participate in a minimum of 20 minutes of Daily Physical Activity (DPA). DPA at Oak Learners may take the form of Yoga, Dance, Indoor Games, or Neighbourhood Walks and Outings.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Approach

      Approach

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Academic

      OAK LEARNERS

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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.

      OAK LEARNERS

      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

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      The Kindergarten programme at Ridley College provides a rich and stimulating inquiry and play-based learning environment that enables students to develop a sense of curiosity and an understanding of the world around them. Classroom materials and artifacts are carefully selected to support student learning and spark creativity. The Kindergarten programme at Ridley College not only supports holistic development of the child - cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development - it provides learning opportunities that instill growth-mindset and support overall well-being, mental health, and resiliency in each child.

      OAK LEARNERS

      The Oak Learners Kindergarten program lays a strong foundation for an enriching educational journey. Children may attend one, two, or five days per week. Experienced educators spend time exploring literacy, numeracy, science and so much more with children through a natural and inquiry-based program.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Pace

      Pace

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Accelerated

      OAK LEARNERS

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      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).

      OAK LEARNERS

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Culture

      Culture

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Rigorous

      OAK LEARNERS

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

      OAK LEARNERS

      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

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Information not available

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

      OAK LEARNERS

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Ridley College

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Oak Learners

      OAK LEARNERS


      Primary

      Primary

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

      OAK LEARNERS

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

      OAK LEARNERS

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIDLEY COLLEGE

      Information not available

      OAK LEARNERS

      Information not available

  • 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:

    Ridley College

    Oak Learners

    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.
     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OAK LEARNERS

    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

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    OAK LEARNERS

    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

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Information not available

    OAK LEARNERS

    Information not available


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

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

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Information not available

    OAK LEARNERS

    All learning programs are personalized at Oak Learners. We work in a close proximity with parents when planning for appropriate learning goals and strategies for their children.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Ridley College

    Oak Learners

    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

     

    Ridley College

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Oak Learners

    OAK LEARNERS


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

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

    OAK LEARNERS

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    • First Nations Advocacy Committee
    • Model U.N.
    • Days for Girls
    • Postive Spaces Group
    • Amnesty International
    • Cappies Review
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    61%

     

    0%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    The Ridley Admissions Committee looks for students who are engaged and motivated individuals. The Committee looks for students who demonstrate potential to make a positive contribution to the Ridley community and who will take advantage of the many opportunities available at the school - in the classroom and boarding houses, as well as in the arts, athletics, leadership, and community service activities. Students who are well-rounded, open-minded, enthusiastic, and academically-focused are encouraged to apply.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    The SSAT is only a requirement for those students applying for a merit-based scholarship. 

    Mid-year entries are dependent on available space in particular grades. Applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

    OAK LEARNERS

    The admission process is personalized, just like most aspects of our programming. Your journey at Oak Learners begins with a personalized tour and meeting with our Director. If it is determined through this interview that Oak Learners may be an appropriate fit for your child, we will then book a trial-day where your child will spend the day as part of our classroom. Following the trial day, there will be a second in-person meeting to determine next steps and registration. 

    The success of every student plays a role in the admission process. Decisions may be made on several factors, including (but not limited to), student-teacher ratio, academic needs, classroom make-up and social needs. 

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    RIDLEY COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Irving Bell (1971)
    Founder of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics[10]
    Colm Feore (1977)
    Feore honed his skills as a member of the Stratford Festival of Canada, has had notable roles on series, such as House of Cards, and has on performed on Broadway.
    Duncan Coutts (1988)
    He joined the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace. Our Lady Peace has won four Juno Awards and ten MuchMusic Video Awards.
    Darcy McKeough (1951)
    Darcy is the former CEO of Union Gas and former Treasurer of the Province of Ontario. He has also been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
    Greg Stremlaw (1990)
    Greg has had a record-setting career in public and private sport, and is now the Head of CBC Sports as well as General Manager of the Olympics for Canada.
    Georgina Black (1985)
    Ridley’s Chair of the Board of Governors and Old Ridleian, was recently and unequivocally named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2016



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