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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2003

     

    2000


     

    Enrolment

     

    250

     

    90


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 6

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    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."
    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

     

    Progressive

     

    Montessori


     

    Curriculum pace

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

     
    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.
     
    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

     

    12 to 18

     

    Varies


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     

    Learning, Developmental


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations


     

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

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,470 to $15,040

     

    $6,400 to $20,400


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    5%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    1 to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    25

     

    8


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    When discussing schools we often talk about curriculum, or resources, or instructional approaches, and while all of those things are important, so is the presence of a supportive, safe, familiar, and consistent learning environment. And, rightly, that’s where the program at River Valley School begins. The school describes itself as a community, and the description is apt. A safe environment, of course, is one in which a child feels a sense of belonging, and within which she is valued, able to play a role and have a voice. Instruction at River Valley is student-centred, informed by an overt intention to build upon students’ individual strengths and interests. There is a comfortable enrollment level, one that allows for a nice breath of programming while also maintaining that sense of place and belonging, something which is further augmented by the division of the program between two campuses. Families look to River Valley to create a strong beginning to their children’s education as well as their social lives, and indeed that’s exactly what they find.   

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Avalon began in 2000 with a single toddler room and one casa classroom and has happily grown ever since. The program today extends through Grade 8, offering a consistency for children through the primary and elementary grades. Likewise, the breadth allows for a greater interaction between generations than elsewhere, something that is rightly a cornerstone of the Montessori approach. The best Montessori schools are those that retain a fidelity to the core of the method while also meeting the needs of the community it serves, expressing their diversity and their values. Certainly, that’s a great strength of Avalon, and one of the reasons that families consistently turn to it. In the nearly two decades of the school’s life it has earned an impressive reputation for good work, professional development, and a strong delivery of the core curriculum. No doubt, it continues to provide all of that and then some.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    • At River Valley School, we are inclusive by design.
    • We offer a warm, nurturing environment where our students feel genuinely cared about and supported.
    • At River Valley School, our job is to harness the innate curiosity in children.
    • Creative problem solving is our raison d’etre.
    • At River Valley School, we have high and appropriate expectations for every student.
    • Our alumni are represented in top schools, businesses and institutions globally.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    Description

    Description

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    River Valley is an independent school providing exceptional education and character development for children in Pre-JK (Age 3) to Grade 6. Our students are immersed in hands-on, inquiry and project-based learning experiences that challenge them to question, explore and create. Student achievement is supported by small class sizes, varied learning opportunities, collaboration and differentiation in our instruction. How we teach each student is determined by who they are, how they learn, and what engages them.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Within walking distance of the library, boardwalk, parks & TTC, Avalon is an urban school in the heart of the Beach. Striving to provide a dynamic & nurturing environment where learning takes place naturally, we encourage our students to continually challenge themselves. In addition to our rich and engaging curriculum, Avalon offers a unique Learning Support Program (LSP) for students in grades 1 - 8.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Message

    River Valley School is an innovative and inclusive independent school that harnesses the innate curiosity in children to ensure that every student, regardless of age or ability, will flourish academically and socially. Everything we do is grounded in our mission to embrace the unique talents of our students, while curating opportunities for learning and discovery. Our teachers and staff support different learning styles to ensure that every student is capable of achieving their personal best. With close to 15 years of history, River Valley School has created an environment where children feel loved and safe enough to explore to the full breadth of their individual ability. At the same time, RVS students feel encouraged to take on the rigours required to develop the foundational skills, resilience, and confidence to thrive in the 21st Century.

    As a community, we learn and grow together respecting the values, opinions and beliefs of all. Students, teachers, and administrators work together to create a school where learners feel confident and free to appreciate each other, make good ethical decisions, and take age- and stage appropriate risks, leading to enhanced understanding and broadened inquiry.

    RVS students know they are safe to try new things, make mistakes, discover new approaches, and explore innovative ways of seeing, contributing to and changing the world.

    I am honoured to be the Head of School at River Valley School, and invite you to visit our campus to learn about our outstanding programs and meet our talented students, teachers and staff. I look forward to meeting you when you visit, and sharing more about what makes our school truly exceptional.


    Carolyn Breland
    Head of School

    Our doors opened in September 2000 with a toddler room and 1 casa classroom. Through the commitment and dedication of our staff and families, we have grown into a dynamic school that provides a quality education for children in pre-school through to grade 8.

    We are very proud of the work that we do on a daily basis and enjoy a solid reputation in the Beach and surrounding area as well as within the private and Montessori community.

    At Avalon, we are proud of the instruction that is delivered by our outstanding staff.  Over the years, we have built a very strong team. People who are committed to the children and providing the opportunity for an exceptional experience. I was recently speaking to a group of private school educators and it was noted that working at a private school is not a job, it is a lifestyle. That is absolutely correct; our staff have made that choice and we all benefit from it!

    Avalon staff are committed to professional development and collaboration. We have mutual respect and support for each other as professionals. Avalon is an active member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools and is aware of developments in the Ministry of Education. Our school is firmly entrenched in the Montessori philospophy and teachers at the Casa and Elementary levels are Montessori trained.  As we prepare our adolescent students for the transition to secondary school, the program becomes more Ontario curriculum driven. This has been a very successful approach as evidenced by the experience of our graduates.  

    Avalon has created a supportive, nurturing and educational environment that motivates students, builds confidence, teaches independent thought and offers individualized attention.  The needs and learning styles of the child are recognized and supported in our classrooms.  Our goal is to celebrate and embrace the uniqueness of each student. We are concerned with the welfare of the whole child, encouraging a sense of involvement, community and belonging.

    One of the things that I love about Avalon is the sense of community that has been fostered. The school itself is a community made up of parents, teachers and learners. Located on the TTC line, Avalon students access all the city has to offer while enjoying the beauty of the neighourhood called the Beach.  

    With this sense of community comes responsibility and we readily support the students as they explore their social conscience. Students at all ages are involved in a variety of programs including the Hop A Thon for Muscular Dystrophy, the Terry Fox Run, Hero Day for Second Harvest, fundraising activites for Free the Children as well as active involvement in We Schools in Action. 

    Maria Montessori believed that education should sow the seeds of learning and that is one of our guiding principals. All of our student participate in gym and sports activities, music, drama, art and performance.  Our annual school production is the highlight of the year and we just staged an amazing version of Alice in Wonderland. For the sports minded, we currently hold the trophy for the ISAA track and field meet and look forward to defending our title in the next few weeks!

    I encourage you to contact us to learn more about Avalon. The best way to experience one of the only JK to Grade 8 independent schools in Toronto is to come for a visit and spend time with us.

    Sherry VanDerKooi

     

     

     

     

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Understanding that no child learns the same way as another, River Valley School ensures that each child receives what they need to flourish. Through an inquiry-based program, we provide hands on, engaging activities that incorporate nature, fine arts, technology, physical education and passion projects. We believe it is imperative for kids to explore, create, play, and make, in order to learn about the world around them. Acknowledging that some students have learning challenges, we also provide additional support through Resource, Speech Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy as well Arrowsmith Cognitive programming to those who require it.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Avalon adheres to the Montessori principles of education at the early childhood and elementary school levels. Students work at their own pace with the support of Montessori trained teachers. Avalon students are encouraged to develop intrinsic motivation and to be active participants in their own education. At the middle school level, we use a progressive approach while respecting the expectations set out in the Ontario curriculum. Our students' interests and their natural curiosity are the driver for instruction. Avalon teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources necessary for students to investigate a topic or issue. Students are then encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers, solutions, and insights. Collaboration and peer learning are key elements at all levels.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        At River Valley School students are provided with a robust mathematics program that allows them to investigate and make meaning of mathematical concepts in an active learning environment. Students learn to construct understanding through reflective thought, develop and apply mathematical language and communication, and connect mathematics to the real world. Resources used but not limited to for our math programming are: Maximizing Math (Edmonton Public, Number Talks (Sherry Parrish) in Grades 1-6.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Mathematics are an exciting part of the Montessori classroom. In the early grades ( K - grade 3) students use specially designed concrete Montessori materials to explore mathematic concepts. Our older elementary Montessori students ( Grades 4 - 6) begin to move away from the materials to a more abstract study of increasingly complex mathematics, geometry, and algebra. At this point, the JUMP method is introduced as it complements the Montessori approach. Middle school students use the JUMP method and their work is often supplemented with text books at a grade level ahead.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Montessori materials are used throughout and JUMP is introduced around Grade 4. Students in grade 4 - 6 use a combination of Montessori materials and JUMP while middle school students use the JUMP method.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        A calculator is a mathematical tool and students are encouraged to use this tool appropriately.

      • Early Reading

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        RIVER VALLEY 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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        In the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade One classrooms you will see children learning to read and write using the Animated-Literacy™ program created by Jim Stone. Stone’s program was created using “current reading research, making direct use of language research and brain research including studies in memory, motivation, and the role of emotion in guiding attention and learning.” (www.animatedliteracy.com). Students are highly motivated to learn to read through songs, stories, actions and meeting the stuffed animal characters that correspond to the Alphabet letters and sounds. A daily home reading program begins in Kindergarten when students are showing reading readiness.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Language is an integral part of the Montessori Casa classroom and is fostered through encouragement of self-expression, lessons and freedom of conversation.The language materials introduce the phonetic sound of each letter in the alphabet. Using these sounds, the child is able to build words, thus begins the process of reading. Along with preparatory exercises in Practical Life and Sensorial Education, language materials also foster muscle control for printing.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      • Writing

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        From an early age students are engaged in the writing process at RVS. Students are given a variety of opportunities to explore, shape and clarify their thoughts, and to communicate them to others. In the early years students use symbols and letters to help convey meaning (Animated Literary - Jim Stone). As students move through the grades they learn to use effective writing strategies, discover and refine ideas and compose and revise with increasing confidence and skill within narrative writing and expository writing experiences. Animated Literacy (Jim Stone), Empowering Writers (Barbara Mariconda) and Moving Up (Scholastic), are among a few of the primary resources used in the writing program at RVS.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Language is an integral part of the Montessori Casa classroom and is fostered through encouragement of self-expression, lessons and freedom of conversation.The language materials introduce the phonetic sound of each letter in the alphabet. Using these sounds, the child is able to build words, thus begins the process of reading. Along with preparatory exercises in Practical Life and Sensorial Education, language materials also foster muscle control for printing. In the Montessori classroom, students learn to write before they read and the process is referred to as word building. At the early elementary level, students are encouraged to write on a daily basis using meaningful activities.

      • Science

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI 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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Students explore and nurture their sense of wonder within Science programming at River Valley School. Children are given time and space to explore and iterate with freedom while processes, such as design thinking, exploration, inquiry, and the scientific method structure the child’s investigation of their surroundings. They create, test, and develop skill and confidence while building a foundation of experience and understanding.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        At the elementary level, science is part of our culture curriculum and encompasses physical geography, botany and zoology. Students are encouraged to explore at their own pace with guidelines set out by the teacher. Exploration includes research, experimentation, class discussions and projects. Middle School science is a distinct subject and students have the opportunity to explore concepts that have been introduced by the teacher.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        At River Valley School, students are exposed to literature at an early age. We believe in the importance of students listening to stories, reading to others, participating in shared reading and reading independently on a daily basis. Formal reading assessments are done at the beginning and end of each year. Students read regularly with their classroom teachers who monitor progress in reading fluency and comprehension. River Valley School has a Home Reading program for Division 1 students, with an expectation for nightly reading of fluent material. In Division 2, students are exposed to more complex texts (fiction/non-fiction) and novels with content suitable to entertain the reader or with content that can be integrated into other subject areas to reinforce fluency and comprehension at a deeper level.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        At a young age, our students are encouraged to read for pleasure. As they move through the Elementary grades, literature is explored through the Junior Great Books program ( grades 4 -6) and through intriguing and compelling novels. Students are encouraged to respond to literature not simply read it, to draw comparisons between different pieces of literature, to make connections not only to their to their own lives and experiences but to both contemporary and historical issues. Discussions are encouraged and form an integral part of the curriculum.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

      • Social Studies

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        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.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Social studies programming at River Valley School provides opportunities for students to develop attitudes, skills and knowledge to be informed, engaged, active, and responsible citizens. Students have access to a variety of resource materials, have the opportunity to debate and discuss ideas and information, and are encouraged to develop and work through projects to learn more about an area of interest. Classroom experiences are enriched when working with specialist teachers as social studies concepts are examined from different perspectives and contexts, deepening the child’s experiences with and understanding of the subject matter. Travelling to other places around our city, province and country provide rich learning experiences in this curricular area. For example, our Grade Five and Six students travel to Ottawa every other year to connect with Canadian history and government.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Using the fundamental needs of humankind as our foundation, Elementary students are able to explore different cultures and different time periods. Students make connections and draw parallels based on their understanding that there are certain commonalities between humans. Cosmic education is a key component of the Montessori curriculum, encouraging students to see the interconnectedness between all living things.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Not applicable

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Humanities and Social Science courses for our middle school students encourage active exploration of the ways in which people, places, and events have - and continue to - shape our world today. Students develop critical thinking skills as they carry out assignments designed to help them view issues and events, both past and present, in the context of social justice. These assignments combine the "Big Ideas" outlined in the Ontario curriculum with the student-centred approach of Montessori pedagogy. Each year students participate in the Student Vote program by CIVIX Canada, and are always excited to cast their ballot in current Municipal, Provincial, or Federal elections. They are also exposed to national and global current events through the What in the World? resource, which enhances their understanding and encourages interest in issues affecting our world today.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        All RVS students participate in biweekly lessons in French. Our French teachers use the AIM program founded by Wendy Maxwell. AIM uses storytelling, gestures, collaboration and repetition to teach proficiency in oral and written French. In addition to scheduled Progress Meetings, student progress is shared with parents via video recordings, student work samples, and year end performances. Project work is also embedded in classes to ensure an engaging learning experience.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        French is introduced to the students at the early Elementary level.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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)

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        All RVS students are exposed to the arts within the classroom, as well as through expert specialists in Music, Drama and Art. Specialist instruction begins in Pre-Junior Kindergarten (Age 3) through to Grade Six. We believe fine arts in education bolsters independence, celebrates originality and demands personal discipline to hone skills. Cross-curricular connections are inevitable when the children are invited (and excited to!) engage, make and do. Curiosity is nurtured through the senses where hands-on learning is intensified in an environment of possibility and creativity.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        The Arts are an integral part of the program at Avalon. Our students engage in music, drama, dance and visual arts classes with an emphasis on exploration and creativity. Passionate and qualified instructors work with the students on a regular basis. Both our Fine Arts and Drama programs enable the students to enhance the depth and breadth of their creative expression and allow for intuitive responses to creating and exploring art. Emphasis and focus is placed on the creative process itself, while engaging the students with blended inquiry-based learning and active hands-on art-making. Drama culminates in an annual production that is staged at The Papermill Theatre.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        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

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        A variety of digital tools are used to deepen, support, and extend learning opportunities for students at River Valley School. Students create with technology using such platforms as Smartboard technology, iPads, and laptops within a multitude of digital literacies from coding, micro-bits, app and website development, to green screens, movie-making, and augmented reality systems. This access offers students the ability to refine their skills, practice processes and create solutions to unique problems as they find, identify, evaluate, and use information across any curricular area. All students in Grades 4-6 have a 1:1 device provided by the school for their academic use.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Technology is an integral part of life in our society and our school reflects that. Computers are used by the students in Grades 4 - 8. Middle school students use digital devices - computers, tablets, phones on a daily basis. They are provided with access to an online study tool called StudySmart, developed by a former Avalon parent, to aid them as they plan and organize their personal tasks and assignments. Students build on their technological skills and understanding as they begin to integrate web and app-based programs into their assignments and presentations. Avalon continues to explore the ways in which technology can support the varied learning needs of all students.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Avalon Children's Montessori School

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Physical education provides the opportunity to teach students about movement, strategies, teamwork, problem solving and health related fitness. The primary objectives are to foster in children a love of physical activity and play and to instill the need for physical fitness in each child. The program encourages positive interactions, good sporting behaviour in all activities, along with promoting the development of cooperation, teamwork, and leadership skills. At River Valley School our students take part in Physical Education in our two gymnasiums, outdoors in our playing fields, as well as many off site locations such as swimming lessons and skiing lessons. Outside of structured physical education classes, students participate in outdoor education pursuits and can participate in our competitive athletic team, The Rapids, in volleyball, basketball and soccer.

        AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Our physical education program is driven by our philosophy which stresses balanced opportunities in skills acquisition, leadership athletics, personal growth and healthy competition. Our goal is for students to develop healthy habits that will remain with them for life. All students are members of the cross country and track and field teams and participate in a variety of sports, onsite and in the community. These include skiing, snowboarding, and tennis. On a competitive level, Avalon is very successful at both cross country and track and field. We currently hold the trophy for the senior track and field event and look forward to defending our title.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      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.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      River Valley School is a leader in Early Childhood Education and offers programming for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds. Our inquiry-based program focusses on practical and sensorial skills in addition to the core curricular areas, fine arts, physical education, outdoor education, and character development. While our programming is best described as Academic, our full-day 5 day/week programming encourages play-based exploration, in addition to lessons guided by the teacher.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The Montessori Casa program provides a prepared environment for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years. The didactic materials used in the classroom are based on the pedagogy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, and aid the child in the learning process. Spontaneous and self-directed learning is fostered in this non-competitive environment. Children are free to work independently or in collaboration with peers, gaining important social skills. Self-esteem and confidence develop as children explore with the materials and master important developmental skills. Avalon offers half day, full day and 3 full day Kindergarten options.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      The adaptive model of educational delivery offered at our school supports different learning styles to ensure that every student is capable of achieving their personal best.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Flexible pacing allows the students to fully comprehend a concept before being 'forced' to move on. Differentiated instruction allows students to work at their own pace, remaining engaged and challenged.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      At River Valley School, we have high and appropriate expectations for every student. Year after year, our kids rank in the top tier of provincial testing, academic competitions, arts and athletics. We offer a warm, nurturing environment where our students feel genuinely cared about and supported. This builds confidence and establishes a strong foundation for kids to explore who they are – their passions, gifts, hopes and dreams.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Because of our small class sizes and supportive approach, Avalon is often able to enhance the curriculum to include student interests, making classroom experiences more exciting and promoting greater student engagement. Students are intrinsically motivated as they have the chance to explore areas of interest and engage in further learning. Our teachers emphasize the development of organizational skills and explore methods with our students to help them achieve their educational goals.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Avalon Children's Montessori School

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      We develop leadership skills, confidence in self, compassion for others and provide opportunities for our students to make a difference. We value the social and emotional development of each child as much as their academic development.

      AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Avalon fosters the development of the whole child. Our goal is to encourage our students to be actively involved in their own education, to follow their passions, to explore new ideas, to take risks, to collaborate.

  • 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:

    River Valley School

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    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.
     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    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

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Information not available

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Commencing September 2017, Avalon will have a specialized program to support students with diagnosed learning disabilities and IEPs. The goal of the program is to support the academic, social, emotional and physical development of the student. Support will be given in a variety of ways, including indirect support, resource assistance, withdrawal assistance and special education within an integrated program, Program specifics are based on the individual needs of the student, in collaboration with the support team and parents/guardians. Space in this program is limited.


    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

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    River Valley School welcomes students with a variety of learning profiles. Data is gathered twice annually to determine any gaps in learning. River Valley School communicates with families regularly about their child's learning development and ensures that any areas to be addressed are done so quickly and with school support.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    In accordance with the Montessori philosophy, we strive to meet the needs of the child. Accommodations, modifications and extra support are an innate part of our school culture as we strive to embrace the uniqueness of all our students. For those students with clinically diagnosed learning disabilities and ADHD, we offer a unique Learning Support Program (LSP).

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    River Valley School

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    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

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Avalon Children's Montessori School

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    RIVER VALLEY 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

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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


    What the school says

    What the school says

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    • Babysitting Certification in Grade 5 or 6
    • Outreach

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • The diverse co-curricular program is driven by our philosophy which stresses not only academic development, but also balanced opportunities in leadership, the arts, and athletics. This allows for our students to develop skills for personal growth and citizenship. In addition to enriching school life and building a spirit of fun and community, it enables students to explore their passions and discover their own voices in a supportive and nurturing environment. It is this spirit that drives our annual school productions. All elementary students are involved in the staging of vibrant and engaging theatrical productions. Our 2016 production of Alice in Wonderland was another huge success!
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    Yes

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Admission into River Valley School is based on several factors, the most important of which is knowing that you have found the right place for your child. At River Valley School academic testing is not required as part of the admissions process. As an inclusive school, we believe young children are capable and that they learn in many different ways. It’s our job to find out how they learn, what they enjoy and what steps need to be taken to fully master a level of learning before embarking on the next.

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    At the Casa and early elementary level, it is important that parents/guardians have an understanding of or a willingness to learn about the Montessori method of education. As older students apply to the school, it is important that families understand the nature and benefits of a small school and are committed to not only the growth and development of their own children but to the Avalon community as a whole. For the adolescent who applies to the Middle School program at Avalon, we are looking for students who are: Independent Creative problem solvers ‡ Tolerant ‡ Leaders or willing to become leaders ‡ Curious and excited about learning ‡ Socially conscious ‡ Able to think outside of the box ‡ Willing to take responsiblity for his/her own learning

    What the school says

    What the school says

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Families are first encouraged to book-a-tour with our Director of Enrolment, walk through our facilities, discuss our program and fees, ask questions, but most importantly help us learn more about your child and their needs. Interested Parents/Guardians are then asked to fill out our online application form and submit all required application documentation. We do not test for entrance.

    In addition to the online application form, the following is required prior to an admission decision:

    • $150 non-refundable application fee will be payable online, or drop off a cheque/cash to the admissions office.
    • A copy of the student’s birth certificate, citizenship, or permanent residence card (if applicable)
    • A copy of the final report card of last school year and most recent report card (when available)
    • A copy of the student’s psycho-educational evaluations and/or assessments related to the students emotional, behavioral, medical or learning needs (if applicable)

    *In some cases, students may be asked to join us for an informal observation or classroom trial to determine a good fit.

    *Children entering our Early Learning programs must be toilet-trained

    AVALON CHILDREN'S MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Interested families are invited to contact the school to set up a visit and classroom observation. A classroom observation is a mandatory part of the application process. Following the observation, interested families will sit down with an Avalon Director to determine if the application process should proceed.

    At the Elementary level, students are invited to spend at day at Avalon, allowing for an informal observation by the teacher and an opportunity for the student to gain experience in the classroom. The elementary application must be accompanied by copies of the 2 most recent report cards.

    Students applying to the Middle School are required to complete a questionnaire in addition to the above.  We believe that the adolescent student must have a strong desire to attend Avalon and be willing to be active participants in their own education.  

     

     




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