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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2003

     

    1982


     

    Enrolment

     

    250

     

    60


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 6

     

    Preschool to 6


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    eSchool, 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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional


     

    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.
     
    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).

     

    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.
     
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 18

     

    10 to 12


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

     

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

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,470 to $15,040

     

    $11,369 to $12,875


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    25

     

    6


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    50%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 6

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    "helpful teachers ... small class sizes"
    Atchuthan Kathirithamby - Parent   (Mar 07, 2018)
    Our son had a truly amazing experience at Sidney Ledson. At first, he was reluctant to move to a sma...
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    "Great school"
    Ramesh Nuggehalli Narasimha Gowda - Parent   (Mar 10, 2018)
    The experience my kid gets is diverse. It is a wholesome learning culture. The teachers are great an...
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    "excellent teachers"
    Chandini Ramesh - Parent   (Mar 10, 2018)
    My daughter has loved every teacher who has taught her and that is what she appreciates the most and...
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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.   

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    The school was founded in 1982 in order to create a program that reflected the work of Sidney Ledson, an author and expert on topics relating to teaching technology and motivation. His methods gained traction internationally, at the core of which is the idea that we needn’t wait to introduce children to new skill areas (specifically around language and numeracy) and the sooner we start, the better. His books on reading expanded the concept and application of phonics, and his work remains a foundation for the language arts programs at the institute today. There, and elsewhere, the approach intends to challenge students to reach further, to expand and improve their abilities in order to reach their fullest academic potentials. The ideal student is one operating at the top of his or her peer group, and, in the later grades, is preparing for success within university studies.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    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.

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    • Online Preschool Program
    • Online Kindergarten Program
    • Online Elementary School Program
    • Full-day Live Teacher instruction and assistance
    • Online Participation in Math, Literary, and Entrepreneurship Contests
    • Small Class Sizes
    • Gifted Stimulation
    • STEM subjects
    • Individualized Learning
    • Co-ed

    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.

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    Sidney Ledson Institute is a private school based in North York. The PK – Gr. 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day. Proven strategies are implemented to raise IQ, provide enriched academics, and successful SSAT readiness. Since 1980, our students have personified excellence through their alumni years at Toronto's most academically elite secondary and post-secondary institutions.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    River Valley School

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    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

    The Sidney Ledson Institute is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Sidney Ledson's books, "Raising Brighter Children" and "Teach your Child to Read in 10 Minutes a Day."  Our PK - Gr. 7 Program implements this philosophy at the school to raise IQ, provide enriched academics, and promote self-confidence in our students, to not only succeed, but excel through their primary education, and then through their Alumni years at Toronto's most academically elite secondary and post-secondary institutions. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Sidney Ledson Institute

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Information not available

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      Our approach to teaching is an early introduction to reading, learning, and critical thinking which develops an interest, curiosity, an out-of-the-box thought process, and thirst for more knowledge. Students find themselves working at advanced grade levels, not defined or limited by boundaries, and constantly seek challenges. Our enriched academic curriculum is a stimulant for growing minds through the grades, and in the final year at the school, students are prepared for entry to the most sought after schools through the test preparatory program for IB, TOPS, GIFTED, and SSAT. Our nurturing teachers and conducive school environment, coupled with small class sizes offer the advantage of individualized learning and the opportunity for the children to express themselves, lead, excel and develop a self-confidence that they will carry through.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Information not available

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        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

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        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

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        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

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        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

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

      • Social Studies

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        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

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        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

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        River Valley School

        RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

        Sidney Ledson Institute

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


        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.

        SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Sidney Ledson Institute

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      Supplementing the enriched academic program, our Pre-school and Kindergarten classes engage in various intelligence raising and memory enhancement activities. An introduction to French, Kinder Music, Drama, Piano, Chess, and hands-on science workshops instills in our young students the early quest for knowledge.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Sidney Ledson Institute

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      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).


      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      Every child starting the school is assessed in the first few days at the school to determine the child's abilities in all subject matters. Following this, the student is issued remedial, reinforcement, and /or advanced material to ensure understanding and smooth progress.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Sidney Ledson Institute

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      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”.


      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      Information not available


      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."

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      River Valley School

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

      Sidney Ledson Institute

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


      Primary

      Primary

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

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

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

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


      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.

      SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

      The school's developmental priority is to promote and nurture intellectual and academic growth. Starting from the Preschool class, and all the way to the Grade 6 class, our focus is to not only nurture giftedness in students but to encourage them to be high achievers.

  • 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

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    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

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    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

     


    Additional support

    Additional support

    RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    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

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    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

    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.

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    For students who enroll in the school at the Preschool level, our early introduction to academics helps us quickly identify students with learning disabilities. The teachers will work with the parents in developing an individualized education plan which will help the student become a successful learner. Due to the philosophy of the school, which is to foster intelligence, students who would benefit from this program are those that are gifted and quick learners. For this reason, our program may not be suitable for students who are clinically diagnosed with a learning disability and are interested in joining our program.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    River Valley School

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    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

    Sidney Ledson Institute

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE


    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

    SIDNEY LEDSON INSTITUTE

    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
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    50%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6

     

    Yes: grades Preschool - 6


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 4 - 6


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    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.

    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




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