One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1969

     

    1975


     

    Enrolment

     

    465

     

    55


     

    Grades

     

    Preschool to 8

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day, Homestay


     

    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."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Montessori

     

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

     

    Academic culture

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

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    8 to 18

     

    6 to 10


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     


     

    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

     

    $8,100 to $15,000

     

    $8,000 to $12,000


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    39

     

    4


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    95%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    "...RMS gave me the tools and resources to reach my full potential."
    Zayne Thawer - Alumnus   (Jun 14, 2018)
    I was a student at Rowntree Montessori Schools for almost 10 years, and in that time the biggest fee...
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    "The school leadership and administration do an excellent job to ensure the needs of the students and parents alike are met"
    Melicia Roberts - Parent   (May 24, 2019)
    Rowntree Montessori School (RMS) has become my child's second home. The academic and intellectual de...
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    "...teachers are able to assess the child's development and work towards coaching them in areas where there is a need."
    Salima Gilani - Parent   (Dec 04, 2019)
    My daughter has been in RMS since prep-one. Our experience with the school has been beyond excellent...
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    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    RMS was founded in 1969, placing it within the first cohort of Montessori schools in the country. As with those of its vintage, RMS has a long reputation for providing a quality program, one that has a high fidelity with the core aspects of the method. The school has grown to comprise four campuses, allowing for a nice range of resources while also maintaining a close-knit community environment at each location. RMS has also grown into its own identity, one based in adopting new methods and approaches, as appropriate and when sympathetic to the school’s mandate to educate with an eye to achievement and leadership. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a close-knit, challenging, active, and social learning environment.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    SCS was formed in 1974 as an expression of the surrounding community, and created by a group of parents who wanted a school that would offer a strong academic program within a values-based environment. The name has changed, and enrollment has grown, though that focus remains. The school isn’t affiliated with a specific denomination, and attracts students from any and all, as well as those that don’t belong to a specific faith tradition. There are many ways that schools express Christian ideals, and in the case of SCS it’s very much those of inclusion, service, and ethical behavior. The school has a very close, community feel, and what it might lack in terms of extra-curriculars it gains in individual attention and a sense of belonging within the school community.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    • Voted Brampton's Top Private School by the Reader's Choice Award for Nine Consecutive Years
    • Voted Top Private School by the Top Choice Awards for the Past Seven Years
    • Celebrating 50 Years in Brampton in 2019/20

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    • Location in walking distance to the Bessarion subway stations
    • Bursaries are available to those who qualify
    • Great wholesome, supportive environment, wonderful for improving academics
    • Group rates for eligible groups
    • Signet Christian School is a registered Canadian Charitable organization (ask about tax receipts)
    • Signet specializes in low teacher: student ratio for better results and student success

    Description

    Description

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Founded in 1969, RMS has been "Nurturing Tomorrow's Achievers" for over 50 years. Our caring and stimulating small size classes offer an ideal environment to cultivate character, leadership, respect and cultural diversity while developing each child’s 21st century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Come discover the opportunity and possibilities for your child to love learning and excel. Your visit could be your first step in empowering your child’s journey towards their dreams!

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    SMALLER STUDENT : TEACHER RATIOS in a culture that fosters relationships and personal development. At Signet, students are immersed in an authentic Christian experience so foundational values such as Kindness, Perseverance, Wisdom, Integrity, Discipline, and Respect are always celebrated. Smaller class sizes give each student the attention and focus to innovate and explore so academics leads to superior Signet greatness! A Signet education, sealing Christ-centered education, purposefully impacting lives.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Message

    Welcome to Rowntree, the largest and longest-running Montessori School in Brampton.

    Our Montessori-based Kindergarten Montessori (JK-aged students) and Prep-ONE (SK-aged students) combine with our Elementary programme to provide an integrated and seamless Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight experience. Rowntree takes a holistic approach to learning and education, with the primary goal of helping children to develop their maximum potential, not only cognitively, but also physically, emotionally, and socially.

    The goal of Rowntree’s Elementary curriculum is to meet and exceed the expectations set by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the school is very proud of its recent initiatives in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Throughout the grades, Rowntree provides a more traditional classroom structure and the pursuit of academic excellence with the nurturing aspects of the Montessori approach. Small class sizes ensure that each child is provided with the attention that he or she needs in order to be successful.

    Our commitment to “Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers” goes beyond our classroom walls. Co-curricular activities in the arts and athletics ensure a well-rounded school experience, and charitable fundraising connects our students with those in need within our community and around the world. Our LEGO® robotics club’s recent participation in the Provincial championships demonstrated how a strong academic foundation can lead to exceptional results in the co-curricular realm.

    We appreciate that school choice can be a difficult one for today’s parent, and we encourage you to start planning for your child’s future now. We are accepting applications for our three Preparatory campuses for children entering Montessori Kindergarten (Junior Kindergarten age) to Grade Three and for Rowntree Academy (JK to Grade Eight). Our Academy campus is truly a first-rate private school environment, with the professional staff and facilities needed to provide an exceptional Elementary school experience.

    Every day is an Open House at Rowntree, and we invite you to drop in for a tour any school day between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. For those of you who may not be available on weekdays, we also offer several evening and weekend Open Houses throughout the year. For any questions about the school’s admission process, please feel free to contact Admissions at 905-790-3838 or [email protected]

    We look forward to seeing you at Rowntree soon!

    Jonathan Harris

    Welcome! It is always a pleasure to meet people who are interested in Signet Christian School, and we encourage you to contact us via email during the Covid-19 situation and we will return your call as soon as possible.

    To find out what Signet is up to during this Covid situation, please visit our Remote Learning update on our website.

    Signet has been offering Canadian and international students superb education since 1974. Our school is a place of safety and order, where lives are transformed with Christ’s love. We are blessed to have wonderful teachers — seasoned, caring Christians who are trained to inspire young minds and infuse the curriculum with Christian values. God’s Grace is evident everywhere in our school — in classrooms, in chapel, and on the playground. We offer innovative instruction so that students can excel in academics as well as athletics, musical theatre, and art.

    The strength of our school has always been found in God, and all our efforts are focused on following Him. Our foundational core values are Honour, Discipline, Confidence, and Kindness. These values are more relevant than ever in today’s world and have helped us create a cohesive, strong school that produces graduates who are ready to positively impact the world.

    As you browse this profile and our website, you may see the photos in our gallery of many happy, smiling faces of our students. The joy of the Lord is our strength! We are infused with the joy of learning and a sense of belonging and fellowship. Our students beam with confidence, knowing that they are part of a safe, caring community. The Word of God really rings true: Train every child in the way they should go so that when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6).

    That is part of our passion and our guiding mission at Signet, and as caring, loving parents no doubt you understand and share this hope for your children. We do believe that you will find the kind of education you seek at Signet. Come sign up for a tour!

    Catherine Dumé, MBA, MA Ed, (Honours), is an educator, ordained minister, and head of school since 2014. Mrs. Dumé, an international education consultant, has held posts as a Director of a Bible College and teacher of a Special Education Unit. She was educated at Oral Roberts University, OK, USA. Mrs. Dume is passionate about child development and building schools. She has her level 1 Educational Therapy Certification from the National Institute of Learning Development in Toronto. She is wife to Frantz and a mother of three teens. 

     

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Montessori

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      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.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Better described as "well-rounded". A progressive academic focus with an emphasis on character, values, and extra-curricular.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      The Signet Christian curriculum is carrying out our mission to impact lives purposefully with their Christ-centered education. This means we focus on academic and personal development. There is an emphasis on knowledge acquisition and theoretical and academic learning. Extracurricular activities include visual, musical, and dramatic arts which are available at all grade levels. French and coding are part of the curriculum from kindergarten onward. Sports and Gym are favorites and each class has access to computers to enhance learning. As well, our focus is to create an environment where each heart is open to build faith and a relationship with Christ. This solid foundation enhances learning and growth in and beyond the classroom. How we focused on the Christian lifestyle is through the lives of our staff. At Signet, we are supportive of the student's whole person.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Traditional Math

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Our Mathematics teaching team focuses on developing skills in solving word problems, enhancing performance on test such as GAUSS, CNML (Canadian National Mathematics League), CTBS (Canadian Test of Basic Skills) and Mathematica.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We encourage frequent repetition and drills to ensure mastery in the procedures. We then borrow a few new concepts form Discovery Math where the children spend some quality time in critical thinking and number sense but not before understanding. This goes according to our belief that discovery is not random, but once you establish procedural understanding then conceptual and applied understanding will follow. In the higher grades, students teach each other to consolidate understanding and enrich application to real problems. At these grades, although traditional math is used the students are taught how to logically arrive at their solutions and can articulate this. Higher grades lean more heavily on Traditional Math methodology.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Discovery Math, Nelson Math, MathSmart


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Calculators are allowed when specified by the teacher. All calculator use must be proved on paper in the higher grades and in lower grade calculator use is to discover numerical patterns.

      • Early Reading

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Phonics-intensive

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Our program approach would be best described as phonics-intensive up to and including Grade 3. From Grade 3 onward, our approach is one more of balanced Literacy.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our Early Reading approach is phonics based. As a base young child read by recognizing and sounding out the letters and syllables of words; blending sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. However, we have found that we need to use Whole language at times because of age or stage of development. So in the Kindergarten years and Grade 1, we teach phonics in a specific sequence and use extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        DIBELS testing

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        No
        NO. We use Abeka Phonics - US Christian Curriculum

      • Writing

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Letter formation and associated sounds taught through direct instruction, then application ans practice

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We teach the beginner writer to start writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. We create an inspirational environment which conditions and encourages 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. Students learn to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences, opinions, and/or ideas in a written composition using standard forms of writing and grade specific conventions for intended purposes. They develop into a systematic writing process leading to editing checklists to proofread and revise their work so that they may complete their good copy. Creative writing and story composition are encouraged at all grade levels.

      • Science

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        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.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Information not available

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Our science curriculum in the lower grades is organized into four strands which are Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Structures and Mechanisms, Understanding Matter and Energy, and Understanding Earth and Space Systems. Students are not only taught the basic concepts of science but inquiry skills through experimentation. They are also encouraged to relate what they have learned to society and the environment. As they enter the higher grades they add more "doing" as they work on projects, and experiment in labs as interactive and engaging in simulations. They enjoy the annual Science fair for Grades 3 and above.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Zoology

      • Social Studies

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Core Knowledge


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Themes explored include life in earlier times, family traditions, communities and mapping - enhanced by frequent outings and field trips.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        The expectations for the social studies curriculum are divided into two strands which are Heritage and Identity and People and Environments for the lower grades. Students are taught to investigate and explore events, developments, and/or issues that occurred in history and determine their impact by making connections between the past and the present.

      • Fine Arts

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Regularly scheduled classes for music and visual arts, supported by frequent and high profile performances in class, festivals and concerts.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        We provide an Equal Balance approach between Receptive and Creative/Studio-work in our arts programs. We cover art history and appreciation as well as spending time Expressive methodology creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. We aim to develop their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities by doing and from a knowledge of the history and appreciation of the art form. For the lower grades students are taught grade specific elements that relate to each of the art disciplines. They are then given the opportunity to use these forms to create or perform works that convey or express thoughts, feelings, and or ideas through the arts. They are also encouraged to make connections, analyse, and communicate the meaning or the message of their own work or the works of others.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Heavy integration

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Light integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Classrooms are equipped with state-of-art interactive white boards and Chromebooks (i.e. laptops) are available for all classrooms via mobile carts.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        In the lower grades, there is a light integration of Computers and Technology. Computers are used to support subject-based learning through the use of videos, interactive websites, and word processing skills. However, as we look at Grades 3 and up, we use more integration as Medium. Here, computers are used in the classroom from time to time but they are not a dominant focus. Teachers provide various opportunities for the student to engage in research as well as to produce work via this medium. We ensure safe practices on the internet. Students may sign up to bring their own device if they need it for the accommodation of the curriculum. During Coding class all students from Grade 3 up get hands-on with laptops, tablets, and other devices. Some basic programming of robots is taught here.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Signet Christian School

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

        Our approach to teaching physical education provides a specific blend of Activities/Sports, Healthy Living and Movement Competence for each age level.

        SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

        At Signet our curriculum for Gym and Health education reflects Christian values. We teach skills such as teamwork, sports skills, how to be healthy (spiritually, mentally and physically). We encourage students to participate in a range of Sports and physical activities.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Approach


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Our curriculum is "Montessori inspired", yet teacher guided. Montessori manipulatives are leveraged in the Pre-Kindergarten to Prep-One (SK) programme as learning aids. We also leverage workbooks, teacher instruction (one-on-one) and in small groups, and use practical life materials to teach skills like sorting, folding and setting a table. The curriculum is progressive, academic in nature, and well-rounded.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Our Kindergarten is unique because we use Christian Curriculum as we focus on Academics to prepare the child with the foundation for learning. Lead by experienced teachers, our Christian curriculum is designed to teach multiple subjects in both seated and kinesthetic modes. (ABeka Curriculum). We believe that understanding truth and values start from very young ages. Character training and leadership of self and others are introduced through creative teaching methods. As core values are laid, kindergarten is such a fun phase and lessons are stepping blocks for life.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Standard-enriched

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      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.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Information not available

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Our Elementary has paired grades so we group and stream to teach both ages and stages. Our Grades 9 - 12 curriculum supports the Ministry of Education guidelines offering OSSD. Our courses are enhanced due to the smaller class sizes and we offer guided independent study with opportunities for research.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      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”.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Our academic culture encourages and nurtures all of our students to achieve at their highest potential, with enrichment or remediation as required.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      At Signet Christian we have a strong academic culture, however, it is seated in a supportive environment. Signet's academic focus is to achieve excellence and to do this we believe this is reliant directly upon the presence of a solid foundation of character and positive support from teachers and family. So we remain close to families to ensure the student's high academic performance. We believe a balanced life bears the fruit of true success. Children who have cultivated these core values are thus successful in all their endevours, not just academics.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Signet Christian School

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

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

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

      Our aim is to shape students to be self-driven, hard-working, ambitious, independent and respectful.

      SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

      As a holistic school, we want all students to grow in mind, body, and spirit. However, children come to us with a variety of needs and strengths. Over the years Signet graduates speak of not only the academic growth but of preparedness for an ever-changing world, As God's "signet ring" we believe we are His signature making an impact where we go. With students from different faith background we are able to share our faith within an environment where everyone feels loved and belongs.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    Signet Christian 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

     

    Rowntree Montessori Schools (RMS)

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Signet Christian School

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    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

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN 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

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    • Rowntree Montessori private school in Brampton prides itself on offering various activities throughout the year that enhance your child’s learning experience. Below is a list of clubs and activities: Robotics Club - Students from our grades 5-8 participate in our Robotics club and can compete regionally, provincially and nationally. Guided by teachers, students are tasked with the design and physical construction of robots using Lego to solve real-world problems. This challenges students and encourages them to use their imaginations, critical thinking and team building skills. In this club students learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), as we follow the principals of the FIRST LEGO League. Study Room - The Study Room offers an opportunity for private school students to work on their homework and seek additional help in English and Math as well as enrichment, and guidance with planning for events such as Speech Night. We also offer French Study Room. Math Competiti
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    95%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

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


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 8

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    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

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Students who derive the most benefit from the programs at Rowntree are those who are prepared to fully engage in school life. Positive attitude, varied interests, respect for themselves and others, and academic capability are amongst the most important attributes for students and their families to bring to RMS. While the school has a strong focus on “STEM” (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) oriented classes and activities, Rowntree is also well known for its vibrant arts and athletics programs, and community involvement.

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Eager to learn, happy to meet new students and teachers.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ROWNTREE MONTESSORI SCHOOLS (RMS)

    Rowntree Montessori School challenges its students towards Academic Excellence while developing the whole-child.  We welcome all student applications regardless of academic level, learning styles or previous private school attendance.

    We do not administer entrance exams, however, through the Admissions process, each student will be assessed through one or more of the following in order for the school to make an informed Admissions decision:  observation, interview, more formal assessment and report cards, where appropriate.

    Click here to Submit an Application to Rowntree Montessori Schools for your child.  When submitting a new application, click on Create Account and fill in the information for the incoming student (candidate) and the parent who is completing the application. Once the Admissions Office has received the full application you will be notified about next steps. Additional required school forms and a financial contract will be assigned to the parent through the online enrollment system, when appropriate. 

    When submitting your completed application, you will need to provide copies of the following: Proof of Citizenship, Health Card, Immunization records, and report cards from the last two years for students who have previously attended an elementary program elsewhere. We also require your signatures on a financial agreement with the school as well as all the required payments.

    Tuition fees for the 2019-2020 school year range from $7,500 to $13,900 depending on programme selection. We offer sibling discounts and a number of payment plans.

    Tuition fees for the 2018-2019 school year range from $7,100 to $13,200 depending on programme selection. We offer sibling discounts and a number of payment plans.

    Bussing and Extended care are available at additional cost.

    Although we host a number of Open Houses throughout the year, please feel free to drop by ANYTIME for a tour at any of our Brampton campuses. We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you the school community of which we are so proud.

    For more information, visit www.RowntreeMontessori.com/admissions 

    SIGNET CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

    Please call to get specific information as High School and International Admission Policies are different from Elementary Admissions policies.




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